The TESOL department at University Centre, Colchester has been delivering teacher training courses successfully for more than 40 years and has established a very good reputation with high pass rates. This particular course was established in 1988 so has a 30-year track record. We have been commended for our flexibility and high levels of individual support, which makes it easier for trainees to complete the course successfully.
We have an open-door policy, welcoming trainees into our classrooms to observe lessons whenever they want, not merely in order to satisfy the minimum requirements of the course. The tutors have wide and varied experience as teachers of EFL and ESOL and as teacher trainers, both in the UK and abroad.
“The tutors are all seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience to draw on and as they taught the theory they demonstrated good practice. For me though, it was the chance to do classroom teaching practice which made all the difference. Working face to face with the students helps you to build rapport and really hones your communication skills. Yes, I found it daunting, but I felt thoroughly prepared and this gave me the confidence I needed to persevere."
"Studying at UCC was an amazing experience I will never forget. I enjoyed every minute of the course thanks to the genuine and constant support from my tutors and peers during the most challenging moments."
“As a non-native speaker I found my teaching practice really difficult but thanks to the teachers on the course, I received a lot of support and feedback on how I could improve my performance. I could discuss all of my lesson plans with experienced teachers and after each session I received useful comments and a detailed list of things I needed to improve on, so I could focus on the most important problems. All these discussions were conducted in an honest and friendly way so I could ask questions ."
“Teaching practice was absolutely vital- I learnt so much!! The organisation of the sessions was great and the observing tutors and their feedback were thorough and really helpful. This was definitely one of the main strengths of the course.”
The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course is an internationally recognised initial qualification for teachers of English as a Foreign Language, validated by Trinity College, London. (equivalent to Cambridge CELTA).
The Trinity Certificate in TESOL Level 5 course is intended for those with little or no teaching experience and provides a comprehensive practical introduction to Teaching English to others, however, it is equally accessible to experienced teachers.
It is delivered through taught sessions, discussions, workshops, tutorials, observations and teaching practice placements within the College.
A number of practical assignments will be set. Assessment is through portfolio and examinations. It is assessed internally and moderated externally.
Trainees are required to observe at least four hours of lessons taught by experienced teachers and to teach a minimum of six hours at two different levels, as well as a one-to-one lesson with an individual learner.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Minimum entry requirements for this course are Higher Education level. Preferred applicants are those with a degree or equivalent qualification and/or work experience in a field where good communication skills are required. All applicants should have a high level of literacy and good educational background. Those whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they have sufficient competency in the language eg. hold the Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Grade 8. Applicants who are invited for interview will be given a short language test and writing task to complete. There are usually between 8 and 12 participants on each course, with a maximum of 15. If you are successful in your application you will be required to pay a £200.00 deposit to secure your place on the course.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2021.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
Observations & Teaching Practice
Trainees have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers working with classes of English language learners. Every attempt will be made to ensure that trainees are exposed to a variety of level of learners and to a variety of classroom approaches and techniques. For the purposes of teaching practice, trainees will be required to teach a minimum of six hours and will be allocated at least two different levels.
Teaching and Learning
A variety of teaching and learning methods is involved: taught sessions, discussions, practical demonstrations, workshops, peer teaching, tutorials, observation of experienced teachers, and teaching practice placements within Colchester Institute. There are also four foreign language classes in which trainees learn a language that is unfamiliar, in order to appreciate fully the situation of the foreign language learner and how the teacher can best meet their needs.
How to Apply
Complete the part-time application form, housed in the application section of the website, and return it along with a full CV and the application task below to:
University Centre Colchester,
Trinity Certificate TESOL Application Task
Write an account of your own language learning experiences at school or elsewhere. What, in your opinion, were the advantages and disadvantages of the teaching methods? How do you think languages are best taught and learnt? (500 – 1000 words)
For more details on the application process, contact UCC Admissions for the School of Education, on 01206 712110 or via email: email@example.com
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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.