Accessibility statement


The application process for our Cert TESOL (initial teacher training course, accredited by Trinity College, London), running from Monday 19th June to Friday 21st July 2023, has opened and will remain open until Friday 10 March 2023. If you are interested in this course in 2023, please email

The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is an intensive English language teacher training course which is open to everyone. 

This course is run by the Department of Language and Linguistic Science and is designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to take up your first post as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher.

The CertTESOL is accepted by the British Council as an initial TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification.

Classes will take place in-person at the University of York, and the layout of classrooms has been organised in line with Covid-19 recommendations.

If you have any questions or would like more information get in touch at:


We are currently reviewing our plans for the delivery of Cert TESOL courses in 2023.

Write to us at and we will notify you about future dates.

Tuition fee

  • £1,000 - for Dept of Lang & Ling, Univ of York students
  • £1,200 - for other University of York students
  • £1,500 - for non-University of York students

Entry level

  • IELTS 7.0 and above
  • A level or equivalent

Course structure

The course is a minimum of 130 timetabled hours and 15 non-timetabled hours. This includes:

  • 90 hours of supervised teaching and learning
  • 4 hours observing experienced ESOL teachers
  • 6 hours of observed teaching practice
  • 30 hours of private study

The course comprises five units as follows:

Unit 1: Teaching Skills (74 hours guided learning)

This unit covers:

  • methodology
  • teaching skills
  • teaching practice and related portfolio
  • guided observation and related journal
  • coursebook and materials evaluation
  • methods of assessment and testing in the classroom

It will assess your ability to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to a dynamic learning environment.

This is the largest unit. Its length reflects our need to ensure the vocational validity, relevance and professional integrity of the CertTESOL award.

Unit 2: Language Awareness and Skills (20 guided learning hours)

This unit covers linguistic form, function and meaning in standard English and how to teach these to learners.

Unit 3: Learner Profile (18 guided learning hours)

This unit covers:

  • one-to-one teaching methodology
  • needs analysis
  • linguistic analysis
  • lesson planning
  • syllabus design

It brings together everything studied in Units 1 and 2 in the form of a practical assignment.

Unit 4: The Materials Assignment (8 guided learning hours)

This unit covers the production, adaptation, use and evaluation of simple classroom teaching materials and tasks.

You'll devise/adapt your own materials to use in teaching practice lessons. Your assignment will be externally assessed by a Trinity moderator.

Unit 5: Unknown Language (10 guided learning hours)

This unit covers methodologies and activities for teaching beginner language-learners, using little or no use of their first language. It also introduces lesson planning and contrastive analysis.


By the end of the course, you should have:

  • a knowledge of the main grammatical, lexical and phonological features of contemporary English;
  • an understanding of the main advantages and disadvantages of various language teaching approaches.

You should be able to:

  • establish rapport and create and maintain learners’ interest;
  • draw up a range of lesson plans with clear and achievable aims, using appropriate methods for learners with various needs;
  • manage and stimulate active participation among a class of learners;
  • provide a relevant learning environment and learning opportunities for learners;
  • evaluate, use and adapt published material and create simple teaching material;
  • evaluate your own effectiveness as a teacher;
  • work co-operatively as a member of a teaching team.

You will be aware of:

  • the learning needs of individuals or groups of learners;
  • the motivation of learners in a variety of cultures and contexts;
  • the use of English as an international lingua-franca and language of transcultural communication;
  • the process for finding a TESOL post after training and of the main issues relevant to employment in this area;
  • the need to continue your development as an ESOL teacher.