What is the difference between TESOL and TEFL?

 

There is often much confusion surrounding these acronyms but essentially they mean the same thing. TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages The above are generally used interchangeably, however, TEFL is most commonly used within the UK and TESOL is usually preferred in Australia and the USA. Although some countries may favor one acronym over the other, it is important to remember that a TEFL certification and a TESOL certification are exactly the same thing as the training involved is identical. Although TEFL and TESOL training courses are identical and the acronyms are generally used interchangeably, there is a technical difference between the two. The general perception is that speakers of English as a foreign language live in a non-English speaking country, meaning they don't need to speak English on a daily basis and are usually learning the language for travel, business or simply as a hobby. In contrast, speakers of English as a second language live in an English speaking country, meaning they do need to speak English on a daily basis for work, socializing, shopping etc.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

having not studied English for fifty years the unit content went to work on my little grey cells. it was without doubt enjoyable. I became so immersed in the unit that I rather began dreaming in my sleep about nouns and verbs. my individual knowledge of the subject has certainly matured. i am now able to spot certain words and phrases which hitherto I should have given no regard.The use of tests in an English course, is very important as gives the ability to teachers to evaluate the students for different situations. For instance, when a new student join the school and the teacher needs to know which class and which course let him attend, or when, at the end of a chapter the teacher needs to know if all that has been studied was retained by the students.

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