Introducing the Cert PT

The Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (Cert PT) supports the professional development of English language teachers.

The Trinity Cert PT enables practising teachers, including those with language proficiency below CEFR Level C1, to access specialist training and certification that can transform their teaching practice.

Qualified teachers will use their practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching to update, and enrich their skills. By refining their specialist skills in the area of Materials Development or Practical Teaching, teachers will learn to develop effective context-specific resources. All varieties of English teaching are explored during the course, including teaching young learners, teaching English for specific or academic purposes and teaching within content and language integrated learning settings.

This is a level 6 qualification, sitting between initial Level 5 teaching certificates (such as the CELTA) and an advanced Level 7 diploma qualification (such as the DELTA).

This course takes place in our Covent Garden school in London. There is an online version of this course available here. 

Course Content

IH London is currently offering the Trinity Cert PT course as an additional qualification to be added to our Practical Teacher course, or added to our Materials Development course.

 

Practical Teacher:

Face to face one-week course

  • 20 hours of guided learning
  • 3 tutorials (Two 30-minute tutorial during the course, one 1-hour tutorial by Zoom or email post course)

This course is for English language teachers working in different teaching contexts. It aims to give them a greater awareness and mastery of a range of approaches, techniques, and procedures to engage, develop, and motivate English language students.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, course participants will:

  • have gained a greater awareness of different approaches, techniques, and procedures for developing students’ language skills
  • have participated in classroom activities to experience and explore different teaching approaches, techniques, and activities
  • be better able to critically evaluate and adapt classroom materials in line with learner needs, engagement, and principles underpinning materials design
  • have shared teaching ideas from their own classroom experience

 

Materials Development:

Face to face one-week course

  • 20 hours of guided learning
  • 3 tutorials (Two 30-minute tutorial during the course, one 1-hour tutorial by Zoom or email post course)

This course is for teachers who want to make great lesson materials for their students or to share with other teachers and the wider ELT community. Get ready to be creative!

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, course participants will:

  • Assess and evaluate materials and understand what makes good teaching and learning materials
  • Design materials around texts to develop receptive skills
  • Design materials for developing productive skills
  • Design material for teaching specific language items
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your own materials and adapt them to suit the needs of different learners
  • Understand effective materials design and layout
  • Write effective instructions

 

 

Who is the Cert PT suitable for?

  • Teachers who are already qualified and wishing to improve their specialist knowledge and skills.
  • Teachers holding an initial Level 5 English language teaching certificate who wish to progress professionally with a Level 6 qualification before pursuing a Level 7 diploma.

The Cert PT will also be of interest to schools wishing to maintain best practice and continual professional development for their teaching staff.

 

Course Requirements:

  • A level 5 teaching qualification, e.g a Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA, or equivalent, plus a minimum of 6 months teaching experience.

OR

  • At least 2 years of teaching experience, so that assessments can be completed to the required standard.

 

Assessment

The CertPT is assessed through a portfolio of work with four written assignments:

◗evaluate a resource

◗adapt a resource

◗create a resource

◗reflect on the use of a resource

 

You will start the assignments during your course and complete them in the self-study period following the course.  The assignments are practical and you will work with teaching resources that are relevant to you and your teaching context. You can try new materials in the classroom and gather feedback/data from peers or students and write and research the essays There is a scheduled tutorial to support you with the assignments.

 

Learning Outcomes

You will demonstrate your ability to:

  1. Evaluate teaching/training resources, making suggestions that will help meet the needs of a specified learner/learner group
  2. Adapt teaching/training resources to meet the needs of a specified learner/learner group
  3. Create teaching/training resources to meet the needs of a specified learner/learner group
  4. Justify pedagogical decisions for teaching/training of a specified learner/learner group
  5. Reflect on pedagogical decisions made to meet the needs of a specified learner/learner group
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of formative assessment on a specified learner/learner group
  7. Use academic referencing to meet the needs of ILOs 1–6 above

 

 

Meet the trainer:

Danny Norrington-Davies, CELTA and Delta Trainer

Danny started teaching English over 16 years ago in Botswana and gained his CELTA in the UK in 1995. He worked with Japanese volunteers in Malawi before returning to London to complete his Delta. He has taught in Argentina, South Africa and Thailand. Danny has been with IH London since 2007. He is a CELTA and Delta trainer and works on programmes at King’s College London. He is the author of a teaching methodology book, From Rules to Reasons, which was short listed for an ELTON award. He works on our partner courses at King’s College London.

 

 

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The Trinity Cert PT qualification is an optional add-on to two existing short courses, Practical Teacher or Material Development. The cost of adding the qualification (£550) is separate to the cost of the short course (£550), meaning that trainees who take Practical Teacher + Trinity Cert PT or Material Development + Trinity Cert PT, will have course fees totaling £1100. There is no option to take the Trinity Cert PT qualification alone, it must be taken with a short course.

 

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