Careers and Employability Service

I want to work in TEFL & Teaching Abroad

Job roles

    Introduction

    The Careers and Employability Service receives many TEFL vacancies throughout the year – too many for us to personally check the organisations’ credentials. Therefore, before you apply for any vacancies, please do some research of your own.

    What is TEFL? or TESOL? or is it TESL?

    TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
    TESOL
    = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    TESL
    = Teaching English as a Second Language
    The terms TEFL and TESOL both mean teaching English to people whose first language is not English and who are normally resident in a non-English speaking country. These students may wish to learn English for many reasons – for business purposes, to improve their educational or career opportunities or to travel.
    TESL normally refers to teaching English to people who have moved from their own country to the UK (or another English-speaking country) and need to develop their English language skills in order to work, study, access services and/or develop social networks.

    Job roles

    See Prospects for detailed job profiles of TEFL and TESOL teachers

    Jargon buster

    • TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
    • TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    • TESL Teaching English as a Second Language
    • ESP English for Specific Purposes e.g. law, technology, medicine
    • EAP English for Academic Purposes. Training EFL teachers
    • ELT English Language Teaching
    • CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. One of the two internationally-recognised TEFL qualifications
    • DELTA Diploma course for graduates with two years' ELT experience
    • UCLES The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, which validates CELTA courses
    • RSA The words 'RSA certificate' are often still used when referring to CELTA, although Cambridge ESOL took over RSA certificates and diplomas for teachers in 1988!
    • CertTEFLA - an even older name for CELTA
    • CertTESOL The Trinity College Certificate in TESOL – the other internationally-recognised TEFL qualification
    • JET Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
    • PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education – the essential course to teach in state schools in the UK. A few PGCE courses include TEFL as a subsidiary subject
    • VSO Voluntary Service Overseas

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 20/04/2022