What is tefl?

The demand for the english language is on the increase globally. The value attributed to the ability to use the english language is therefore rising as the international language of choice. Today the overwhelming preference is for people of all nationalities to communicate in english, resulting in an ever increasing demand for capable and professional english teachers. The internationally recognised qualification required is a tefl or tesol certificate. Obtaining that qualification allows an individual the opportunity to put their english and teaching skills to the test and obtain employment throughout the world.

Our courses provide you with all the tools, training and practical skills that you will require to be a competent teacher and to find employment.

What is the difference between tefl and tesol?

This is our most frequently asked question as the use of these abbreviations can be perplexing without further explanation. Listed below are some explanations of these abbreviations which should help to clarify their meaning.

tefl - Teaching english as a Foreign Language.

An abbreviation which applies where english is being taught in a country where english is not the first language (for example; teaching english to french people in france).

TESL - Teaching english as a Second Language.

An abbreviation which applies where english is being taught to people in a country where english is the first language but that persons first language is not english (for example; teaching english in the usa/UK to immigrants from france).

tesol - Teaching english to Speakers of Other Languages.

This abbreviation is simply an amalgamation of both tefl and TESL.

ELT - english Language Teaching.

An abbreviation almost exclusively used by institutions in the UK.

There may be minor differences in the use of these abbreviations but practically speaking they are used interchangeably. The distinction between the two will make absolutely no difference to your future employment prospects.

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