CertTESOL Entry Requirements

Applicants are welcome from any background, with or without any prior teaching experience. One should have a strong passion to teach, and an ability to demonstrate good English language skills.

The entry requirements as stated by Trinity College London are:

  • Age: Minimum of 18 years old on the first day of the course.
  • Educational: Minimal qualification for entry into Higher (Tertiary) Education in the UK (or home country) or equivalent. Proof of relevant qualification should be provided at the interview.
  • English Level: Demonstrate a high level of competence in reading, writing, aural and oral skills in English as appropriate to a teacher of the language and sufficient to equip them for the training process.
  • Non-native English speakers are welcome to apply but should be able to demonstrate competence in English.

Apart from these, some of the other qualities that a trainee teacher should possess are:

Be willing to learn:

Demonstrate an ability to learn how to teach communicatively, showing relevant features of English and ensuring understanding.

Be a team player:

Willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group, supporting colleagues and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance.

Ability to evaluate yourself:

Willing to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as analyse other peers, and a desire to improve.

Ability to take feedback positively:

Able to respond constructively to feedback and suggestions, implementing it in practice and show willingness to work as a team.

Be committed:

Willing to put in the hard work and dedication required to improve and develop with understanding and practice.

  • All applicants need to show evidence of good speaking and writing skills in English, whether English is their first language or not.
  • All applicants are required to complete a pre-interview task, attend an interview before they are accepted on the CertTESOL course. Click here to request the pre-interview task document.

Visa requirement for trainees arriving from outside Japan

There is no specific visa requirement (or restrictions) on the type of visa required to take our CertTESOL course. A 90 day tourist visa is more than enough to complete the full-time course. As for the part-time course, it depends on whether you are working while completing the course, which means you already have a valid visa. If not, you would need to have a valid visa that allows you to be in the country for 6 months.

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