Teacher Training and Development

Teacher Training and Development

The Language Academy offers a range of professional development courses for teachers. Institutions are welcome to choose from the popular courses listed below, or to contact us to discuss arranging a bespoke course for their staff. Courses are offered both at the Preston campus and at partners overseas.

The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) course gives inexperienced teachers an internationally recognised initial teaching qualification and provides trainees with the knowledge and skills required to begin careers in TESOL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Trinity CertTESOL is validated by Trinity College London, and the certificate is recognised by the British Council for teaching in its accredited teaching organisations both in the UK and abroad. The CertTESOL is a Level 5 Certificate according to Ofqual’s Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and is equivalent to a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). 

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This course consists of:

130 hours contact time including:

  • 6 hours of observed teaching practice
  • Classroom observation of experience practitioners
  • Peer observations
  • Feedback and individual tutorials for lesson planning

By the end of the course, trainees will have:

  • A better understanding and awareness of the main phonological, grammatical and lexical features used in modern English
  • An ability to design and deliver successful lessons
  • An ability to work collaboratively with other teachers
  • Experience of evaluating their own teaching performance
  • An understanding of teaching theory and the ability to use that knowledge to evaluate current course materials and to design own lesson materials
  • A better understanding of student motivations and interactions and how to stimulate learners and create a successful learning environment

“I enjoyed the course a lot and I have learnt so much. It was an interesting and fruitful experience. Thank you to the tutors for supporting and helping my journey!”

Trinity CertTESOL student, June 2018 

This course is intensive and so it is recommended that you have no other work or study commitments for the four and a half weeks. 100% attendance is required for certification, and additional study (around 70-90 hours) is required both in the evenings and at weekends for successful completion of the course.


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There are five units of assessment:

Unit 1: Teaching Skills
Unit 2: Language Awareness and Skills
Unit 3: Learner Profile
Unit 4: The Materials Assignment
Unit 5: Unknown Language

Workshops and input sessions will include:

Teaching methodologies
Development of language awareness
Tuition in an unknown language
Teaching practice and feedback, both from peers and from your course tutors
Planning time and lesson preparation, with individual support from your course tutors
Materials evaluation and design
Professional development
At least 4 hours of guided observations of experienced teachers

Course hours:

The course runs daily Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break.

Mornings are generally for input and workshops and afternoons are for observed teaching practice. You will have the support and guidance of friendly, experienced teacher trainers.

Dates and fees

Date Home/EU Fees* International Fees*
1 June – 3 July 2020 £1500 N/A
20 July – 21 Aug 2020 £1500 £2000

*Fees correct at time of publishing (April 2019). International students who are currently studying at UCLan or are a graduate of UCLan will be charged Home/EU fees for this course.

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  • Ability to demonstrate high level of English language competence, as appropriate for a language teacher.
  • Non-native speakers of English must hold an IELTS band 7.0 (with no band score lower than 7.0) or an equivalent certificate (CEFR level C1). The Language Academy can assess your language level internally if you do not have a certificate, please contact us for more information.
  • Ability to cope with Level 5 course input (i.e. be at post A-level or university level in terms of study potential).

 “The pre-course experience was excellent; I heard back from the Language Academy shortly after submitting the application. The process was quick and the communication was polite.”

Trinity CertTESOL student, June 2018 

How to apply

Applicants must complete a Trinity CertTESOL application form and a pre-interview task. For more information, please contact: languageacademy@uclan.ac.uk

Groups can create their own bespoke ‘Teacher Development Programme’ to enhance professional skills and attributes.

Simply select one or more of the 1-week modules below:

  1. Contemporary Teaching and Methodology
  2. Current Issues in TESOL
  3. Testing and Assessment
  4. Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)
  5. Learning Technology

Teacher Development Programme


  • Full access to University learning, support and leisure facilities
  • 20 hours of class per week
  • Maximum of 20 participants per class


  • University approved self-catered accommodation
  • Personal bedroom with shared living and kitchen areas
  • Walking distance from classrooms and city centre
  • Accommodation can be applied for at the same time as study application via Language Academy

Duration: From 1 – 5 weeks of study
Delivery: Full time
Level: Short course/CPD
Campus: Preston
Study Fees*: dependent on programme and size of group

Entry Requirements 

  • Suitable for practicing / professional academics
  • All participants must be 18 years or above before first day of course

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Module 1:  Contemporary Teaching Methodology

For practicing teachers who would like to be introduced to different perspectives on methodology

  • Communicative teaching
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom management
  • Designing materials for language teaching
  • Classroom activities for active learning
  • Teaching intercultural communication skills


Module 2:  Current Issues in TESOL

Introduces participants to current areas of debate in TESOL and how these can be critically evaluated and applied to their own teaching

  • Translation in English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • ‘New’ methods and approaches – Dogme, Demand-High teaching and data-driven learning
  • Authentic materials and textbooks
  • Teacher talk
  • Teaching grammar
  • Localising teaching

Module 3:  Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

Designed for English teachers who prepare students to study or support students studying English medium courses in universities or other institutions​

  • Needs analysis in EAP contexts
  • EAP goals and learning outcomes
  • Syllabus design for EAP – skills and microskills
  • TEAP methodology, materials and activities
  • Designing EAP materials using authentic sources
  • Assessing EAP

Module 4:  Testing and Assessment Opportunity

Opportunity to explore the principles of testing and assessment in different teaching situations 

  • Teaching vs. testing
  • Major test formats
  • Task types e.g. multiple choice, open and closed cloze etc.
  • Alternative assessment formats e.g. portfolio etc.
  • Marking criteria & standardization
  • Evaluating tests including reliability, validity, item analysis etc.

Module 5:  Learning Technologies

Learn about different technologies and how to make the best use of them in their specific teaching contexts

  • Learner Management Systems for language learning
  • Classroom technology
  • Engaging students through ICT
  • Web-based language learning


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Applicants must complete a Teacher Development Programme application form. Please contact Language Academy for further information.

Email: Languageacademy@uclan.ac.uk                                                                                                
Tel: 01772 896427