What is the difference between the TEFL and TESOL certificate?

In the world of teaching English abroad, there is a wide variety of terms and acronyms. For example, you can find references to CELTA, DELTA, TESOL, TEFL, EFL, ESL, ELT, ESOL, EAL, TEAL, and TESL. These similar sounding terms are often confusing for those who are considering a career in teaching English abroad. However, the simple truth is that many of these acronyms are virtually synonymous with one another. For example, TESOL and TEFL are virtually interchangeable. Practically speaking, having either a TEFL or a TESOL certification essentially enables native English speakers to teach English in various foreign countries.

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

For all intents and purposes, the terms mean the same with TESOL being more common in America and with large state sector colleges in Britain (e.g. the Institute of Education in London) while TEFL is more common in U.K. Language Schools and in the U.K. press. There is a slight technical difference since TESOL refers to all learners whose first language is not English, including ethnic minorities living in this country whereas TEFL refers only to "foreign" students. Potentially, therefore, a TESOL course encompasses more than a more narrowly defined TEFL course.

What do these acronyms mean?

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

This applies where English is learned and taught in an environment where English is not the official or unofficial first language. Examples: China, Spain, Laos

TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language

This applies to situations where English is learned and taught in an environment where English is used on a daily basis as either an official or unofficial second language. Examples: India, Singapore, U.S. immigrants.

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This term is used for both the TEFL and TESL situations, where the mother tongue of learners is for students is other than English. It is the process of developing teaching skills among those native English speakers who aim at teaching non-English speaking students.

ESL - English as Second Language

This term is now widely used in situations where English is taught to non-native speakers in a native or non-native English speaking country. Examples: U.S.A., New Zealand, India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Portugal etc.

ELT - English Language Teaching

A general term for the teaching of English in any of the mentioned learning situations.

ESP - English for Special Purposes

The term is used for the particular English required for special situations. Examples English required in business situations, for academic purposes, or in the tourism industry. Some TESOL training courses contain ESP courses.

EYL - English for Young Learners

English language courses that are specially planned and presented for young learners. The focus here determines the entire handling of the curriculum.

What are the prospects of teaching English abroad?

English language courses that are specially planned and presented for young learners. The focus here determines the entire handling of the curriculum.

English teaching jobs for either ESL, English as a second language, or TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language are in the highest demand to date. We have connections with teaching institutions all over the world including Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. The educational requirements do vary from country to country, but apart from differences in requirements, we can help you find a position for teaching English in a variety of countries worldwide.

Teaching English abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person will ever have. Not only is there a charm of traveling and working, but the school schedule allows ample time for their own cultural exploration and learning. For a recent college graduate, it is the ideal way to get work experience, earn money and travel all at once.

Obtaining a certificate to teach English abroad is simple, fast and affordable with the programs offered by APTTI. Following this short period, APTTI will help place you in a job. You will negotiate directly with your new employer to work out pay, travel and lodging, but APTTI will always be available to help you with this process.

How does APTTI help the candidates in their job hunt?

APTTI provides assistance at every stage of job search and works diligently and try to place our in the country of their choice. We will help you with teacher placement in Asia, Latin America, The Middle East, and Europe, after completion of the TESOL certification. We are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to job placement and provide invaluable assistance and support in your job search in whichever country you would like to teach English.

What is the procedure to be followed by the candidates in their job search?

  • You have the option to post your resume online for schools and universities worldwide to view.
  • Your resume and picture are published in an email. APTTI then represents you, submits your resume to employers in the country of your choice, and forwards you a variety of teaching options to choose from.

Can we include Indian students to the regular 3-week course?

Yes. However, for Indian students, there will be no job guarantee. We will provide job assistance only.

Can we include online students from the Hybrid 120-hour online course followed by 1 week in-class?

We can merge the Hybrid group with the regular batch who will join them in the last week for the four-day teaching practice. The hybrid candidates will have a 1-day orientation with the trainer for the preparation they need for the teaching practice session.

Will it be only APTTI certificate or APTTI in association with TEFL International?

Certificates will be provided by APTTI which are approved by Ministry of Education, Thailand.