CertICT Modular Approach

The CertICT is a 120-hour qualification validated by Trinity College London. We used to offer it over a 22-week time period, and because participants are full-time teachers who are usually working while they take the course, it meant a substantial time investment over almost six months. By offering the course as 3 separate modules, participants now get several weeks break between modules. This means that the overall workload is much more manageable. We’ve already received informal feedback from past participants saying they think it’s a great idea!

1 Is there any difference between the previous CertICT course, and the new 3 module CertICT?
The CertICT course content, and the qualification itself, are exactly the same. We have simply divided up the course content into two 8-week modules, and a third 6-week module. But you still learn about the same range of ICT-related approaches, techniques, skills and tools as before. We’ve kept our award-winning content, and are delivering it in a new way.

2 What’s in each of the 3 CertICT modules?
Module 1 is called ICT essentials for language teaching. It reviews and consolidates your basic computer skills, and explores a range of ICT tools and techniques for the language classroom, such as working with images, audio, video. It also looks at issues such as computer security and e-safety, as well as how to plan and implement web-based lessons. In Module 1 you also learn how to use webquests, digital storytelling, online reference tools, and social networks effectively with students in the language classroom. The module has a total of 50 hours of coursework and lasts 8 weeks, with a one-week break in the middle.

Module 2 is called ICT tools and trends in language teaching. This module explores several key Web 2.0 tools for language learning in depth, such as podcasts, blogs, wikis, and mobile and blended learning. It also considers current trends and wider issues in technology and language teaching, such as digital assessment, e-portfolios, and integrating ICT into your syllabus. Module 2 also has a total of 50 hours of coursework and lasts 8 weeks, with a one-week break in the middle.

Module 3 is the ICT Course Project. It consists of planning, implementing, and then reflecting on a technology-enhanced lesson (or lessons) that you carry out with your own students. You need to draw on the content and ideas covered in Modules 1 and 2 for this. Module 3 consists of a total of 20 hours of coursework to prepare and evaluate your project, and lasts 6 weeks.

3 How do participants benefit from the new modular approach?

We think there are quite a few benefits! Here are some:

  • The workload is more manageable because modules are shorter
  • There are breaks within and between modules, so you get plenty of time to reflect on and try out new ideas
  • You take the modules separately
  • You can decide to take a substantial break before signing up on the next module
  • You pay for the modules separately, so there is less of an expense up front to take the course
  • We now offer a 10% and 15% discounts on the course fees (find out more)

4 Why is the CertICT such a popular course?

Language teachers often lack training in how to integrate technology into their classrooms in a principled manner. The CertICT provides teachers with this training. Teachers quickly realise that there are a number of very clear professional benefits in having a qualification like the CertICT. For example:

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