Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between the Trinity CertTESOL and the Cambridge CELTA?

Find the answers to this question and more below. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

A/ Both qualifications carry the same weight regarding level of professional competence. With the Trinity CertTESOL you benefit from learning an unknown foreign language so you are able to put yourself in the shoes of your students. You also get the opportunity to teach one-to-one.
In practice, the CertTESOL and the CELTA are very similar. Of course, we believe that the CertTESOL creates better teachers. Working with Trinity gives us a little bit of flexibility on how we run the course, meaning that you will learn the curriculum Trinity has set out, but with our vision of
training teachers that inspire.

A/ The course does not assume any prior understanding of English grammar, so don’t panic! You probably didn’t learn the English you use today in grammar lessons but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn it now. Your course will help you with grammar basics and there are plenty of books you can delve into for more help if you need it.
A/ Depending on your experience and type of student (children or professionals), you could expect to earn a minimum of around £14 per hour in the UK. Many schools that offer English classes for professionals usually pay up to £30 per hour and teachers who progress to academic management may expect to earn up to £30,000 per year. Abroad, teaching positions usually pay more than the national average of that country.
A/ The course is very intensive and requires a lot of time and commitment, so to get the best out of the course you will need to dedicate most of your time and attention to it.
A/ We aim to create teachers who inspire their students. Everyone can remember a teacher who bored them to death! Athena teachers are the opposite. Motivating, encouraging, dynamic, refreshing, enlivening. These are the qualities we aim to develop in your teaching.