TESOL Acronyms

What is the difference between a TESOL, TEFL, TESL, ESL, ELT, ESOL teaching certificate?

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language
ESL: English as a Second Language
ELT: English Language Teaching
ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

All of these acronyms stand for teaching English to students from or in non-English speaking countries.

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 any course you undertake to teach English as a second language be 140 hrs+, contain a methodology, lesson planning, grammar, classroom management, communication and many other modules. In addition, schools and colleges overseas look for teachers who have completed face-to-face training (in-class or online ‘live’) and a teaching practicum with actual international students, in their TESOL course.

That is why, all TESOL Australia TESOL certificate courses include all key areas of TESOL teaching and more as well as, a teaching practicum with international students, to give you the confidence and edge in securing a great TESOL job.

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