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CertTESOL at Lewis School Southampton. TEFL Course Equivalent to CELTA.

Course Details

  • Initial TEFL qualification

  • Full-time (4 weeks) or part-time (12 weeks)

  • Course length: 130 hours

  • Maximum class size: 15

  • Eligible for funding – see below

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TEFL Course in Southampton (CELTA Equivalent)

  • Become a qualified EFL teacher
  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • Theory and teaching practice
  • CPD/careers workshop

Looking for a TEFL course in Southampton such as a CELTA or CertTESOL?

The CertTESOL course at our Teacher Training Centre could be ideal for you.

The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is equivalent to CELTA and is recognised worldwide. It is accredited at Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Our course provides you with an excellent foundation for a career in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language). One important feature is that it includes a minimum of 6 hours classroom teaching.

The CertTESOL is ideal for:

• those contemplating a career change
• those developing their current teaching skills
• recent graduates
• gap year students
• aspiring native & non-native English teachers

Full-Time or Part-Time

Our CertTESOL course is taught by qualified and experienced trainers here in Southampton and provides candidates with a highly practical grounding in teaching techniques and methodology.

The full-time course is an intensive four-week course, with 30 hours of contact time per week.

The part-time course is 12 weeks long, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and most Saturdays (all day).

Trinity College London Registered Exam Centre logoPass Rates January 2017 – November 2018

64 trainees
59 passes (92%)
4 withdrawals (6%)
1 fail (2%)

2019 Fees & Dates

Course Type
Dates Price*
Full-Time (4 Weeks)
8 April – 4 May 2019**
3-29 June  2019
29 July – 24 August 2019
4-30 November 2019
Part-Time (12 Weeks) 8 January – 6 April 2019
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, most Saturdays (all day)
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*The price does not include the Trinity moderation fee (£143). This fee is subject to change by Trinity College London. A £200 deposit is required to book your place on the course.
**Please note lessons also take place on the bank holidays (19 April & 22 April)
Early bird discounts:
Full-time CertTESOL course is only GBP 999 if you book 3 months before the start date.
CertTESOL course is only GBP 1245 if you book 3 months before the start date.

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Course Description

Input Sessions

The course begins with an exploration into theories behind learning and second language acquisition, and a brief overview of some English grammar, e.g. tenses and their aspects. However, most of your language awareness will develop as you prepare for and teach your lessons. Your TEFL input sessions will focus more on developing skills and techniques for the classroom and will introduce you to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and pronunciation teaching. Along with all of this, and as you get to grips with lesson planning, you will then start to notice how this translates into the classroom while you observe our language school teachers in action.

You will learn a ‘mystery language’ over four sessions and analyse the experience as both a student and a teacher, which will form the basis of your first assignment. Following this, for your second assignment you will select an international student here at our school in Southampton to interview, record, assess, teach, and prescribe a tailored course for.

Teaching Practice

Following an opening period of only TEFL input sessions, teaching practice will start taking up the majority of your time on the course. After meeting and placing the students by level, you will deliver four 30-minute lessons, followed by four 1-hour lessons (observed). Each lesson will conclude with a feedback session with a tutor and some of your peers. That same evening you will write a short reflection of your lesson considering the feedback you received (not discounting your own!).

Every time you teach you will be expected to design materials for your lesson. Towards the end of the course you will select one piece of material from one of your lessons and evaluate its effectiveness. The course culminates with a Trinity moderation visit here in Southampton on the final day, where the trainees are interviewed individually and as a group. The moderator also reviews all course work.

Units & Assessment

Unit 1 – Teaching Practice (TP)
4x 1-hour assessed lessons*
Reflective teaching journal
Written report on lessons you observe
Unit 2 – Language Awareness Exam Take-home examination
Unit 3 – Language Learner Profile (LLP) Written assignment profiling a selected student’s language competence and proposing a language development pathway
Unit 4 – Materials Assessment (MatA) Review of material you have created and used in your teaching practice
Unit 5 – Unknown Natural Language (UNL) Written report on your experience of learning a mystery language

*In preparation for the four assessed lessons, you will have 4x 30-minute lessons in Week 2, which will be observed and for which you will receive feedback.

CPD & Careers Workshop

For any CertTESOL or CELTA graduate, continuous professional development (CPD) is an essential part of your career journey. Our CertTESOL course includes a session looking at ways you can continue with your professional development after the course has ended, as well as some helpful hints on how and where to look for jobs in the TEFL industry.


Advanced Learner Loans

CertTESOL is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans – see the catalogue on the UK Government website. You can get a loan of up to £811. The final date for enrolment is 31 July 2019. The course is listed as number 60001926. See the UK Government website for more information about Advanced Learner Loans.

Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme

Lewis School of English is an Approved Learning Provider under the Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme, and our provider number is 6467. This scheme is open to all serving members of the Armed Forces and any ex-service personnel who are registered for ELC. If you are planning your resettlement training or want to further your own professional development, contact us about the Level 5 Trinity CertTESOL course.

Professional and Career Developments Loans

We are approved by the Professional and Careers Development Loan organisation as a learning provider for CertTESOL. This means that you can, if eligible, apply for a loan to help pay for your CertTESOL course at our training centre.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. Following this, you will need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

Because Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider identification number is 10237.

Ian Bradley
The most challenging academic course I have ever attempted, but also the most rewarding. The moment when a foreign student comes up to you to say thank you for teaching them is something has to be experienced.

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