Teacher Training Cert TESOL

The Course

This course is designed for the trainee with little or no experience of teaching English in the contemporary ESOL classroom, but with a high level of competence in spoken and written English. It will equip you with the most basic skills and knowledge needed to take up a post as a TESOL teacher and give you a firm foundation for self-evaluation and further professional development.

The Certificate is a minimum requirement for many jobs, and is recognised and regarded highly internationally. Our programme meets the requirements of The British Council Validation Advisory Committee under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme and our Certificate is validated by Trinity College. We are the only school in Ireland approved by Trinity College London to offer this prestigious qualification course.  Atlantic SEAL is also recognised by the the Irish Dept of Education &  the CertTESOL also meets their requirements  for candidates who wish to work in a recognised English school in Ireland.

This is an initial qualification, although experienced teachers with no recognised qualifications may also find it a useful stepping stone in their careers and professional development.

You may wish to learn how some of our past trainees have got on since they qualified: https://www.atlantic-english.comhttp://www.atlantic-english.com/images/blog/wcp_0302_%2024-1.pdf

REVIEWS FROM PAST TEACHER TRAINEES: It has been pointed out to us that some of those who attended the course in the past  have submitted reviews to this  websIte which may give you an idea of what to expect: http://www.learn4good.com/reviews/ireland/cork/tefl-tesol-certification/993/reviews.htm

 We have been approached by a Middle East teacher recruitment organisation for university positions with very attractive conditions of work and payment for our CertTESOL graduates..read more here on this website {page_6}demand-for-past-and-future-english-teachers-trained-at-atlantic-school-of-english


The course takes place at Atlantic School of English and Active Leisure (Atlantic SEAL) which is based in the picturesque harbourside village of Schull in South West Cork, Ireland. This is a tranquil & beautiful location, with scenic surroundings. However, as is typical of Irish villages, there is also a lively evening pub and live music scene, which means that even those who are not local residents can find the ideal tranquil learning environment, extracurricular ‘diversion' when needed and a warm welcome from the friendly locals. For the active, there is a wide variety of watersports and land sport options to choose from.

Course Structure

The course is a short intensive course of four weeks duration, preceded by pre-course tasks, including an introduction to phonemic script, syntactic and lexical tasks and a short introduction to methodology. (This is available either as an attachment on the Internet or as hard copy. In either case it is a requirement to complete it before the beginning of the course. You can return the completed worksheets by Internet or by post or bring them in person at the start of the course. You will be sent this work as soon as we receive your deposit). The course itself includes 130 hours tuition; input, tutorial time and teaching preparation, 6 hours teaching practice and a minimum of six hours of guided observation. The tuition takes the form of lectures, seminars, guided self-study, workshops and observation of experienced teachers. There is also some video and peer-observation.

Course Assessment

Course members are assessed throughout the course for development during teaching practice and professional growth in terms of relationship with learners and colleagues, as well as awareness of their own progress. The Certificate also requires that a certain number of tasks be completed, all with a pedagogical objective in mind. A journal is kept during a five-hour course in Japanese, to provide evidence of a developing awareness of language learning and a communicative methodology.

A profile of a non-native speaker learner is written to provide evidence of an awareness of what is required to analyse learners' needs and how to address them. A compilation of materials is made during teaching practice, to provide a springboard for a discussion with an external moderator and to enable that person to judge how much of TESOL methodology has been acquired. There are also tests in language awareness of English phonology, syntax and vocabulary.

The emphasis is on assessing progress made and not on grading, since six hours behind the wheel is considered too early to make a final judgement on potential teaching ability. Course members are given a lot of support during throughout the course by very experienced staff, particularly during the early teaching practice sessions and during the completion of the required tasks. However, it must be emphasised that this is a very intensive course and cannot be carried out at the same time as other commitments or during times of personal difficulties.

2016 Dates:

This course   will take place at Easter 2016. Email for further details of exact dates. 

Strict maximum 12 participants only. Some distance learning warm up tasks beforehand, so early enrolment is advised.

(Interviews for  spring and summer  teaching jobs during  this course)

( Please note that there  is a  free additional introductory 'warm up' workshop the Saturday before all courses commence. We also encourage you to do some pre course reading & set you up with some guided reading tasks. Past trainees have told us that they found this very helpful. We offer you full support and contact with us from enrollment to course commencement. There is just one book you need  in order to complete these - this makes the course more manageable and helps to acquaint you with the various concepts, terms etc that you will encounter)


 Course fees (see below)  includes tuition for four weeks during a 9.30am - 5.00pm daily programme Monday to Friday, all course materials, individual tutorials and mentoring.  It also includes moderation by the Trinity College London appointed moderator who comes from the UK on the final days of the course for assessment leading to certification.

Schools in Ireland, UK and worldwide frequently seek our graduates for teaching jobs.

 Free English Lessons  

Students who attend Atlantic SEAL during our spring Teacher Training course will get up to 10 free lessons per week. Yes FREE English lessons taught by our hard working teacher trainees.{page_6}free-english-lessons-2011-during-teacher-training/

How to Apply

Potential course members need to contact Atlantic SEAL following which they will arrange to have an interview and complete a pre-course test. The interview will take place either at the centre or over the telephone, if a journey to Schull is impractical. Once accepted on to the course and having paid a deposit, the distance learning materials will be sent out. There are two books to accompany the material, which will also be used during the course. These can be posted to you by our local bookshop, if required. Details can be obtained at interview.

Course Fees

Price Includes Additional
4 week 1450Euro (this includes the 450Euro deposit paid at enrollment)

 A 4 week 9.30am - 5.00pm daily programme. Monday to Friday, all course materials, individual tutorials and mentoring.  It also includes moderation by the Trinity College London appointed moderator who comes from the UK on the final days of the course for assessment leading to certification. Pre course warm up tasks & mentoring Immediately on enrolment.

We can arrange local accommodation in a house share/ own apartment/host family from 80-150Euro per week depending on preference

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