Study and find schools in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, officially known as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a sovereign archipelago state in the southern Caribbean, with a total geographic area of just under 2,000 square miles.  Located just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles, the country shares maritime borders with several nations, including Barbados in the northeast, Guyana in the southeast and Venezuela in the south and west.  In all, the country consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and numerous other landforms which are much smaller.  Of the two main islands, Trinidad is by far the larger and more populous, accounting for roughly 94 percent of the total area and 96 percent of the population.  It is also the island where you will find the nation’s capital, Port of Spain, as well as its largest city, Chaguanas.
As of the last official census, Trinidad and Tobago had an estimated population of 1.3 million, all but 4 percent of which live on the island of Trinidad.  The country’s ethnic composition is a reflection of many centuries of conquest and immigration.  By prevalence, the two largest ethnic groups in the country are the Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonian people and the Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians, who together account for roughly 80 percent of the total population.  Other ethnic groups inhabiting the country include Europeans, Chinese, Syrian-Lebanese, Amerindians and people of mixed race.
English is the lone official language of Trinidad and Tobago, a local variety of English called Trinidadian English.  It is used for all official purposes in the country, including education, government administration, courts, media and commerce.  In informal situations, however, one of two English-based Creole languages are spoken most commonly, either Trinidadian Creole or Tobagonian Creole.  Both of these languages feature elements found in a variety of African languages, and the Trinidadian variety is also heavily influenced by French.  Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-religious country, with several faiths practiced on the island.  Christianity is the predominant religion in the country, particularly Roman Catholicism, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and others, which together are practiced by roughly 65 percent of the population.  Hinduism is the largest religious minority, adhered to by 25 percent of the people, followed by Islam at roughly 7 percent.

Education in Trinidad and Tobago

Education in Trinidad and Tobago is overseen and regulated by the national government and is free for all students and compulsory through secondary school.  The education system is divided between four levels:  preschool, primary education, secondary education and tertiary or higher education.

Preschool in Trinidad and Tobago is available to all children beginning at two and a half years of age through age 4 or 5.  This level is not compulsory, but most children do begin their education at this phase, primarily because basic reading and writing skills are expected of students prior to entering primary education.

Primary education in Trinidad and Tobago spans seven years beginning at age 5.  These seven years consist of First and Second Year, followed by Standard One through Standard Five.  Primary schools offer a broad curriculum, with core courses in mathematics, English language, science, social science, history, geography, physical education, art and music.  During the final year of primary school, students are prepared to sit for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA), on which their score will determine the type of secondary institution they attend.

Secondary education is divided between two tracks:  general secondary school, an academic program for high achieving students who intend to pursue a university degree; and the vocational-technical school, where students receive occupational training and basic instruction in a number of career related fields.  Following each of these five-year programs, students will sit for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).  Those who score well can opt to continue their secondary education for two additional years in a program that leads to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Assessment (CAPA).

Tertiary or higher education in Trinidad and Tobago is provided by a handful of colleges and universities, where students can earn undergraduate (Bachelor), graduate (Master’s) and post-graduate (PhD) degrees in a select number of academic and professional fields.  Tertiary education is also free of charge up to the level of Bachelor degree for all of the country’s citizens.

Language Courses in Trinidad and Tobago

Learning to speak and understand the English language offers many benefits both personally and professionally, and if this is your desire, there is no method as expedient nor as effective as a full-immersion language-acquisition program—a program in which you study the English language while living for a few weeks in a country where it is actually spoken.  Of course, English is a widely spoken language, and there are several potential destinations that offer full-immersion courses—the United States, Canada, the UK and even Australia—but if you truly want to make this experience a memorable one, we recommend you consider the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a small, independent English-speaking country in the southern Caribbean, situated just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada.  It consists of two major islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and a number of smaller land masses that together comprise just less than 2,000 square miles of land area.  Of the two major islands, Trinidad is by far the largest, accounting for 94 percent of the land area and 96 percent of the population—a population of 1.2 million as of the last census.

The language programs in Trinidad and Tobego, of which there are a just a few, specialize primarily in teaching English, although instruction can be found in Spanish and a few other languages as well.  Participants in these programs have the unique opportunity to live in Trinidad and Tobago for 2-6weeks, and accommodations are typically arranged by the language school.  While in the country, students will receive intensive English language instruction from a qualified language specialist.  The programs vary depending on skill level, but most offer engaging and interactive classroom sessions, in which a number of audio and visual modalities are employed to expedite learning, as well as cultural excursions provided by the language academy, allowing students to hear the language as it is actually spoken while practicing the skills they have learned.  There is also plenty of free time available, in which students can explore and enjoy the natural beauty of the islands and take part in a number of fun and enriching activities. 

There are hundreds of things to do and see in Trinidad and Tobago, but perhaps the most noteworthy event, assuming you are in the country at the correct time of year, is the island’s world famous “Carnival,” held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (usually late February to early March).  Although other countries and cities, including Brazil and New Orleans, have adopted their own Carnival-like celebrations, the original Carnival, and still the most unique, is conducted on the island of Trinidad.  The event features scores of fun cultural events, great food, amiable people and uninhibited festive dancing to original calypso and soca music.  The party culminates with a spectacular street parade, in which revelers don traditional costumes while competing in events such as traditional stick fighting and limbo.

Studying English in Trinidad and Tobago is an experience you’ll never forget.  Not only will you learn valuable English language and comprehension skills, but the full-immersion model allows you to learn quickly, as you will be constantly surrounded by people who actually speak the language.  There’s really nothing like it, in fact, the entire experience is like combining the most effective form of language instruction with an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation.

Schools that offer language courses in Trinidad and Tobago

Austin Learning Centre

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Austin Learning Centre is a language school founded in 1997. Since then it has been offering ESL courses of high quality. All of the directors of the company are qualified teachers, who speak a couple of languages. The duration of each course is very well matched to the content of the level to be covered (elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced). The school also offers, Business English courses, exam preparation, as well as personal skills writing course (for entrance to university). Each class consists of no more than 8 students, which is another... See full description.

Langdons Language Institute

Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
Langdons Language Institute is an educational institution, based in Chaguana. It was established in 1993 with the aim to train young professionals, preparing them for the future. Courses are structured in a flexible manner with the purpose of meeting the individual needs of certain groups. The programs made available are the following: BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, BA in French, BA in English, Diploma in English, Certificate in Bilingual Studies, Diploma in Translation, International Diploma in Bilingual Communication, and other certificate courses. The institute takes pride... See full description.

The English as a Foreign Language Programme, The University of the West Indies, St. August

St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Programme at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine has provided international students with quality English language tuition for over twenty years. Established in 1990, the programme has expanded to facilitate the English language learning needs from the francophone and hispanophone Caribbean and South America. At the University of the West Indies, our staff are well qualified and experienced specialists in the field of EFL which ensures quality in language teaching. We at the UWI are committed to providing you with a high standard of... See full description.

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