Alright, so my blog has been pretty vacant but I promise big things are coming. Obviously, by the name of this post, you might have a slight hint as to what is coming but shhhh.. it’s not official and the title of this is merely a perk of what I will really be doing. If you do not know what these are, perhaps you won’t be able to help me. But I think a lot of the traffic involved in this blog will be of some help.I have spent hours researching and I can’t seem to get a clear answer, so I figured someone knows someone who knows someone with one of these Certifications and can help me. In advance, thanks guys :)
So, my question to you is this TEFL, TESOL, TESL or CELTA.
My understanding is follows:
TEFL– Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Applies where English is not the primary language, supposedly the highest degree of worldwide compatibility. Cheapest Course and Cheapest Certification from what I can see. Available both online and in course form.
TESL- Teaching English as a Second Language. Applies in areas which English is considered a primary language. Example, Teach English to foreign students within the United States. To qualify, educators must speak English as their native language.
TESOL- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In Canadian and American terminology, a TESOL certificate may apply as either a TESL or TEFL certificate; however, the designation is subject to restrictions based on country. No uniform designation exists across different areas. Outside of North America, TESOL often replaces the term TEFL. (That is from this website, which has been the clearest answers I have found thus far.)
CELTA– Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults run by Cambridge University. 4 intensive weeks and $3000-$4000. Yeah, that is not happening, however it is one of the available options and seems to only be the very best in the UK. (Again, this is from my research, if that is wrong please let me know.)
This website has broken down the TESOL vs CELTA.
TEFL and TESL are both intriguing to me because the TEFL seems most widely recognized next to the CELTA, however the TESL seems better in the US, ya know.. after my adventures.
It seems to me that all of the courses are offered both online and in person. TEFL seems to be the cheapest, but why? Does anyone have any idea if anyone with only a TEFL has had issues or successes in finding employment with that certification alone? Or have they gotten the TESOL, since apparently TESOL sometimes replaces the TEFL. This is where it gets confusing. I would hate to waste money on one cert, to find out I need another.
So, now I need your help. Pleaaaaaasseeeeee :)
comments and concerns and advice and jokes are all welcome.