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What is TEFL?

What is TEFL
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What is TEFL?

TEFL Certification programs are courses that certify you to Teach English as a Foreign Language. Many acronyms are used when discussing Certification programs. TEFL, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) all mean essentially the same thing, but the value of the Certification is determined by the number of hours, content and pedagogy of the course, quality of instruction, and the accreditation.

As you can imagine, there are many other acronyms you will quickly become familiar with as you start your TEFL Certification. We've spelled out the most commonly used acronyms here.

Most Commonly Used Acronyms to Explain English Language Learning

EFL: English as a Foreign Language- Typically refers to English language instruction in a non-English-speaking country (Your students may be referred to as EFL students)

TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

ELT: English Language Teaching – Another umbrella term for the entire field

ELL: English Language Learner – Any nonnative speaker who is learning English (Your students may be referred to as ELLs.)

ESL: English as a Second Language – Typically refers to English language instruction in an English-speaking country (Your students may be referred to as ESL students.)

TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages –The umbrella term for the field of teaching nonnative speakers of English in any context

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language – A popular worldwide test of English (Your students may be preparing to take this exam.)

TOEIC: Test of English for International Communication – A popular worldwide test of English (Your students may be preparing to take this exam)

IELTS: International English Language Testing System– A popular worldwide test of English (Your students may be preparing to take this exam.)

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