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Train-to-TEFL is a team of in-service, English Language teachers and trainers with experience and accredited expertise in teacher training (CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL).

The team have previously been employed by Further and Higher Education institutions (British Council accredited) in the UK, and, together, have a collective teaching experience of over forty years both in the UK and abroad. This, combined with teacher training, English language examining and exam writing credentials, makes them ideally placed to provide instruction to would-be English language teachers.

Meet the Trainers


Suzannah Redmond

Train-to-TEFL is owned and managed by Suzannah Redmond. Suzannah has been teaching English since 2001 and has worked in a variety of settings including universities, schools, voluntary organisations and colleges.

Her work has taken her from Santiago in Chile to Salford via Paris! She is an experienced examiner for the high stakes Cambridge IELTS exam and has written exam papers for Trinity ESOL. She currently runs community ESOL programmes in Greater Manchester and leads the Trinity CertTESOL at Train-to-TEFL. Suzannah is a qualified Cambridge CELTA teacher trainer


Chris Kew

Chris Kew has been teaching English since 1993 in both the UK and abroad. Whilst working in France in the late 90’s, Chris obtained an MPhil (DEA) in Second Language Acquisition at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris and, on his return to the UK, he completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Manchester.

He has since worked as a teacher of English for Academic purposes (EAP) at the University of Manchester and as programme manager of Pre-sessional English at the University of Salford. Chris is currently freelance examiner and academic consultant.

Customers reviews

A really thorough course. The modules cover grammar points for trainees to brush up as well as useful ideas to supplement the theory input sessions.
Sharon Fitzpatrick
Triity certTESOL trainer
Congratulations on a great product, I think this would be something I could definitely recommend to trainees. Really useful and fairly priced.
Andy Cox
CELTA Trainer
I’ve been able to use the Trinity CertTESOL to improve my own teaching of English to refugees and asylum seekers at Cornerstone, Manchester.
Andres Mora
Education manager

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Although the mode of lesson delivery may be computer-mediated, the basic (and not so basic) principles of teaching practice still apply.

As mentioned elsewhere, this course is an OFQUAL Level 5 qualification, and includes 130 hours of input from qualified teacher trainers comprising, 6 hours of teaching practice and feedback, preparation workshops, lectures and tutorials. You will receive personalised and focused support throughout the course to help you develop the teaching competencies required in the classroom. This level of input and support along with the internationally recognised certificate is what sets the Trinity CertTESOL apart from taster courses, two-day intensives and other short-term or self-study courses.

All CertTESOL trainees should be over 18 years of age and have qualifications that would gain you entrance to University (or actual University qualifications). Please note that a university degree is not a pre-requisite to entry on to the course though some employers may expect prospective employees to have one.

The Trinity CertTESOL is hard work! You should be prepared to dedicate at least 15 hours a week to your studies. But like all things that are worth doing, all that hard work will pay off in the long-term. Remember, this is an OFQUAL level 5 course – the equivalent to the second year of a university degree which explains why the Trinity CertTESOL is held in such high regard by employers around the world!

Broadly speaking, they are the same though ESOL refers to teaching English to immigrants living in English speaking countries whereas TEFL, TESOL and EFL refer to teaching learners who live in countries where English isn’t the first language.

Train-to-TEFL self-study courses are designed to give you valuable insight into the world of English language teaching and can lead to opportunities abroad. If you want to travel the world and be able to earn some money as you go then this course will help you achieve your goal.

The only real limitation to any introductory TEFL course is the type of employer you will be eligible to work for; work at universities and many of the larger schools will almost certainly require a Trinity Cert TESOL however if you’re thinking about TEFL as a career, you should seriously consider working towards a level 5 Trinity cert TESOL qualification.

The Trinity CertTESOL (Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) are both level 5 qualifications.  They are equally recognised throughout the world and both comprise 130 hours of tuition and 6 hours of assessed teaching practice. 

If you haven’t studied grammar since school or are concerned that you can’t remember any of it, please don’t worry, English grammar features as a component on all our courses.

To study on the Trinity Cert TESOL you will need the equivalent of A-level qualifications due to the academic nature of the course. Whilst a degree isn’t essential, many employers will require their teachers to hold a degree in addition to a teaching qualification. If you are not sure if this is for you, or you are not ready to make a month long commitment why not try our TESOL introduction course? Should you wish to undertake the Trinity Cert Course at a later date, you will receive a loyalty discount on production of your online certificate.

Our online courses are designed for just about anyone with an interest in exploring the world of ELT. Whilst a university education is not a pre-requisite to the course, we do ask that applicants have a native or near native grasp of English.

Your subscription is valid for 6 months after the initial purchase. Trinity Cert customers will also have access to the online course for a six month period.