The Trinity CertPT: Preparing Learners for GESE provides in-service teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively and confidently prepare students for the Trinity Graded Exams in Spoken English (Grades 1 to 9). It draws upon qualified teachers’ existing knowledge of teaching practice and theory, while promoting the acquisition and refinement of the specialist skills needed to develop and use effective teaching resources.
This specialist qualification is designed for teachers who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills in the context of preparing learners of all ages for the Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE).
This specialist course is designed for teachers who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills in the context of preparing learners of all ages for the Trinity GESE exams (grades 1 to 9).
*Comparable in level to an undergraduate degree.
The CertPT: Preparing Learners for GESE runs part-time, online over a period of 12 weeks. It comprises 100 hours' total qualification time, broken into
Applications should be submitted at least one week before the course start date.
This course is for you if
This course might not be for you if
This course is suitable (but not exclusively) for young learner classrooms, either in monolingual or multilingual environments.
Our typical trainees include
Our courses comprise a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities, including native and non-native English speakers with a high level of spoken and written English. We welcome applicants of all ages and backgrounds, though it is essential that course applicants hold the minimum qualifications and skills required for entry onto the course.
Course content includes texts, diagrams, podcasts, and videos. You will complete practical tasks and share ideas with your peers via the discussion board.
For all four tasks you need to provide insights and references to TESOL theory.
When writing assignments, you should use academic conventions such as clear organisation, references to sources, and a bibliography.
The language of instruction is English. When writing your assignments, you can choose between writing in English or in Chinese. The word count is 750 to 1,000 words for (English) or 1,050 to 1,400 characters (Chinese).
Course Director, DipTESOL Trainer
CertTESOL and DipTESOL Trainer, Course Writer
ESOL Academic Manager (China Office), CertTESOL Trainer
Since 2009, Kevin has been involved in teaching English in a range of different settings, teaching adults, teenagers and notably young learners in Australia, Daqing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. He has worked in language centres as a Director of Studies and in various roles in international schools. At English for Asia, Kevin directs courses and conducts online training for teachers in Hong Kong and around the world.
CELTA, PGCE, BA
Maria Bjorning Gyde is an examiner, moderator and marker on all Trinity TESOL panels, including the DipTESOL, CertTESOL, TYLEC, CertPT and CertOT. She has more than 25 years’ experience in New Zealand, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Maria also dedicates her time to education and projects related to animal welfare issues and behavioural change for a One Health approach in Bali.
Karin began her TESOL career teaching English to young learners in Mainland China, before moving on to teach a wider range of ages and levels. Her roles have included senior teacher and in-house teacher trainer. Karin regularly presents at teacher conferences and has conducted research projects on teacher questioning in classrooms, learner autonomy, and how English environments impact learning.
Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL, TrinityTYLEC
Lora is an experienced course developer and teacher trainer. Starting as a teacher at English First, she found her interest in various areas in TESOL. In addition to teaching, she is a marker on our Trinity CertPT and is involved in the development of curriculum and learning tools, such as learning apps and assessment systems. She has also provided educational product training and teacher training for new and experienced ESL teachers.
Trinity CertTESOL, MSc TESOL
The total course fee for the Trinity CertPT is HK$10,500. This investment in your teaching career includes
Completing the Trinity CertPT requires a substantial investment of your time and money. The reward is a benchmark qualification respected and preferred by leading schools.
We assess your suitability for the course throughout the application process, which includes an interview. During the interview, we discuss your teaching and learning experiences – it's also an opportunity for you to ask questions. Acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of the Course Director.
You will have either:
Teaching experience should include preparing learners for GESE.
In the UK, Trinity College London has corporate recognition from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), and its respective partners in Wales and Northern Ireland. The CertPT is rated at Level 6 on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework, a comparable level to an undergraduate degree.
We recommend a minimum of one year if you already have an initial teaching certificate or qualification, or two years if you do not have a teaching qualification. It should be in a relevant teaching context where you already have prepared learners for the GESE as part of your teaching. This could be in a public or private school, in a monolingual or multilingual environment.
The course is suited for teachers of young learners (up to the age of 18), but also for teachers of adults who are preparing for the GESE to develop their language skills for personal or professional reasons.
The course is very useful for experienced teachers wanting a professional development course and for managers interested in supporting the continuous professional development of their teaching staff in order to raise standards and encourage best practice for exam preparation within their institution.
The estimated course time is 100 hours, spread over 12 weeks. You should be able to set aside an average of 10 hours per week for the course and writing your assignments.
No. You will need to follow the schedule and complete the online content and tasks and submit the assignments and receive feedback at logical and manageable points through the three-month course. The assignments are quite demanding, so you are unlikely to complete the course in a shorter timeframe. The course content will be made accessible to you according to the timetable and you will not be able to complete tasks in advance of the schedule.
The CertPT is at the same level as the final year of an undergraduate degree and is entirely context-based, focusing on what teachers do with teaching resources in their own classrooms. To write your assignments, you need to provide reflection, insights and references to theory. You must also use academic conventions such as clear organisation, references to sources, and a bibliography.
The course content will be all in English. You can choose to submit your assignments in English or Chinese or a mix of English and Chinese.
If you choose to submit your assignments in Chinese, the minimum language level required is CEFR B2 (IELTS 5.5). If you have completed your assignments in Chinese, this will be stated on your certificate.
For assignments submitted in English, you will need a language level of CEFR C1 (IELTS 7).
If you are not sure of your language level, we can help you take an online test. Your language level will also be assessed in your interview and written tasks as part of your application.
If one, two or three out of your four assignments are not up to a pass standard, you have another chance to resubmit them within four weeks of the Trinity moderation. There will be an additional charge for this.
If you pass, you will receive a Certificate from Trinity College London. If you have completed your assignments in Chinese, this will be stated on your certificate. English for Asia will also provide you with a report form after results have been confirmed by Trinity. This is an overall summary of your performance on the course.
Trinity qualifications are recognised worldwide. See the Recognition and accreditation section above for more.
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Need a taste of the CertPT or a less demanding exam preparation focused course? Or do you need to complete your initial teaching qualification first? Try our shorter self-study GESE preparation course, apply for the Trinity CertTESOL or look for a GESE-focused workshop.
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