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A quick coffee with… David Young (DipTESOL Course Director)

So there you have it – clearly Duncan is not the only musically-inclined member of our management team, and we also have a secret table football fan in our midst! Aside from that, David has also provided some important insights into the DipTESOL course. If you’ve been weighing up whether or not to take the course, hopefully he has given you some food for thought. To add to that, here’s some of the key information you might need…

As we’ve seen, the DipTESOL is a qualification for experienced teachers who are ready to take their career to the next level. It’s equivalent to the Cambridge DELTA, and where one is accepted, the other will be too. The main difference, however, is that the Dip focuses more on phonology and allows you the flexibility to base your projects on your own specific areas of interest. You can read more about the differences between the two courses here.


Oxford TEFL’s Trinity DipTESOL course is very flexible. As David mentioned over coffee, we introduced the 100% online course in 2020. This has continued to be very popular, and we have refined the course as time has gone on to ensure it continues to provide the very best experience possible for our trainees. The other option is blended – meaning that you’ll study online in preparation for face-to-face assessments.

Whichever you choose, there will be a 7-month part-time phase, then a 4-week intensive phase. During the former, you may choose to keep working full-time as usual. You can complete most activities at a time of your convenience, and you will find plenty of support from your tutors to ensure you can manage the workload. The latter requires you to clear your schedule – you will undertake assessed teaching practice and a phonology exam while collaborating with other trainees.


You will take four assessments:

Unit 1: A written exam. You can sit this in any suitable space around the world, and the majority of our trainees borrow a classroom and invigilator from the institution where they work.

Unit 2: Research projects. There are three of these, and they help you reflect upon and learn more about various aspects of your own and others’ teaching practice.

Unit 3: Phonology interview. A thirty minute interview including a presentation, live transcription and conversation with the examiner.

Unit 4: Teaching practice. You will prepare and deliver a series of lessons to be observed and assessed by an examiner.

What next?

Our Trinity DipTESOL graduates have gone on to a range of exciting careers across all areas of TEFL. As well as materials writing, academic management and teacher training, there are other jobs you might not even have considered. Click here to read about a graduate who is now a Content Manager. Or, perhaps you’re interested in Marketing? Coordination? The possibilities really are endless!

If you still need some help making your mind up about taking the DipTESOL course, you might find this article useful. 

To apply, click here. We will then be in touch and arrange your interview (with David Young, of course!)

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