TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teaches English language basics and gives learning to those aspiring students. They are not native to the language through the most suitable instructions. It is a certification method for teaching and instructing English language skills and fluency to hopeful learners, mainly in foreign countries. The following is all you need to know about the TEFL certification and its advantages.
Some similar teachers training programs
There are other similar teaching certifications applicable for training,
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- English Language Teaching (ELT)
- ESL (English as a Second Language)
- CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
All these are certifications for teaching English as a Second or foreign language. In many countries like Spain, Argentina and Japan, professionals do not need a college degree or prior experience but a TEFL experience, other kinds of certification being similar.
What is meant by TESOL?
TESOL has the term to those people who earn degrees but work domestically in the field of teaching English in countries like the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa and the USA English is generally a native language. However, in those countries, if anyone wants to serve as an English teacher, the certification required should be TEFL.
There are certain standards/requirements recognized by international bodies which are met under the training for TEFL certification,
- Minimum requirement of 100 hours of coursework;
- Certain sessions of live practice teaching and observation with learners
- Role-playing with fellows;
- Accredited curriculum from a recognized, independent organization from the sector of English teaching;
- Instructions that qualified instructors must provide
The following are the various features of TEFL cerfitication-
Youth and teenagers oriented literature and magazines
⦁ Communicative way of teaching
⦁ Easy to read and understand literature and materials
⦁ Blended learning means a mix of online practices and face to face orientation and learning
⦁ Virtual or online classrooms
⦁ Pre-designed structures and tools
⦁ Method of online interaction
⦁ course-managed learning platforms
There are significant variations in certification and qualification requirements from country to country and many times within different employers in a country as far as teaching English is concerned. Some institutions in countries require proof of English proficiency, a University degree and basic teaching qualification sufficient for teaching English.
So to say, each country requiring English teachers has different criteria and depending upon requirements. Assessment criteria are also different in different countries. TEFL Certification works in almost all countries depending upon the needs and requirements of certifying institutions. Salary & wages depends mainly on education, experience, qualification, training, seniority, and expertise apart from fluency and certification.
The demand for TEFL certified teachers of English Language is the most mainly in following countries in that order
European countries for teaching to migrated people
⦁ Asia-Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, CostaRica, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and
Whereas in Africa, many countries employ bilingual experts from within the local population, they have been unable to attract foreign teachers.