TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are both certifications for teaching English to non-native speakers. 📜🏅🎓✅
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language):
TEFL focuses on teaching English in countries where English is not the primary language. For example, an American might teach English in China or Brazil. Getting a TEFL is ideal for teachers planning to work in countries where the main language isn’t English.
Purpose: Equip teachers with skills and methodologies to teach English in non-English speaking countries.
Common users: Travelers, gap year students, those looking for a change or wanting to live abroad.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages):
TESOL is a more comprehensive term that includes both TEFL and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). TESOL can be applicable both in countries where English isn’t the primary language and in English-speaking countries, serving immigrants or refugees who need to learn English.
Purpose: Train educators to teach English both in non-English speaking countries and to non-native speakers in English-speaking countries.
Common users: Those wanting a more flexible certification that’s recognized in various teaching scenarios, from schools in the U.S. serving non-native speakers to institutions abroad.
Both certifications offer foundational skills in teaching methodology, lesson planning, classroom management, and more. They open doors to teach English worldwide, either in formal schools or through private tutoring. It’s key to research each course thoroughly and pick the one best suited to your goals.
TEFL – TESOL programs 📜🏅🎓✅
Holders of a TESOL or TEFL certification are warmly invited to volunteer with any of the listed organizations or institutions around the world.
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