Gain your advanced qualification in ELT with Europe’s leading course provider – now available fully online
The Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DipTESOL) is equivalent to a Cambridge DELTA and is an internationally respected, prestigious qualification for experienced teachers of ESOL/EFL. In contrast to the Cambridge DELTA, the Trinity DipTESOL provides more of a focus on phonology and the option to base your projects on your own particular context.
It is ideal if you are looking for the step in your ELT career and you are ready to gain an advanced qualification in ELT which will impress employers worldwide. The Trinity DipTESOL will transform your teaching and help you move into roles such as examiner, course book writer, teacher trainer or school manager.
Since 1998, we have trained over 600 teachers on this course and become Europe’s leading course provider. Gain your Trinity DipTESOL qualification with us and we can help you advance your career in ELT too.
The Trinity Diploma in TESOL is for English Language teachers (including primary and secondary school teachers) who:
Wherever you are in the world, you can gain this qualification. From 2021 we are offering even more flexibility with the format. Choose from two ways to take this course:
Option 1 (Blended): 7 months part-time online + 4 weeks intensive face-to-face training including teaching practice in Barcelona, Cádiz, Kerala or Hong Kong.
Assessment: Unit 1 (in a registered centre), Unit 2 (Online), Unit 3 and 4 (in Barcelona, Cádiz, Kerala or Hong Kong). In the case of restrictions due to COVID-19, you will be able to switch to Option 2 (below) to do units 3 and 4 online.
Option 2 (Fully Online): 7 months part-time online + 4 weeks intensive online training including your teaching practice.
Assessment: Unit 1 (in a registered centre), Units 2, 3 and 4 (Online).
You must have at least two years of full-time teaching experience or equivalent (960 hours) teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language. The experience can be with any age group or teaching context. If you do not meet this requirement, we recommend our CELTA course.
In addition to the experience requirement, we ask that applicants have a C2 level of English before enrolling in the course.
You do not need a certification to prove your English level.
However, we do accept the following as proof of language ability (if they are less than two years old):
If you do not possess one of the above certifications, then your English level will be assessed throughout the application process.
What can I expect to learn during the 7 month part-time phase?
Our goal is to provide a course which is dynamic and practical and meets the needs of the participants, so your work in our virtual classroom will be backed up with tasks which get you to apply ideas in your own teaching situation. With a team of highly experienced and qualified tutors, the online modules will help you to deepen your theoretical knowledge and practical skills while preparing for the four assessed units of the Trinity Dip.TESOL course:
The 4-week intensive phase:
What can I expect during the intensive phase?
If you choose our blended study option, you will complete your unit 3 phonology interview and unit 4 teaching practice assessment during a four-week phase in Barcelona, Cádiz, Kerala or Hong Kong. You will deliver your classes to adult students in one of our centres and receive support from our tutors who will be with you in the school.
If you choose our online study option, you will complete your unit 3 phonology interview and unit 4 teaching practice assessment online. You will deliver your classes to adult students using Zoom and receive support from our tutors online. We can provide the students for you, or you can use your own students.
In both cases, there are various options for dates.
Once you have completed the course and passed the assessments, you will be awarded the Trinity Diploma in TESOL. This is an internationally recognised professional qualification for English Language Teaching. Many UK universities are now offering credits and/or exemptions on their MA and other courses for those who have obtained their Trinity Diploma in TESOL.
This qualification opens doors to other areas of the ELT profession. Our graduates have gone on to become:
You will complete a written exam consisting of a grammar section and two sections with essay questions about teaching and learning. This can be taken in an Oxford TEFL centre or at any Trinity authorised centre (there are currently 45 around the world). If you have chosen to take this course fully online, this will be the only assessment for which you will need to attend a centre. Exams are offered in May, August or November.
A coursework portfolio including three action research projects. The projects involve observation of other trained teachers, reflection on your own teaching and a research project, where you collect data. Work on the portfolio will be completed throughout the course, guided by a tutor with expertise in your chosen areas. You will need to base the reflection task on teaching a group or groups of at least 6 students for 15 hours in total. These projects are submitted online.
In this 30-minute interview with a Trinity examiner, you will deliver a short presentation on a pronunciation activity you have designed and delivered, transcribe a short utterance into phonemic script and have a discussion of the theory and practice of phonology. This unit is usually taken alongside the final externally assessed lesson. This is completed during the four-week intensive face-to-face or online phase.
Assessment of your teaching of five one-hour lessons, each preceded by a discussion of your lesson plan (10 minutes) and followed by a discussion of the lesson with the examiner (20 minutes). Four lessons are assessed by Oxford TEFL tutors, the fifth by a Trinity examiner. For this part of the exam, you will be teaching students in one of our centres. This is completed during the four-week intensive face-to-face or online phase.
Our team of trainers are experts in their field and qualified to a minimum of DELTA / DipTESOL level, which means they are qualified to train teachers of English. They offer support every step of the way throughout your course and are active contributors to the TEFL industry.
Below you can find the available start dates for the 7-month part-time phase.
|Course Starts||19th April 2021||11th October 2021|
|Deposit Paid (€450) by||12th April||4th October|
|1st Instalment (€750) by||19th May||11th November|
|2nd Instalment (€750) by||19th July||11th January|
|3rd Instalment (€750) by||19th September||11th March|
*Please note: Aside from the course fees, the following will also have to be paid in order to complete the course:
Once you have completed the 7-month part-time phase, you will be eligible to take the Trinity assessments.
The assessments can be completed in any order.
In 2021, in the case of both Option 1 and Option 2, this assessment must be completed in-person. This can be taken at any centre which is authorised to run the Trinity DipTESOL, CertTESOL, or TYLEC courses (check here, here, and here).
We will contact you 10 weeks before each exam date to ask if/where you would like to take the exam.
|Examination Dates||Oxford TEFL Registration Deadline|
Friday, 21st May 2021
Friday, 2nd April 2021
Friday, 13th August 2021
Friday, 2nd July 2021
Friday, 26th November 2021
Friday, 8th October 2021
You will electronically submit all three projects. There is no set date for submission, but you will need to work with your assigned tutor to complete the projects before support expires. You can request extra support after the deadline for a fee of €200 by emailing David Young, your Course Director.
During the 4-week intensive phase of the course, you will complete the phonology interview (Unit 3) and the observed lessons (Unit 4).
You will be contacted in February so you can tell us your preferred location/dates.
5th July – 30th July 2021
2nd August – 27th August 2021
30th August – 23rd September 2021
|Kerala||25th October – 19th November 2021|
|Cádiz||2nd August – 27th August 2021|
|Hong Kong||2nd August – 27th August 2021|
5th July – 30th July 2021
2nd August – 27th August 2021
3rd January – 28th January 2022
Meet Rubens, one of our expert tutors, as he answers some of the most common questions about the DipTESOL. Find out why this course is a great step in your career.