• TESOL Starter Course

    Build a solid foundation for the Trinity CertTESOL with a thorough introduction into the areas of grammar, phonology and teaching methodologies.

    TESOL Starter Course

    Build a solid foundation for the Trinity CertTESOL and beyond.

TESOL Starter Course

This course forms an essential preparatory module to the Level 5 Trinity Certificate in TESOL at English for Asia. Available as a standalone course, it will provide you with a strong theoretical base for teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), while increasing your overall fundamental knowledge of the English language. Your Starter Course fee will be deducted from the Trinity CertTESOL course fee if you choose to study with English for Asia.

  • 20 hours
  • Fully online, self-study
  • Pre-certificate level
  • Typically takes 2 weeks to complete
  • Accessible for 3 months
  • HK$1,200 (approx. USD $154) – refundable if you join our CertTESOL course
  • Start today

Is this the right course for you?

This course is for you if

  • You are preparing for a Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA qualification.
  • You are a teacher wanting to improve your knowledge of grammar, phonology and teaching methodologies.
  • You want a short introduction to what a TESOL course may involve.

The course might not be for you if

Our typical trainees include

  • Professionals considering a career change to teaching.
  • New or experienced teachers contemplating the Trinity CertTESOL.
  • Those who are planning a CertTESOL or CELTA in the near future, and want to get a head start on their studies.

Course content and structure

This online pre-CertTESOL course will

  • Provide a thorough introduction into the areas of grammar, phonology and teaching methodologies from an English teacher's perspective.
  • Prepare you with the foundation knowledge you need to confidently begin a Trinity CertTESOL or a Cambridge CELTA.
  • Give you an insight to what a CertTESOL course will involve plus the level of commitment this will mean for you.

You can progress through this course at your own pace, watching videos, listening to podcasts, observing trainers, sharing ideas with peers and completing reflective tasks. There are tests within the course, but these are not as rigorous as those on the Trinity CertTESOL, and there is no teaching practice. 

A pass in the final quiz is required if you wish to be awarded a certificate of completion.

Digital credential

Complete the course

After completing all of the course modules, you will need to take the final test. You will need to achieve a score of 50% or higher to complete the course and receive your digital credential. You can retake the final test up to two times (three attempts in total), and you can revisit any sections of the course to study up on questions that you find difficult.

Instant, verifiable credential

If you successfully pass the final test, you will immediately receive your digital credential. Your digital credential includes an e-certificate, which can be downloaded and printed, and a credential badge which can be displayed on your social media and LinkedIn profiles, allowing you to showcase your achievements.

Our credentials are incorruptible digital certificates encoded on blockchain, to ensure they cannot be altered or copied by anyone and can be easily verified by institutions. We use the same credential issuing platform as leading universities including Harvard, Oxford, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins.

Our tutors

Enjoys podcasting

Laura Wilkes

Teacher Trainer

Speaks fluent Spanish

Eve Conway

TYLEC and CertTESOL Trainer

Bryan Holmes

Teacher Trainer

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You're only a few clicks away from your TESOL Starter course – get going in a matter of minutes!

  1. Purchase the course
  2. Set up your online study account 
  3. Begin your TESOL Starter Course
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