On this blog we'll explain common TEFL and TESOL acronyms and how to choose which TESOL or TEFL course is best. Read on or watch our TEFL/TESOL 1 minute video explainer below.
TEFL or TESOL? What’s the difference and which is best?
These are questions we are often asked at Global English, but the good news is that the acronym itself doesn’t really matter. This is because to international employers worldwide TEFL and TESOL mean more or less the same thing.
What makes a real difference is an accredited certificate, the number of course hours and whether the TEFL/TESOL course is the best match for where you want to go.
But more of that later.
Firstly here are some of the popular acronyms you may have heard of in the English teaching industry:
Choosing the right TEFL/TESOL certification
Since the terms TEFL or TESOL are interchangeable, here are 5 other things you may want to consider carefully before choosing your online course:
1) Is the final certificate awarded by an established accrediting body?
Employers like to see a course has been externally scrutinised by an independent body. At Global English TESOL, you can opt for a certificate awarded by the UK accrediting body, ACTDEC.
2) How long has the provider been in business?
Established in 1997, we were one of the first online TESOL providers in the UK; we’ve built up the contacts, a reputation for excellence and know-how over many years in the industry.
3) What are the comments like on independent review sites?
Check out a few here (blushes!)
4) Is there access to international jobs, links to established recruiters and careers advice?
At Global English TESOL, it’s lifetime access to jobs help and support.
5) Are there a range of courses and specialisms targeted towards your ideal locations?
A one-size fits all course does not suit every location. For example, The Global English 150-hour TESOL Premier Plus course, together with a 30-hour business specialism, is our most popular course combination for France, but we recommend different courses for Southern Europe or Asia etc. Check out the recommended courses on our destinations pages here for more.
Accredited online TESOL courses with Global English TESOL
English is in huge demand worldwide, which means for people with the right TESOL/TEFL qualification, a career abroad is waiting. If it is time to take step into a new career and start a new life oversees, we’re with you all the way.
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