Community CertTESOL

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.

Flying Cows works closely with local government and community groups to give students the opportunity to teach English as a second language to refugees, asylum seekers, charities and community groups across the UK, as part of their English teacher training. 

Read on for more information and to become part of this unique, innovative approach to ESOL learning…

Community CertTESOL (12 weeks)


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 course.
  • 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

Course Dates Application Deadline
7th Sept 2020 – 30th Nov 2020 17th August 2020
5th Oct 2020 – 28th Dec 2020 14th September 2020
2nd Nov 2020 – 26th Jan 2021 12th October 2020
1st Dec 2020 – 23rd Feb 2021 16th November 2020


This course is open to applicants from anywhere in the world at an introductory price of £1050 for 2020 courses.

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