Trinity DipTESOL assessments: what are they and why do we do them?

Trinity DipTESOL

Although the word assessment can bring forward memories of school and a whole host of negative emotions, it’s not necessarily the case. Research in both the fields of English language teaching and mainstream education has shown that well-designed assessment can be motivational and lead to better learning.  There are four assessments within the Diploma in […]

How can I pass the Trinity DipTESOL unit 1 exam?

Trinity DipTESOL

Top tips and techniques from a Trinity DipTESOL graduate. I hate exams. Even more than the average person, and beyond the most obvious of reasons. Furthermore, I now have the academic nous, training, and knowledge to eloquently rail against them as a concept. (Thank you for that Trinity DipTESOL course!)  I hate what exams do […]

Am I ready for the DipTESOL or DELTA Course?

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What is the DipTESOL (or DELTA)? If you’ve read our recent blog post, you’ll know that we have been exploring the most common acronyms in TEFL. DipTESOL and DELTA are two more. Both stand for Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. They are fully accredited, advanced level TEFL qualifications which are recognised […]

Leadership: 6 tips to approach teacher observations in online teaching

It is now common knowledge that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of edtech. Traditional language schools and corporate language training providers have had to adapt overnight to a change they say would have happened in five years had Covid-19 not happened. This has come with a multitude of new roles for Director of Studies […]

TEFL vs. CELTA – What’s the Difference?

Getting started Are you dreaming of an exciting new career? Something that lets you work with people from all over the world? Perhaps you have a passion for languages? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s likely you’ve considered becoming a TEFL teacher. Naturally the first step is to get qualified, but […]

IELTS, CAE, TOEFL and more: navigating the most popular English proficiency exams

IELTS, CAE, TOEFL

What’s it all about? After working so hard (mostly!), it’s understandable that our students want or need to demonstrate their level of English. They’ll usually choose to do so by taking proficiency exams such as IELTS, CAE or TOEFL. Their motivations vary widely. Some wish to work or study abroad while others need to prove […]

5 skills for teaching online and 1 skill to make you stand out

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Many schools have been forced to move to teaching online with little or no preparation for students and teachers have been, in many cases, left to cope with developing online teaching skills with little or no training. If you Google ‘disruption’ you’ll see two definitions: The first is “disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, […]

Teacher wellbeing: What is it and why should we care?

Students are fairly integral to running a school, wouldn’t you agree? As English language teachers we have little control over the numbers of students coming into the school or how they’re organised into our classes. We can pray that they’ll have just the right combination of diligence, enthusiasm and humour. We can hope that they’ll […]

TEFL, TESOL, ESL, ELT: what do they all mean?

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In the world of English teaching, abbreviated TEFL terminology abounds. Whether you’ve just started out on your career or have been teaching for a while, it’s likely that you’ve wondered what they all mean and how they apply to you. As we will discover, with a few pointers up your sleeve you can begin to […]

Which is better? 100% Online CELTA or Face-to-Face CELTA Course?

2020 was the year everything went online. From meetings to markets, parties to pub quizzes – we made the switch so we could keep doing what we always have and maintain a sense of normality. Forced though the change may have been, there’s no doubt that most of us have noticed some advantages. Who would […]