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Confusion About TESOL and TEFL

Hello!

I'm a bit confused about the difference between the TESOL and the TEFL certifications. I'm trying to decide which school I should enroll in online. How do I know which school is accredited by the right people? This is all so confusing for me. 

Has anyone heard of the schools below?

https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/tuition-dates-online-tefl-course

https://www.uni-prep.com/tesol

I would appreciate any advice please and thank you!

Mar 28, 2017 5:34 AM
Comments · 4

I think the alphabet soup is that TESOL = both TEFL + TESL.

There's an organization called TESOL International, http://www.tesol.org . They set standards for TESOL courses, but they don't conduct audits or certify that any particular course really meets them.

I was looking at a completely-online TESOL course from Arizona State University, because a student of mine is interested in getting a TESOL certificate. (I'm only an informal volunteer teacher, at our local public library, so I don't have any certification myself). They phrased it this way: "Arizona State University has created a TESOL Certificate Program available completely online... [it] follows TESOL''s high standards for a TESOL Certificate Program (for reference, see TESOL International Association’s Standards for Short-Term TEFL/TESL)."

It seems to me that whatever program you look at should say, somewhere, what standards it claims to meet (even if you are trusting them to really meet them). 

So, for example, if someone said "ASU? Never heard of them," a student could say "It's a 150-hour course that follows the TESOL International Standards for Short Term TEFL/TESL." Then at least they'd know what the course is supposed to cover.

November 23, 2018
Hi. I happened to find this entry when I was searching for a new language exchange partner. I can see that it's been over one year since it was written, but I couldn't resist leaving a comment because I've been studying on a TESOL course online myself. :) 

I’m afraid I've never heard of either of the school you have mentioned. In Japan, TESOL certified teachers are more appreciated than non-certified teachers, in my opinion. I have seen a couple job-offer applications (for ESL teachers) that said ones with TESOL are more welcomed. Meanwhile, I haven’t seen any job applications that mentioned TEFL. But I’m not so sure about it because I don’t have any immediate plan on teaching English outside of Japan and I’ve never looked into it seriously. 

Either way, I hope you've already figured something out about it. ;) 
April 7, 2018

There are two broad categories:  Teaching English as a Foreign Language (for teaching general and academic English for school age learners in non-English-speaking countries) and Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (general English for adults and school age children in English-speaking countries).

As a generalization, an English teacher in an Asian country will teach grammar and academic vocabulary and give students lots of practice taking English exams.

An English teacher to immigrants (my situation) will teach core vocabulary and give students lots of listening and speaking practice and role-playing practice for everyday situations such making a doctor's appointment.

November 23, 2018