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.

From this unit I learned more about conditionals and reported speech. I know more about zero conditional,third conditional and mixed conditional,which I was not familiar with before. I also learn more about reported speech, for example, when there's past perfect in the direct sentence, we have to remain it the same in the indirect sentences. This unit is supper useful!This unit was great! Simple and to the point! I loved the suggestions at the end of every tens, especially the ideas about songs! I'm a musician and I'm a big fan of Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly ect. I never thought about using those songs to teach about future tenses. It really made my day. I find all the suggestions on how to implement the verbs to be of absolute value!


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