What does TEFL mean? What does TESOL mean?


There are a variety of acronyms used in the English language teaching industry. Two of the most common are TEFL and TESOL. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These terms are interchangeable and effectively mean the same thing. Historically within the industry TEFL was a British based term and TESOL a North American based term.

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.

The writing and speaking parts of teaching language are important for the students to be able to express themselves appropriately in their lives. Utilizing games such as Hangman to improve language skills allows students to learn in creative activities. Writing skills are affected by spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Creative games can assist students in these abilities.This has been an interesting unit - the classes that i teach mostly focus on output, speaking and writing, and I rarely get the chance to create a lesson using input. I feel confident that I could create a lesson now that focuses on reading and listening. The straight arrow lesson plan example was interesting and I will try to incorporate something similar into my classes.