Level Up with a TEFL or TESOL Certification
Admin - Jun 14 2016
While some job markets for English teachers abroad allow non-certified job seekers to teach the English language in their territories provided these teachers are native speakers, the most lucrative and rewarding job positions require TEFL or TESOL certification.
TEFL stands for teaching English as a foreign language while TESOL is the acronym for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Globally, the demand for TEFL- and TESOL-certified educators is high given the growing status of English as the language of choice for global discussions and transactions. In fact, most countries around the world already have English education programs in place, hiking up the need for qualified English language teachers.
As a rule of thumb, a TESOL certification is generally considered more desirable and more prestigious than a TEFL certification because TESOL-certified educators are deemed better equipped, technically speaking, to teach English as a second or foreign language. On the other hand, some people believe getting a TEFL certification is easier since it has no prerequisite subjects and sets less restrictive requirements, with the main qualifications being only the knowledge of grammar. For a TEFL or TESOL certification to be recognized by a host country, it should be signed by the International Association of TESOL Qualifying Organizations or IATQUO. IATQUO’s stamp on a specific certification means that the program meets the basic criteria set by the United Kingdom of 600 plus hours of classroom time and six hours of practical teaching practice. IATQUO’s seal also ensures a global recognition of the TESOL or TEFL certification.
A TEFL certification will help job applicants get attractive teaching positions in non-native English speaking countries such as China, Japan, and many locations in the Middle East. Many insiders in the English teaching industry consider getting a TEFL certification as the easiest way to start a new career abroad. In Australia, people looking to teach English overseas can obtain a TEFL certification from providers in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Meanwhile, many universities in North America, such as Canada’s University of Toronto offer TESOL certification programs.
Admittedly, getting certification onsite from a certification provider can be very expensive in terms of costs and effort. For people with less budget and less time to spend, acquiring certification from accredited online providers is a good option. Many websites provide resources for people looking to teach English in countries where English is not the primary language. Many online courses can be completed within one to six months depending on the program.
Regardless of whether the certification has been obtained from an institution’s online course or by physically attending a certification provider’s program, getting a certification increases the likelihood that you will get a better teaching deal in terms of position, salary, benefits and other considerations.
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