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TEFL London, teacher training courseTEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language; TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In other words, they are different ways of referring to the same thing. In some cases a distinction is made between TEFL and TESL, where the latter term refers to Teaching English as a Second Language to learners who aim to settle permanently in an English-speaking community. ELT is English Language Teaching.

As the global demand for English increases, so does the demand for qualified, well-trained teachers of English. English is now the language of international communication, meaning that people from all parts of the world need English for business, travel, technology, communication, the internet and to appreciate films, music and culture.

The prospect of travelling abroad and experiencing new cultures attracts a lot of people to English language teaching and of course, the opportunity to teach is itself exciting. Many people teach and travel for a few years and then progress onto other professions, in some cases fame and fortune! Some famous former “Teflers” include Bob Geldof and authors JK Rowling and Nick Hornby! Others decide to make a career of it and go on to work towards further professional qualifications such as the Trinity TESOL Diploma or Cambridge DELTA and finally a Masters in TEFL. Another typical category of “Teflers” is career-change people who are looking for a new lifestyle and new horizons.

If you want to find out more about what TEFL can offer you and get a flavour of the profession, a good place to start is our TEFL Links page, with useful links to TEFL recruitment sites, offering jobs, courses, materials, discussion forums and so on.

Choosing the right course

CourseIn some parts of the world, demand is such that schools are prepared to employ people to teach without a qualification. However, in order to feel more confident in your ability to teach effectively, increase your range of job prospects and find employment with a reputable employer, it is wise to undertake professional training.

There is often confusion about TEFL Certificates, TESOL Certificates and CELTA qualifications. External monitoring of Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL courses provides a mechanism of quality control, which "self-monitoring" TEFL courses cannot provide and lead to British Council recognition of both qualifications. Many courses claim "international recognition", but this means very little in itself, without regular, external monitoring of the course. Some employers and immigration authorities will insist on a Trinity or CELTA certificate.

There are many self-monitoring courses on the market which are similar in structure to Trinity and CELTA courses, and although some of them may provide effective preparation for teaching, they do not have the equivalent credibility and are perhaps more importantly, are not recognised by language schools and institutions throughout the world.

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