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The Certificate in Teaching English as a Life Skill (Cert TEALS©) with CertTESOL 

The Certificate in Teaching English as a Life Skill (Cert TEALS©) is an initial qualification for English teachers (TEFL) in the UK and overseas.  It is validated by Trinity College, London, and provides the qualification required to work in an accredited school in the UK.  Successful candidates receive the Certificate in TEALS©, and the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL).  The course, which runs at Regent Cambridge, uses cutting edge teaching and learning methodology centred on helping students to use English to achieve their goals. This 4 week course includes: almost 100 hours of workshop input, discussions and guided study; 14 hours of teaching practice – double that of a normal 4 week course; very small teaching practice groups of just 5 trainees; weekly tutorials.

How is this course different?

English language teacher training tends to emphasise the teaching of English as an end in itself. This course focuses on teaching English as a life skill (TEALS©), that is, to develop the ability to function effectively in English in an international world. This involves the ability to communicate convincingly and persuasively in multicultural settings. A proficient TEALS© practitioner focuses on the life objectives of the learner and has the skills, knowledge and confidence to help them to overcome barriers to effective communication and realise their objectives through English.

Course outcomes

On completion of the course, successful candidates will be able to:

  • deliver an inspirational learning experience which enables the learner to see themselves as a successful user of the language
  • monitor the performance of each learner and help individuals to set and achieve goals
  • foster aspects of learners’ spoken communication that go beyond language, such as presence and rapport, responsiveness and adaptability to others, delivery, and ability to cope under stress
  • foster positive attitudes to learning including a sense of purpose and feelings of confidence
  • encourage learners to use the language eloquently for real purposes, and in real situations
  • develop their own lifelong learning skills.


There are two well known initial teaching training qualifications for TEFL teachers in the UK - Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL . Either qualification is considered a minimum requirement for working in an accredited UK language school.  Regent Cambridge provides a cutting edge course in which successful students receive both the Trinity CertTESOL and the CertTEALS© certificates. 

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