CertICT

Course Description

Successful teachers are increasingly expected to use technology with their students. However, the use of technology needs to be firmly grounded in pedagogy, and a clear understanding of how it can support and develop students’ language learning. The online CertICT*: Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology gives you the skills and confidence to use a range of technologies and tools with your students, in a principled and effective manner.

* ICT = Information & Communications Technology

How does the course benefit you professionally?

  • Develop your professionalism. The CertICT is an international qualification validated by Trinity College London. It adds to your language teaching qualifications and enhances your CV.
  • Increase your employability. The CertICT increases your employment prospects by developing your skill set and helping you to stand out from the crowd.
  • Update your teaching. The CertICT gets you up to speed with current learning technologies, and increases your teaching repertoire with a range of exciting new activities, techniques and tools.
  • Join the community. The CertICT enables you to join the growing numbers of language teachers who use technology effectively to motivate and engage their students.
  • Secure your future. The CertICT gives you the tools to keep abreast of new developments, ensuring your future teaching prospects.

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  • Who is the CertICT for?

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    The CertICT: Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology is an international qualification validated by Trinity College London. The course is for teachers and trainers of English and/or of other languages. If you’re a language teacher and have already started your teaching career, and you wish to further enhance your skills and expertise in using ICT (Information and Communications Technology) with your students, this is the ideal course for you. The CertICT is suitable for teachers and trainers worldwide, whatever your level of experience with ICT and whatever your teaching context. You will leave this course with a wealth of new ideas, tools, approaches and techniques for using ICT in a principled manner with your language students.

  • What is the CertICT about?

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    During the CertICT, you examine a range of useful technology-related skills, approaches and tools which are immediately applicable in your language classroom.

    The aims of the CertICT are:

    • to develop and consolidate your basic IT skills.

    • to develop your familiarity with a wide range of Web 2.0 tools and how to use them effectively for language teaching.

    • to explore the pedagogical underpinnings of effective ICT use.

    • to develop your familiarity with concepts such as mobile learning, blended learning and the flipped classroom, and to consider how these might enhance your current teaching.

    • to build a critical awareness of a range of ICT materials.

    • to consider ICT within your syllabus and how to integrate it in class.

    • to develop your awareness of the various contexts and cultural constraints in which ICT may be used.

    • to consider how to integrate ICT and assessment in your context.

    • to understand what current research says about how ICT can support and develop students’ language learning.

    • to develop your awareness of how to continue your own professional development in ICT-related areas.

    • to create, implement, and reflect on a final technology-based lesson plan or project.

    The course is hands-on and firmly based in your own classroom practice. You leave the course confident not only in using a range of ICT tools with your learners, but also with an increased awareness of broader pedagogical issues at play when integrating ICT into your teaching.

  • How are the CertICT modules structured?

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    MODULE 1: ICT essentials for language teaching

    50 hours over 8 weeks

    Module 1 reviews and consolidates your basic computer skills, and explores a range of ICT tools and techniques for the language classroom. Module 1 takes place over 8 weeks, with a one-week break. Module 1 includes three ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues. You’re expected to spend about 6 to 7 hours per week on your coursework for Module 1.

    WEEK

    TOPIC

    Week 1

    ICT in the classroom

    Week 2

    Working with images & audio. Videoconference 1

    Week 3

    Working with video; Security and e-Safety

    Week 4

    Digital literacies. Videoconference 2

    One-week break

    Week 5

    Planning and implementing web-based lessons

    Week 6

    Webquests and digital storytelling

    Week 7

    Web 2.0 & online reference tools. Videoconference 3

    Week 8

    Social networks

    Module review

    MODULE 2: ICT tools and trends in language teaching
    50 hours over 8 weeks


    Module 2 explores several key Web 2.0 tools for language learning in depth. It also considers current trends and wider issues in technology and language teaching. Module 2 takes place over 8 weeks, with a one-week break. Module 2 includes three ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues. You’re expected to spend about 6 to 7 hours per week on your coursework for Module 2.

    WEEK

    TOPIC

    Week 1

    Podcasting with learners

    Week 2

    Blogging with learners. Videoconference 1

    Week 3

    Using wikis with learners

    Week 4

    Mobile learning and blended learning. Videoconference 2

    One-week break

    Week 5

    Evaluating ICT courseware

    Week 6

    Digital assessment

    Week 7

    Integrating ICT into the syllabus. Videoconference 3

    Week 8

    ePortfolios and online CPD

    Module review

    MODULE 3: ICT Course Project
    20 hours over 6 weeks


    Module 3 can only be taken after you successfully complete Module 1 and Module 2 (you can take Modules 1 and 2 in any order, but you must complete both before you take Module 3). Module 3 - the ICT Course Project - consists of planning, implementing, and then reflecting on a technology-enhanced lesson (or lessons) that you carry out with your own students. You will need to draw on the content and ideas covered in Modules 1 and 2 for this. You’re expected to spend about 3 to 4 hours per week on your coursework for Module 3, and you will also attend two ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues to help you plan and implement your ICT project effectively.

    WEEK

    TOPIC

    Weeks 1 & 2

    Planning your project. Videoconference 1

    Weeks 3 & 4

    Implementing your project. Videoconference 2

    Weeks 5 & 6

    Reviewing and reflecting on your project. Writing your project report.

    Project submission to Trinity College London

  • How do the CertICT modules work in practice?

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    The CertICT takes place fully online in our specially designed mobile-compatible Moodle VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). All three CertICT modules are structured around weekly deadlines, and you are in constant and close contact with your course colleagues and your tutor throughout the course. The modules are very highly tutor-supported: groups of 10+ participants have two tutors. You also attend regular synchronous (or ‘real time’) videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues, to help you reflect upon your coursework and to learn more about synchronous online teaching.

    For Modules 1 and 2 of the CertICT, you are expected to spend at least 6 to 7 hours per week on online individual, pair and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course (note that, at times, pair and group work tasks have mid-week deadlines). There are no 'fixed' times to be online to complete your weekly work, apart from regular timetabled online videoconferencing sessions; the dates and times of these are negotiated to suit everyone on the course.

    Module 3 consists of the ICT course project, which you develop and carry out within a period of 6 weeks. This is a lesson (or series of lessons) that you teach with a group of your own students in your own classroom. The lesson needs to implement a technology or approach that you have learnt about during Modules 1 and 2. It is an opportunity to try out a tool, technique or technology-based project in practice, and to reflect on the experience. You have 6 weeks in which to plan, implement and then reflect on your lesson, and your tutor supports you at each of these stages. You are provided with templates, advice and tutor support for each stage of your project, as well as examples of real past projects that were awarded Distinctions. How does Module 3 work in practice? First you develop and submit a project lesson plan to your tutor for feedback. You are also invited to share your plan with your course colleagues. Once you have received your tutor’s detailed feedback, you can take this into account and carry out your lesson with your students. Finally, guidelines are provided for you to reflect on the experience, and to write it up in the form of a project report for the external Trinity College London moderator. Your tutor submits your report to Trinity along with his/her own evaluation of your ICT course project.

  • What are the key features of the CertICT?

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    The Consultants-E is the first provider to offer an online CertICT: Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology, for language teachers, fully validated and moderated by Trinity College London. The CertICT has been designed and developed exclusively by The Consultants-E. We are one of the most experienced and highly-regarded online providers of quality online training for language teachers, and our online CertICT has several unique features:

    • The CertICT is an internationally recognised qualification, and provides a valuable asset to you in developing your knowledge of technology and how to apply it to classroom teaching. It is also a valuable indicator to potential employers that you are able to use ICT with learners effectively.

    • The CertICT is hands on and practical – you learn about and try out ICT tools during the course, with your own learners.

    • The CertICT takes place in English, but is aimed at teachers of any language – we have trained not just English language teachers, but French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese teachers in the past.

    • The CertICT is run fully online in Moodle. As an online course, you save significantly on the accommodation fees, travel etc. associated with f2f (face to face) training courses.

    • You can continue to work while you take the online CertICT.

    • Modules 1 and 2 of the CertICT take place over 8 weeks, and include a one-week break, so you have time to try out new ideas and tools with your own learners in your own context while taking the course. Learning can be immediately applied to practice, and there is time to reflect on and digest the course content.

    • By taking the CertICT online, you have the opportunity to experience firsthand online learning in the hugely popular virtual learning environment Moodle.

    • Our course participants come from literally all over the world. Working closely with your course colleagues online, you meet and work with language teachers and trainers from a wide range of contexts and countries.

    • Groups of more than 10 participants have two tutors. Our CertICT has one of the highest participant to tutor ratios of any online course available. Maximum group size is 15, so you are assured of individualised and constant tutor support.

    • Our tutors are highly qualified and experienced language teachers and trainers themselves, and they also have years of experience of (and are fully qualified in) online moderating.

    • We are experienced online teacher training providers, having run our online courses since 2003, and we receive consistently excellent feedback from our participants. See ‘What do people say about the course?’ below.

    • The CertICT looks at new Web 2.0 technologies and how these can be applied to language teaching. Special emphasis is placed on new technologies and mobile and blended learning for the language teacher / trainer, key areas of expertise in today’s competitive market.

  • When do the modules run?

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    The modules dates for 2016 to 2018 are shown below. The modules are offered three times a year, starting in January, April/May, and October/November. Modules 1 and 2 include a one-week break, so take place over a total of 9 weeks. Module 3 takes place over 6 weeks. If you would like to do Modules 1-3 consecutively to complete the CertICT, pick a colour in the grid below and follow that diagonally through to see available dates.

    MODULE 1
    [ 8 weeks + 1 break ]

    MODULE 2
    [ 8 weeks + 1 break ]

    MODULE 3
    [ 6 weeks ]

    03/10/16 to 04/12/16

    09/01/17 to 12/03/17

    09/01/17 to 12/03/17

    01/05/17 to 02/07/17

    01/05/17 to 02/07/17

    01/05/17 to 11/06/17

    02/10/17 to 03/12/17

    02/10/17 to 03/12/17

    02/10/17 to 12/11/17

    08/01/18 to 11/03/18

    08/01/18 to 11/03/18

    08/01/18 to 18/02/18

    30/04/18 to 01/07/18

    30/04/18 to 01/07/18

    30/04/18 to 10/06/18

    01/10/18 to 02/12/18

    01/10/18 to 02/12/18

    01/10/18 to 11/11/18

  • Who are the course tutors?

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    Our tutors are highly qualified and experienced language teachers and trainers, with years of experience of moderating online teacher training courses. All our tutors have language teaching backgrounds (e.g. teaching general English, business English, ESP, primary and secondary-school learners, one-to-one), are experienced teacher trainers, and have worked in a range of contexts and countries. Many of our tutors are prize-winning methodology and coursebook authors and materials writers. Feedback for the tutors on all of our courses is consistently excellent, and they are experts in providing guidance and support online, as well as being highly knowledgeable in the fields of language teaching and online learning.

    You can find out more about our tutors on our Team page.

  • How is the CertICT assessed? How do I get a certificate?

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    You need to complete a minimum of 80% of the course work for Modules 1 and 2 to an acceptable standard, and within the time frame of the course to pass. Modules 1 and 2 are internally assessed by The Consultants-E and you are awarded a Certificate for each module, with a Distinction, Pass or Fail grade. Module 3 (the ICT course project) consists of creating, implementing and reflecting on a technology-enhanced lesson, or series of lessons, with learners; 100% of this needs to be completed. Module 3 is externally assessed by Trinity College London and internally assessed by The Consultants-E. You need to successfully complete all three modules to be awarded the Trinity College London CertICT Certificate. An overall Pass or Fail grade is awarded by Trinity for the CertICT.

    Download a detailed description of the Assessment Procedures & Criteria in pdf format.

  • What are the entry requirements for the CertICT?

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    To apply for the CertICT, you need to be already qualified as a language teacher.

    You need to either:

    - hold a pre-service qualification such as the PGCE, Trinity CertTESOL, Cambridge CELTA, or a national teaching certificate equivalent

    or

    - hold an in-service teaching qualification such as a Trinity LTCL Diploma or a Cambridge ESOL DELTA, or a national teaching certificate equivalent

    You may be asked to provide documented evidence of these qualifications.

    Language learners or trainees: For Module 3, you must have access to real language learners, either a class or one-to-one students, and either face-to-face or online, to implement your ICT course project. If you are a teacher trainer, you must have access to real trainees to implement your ICT course project.

    English proficiency: You must have competence in written and spoken English, whether English is your first, second or foreign language. Your level of competence in English must be of a standard sufficient to enable you to fully understand and complete the course work. The minimum level of English language qualification accepted is that of Trinity ISE II / Cambridge First Certificate / IELTS 5,5 / TOEFL 500 / CEF B2. In some cases, you may be asked to provide documented evidence of an English language qualification. In the absence of a recognised language qualification, a telephone interview and/or a sample of your written work may be requested.

    Group work: You must be willing to work co-operatively as part of a group, and to complete short pair and group work tasks online in a timely manner during the course

  • What are the technical skills & requirements for the CertICT?

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    You won’t need any prior experience or knowledge of online learning, although very basic experience of email and Internet use is expected.

    In terms of hardware and software, you need:

    - An Internet connection, preferably broadband
    - A headset (best is with a USB connection)
    - A webcam is optional
    - An up-to-date browser
    - Adobe Acrobat Reader
    - An up-to-date media player (e.g. Windows Media Player or similar)
    - A word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word or similar)

    You will use an online videoconferencing platform for chats with course colleague and your tutor several times during the course – the exact time for this is negotiated with the group. To take part in a videoconferencing session you will need a headset with microphone. If you have a webcam, you may want to connect that during the videoconferencing session, but this is optional – you will be able to see and hear your tutor even if you only have a headset. Videoconferencing sessions are always recorded which means that even if you can’t attend, you will be able to watch the recording later online, in your own time.

  • How much does the course cost?

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    The fee for each CertICT module covers all course content and documentation, videoconferencing sessions, full tutor support and ongoing feedback. Module 3 includes a separate Trinity College London moderation fee of £95. This is paid by The Consultants-E directly to Trinity College London on your behalf when you enrol in Module 3, and it is for the external moderation of your ICT course project.

    Note: You can enrol and pay for all 3 modules at once, and take advantage of a 10% discount on the module fees (15% for past participants). You will of course take the three modules separately.

    MODULE
    FEE

    MODERATION
    FEE

    TOTAL

    Module 1

    £365

    -

    £365

    Module 2

    £365

    -

    £365

    Module 3

    £145

    £95

    £240

    Enrol on all 3 at once (10% discount)*

    £787

    £95

    £882

    * The discount for enrolling on all 3 modules at once is increased to 15% for past participants from any of our courses. Please choose the correct payment option after enrolling.

  • How do I enrol and pay?

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    First ensure you fulfil the admission requirements by filling in the CertICT online enrolment form. You can then pay the module fee(s) via PayPal, or via bank transfer.

    We use PayPal as our secure online payment service. PayPal are trusted worldwide for Internet transactions. We do not store your credit card details in any way. This increases your privacy and makes your purchase more secure.

    Under European Union legislation, you have the right to cancel within seven days of our contract with you. If you cancel your enrolment you will have your payment returned. To be refunded please provide full details of your enrolment including all reference numbers and PayPal correspondence to enrolments@theconsultants-e.com.

    Note: We are occasionally obliged to cancel a CertICT module if we do not have the minimum required number of participants (six). Cancellation will normally occur two- three days in advance of the course start date. In the event of a module cancellation you will be offered the opportunity to have a full refund, roll your enrolment over to the next module date, or transfer to another module/course with a discount.

  • When will I receive my Certificate?

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    On successful completion of Module 1 or Module 2, you are issued with an electronic report/certificate from The Consultants-E. This is sent to you by email.

    On successful completion of Module 3, you are issued with a printed certificate from Trinity College London, and an electronic report/certificate from the Consultants-E. The printed Trinity certificate is sent to you by registered post, and the electronic report/certificate is sent by email.

    Before ordering your certificate from Trinity we will check with you to confirm the name you want to appear on the certificate, and the address to which it should be sent.

    We only receive one copy of your certificate from Trinity, and this is the one we send to you.

    Should there be any problems with either the name or address after sending, we will be obliged to order another certificate from Trinity and you will be responsible for covering the costs of obtaining and sending the new one to you. This same system holds for lost or damaged certificates after receipt.

    We send all certificates in stiff-backed protective envelopes, by special delivery (signed for), and cover the cost of this delivery. If you would like your certificate delivered by a courier company such as DHL, then we will arrange for this to happen on receipt of the appropriate courier company fee from you.

  • What do people say about the course?

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    • Overall I liked this course a lot: I have learned a LOT, the tutor was fantastic, the colleagues had a lot of experience of teaching although different backgrounds/teaching context and it helped me to continue learning something different from my current job.
      Catarina Pascoal
      Teacher of Portuguese for Foreigners, Germany
    • The course content is extremely practical and well organised, with logical progression from week 1 to 17, the gradual introduction of increasingly elaborate ICT tools and regular reviews. The interaction on the forums was excellent. There was real team spirit and a supportive and encouraging atmosphere which made the course a pleasure to do. This has been a great learning experience for me. I would never have imagined at the beginning of the course that I would be able to do so much at the end and still have the energy for learning more about ICT. Many thanks for such a motivating course and especially to Robert Martinez (tutor) for bringing it to life. I'm delighted and will be looking out for the next level when it's written ;-)
      Gillian Scott
      ESOL Consultant, Scotland
    • I thought the level of the course was correct. It started with a clear overview of different ICT tools and platforms and with getting the users familiar with the VLE we would be using during the course. It then delved into more complex aspects of ITC tools in the language classroom. The interaction with the tutor, Robert Martinez, was at all times excellent. He was always available and responded very quickly to any queries we had. His responses and feedback were at all times clear, encouraging and personalized. He is an excellent tutor, a dedicated professional and clearly a nice person, as well!
      Marina Wynia
      English Teacher, Idiomes Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • What happens if I have to defer?

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    A deferral means that you leave one iteration of a course/module and join another at a later date, and we are obliged to charge a deferral fee to cover associated administrative and tutoring costs in all such cases. Note that deferrals are only granted in exceptional circumstances (bereavement, long-term illness, relocation, etc.) and on receipt of concrete supporting evidence. When you join a new iteration of your CertICT module you will need to pay the deferral fee to join it.

    How are Deferral Fees Calculated?
    Deferral fees are calculated to cover associated administrative costs, costs connected with our contractual obligations to tutor(s) assigned to your module, and with how much of the CertICT module you may already have done at the time of deferral.

    You will also need to cover bank or PayPal transfer costs as appropriate (note that our bank does not charge for transfers within the UK, but has a standing charge of £17.00 for any international transfer, whilst PayPal will apply a fee based on the quantity of money transferred, and the destination).

    The deferral fee needs to be paid within one month of a deferral being granted. You then have up to one year (twelve calendar months) in which to take that CertICT module again. If more than twelve months elapse between your deferral and enrolling on the module again, you will need to pay the full module fee, and start the module from the beginning as a new participant. Previous work will not be validated in this case.

    What are the fees?
    The deferral fee - how much you will need to pay to join a future iteration of your module - will be calculated as a combination of administrative costs, tutor costs, bank and associated charges and a fee based on how much of the module you have done at the time of referral.

    - less than 50% of the current module done
    -> 25% of the module fee to be paid for the next module you join

    - more than 50% of the module done
    -> 50% of the module fee to be paid for the next module you join


    Compulsory Deferrals
    If you do not fulfil the course requirements from the beginning of the course (a minimum of 80% of tasks completed in a timely manner, and taking part in assigned pair and group work), you will need to take a compulsory deferral. Your tutor will assess the grounds for a compulsory deferral, and you will be informed of this by half way through the course. Please note that a 50% deferral fee applies in this situation.

  • What happens if my Module 3 course project is referred?

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    A referral happens when you submit your final course project to Trinity College London for external evaluation, but you are not awarded a Pass grade. A Referral grade means that your work has not met enough of the evaluation criteria to be awarded a Pass. In this case, you have one opportunity to rewrite and resubmit your work, based on the project feedback from your course tutor and from the Trinity external moderator, within a period of 12 weeks from the date of receiving your Referral grade. If your project is not resubmitted within this 12-week period, you will need to take the CertICT course again from the beginning as a new participant, and pay the full course and moderation fees. Previous work will not be validated in this case. In exceptional cases such as bereavement, relocation or medical reasons, an extension on your referral can be granted, at the discretion of TCE and Trinity, and assuming you submit supporting documentation (such as a medical certificate).

  • How are referral fees calculated?

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    Referral fees are calculated to cover associated administrative costs, and the external re-moderation of your final project by Trinity College London. The referral fee for the CertICT is currently the same as Trinity moderation fee for the course.

  • What if I need a refund?

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    Before the Course Starts
    If you need to cancel before the course/module starts, we are able to offer the following refunds (minus any PayPal or bank transfer charges):

    - if you cancel more than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 100% refund
    - if you cancel less than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 75% refund

    After the Course has Started
    Generally speaking, by the time your course/module starts we will have invested time and money in the administration of the course, in contracting one of our tutors and agreeing terms and conditions for their tutoring time, and they will already have spent time working with you on the module. This makes it very difficult for us to issue refunds after a module has started, and we will only be able to do so in special unforeseen circumstances (long-term illness, bereavement or similar), and with concrete evidence to support a refund application. In such circumstances we can offer the following refunds, based on how much of the module you have already had access to:

    - if you have completed less than 25% of the module, you get a 50% refund
    - if you have completed between 25% and 50% of the module, you get a 25% refund
    - if you have completed more than 50% of the module, you get 00% refund

    Please note that these exceptional refunds are calculated after tutor costs and bank charges have been deducted.

    In most cases, issuing a refund will incur increased bank charges, so we do offer the possibility of keeping the refund in credit with us to put towards another course/module in the subsequent twelve months, or transferring the credit to a friend or colleague for their use when enrolling with us. Please ask us about this option when asking for a refund.

    NOTE: As moderation fees for our certified courses are paid directly to the moderating body, we are never, under any circumstances, able to issue a refund for them.

  • What are the procedures for appeals & complaints?

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    Appeals: In cases where a candidate is compelled to challenge their final grade they should appeal through The Consultants-E to Trinity in writing. The Consultants-E will then contact the Chief Examiner of Trinity who will review the Module 3 project and the moderation procedure. Only one appeal is permitted and the candidate’s claim will either be upheld or rejected. There is no fee for this process and the Chief Examiners decision is final.

    Complaints: Complaints will initially be dealt with by The Consultants-E, but in the case of a serious complaint, the complainant is invited to submit the complaint in writing to Trinity College London.




Accreditation

The CertICT: Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology has been developed out of and replaces our ‘ICT in the Classroom’ course, which is highly regarded as an innovative example of good practice in the field of online teacher training, and was awarded a British Council Innovation Award (or ‘ELTON’) in February 2007. It is fully validated by Trinity College London.

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Course Details

Next start date

01/05/2017

Available Dates: Module 1

2017: May | October
2018: January | April

Available Dates: Module 2

2017: May | October
2018: January | April

Available Dates: Module 3

2017: May | October
2018: January | April

Module Lengths

Module 1: 9 weeks (1 week break)
Module 2: 9 weeks (1 week break)
Module 3: 6 weeks

Total course fee:

£875 (discounts available)

Moderation fee

£95


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