What is TESOL?

As globalization continues to grow, the ability to communicate in English is becoming a much valued tool all over the world. Subsequently, the requirement for English teachers is ever increasing to satisfy this requirement. As the demand for knowledge of the English language continues to grow, the TESOL industry is becoming more and more important.

The worldwide desire to communicate in English means the demand for skilled, trained and certified teachers of English is huge. Gaining a standard international qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or Teaching English as a Foreign Language would enable you to work in many countries all over the world and put your English teaching skills to use.

Our international TESOL teacher training certificate courses will give you what is required to become a skilled, effective, modern teacher. You will receive all the required skills, knowledge, techniques and training needed to meet the standard necessary to become a successful teacher of English to speakers of other languages.

what is tesol?

The list of acronyms related to the field of TESOL can be confusing at times. The question we are asked most commonly is simply ‘What is TESOL’? The list below will hopefully go someway to explaining. The acronyms are often used interchangeably and there are really only slight differences between them, if at all.

TESOL – Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages

This acronym is an umbrella term for both TEFL and TESL.

TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language

We most commonly use the term TEFL when referring to English being taught in a non English speaking country, for example teaching English to Italians in italy.

TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language

This is used to refer to the teaching of English in an English speaking country, to people who are not native speakers of English. An example of this would be teaching immigrants in the USA or UK.


Most commonly used in the UK, this stands for English Language Teaching.

ESL – This stands for English as a Second Language

Most employers will usually accept TESOL, TEFL or TESL certificates as teaching English qualifications. In theory there are slight differences in the acronyms, however they are used interchangeably all over the world.

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