What is TESOL?
As mentioned, TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. On the whole, TESOL refers to teaching English to foreign language to learners who are not learning in their native country. Whereas, TEFL or ESL are similar acronyms which represent teaching English to second language learners, where the teacher is based overseas.
More recently, however, due to demand overseas, the term TESOL can and often does refer to international English teaching opportunities, as well as domestic. Further qualifications such as the CertTESOL and DipTESOL are examples of further TESOL credentials that are in high demand around the world.
Entry Level TESOL Certifications
The entry-level certification that all TESOL teachers need is the TESOL/TEFL certification. This accreditation offers an introduction to methodologies and theories of teaching English to second language learners. Packed with practical advice, the course ranges from 40 to 150-hours. This course is an essential requirement for teaching and must be completed before moving onto CertTESOL and DipTESOL.
CertTESOL equips trainee teachers with the necessary skills needed to excel in the classroom. Whereas the TESOL/TEFL certification can be done online, the CertTESOL requires more in-class training with more assignments that test your depth of knowledge, rather than your understanding of key concepts.
TESOL Job Openings
If you’re looking to launch your international TESOL career, or you are already an experienced teacher who would like to take advantage of further qualification sponsorship or advance to more senior positions, then take a look at our current job openings.
EF English First hires TESOL teachers year-round in China, Indonesia and Russia. All positions come with full training and support, competitive salary and benefit packages.