201012212157TESOL, TEFL, CELTA –這些認證有什麼區別?
TESOL, TEFL, CELTA – What are the differences?
It seems quite a few students have asked about their teachers’ qualifications and what they mean. As a teacher with an Advanced TESOL certificate, International Teacher’s License and Teaching Adults Specialization Certificate and experience prepping students to pass most Cambridge founded exams such as IELTS I still did not foresee the good “powers that be” at English4u2 asking me to clarify the differences between the above mentioned acronyms. Ok. Where to begin? Actually, this is not a very difficult task.
TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) and TEFL (Teaching English to Foreign Learners) are basically the same. The only real difference is that TEFL refers to teaching “foreign” students whereas TESOL encompasses all students of “other” languages. This is relevant only when I am in Canada or any other English speaking country.
Situation : I am in Canada (my home country) and look to continue my career as an English teacher. With TEFL certification I am “technically” only qualified to teach students who come from overseas to study English as they are “foreign” students. With TESOL certification I am “technically” qualified to teach “foreign” students and any other learner whose native language is other than English, for example – immigrants.
CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) is in essence a TESOL course. It stems from the University of Cambridge of England and is thusly widely recognized (Oh, but see if I were in England then I could also type “recognised” with an S whereas in Canada and the U.S. I can only type “recognized” with a Z) and herein lay the biggest difference which, in my opinion, is still very slight. It’s from England and therefore the slight differences between English and North American language usage tendencies and spelling exist. It also specifically focuses on preparing teachers to teach adult learners.
Well, I hope that helps. I have included a picture of a TESOL certificate in case you have ever wondered what one looks like.