The Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL is generally accepted within the worldwide English language teaching community as the leading advanced TEFL qualification available in the world today. The successful completion of this course results in a qualification that is accredited at Level 7 on the UK National Qualifications Framework (the NQF) and is regarded as comparable, in terms of difficulty and assessment standards, to a Masters degree level of study.
Since its inception in early 1995, the SGI ‘Trinity Diploma’ has evolved into a highly effective distance learning course with hundreds of participants having successfully completed this unique flexible online programme. With outstanding results, great tutorial support and an excellent team of tutors, the SGI Diploma has become a byword for quality teacher training within the ELT industry.
So exactly how does the SGI ‘Dip’ work?
Essentially participants complete a series of eight workbooks which are marked and returned to them with full tutor comments. With our Diploma you are basically on an individual track, which means you are able to complete the workbooks at a pace that suits you within a two year time frame, with completion in about a year being perfectly possible. The workbooks and the coursework portfolio guide ensure preparation for Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the examination, namely....the written exam paper, the coursework portfolio and the oral interview (Phonology knowledge assessment) and contribute to your preparation for part 4, the classroom teaching element. During the workbook period you are in frequent contact with your assigned tutor.
This online element is complemented by the two week practical block which ensures preparation for the classroom teaching part of the examination (Part 4). The block consists of classroom teaching with regular observations and internal assessments coupled with an external assessment by the Trinity appointed examiner at the end of the second week. There is also preparatory work related to the Oral Interview (Part 3, the Phonology assessment) by way of tutorials and mock interview.