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TEFL Teacher Training Italy

Trinity College London Cert TESOL Course Vicenza

The British School Vicenza is the only approved provider of the prestigious and globally-recognised Trinity College London validated Cert TESOL course in Northern Italy.

Our hugely experienced trainers are also part of the staff of  our partner school, Saint George International London, which has been running this excellent quality, good-value teacher training course since 1993.

Dates 2018:

  • from 8th January to 2nd February
  • from 30th April to 25th May
  • from 2nd to 27th July
  • from 27th August to 21st September

The ‘Cert’ course: key features

  • Internationally-recognised Trinity TEFL qualification
  • Full-time, 4-week course
  • Maximum 10 trainees
  • 6 hours of Teaching Practice with live classes
  • Worldwide job opportunities
  • Experienced and well-qualified academic team
  • Accommodation assistance

The ‘Cert’ course: Key Facts

– Course fees: €1,490 all inclusive of registration and moderation fees

– Class size: Maximum 10 trainees

– Daily timetable:

  • 9.30-13.00 Teaching Practice & Feedback
  • 13.00-14.30 Lunch, Siesta and Unguided Teaching Practice Prep
  • 14.30-15.30  Guided Teaching Practice Prep
  • 15.30-18.30 Input Sessions

About the Trinity College London Certificate

Who awards this Certificate?

The Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded by Trinity College London and is commonly known as The Trinity CertTESOL. This qualification is accredited in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority at Level 4 of the National Qualifications Framework.

It is accepted by the British Council as an initial TESOL qualification for teachers in its accredited teaching organisations in the UK and in its own teaching operations overseas. Credits are also awarded towards degree programmes offered by the Open University in the UK.

How widely recognised is the Trinity College Certificate?

Over the past 100 years Trinity College has developed a world-wide reputation for academic excellence.

The Certificate in TESOL is recognised by the British Council as a good initial TEFL qualification.

Most language schools both in the UK and abroad recognise the Certificate in TESOL as a suitable qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages so enabling you to teach in any country in the world where there is a demand for English.

When and how is the Certificate awarded?

In order to be awarded the Certificate candidates must follow and successfully complete a course as a centre which is approved by Trinity College London.

Your practical and written work is assessed by the course tutors and moderated by a Trinity College Moderator who also interviews all trainees personally on the last day of the course. The Certificate is awarded to those who have successfully completed all elements of the course including the final interview with the Moderator.

British School Vicenza issues its own final report on each student giving details of achievement in all sections of the course.

About British School Vicenza

How well established is the British School Vicenza?

The British School Vicenza (BSV) is part of the international SGI Group of schools and has been operating in this beautiful historic Italian city since 1969.

With over 40 years of experience of English language teaching this well-equipped and spacious school is widely-recognised as one of the best English language course providers in this part of Italy.

Its strong professional associations with SGI London means this is a great place to take your Trinity Cert TESOL course.

What other services does the British School Vicenza offer?

As well as teacher training, we offer a full range of English language programmes to students and companies in the region. We always try to give maximum individual attention to our students through a system of small, lively groups, private tutorials and a variety of other classes. In addition we offer our students a self-access centre and library, a multi-media room and a varied Social Club.

About the Course

Is the Trinity Certificate Course for me?

The course we offer is designed for those of you who have no previous experience and also for those of you who have some experience of teaching either English or other subjects but who wish to obtain a professional qualification specific to TEFL.

The course provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to teach English in a variety of educational settings and is open to native and non-native speakers of English.

Limited to a maximum of 10 people, it is extremely intensive with 135 contact hours over the course of the month. Each day combines observed teaching practice, practical workshops or lectures and targeted project work. The course is all the more demanding in that you are expected to work on assignments and preparation outside official course hours as well.

This is a challenging, stimulating and rewarding course and with that in mind we would like to stress that you should have no other commitments during the period of training and that you focus all your energy on the course.

Who are the trainers on the Trinity Certificate Course?

Our trainers are all qualified professionals with extensive teaching and training experience both in Britain and abroad, and a commitment to high quality TEFL training. Above all they are talented communicators who can make their trainees share their enthusiasm and professionalism in a practical and stimulating way.

What happens on the Course?

When you train to become a teacher of English it is essential that you develop a greater understanding of the language itself. You will look closely at the way the English language is put together at the level of the word (vocabulary) and the sentence (grammar), and how meaning is derived from these elements.

The sounds we use in English and how we put these sounds together to make words and sentences are also important and must be focused on (phonology).

Besides looking at the language you must also develop an understanding of who the learners are, what their different needs and motivations are and the different situations in which you might teach them (learner awareness). During the course you will write a student profile and plan work for a student based on their specific needs and difficulties.

Of course there is no substitute for practice! The development of teaching skills and lesson planning are central features of the training course. You will teach a minimum of 6 hours of lessons to classes of students at different levels and by the end of the course have a clear idea of what constitutes good classroom practice linked to good lesson preparation. A related aspect is the series of lessons in an unknown foreign language where you will be the student!

Another feature of the course is that you will evaluate a wide range of published materials including videos, books and cassettes. Connected to this is the materials project in which you create usable materials for the classroom.

A mark of a good language teacher is that they are capable of being eclectic and innovative and can draw on a number of different approaches to language teaching. With this in mind you will consider a variety of different ways of teaching English, both current and traditional.

Finally, through observing experienced teachers both on video and in the classroom, and through observation of other trainees you will leave the course with a framework enabling you to evaluate and develop your own teaching skills.

Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a demanding and stimulating profession, giving you the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and to meet people from all walks of life. You will find out that teaching English can be very challenging but also tremendous fun and if you are prepared to work hard you will derive a great deal of satisfaction from it.

What will I be assessed on?

As well as a continuous assessment of your contribution to the training sessions you will have regular project work and be assessed on the following specific assignments:

  • a foreign language journal
  • a student profile
  • a materials project

You will also be assessed on:

  • your lesson planning
  • your class teaching
  • your ability to respond constructively to teaching practice feedback.

About work opportunities

The international recognition of the Trinity Cert gives a good guarantee of finding work. Our extensive list of contacts throughout the TEFL world means we are regularly contacted about job vacancies and are in a position to help you take that vital first step into contracted paid employment.

The SGI Group also has a policy of employing successful trainees, especially during their particularly busy months.

British School Vicenza  has close relations with schools across northern Italy and also often needs teaching staff for the new academic year.

We currently have former trainees working in the following countries:
Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Japan, Russia, The Czech Republic, Macedonia, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, China, Argentina, Taiwan, The Sudan and the UK.

What should I do now?

As we mentioned in the introduction, if you are unsure about any aspect of the course, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to discuss any questions you may wish to raise.

When you feel you want to proceed, you should either contact us to apply or complete the online application form for the course.

On receiving your application, we will contact you with a view to arranging an interview at our school or by telephone if you live a considerable distance from Vicenza or London.

When you obtain a place on the course, you will receive a written confirmation and further instructions.