CELTA or CertTESOL ? TEFL or TESOL ?
Finding your way through English Language Teaching (ELT)
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) can be an exciting and rewarding career. It offers you the opportunity to travel and work abroad, to meet different people and discover new cultures.
But if you want to be sure that your first TEFL or TESOL qualification will allow you to teach in quality schools in the UK and around the world, you need to choose carefully.
These pages will give you the information you need to find a well-recognised initial teaching certificate, as well as courses to help you develop in your ELT career.
Our goal at Crossroads Languages is to help you choose a teacher training course which will allow you to develop good teaching practices and give you confidence in the classroom.
How can Crossroads Languages help you?
Crossroads Languages is run by a highly qualified language teaching professional with many years’ experience in TEFL and TESOL around the world.
Crossroads Languages :
- Select some of the very best ‘TEFL’ (TESOL) courses for CELTA and CertTESOL
- Provide information on types of teacher training courses available.
- Give you personal advice to help you choose the TEFL course for your plans.
- Help you through the application process.
- Give you valuable information to help you prepare for your course.
- Answer any question you have.
And our help is completely free.
First steps in English Language Teaching
What is TEFL ?TEFL is probably the most used acronym in English Language Teaching.
TEFL means simply : ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’, that is, teaching English to people who don’t speak it as their native language. It’s the name of the profession.
TEFL is usually associated with travelling and teaching abroad.
You can also teach English as a foreign language in a language school in an English speaking country (UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc.)
TEFL training. If you want to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) as a profession, or even just to help you to travel for a few years, then you need to train.
And if you really are serious about teaching and want to make sure you can get a good job in a reputable school, then you need to get the right qualification. You need to have a practical, recognised qualification.
What is TESOL ?TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It’s similar to ELT or TEFL, but in the United States TESOL is used more than TEFL or ELT.
TESOL is also the name of the US professional association for Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages.
Choosing your first qualification in TEFL
Which qualifications will give you the basic skills and knowledge needed for my first post as a teacher?
Most ELT professionals would agree that there are only 2 qualifications that are recognised world-wide : the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity College CertTESOL.
Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults
The CELTA is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the University of Cambridge.
This is the most respected and internationally recognised TEFL qualification in the world today.
More people take the CELTA as their first TEFL or TESOL qualification than any other TEFL qualification in the world.
Over 10,000 people take it each year.
There are 286 approved centres in 54 countries. hey provide almost 900 CELTA courses every year.
See list of left for more about the CELTA. Go to CELTA section on the right for information about centres and providers.
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
The CertTesol is awarded by Trinity College, London
The Trinity College CertTESOL has become a popular alternative to the CELTA. It is considered by many to be equivalent to the CELTA, as both involve the same number of training hours and cover similar syllabuses.
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in the UK
Both the CELTA and the CertTESOL are accredited by the QCA, the regulatory body for examinations and qualifications in the UK. Accreditation by the QCA means that the qualification is given a level in the National Qualifications Framework and that it is a formally recognised qualification in the UK.
The CELTA and CertTESOL are the only two TEFL qualifications listed by the British Council as acceptable introductory teaching qualifications that meet their standards and requirements.
**See other sections on this page for more information on these qualifications, teaching English and the British Council.
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