TESL, TEFL, TESOL and CELTA? What are the differences?
These acronyms are used interchangeably from nation to nation. Like for example, TESOL is commonly used in Australia and the USA while TEFL is used in the UK. Meanwhile, it is helpful to know which these acronyms stand for.
TESL means teaching English as a secondary language. It is for teaching in an English speaking country. TEFL means teaching English as a foreign language wherein you will teach English abroad. TESOL means teaching English to speakers of other languages. On the other hand, CELTA is the British equivalent of TESOL which means certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages too but stands as certificate in English language teaching to adults.
Although there is often much confusion over these acronyms and though some countries may favor one acronym over the other, it is important to remember that they mean the same thing. But somehow, there is a technical difference among these. The general perception is that speakers of English as a foreign language live in a non-English speaking country which means they do not need to speak English in a daily basis. They are learning the language for travel, business purposes or simply as a hobby. On the other hand, speakers of English as a second language live in an English speaking country which means they do need to speak English on a daily basis for work, business, education, socializing and many more.
All objectively teach English language to non-native English speakers.
But why most learners prefer to have a TESOL certificate even if they mean the same thing? The reason is that TESOL has the highest level of language acquisition of all courses. Do you know that TESOL encapsulates them all?