Preview Image

Slider Image

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) VS. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)


TEFL and TESOL are all courses taken to provide the required certification that approves one as a qualified English teacher. They provide great professional opportunities across the world to the fluent and native English speakers who get the certifications. TEFL refers to teaching English as a foreign language while TESOL in full means teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL refers to the certification awarded to qualify one to teach in non-native English speakers in the native English speaking countries.

What is TEFL?

A TEFL certification is a teaching in English as a Foreign language qualification. It is globally recognized and qualifies the holders to teach English abroad and is critical in any international teaching job’s applications. This certificate can be used in the following ways:

  • Qualification for teaching opportunities. In most countries the minimum qualifications include a TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree.

  • Gain the required teaching skills needed abroad. This course refreshes the learner’s grammar, concepts and so much more. It prepares the individual to teach the language skills and enables proper planning of lessons for the students to be.

  • To stand out in applications. In situations where the TEFL certificate is not a necessity, having one will push you to the top of the list.

  • To ask for a higher salary in better and more reputable institutions.

The TEFL course basically includes topics such as classroom management, simplified English grammar, teaching English Language skills, planning lessons, how to build effective learning materials and identifying learning styles. The course can be taken online or in person. The duration can last for two to three weeks up to one year depending on the student’s availability and dedication. If one does not complete the course within a year of application, they may have to re-do the whole course from the beginning.

What is TESOL?

TESOL is an accredited teaching professional qualification that qualifies the holder to teach English to speakers of other languages. The qualification is awarded after successful completion of a set of courses. This certification is listed under the UK Ofqual qualification Register and is externally moderated by authorized and recognized institutions. One can take the course on part-time schedules or full-time and some institutions also offer the ability to take it subsequently with other courses.

At the end you need to know that the educators of TEFL are not necessarily supposed to originally be from native English speaking countries. TESOL educators however, must be from native English speaking countries.

Read more: Difference Between TEFL and TESOL | Difference Between

Related Articles


  • 2018-06-03

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) typically take place...

Read more

Managing young learners

  • 2018-05-23

Teaching young learners requires a knowledge of the developmental...

Read more


  • 2017-11-28

IELTS introduction The International English Language Testing Sy...

Read more


  • 2017-07-26

What is the difference between a dictionary, an encyclopedia and...

Read more
Article image goes here