Teaching English as a Foreign Language, known as TEFL, is one of the most prominent qualifications that certify you to teach English at schools abroad. Since TEFL certified instructors are required pretty much everywhere around the world – whether that’s a kindergarten teacher in China, summer camp instructors in France or teaching adults in Malaysia – there’s a job out there for everyone.
Difference between TEFL, TESOL, ELT and ESL
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English Language Teaching (ELT), and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) are often used interchangeably with TEFL.
When these terms are used in the context of teaching English abroad, there is practically no difference between TEFL and TESOL. Both acronyms essentially mean the same thing – teaching English language to non-native speakers.
Technically speaking, TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the term used for teaching English to non-native speakers in native English talking nations, so the individuals who will acquire degrees and work in native English speaking countries like UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
International standards of teaching English abroad
Minimum requirements for an English teaching job overseas include:
- At least 100 hours of coursework;
- At least 6 to 20 hours of practicum (live practice teaching and observation with actual non-native English speaker);
- An accredited curriculum from a recognized institution;
- Instruction provided by a qualified instructor (who has an equivalent to a Master Degree in TESOL or related field)
Where can you get TEFL certification from?
Getting TEFL certified isn’t difficult. All you have to do is get enrolled at your nearest TEFL certification institution for a classroom or an online course (whichever suits you the best). We, at Haida HR, also conduct free of cost TEFL classes for our trainee teachers in a bid to assist them with boosting their career.
Is obtaining TEFL certification worth it?
A TEFL certification opens doors to teaching in China with Haida HR, thus allowing you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, to explore the world from within. Being a part of the Haida family, you’ll be helping students develop their skills and shape their futures. Once you have overcome the initial cultural disparities, this new and exotic location will become a second home and will give you a truly extraordinary experience.
Along with gaining some essential work experience, you’ll also be developing an understanding of the world – something that will prove invaluable when you return home (that is if you decide not to pursue a permanent career in TEFL). Exploring and living in China would offer you a worldview which could enhance your desirability in the eyes of prospective employers.