Module 0 (1 week): Course Introduction  

Flying Cows is proud to launch the Online Community CertTESOL, the first training course of its kind in the UK where students teach English as a second language to refugees, asylum seekers, charities and community groups across the UK, as part of their English teacher training.
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Community Learning

The Flying Cows Online Community CertTESOL course in association with Trinity College, London and Language Point Teacher Education, has been designed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for people who want to teach English to non-native English speakers at home or overseas.   The course is 100% online so learners can stay safe while they study.  

The Trinity CertTESOL is a world-leading entry qualification in English Language Teaching, which can open doors for new teachers at home and in almost every country in the world. The course is 12 weeks long and includes 6 hours of practical application, teaching students (online) from a wide variety of backgrounds making a real difference to people’s lives.  The Trinity CertTESOL is a level 5, Ofqual regulated qualification which is accepted by education
authorities, immigration departments and visa offices worldwide as a benchmark
qualification in the industry. 

“We have a huge need for English classes here at the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF).  Being able to speak some English means that refugees and asylum seekers can settle in quicker in the UK, feel welcome and receive fair and compassionate treatment and support to rebuild their lives.  The Flying Cows Community CertTESOL courses will mean we have a regular source of English teachers and will make a real difference to us.”

Teressa O’Hagan, ESOL Project Co-ordinator, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF)

Online Learning

This new online mode of study enables you to complete the theoretical components of the course in your own time, through video content, weekly collaborative tasks and live tutorials with course trainers. Course assignments are submitted online, Teaching Practice lessons are observed via video, streamed or recorded and final assessment is made through a live interview with a Trinity College moderator via video.


The Community CertTESOL course is open to applicants who are 18+ and have enough qualifications to allow them to enter higher education in their own countries. Students must be competent in spoken and written English.  Candidates will be screened in a 45-minute phone or skype interview with a course trainer. 


The Community CertTESOL consists of Pre-course Tasks and six modules .

  • Pre-course Tasks: A Language and Methodology Awareness pack, containing
    preparatory tasks and input to be completed before week 1 of the
  • Module 0 (1 week): Course Introduction
  • Module 1 (2 weeks): Language Awareness
    Assessment: Language Awareness coursework assignment
  • Module 2 (2 weeks): TESOL Approaches and methods
    Assessment: TESOL methodology quiz
  • Module 3 (1 week): Guided Observation
    Assessment: Guided Observation Journal (2500 words approx.)
  • Module 4 (2 weeks): Learners and learning
    Assessment: 1) the Learner Profile (5000 words approx.)
    2) Unknown Language Journal (2500 words)
  • Module 5 (2 weeks): Teaching Practice A: 3-4 hours of live classroom teaching,
    observed via video
    Assessment: Teaching Practice Portfolio entries 1-3
  • Module 6 (2 weeks): Teaching Practice B: 3-4 hours of live classroom teaching,
    observed via video
    Assessment: 1) The Materials Assignment (500 words approx.)
    2) Teaching Practice Portfolio entries 4-6
  • Final exam: Language Awareness / methodology exam
    Moderation: Online group interview (30 mins)
    Online Materials Assignment interviews (15 minutes per trainee) 

2020 Course Dates

Online Study Face-to-Face Study (Nottingham)



6th January – 24th January 27th January – 7th February 8th February
2nd March – 20th March 23rd March – 3rd April 5th April
1st June – 19th June 22nd June – 3rd July 5th July
7th September – 26th September 28th September – 9th October 11th October
2nd November – 20th November 23rd November – 4th December 6th December


 This course is open to applicants from anywhere in the world at an introductory price of £850.00 for 2020 courses.   


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