Before getting started, it’s a good idea to really get to grips with what TESOL/TEFL is, what it involves, and some of the other acronyms you’ll see.
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
These different acronyms are used to describe the same subject. A TESOL/TEFL course covers the key knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach the English language to non-native speakers.
These courses often come in a range of lengths and can be studied online, at a learning center, or a combination of both. While class-based courses can offer a great experience, for many people they can be hard to afford and difficult to attend. This is where online courses can bring great convenience and accessibility.
To ensure that online courses still provide the high level of training needed, there are accreditation organizations that examine the content and teaching practices of these courses. Only those which meet the strict standards set by these organizations are able to gain accreditation. This course has been accredited by the ETQC.
After completing the course, you’ll receive a TESOL/TEFL certificate which shows the training you have covered. This certificate has long been an essential requirement sought by ESL employers around the world and for online teaching too. In recent years, many governments have also started to require foreign English language teachers to have a 120-hour TESOL/TEFL certificate in order to qualify for a work permit. So for those wanting to move overseas and teach, gaining a certificate can be very important.