• Preparing Learners for GESE

    A comprehensive guide for teachers preparing learners for Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

    Preparing Learners for GESE

    A comprehensive guide for teachers preparing learners for Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

Preparing Learners for GESE

Student with teacher, GESE exam preparationThis modular course is a helpful guide for teachers who want to prepare their students for a GESE examination. This can be a daunting task for teachers, as candidates are required to engage in a real conversation (demonstrating genuine communication) using the language and skills of the GESE grade, and cannot rely on reciting memorised phrases or passages of English. 

The course provides an easy-to-follow breakdown of the GESE syllabus with an in depth look at the exam format, including videos of sample exams, and the language and communicative skills learners need to demonstrate at each grade up to grade 9.

  • 20 hours (4 x 5-hour modules)
  • Fully online, self-study
  • Suitable as a standalone or post-certificate course
  • Materials developed by trainers with experience delivering support workshops to Trinity GESE exam centres
  • Typically takes 2 weeks to complete
  • Accessible for 3 months
  • From HK$800 (approx. US$102) to HK$1,200 (approx. US$154)
  • Start today

The four modules cover

  1. Introduction to GESE
  2. Initial Stage (GESE grades 1-3) 
  3. Elementary Stage (GESE grades 4-6) 
  4. Intermediate Stage (GESE grades 7-9) 

You can opt to study individual relevant modules or take the complete course.

Developed by experienced members of our Trinity GESE professional support team, and containing content adapted from our GESE support workshops. 

Is this the right course for you?

This course is for you if

  • You are a new or experienced teacher who wants to successfully prepare your learners to enter for a Trinity Graded Examination in Spoken English (GESE).
  • You need to train and supervise a team of teachers to prepare students for GESE.
  • You are looking to incorporate GESE preparation content into your English courses or develop a dedicated GESE preparation course for learners.
  • You are a parent wanting to provide support to your child who is preparing for a Trinity GESE exam.

This course might not be for you if

  • You only teach general English.
  • You need an accredited qualification.
  • You want teaching practice and personalised feedback.

The course offers a valuable extension to the CertTESOL and CELTA for teachers looking to teach or specialise in exam preparation. 


Our typical trainees include

  • New or experienced teachers looking to transition from teaching general English to teaching GESE exam preparation.
  • Experienced teachers looking for professional development. 
  • Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA graduates looking for specialist training in preparing learners for spoken English exams. 
  • Graduates of our 40 and 60 hour TEFL certificates who want more in-depth training in preparing learners for spoken English exams. 
  • Parents looking to help their child improve their spoken English. 

Course content and structure

This online self-access course offers practical help for teachers and will

  • Analyse the communication skills and language required for success in the GESE.
  • Cover preparation and teaching of preparation classes for GESE grades 1 to 9. 
  • Look separately at the conversation, topic and interactive phases of the GESE exam.
  • Help you build a bank of valuable ideas, strategies, tools and resources for effectively preparing learners for the GESE.
  • Suggest resources, activities and techniques that can help learners prepare for the communicative tasks in the GESE examinations.
  • Look at videos of sample GESE examinations with comments on the candidate's performance, offering a useful way to benchmark your own students' levels.
  • Consider different perspectives, including those of teachers, parents, examiners, trainers and the learners themselves.

You can progress through this course at your own pace, watching videos, listening to trainers, sharing ideas with peers and completing reflective tasks.  

Completion of all course material is required if you wish to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

Our tutors

Personable and always curious

Karin Xie

ESOL Academic Manager (China Office), CertTESOL Trainer

Dedicated to animal welfare

Maria Björning-Gyde

CertTESOL and DipTESOL Trainer, Course Writer

Enjoys reading mystery stories

Lora Guo

Examinations Manager

Enrol now

You're only a few clicks away from your Preparing Learners for GESE course – get going in a matter of minutes!

  1. Select the individual modules relevant to your learners' level or purchase all four modules covering GESE grades 1-9 at a discounted price.
  2. Set up your online study account.
  3. Begin your course.
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