Answers to frequently-asked questions
Is it possible for me to find or get a job in Thailand after finishing the CertTESOL course with you?
Yes, it is possible. With a Trinity CertTESOL, you can apply for an ESL teaching position in an international school, the British Council, a Thai school, or an English language school. There is an input session on our course detailing how to apply for teaching work, and the working culture in different type of schools in Thailand, which could assist you in successfully finding teaching positions. We work with tesolteachers.com to place our trainees in teaching positions that suit them best. To provide you with a legal work visa and work permit, any employer would usually require that you possess at least a bachelor's degree to begin the process. Therefore, if you plan to do this straight after the course, we recommend that you bring the degree with you.
We can also help you to find a teaching job in Thailand. You can find out more details HERE.
How much studying is actually involved in the course?
The CertTESOL is accredited at level 5 on the UK qualifications and Credit Framework, and as such there is a relevant workload to be expected. There are input sessions and teaching practice most days when you are onsite in Thailand. The online component now allows you to complete a large part of the required coursework before your arrival. Although there is no set time limit to completing the online part of the course, you will be advised by your trainers as regards your expected progress.
Why is the course moderation important?
The course moderator decides if the course has met the standards of the awarding body. In our case this is Trinity College London.
The course moderator is not involved in the training. He or she will be assigned by Trinity College London on moderation day and will meet all the trainees individually and as a group. They will discuss with the trainees about whether they have received the training that they expected. They will review all the trainees' work and assess the materials assignment including paperwork relating to observation feedback and input sessions. The moderator makes recommendations to the centre and reports directly to Trinity College in London.
The moderator does not decide on whether the trainee has passed the course but rather whether the expected standards have been met both by the course provider and the trainee.
The Examination Board or Awarding Body is the institution that sets and marks the examinations and/or assessment procedures needed in order to obtain the qualification. The ‘awarding body’ is the institution whose name will appear on the certificate that is given as a result of success on a course, e.g. Trinity, Cambridge etc. This is what makes your qualification acceptable to reputable institutions worldwide.
When do I receive the Trinity CertTESOL certificate?
The Trinity Certificate is issued to you by Trinity College London after you have successfully completed the teaching practice and course moderation. You will also receive a letter of confirmation from the course trainer.
When your online component is complete we can issue you with a letter showing the Units and tasks already undertaken and your expected result after the impending onsite teaching practice.
If I am not an English native speaker, will it be a problem for me to attend and succeed on the course?
It is NOT necessary to be a native speaker of English, or to be able to speak a foreign language other than English, in order to successfully complete the Trinity CertTESOL. Many of our successful trainees have been non-native speakers of English, from a wide variety of countries around the world. Your English ability will be assessed in the pre-course interview conducted by our trainers. They will inform you if you have the required English ability to successfully complete the course.
Why not just do all the teaching practice online?
Although this may be an easier option to arrange, we as teachers appreciate that there is no substitute for hands on teaching practice in the environment of a real classroom. Although there is a place for online teaching, it can rarely match the thrill of the classroom experience, the excitement of meeting your first students and the feeling of achievement as you leave the classroom afterwards. Therefore, we think our trainees will prefer to be immersed in lesson planning sessions and teaching practice as part of their onsite experience.
Where are you located in Thailand and how do I get there?
We are located in the Khao Yai National Park area of Thailand, about 150km from Bangkok. The nearest town is Pak Chong, which is still very much a charming traditional Thai town.
We arrange transport for our trainees from Bangkok on the day before the course starts. If you need help arranging accommodation in Bangkok, we can help you with this.
How can I commute around the centre?
On weekdays, we provide safe transportation for trainees between their accommodation and the training centre twice a day, in the morning and the evening. We also arrange the transport for teaching practice sessions from the training centre to the local schools, hotels and places where you will do your teaching practice.
In your free time, you can go around by 'songthaew' (local transport) or use a taxi service which our staffs can help you reserve in advance. There are many interesting places to go at weekends, such as the night market in Pak Chong, and the world-famous Khao Yai National Park, which is home to wild elephants, monkeys, bats and a few elusive tigers...
Our staff can inform you about half-day and full-day tours run by local agencies in the area.
How might COVID 19 restrictions affect my time on the course?
Sadly, we had to temporarily suspend our onsite Trinity CertTESOL at the beginning of 2020.
Presently entering Thailand involves a 14-day quarantine period. Therefore, we are looking towards starting our onsite component by January 2022. We are hopeful that by that time all quarantine restrictions will have been lifted. We plan to be very flexible with dates in 2022, to allow our trainees to prepare themselves for when they are ready to travel. We are looking forward to having our training centre full again
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