What’s the difference between TESOL vs TEFL?

TEFL and TESOL — What is the difference?

Nothing!

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Both acronyms refer to teaching English to students who are non-native speakers.

Internationally there is no ‘one’ acronym for this vast industry and so colleges and organizations’ from the many, different English speaking countries created their own acronym.

A certificate with any of the above acronyms would be recognized for teaching English as a second language internationally.

What is important, is that the course you undertake is a minimum of 140 – 200hrs and include topics such as; TESOL Methodology, Lesson planning, Grammar, Classroom management, Communication skills (listening/speaking/reading/writing) as well as phonics & vocabulary and instruct in the teaching of children and adults.

In addition, school and colleges overseas look for teachers who have completed a teaching practice. The course you choose should also include an observed and assessed teaching practice with ‘real’ ESL students either online or face-to-face (minimum 6 x 30 min teaching sessions for an International course and 6 x 60 min sessions for Certificate IV in TESOL).

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Testimonials

Tom M

“Within minutes of filling in the contact form on their Web site, I received a phone call from Lyn who...

Tom M

RPL Certificate IV in TESOL

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:03:10+10:00

Tom M

RPL Certificate IV in TESOL

“Within minutes of filling in the contact form on their Web site, I received a phone call from Lyn who asked me about my background and said that it would 

Matteo P

"The 140 hr International TESOL Certificate has been a valuable learning experience. I feel that over the duration of the course I...

Matteo P

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-11-27T13:56:28+10:00

Matteo P

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“The 140 hr International TESOL Certificate has been a valuable learning experience. I feel that over the duration of the course I have gained a lot of knowledge. Great material and easy 

Ross C

"I am still in China, having taught English here at a University for one year and am now settled into...

Ross C

Certificate IV in TESOL

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:28:49+10:00

Ross C

Certificate IV in TESOL

“I am still in China, having taught English here at a University for one year and am now settled into my second year with an offer to extend another year. 

Meg Y

"Thank you for all of the practical instruction throughout the course. The videos are so great and very clear. They...

Meg Y

International TESOL Diploma

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:26:49+10:00

Meg Y

International TESOL Diploma

“Thank you for all of the practical instruction throughout the course. The videos are so great and very clear. They ensured I knew how to study the course properly. I’m 

Jonathan N

"As a full time worker, I was very happy with the practical and efficient 140 hour online TESOL Certificate provided...

Jonathan N

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:25:11+10:00

Jonathan N

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“As a full time worker, I was very happy with the practical and efficient 140 hour online TESOL Certificate provided by TESOL Australia. They have experienced staff who assist in 

Shaune R

"This is a quick note to say thank you to the TESOLAU team for all the assistance I received through...

Shaune R

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:23:41+10:00

Shaune R

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“This is a quick note to say thank you to the TESOLAU team for all the assistance I received through my TESOL journey (140hr International TESOL Certificate). Assignments completed and 

Kylie H

"Recently I completed a 140-Hour International TESOL course with the director of studies Ms Lynette M. Kim. She is an...

Kylie H

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:22:11+10:00

Kylie H

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“Recently I completed a 140-Hour International TESOL course with the director of studies Ms Lynette M. Kim. She is an excellent teacher enabling her students through sharing her vast experience 

John M

"I have just completed my TESOL Cert IV online course and I loved it. The units where fun, informative and...

John M

Certificate IV in TESOL

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5.0
2018-10-01T06:20:37+10:00

John M

Certificate IV in TESOL

“I have just completed my TESOL Cert IV online course and I loved it. The units where fun, informative and challenging. If I got stuck on a question there would 

Simona C

"The program of the TESOL course was very comprehensive and Lynette managed to engage all of us in a very...

Simona C

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:19:11+10:00

Simona C

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“The program of the TESOL course was very comprehensive and Lynette managed to engage all of us in a very productive manner. We were easily able to cover the whole 

Christina G

"TESOL Australia has helped me live my dream! I can now travel and take my work with me! I've been...

Christina G

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:17:32+10:00

Christina G

140hr International TESOL Certificate

“TESOL Australia has helped me live my dream! I can now travel and take my work with me! I’ve been living in Mexico for two months and loving it! I 

Dan Han

"As an international education agent, we have worked with TESOL Australia on numerous projects including short-term study tours and long-term...

Dan Han

Education Agent

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:16:10+10:00

Dan Han

Education Agent

“As an international education agent, we have worked with TESOL Australia on numerous projects including short-term study tours and long-term teaching programs. The teaching quality of their graduates is excellent 

Jed A

"The International TESOL Diploma taught me everything I needed to know in order to become a successful teacher in the...

Jed A

International TESOL Diploma

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:14:16+10:00

Jed A

International TESOL Diploma

“The International TESOL Diploma taught me everything I needed to know in order to become a successful teacher in the ESL industry. The integrated teaching approach struck the perfect balance 

Renee W

"The TESOL Australia Certificate IV in TESOL has been great professionally and personally. I have a completely new career I...

Renee W

Certificate IV in TESOL

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:12:04+10:00

Renee W

Certificate IV in TESOL

“The TESOL Australia Certificate IV in TESOL has been great professionally and personally. I have a completely new career I absolutely love and will continue with for many years to 

Zhara L

"TESOL Australia has opened great opportunities for me and because of the training and ongoing support I have gained invaluable...

Zhara L

Certificate IV in TESOL

TESOL Australia
5.0
2018-10-01T06:10:28+10:00

Zhara L

Certificate IV in TESOL

“TESOL Australia has opened great opportunities for me and because of the training and ongoing support I have gained invaluable experience as an ESL teacher. I’m currently teaching international students 

Vickie P

"The IELTS Teaching Certificate has enabled me to change my career path and given me the skills to gain employment...

Vickie P

IELTS Teaching Certificate

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5.0
2018-10-01T06:07:51+10:00

Vickie P

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“The IELTS Teaching Certificate has enabled me to change my career path and given me the skills to gain employment that is both satisfying and exciting. I was very impressed 

Justin M

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Justin M

140hr International TESOL Certificate

TESOL Australia
5.0
2019-07-04T11:39:52+10:00

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“The course was invaluable, covering the fundamentals of teaching English as a second language. The course itself was well-designed, practical, informative and fun!! Lynette Kim, the course instructor, was professional, 
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    "As a full time worker, I was very happy with the practical and efficient 140 hour online TESOL Certificate provided...

    Jonathan N

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    TESOL Australia
    5.0
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    Meg Y

    "Thank you for all of the practical instruction throughout the course. The videos are so great and very clear. They...

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    “I am still in China, having taught English here at a University for one year and am now settled into my second year with an offer to extend another year. 

    Matteo P

    "The 140 hr International TESOL Certificate has been a valuable learning experience. I feel that over the duration of the course I...

    Matteo P

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-11-27T13:56:28+10:00

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    “The 140 hr International TESOL Certificate has been a valuable learning experience. I feel that over the duration of the course I have gained a lot of knowledge. Great material and easy 

    Justin M

    "The course was invaluable, covering the fundamentals of teaching English as a second language. The course itself was well-designed, practical,...

    Justin M

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2019-07-04T11:39:52+10:00

    Justin M

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    “The course was invaluable, covering the fundamentals of teaching English as a second language. The course itself was well-designed, practical, informative and fun!! Lynette Kim, the course instructor, was professional, 

    Tom M

    “Within minutes of filling in the contact form on their Web site, I received a phone call from Lyn who...

    Tom M

    RPL Certificate IV in TESOL

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:03:10+10:00

    Tom M

    RPL Certificate IV in TESOL

    “Within minutes of filling in the contact form on their Web site, I received a phone call from Lyn who asked me about my background and said that it would 

    Vickie P

    "The IELTS Teaching Certificate has enabled me to change my career path and given me the skills to gain employment...

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    TESOL Australia
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    2018-10-01T06:07:51+10:00

    Vickie P

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    “The IELTS Teaching Certificate has enabled me to change my career path and given me the skills to gain employment that is both satisfying and exciting. I was very impressed 

    Zhara L

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    5.0
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    Zhara L

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    “TESOL Australia has opened great opportunities for me and because of the training and ongoing support I have gained invaluable experience as an ESL teacher. I’m currently teaching international students 

    Renee W

    "The TESOL Australia Certificate IV in TESOL has been great professionally and personally. I have a completely new career I...

    Renee W

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    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:12:04+10:00

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    “The TESOL Australia Certificate IV in TESOL has been great professionally and personally. I have a completely new career I absolutely love and will continue with for many years to 

    Jed A

    "The International TESOL Diploma taught me everything I needed to know in order to become a successful teacher in the...

    Jed A

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    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:14:16+10:00

    Jed A

    International TESOL Diploma

    “The International TESOL Diploma taught me everything I needed to know in order to become a successful teacher in the ESL industry. The integrated teaching approach struck the perfect balance 

    Dan Han

    "As an international education agent, we have worked with TESOL Australia on numerous projects including short-term study tours and long-term...

    Dan Han

    Education Agent

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:16:10+10:00

    Dan Han

    Education Agent

    “As an international education agent, we have worked with TESOL Australia on numerous projects including short-term study tours and long-term teaching programs. The teaching quality of their graduates is excellent 

    Christina G

    "TESOL Australia has helped me live my dream! I can now travel and take my work with me! I've been...

    Christina G

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:17:32+10:00

    Christina G

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    “TESOL Australia has helped me live my dream! I can now travel and take my work with me! I’ve been living in Mexico for two months and loving it! I 

    Simona C

    "The program of the TESOL course was very comprehensive and Lynette managed to engage all of us in a very...

    Simona C

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:19:11+10:00

    Simona C

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    “The program of the TESOL course was very comprehensive and Lynette managed to engage all of us in a very productive manner. We were easily able to cover the whole 

    John M

    "I have just completed my TESOL Cert IV online course and I loved it. The units where fun, informative and...

    John M

    Certificate IV in TESOL

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:20:37+10:00

    John M

    Certificate IV in TESOL

    “I have just completed my TESOL Cert IV online course and I loved it. The units where fun, informative and challenging. If I got stuck on a question there would 

    Kylie H

    "Recently I completed a 140-Hour International TESOL course with the director of studies Ms Lynette M. Kim. She is an...

    Kylie H

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:22:11+10:00

    Kylie H

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    “Recently I completed a 140-Hour International TESOL course with the director of studies Ms Lynette M. Kim. She is an excellent teacher enabling her students through sharing her vast experience 

    Shaune R

    "This is a quick note to say thank you to the TESOLAU team for all the assistance I received through...

    Shaune R

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    TESOL Australia
    5.0
    2018-10-01T06:23:41+10:00

    Shaune R

    140hr International TESOL Certificate

    “This is a quick note to say thank you to the TESOLAU team for all the assistance I received through my TESOL journey (140hr International TESOL Certificate). Assignments completed and 
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