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What is the difference between the TEFL and TESOL certificate?

In the world of teaching English abroad, there is a wide variety of terms and acronyms. For example, you can find references to CELTA, DELTA, TESOL, TEFL, EFL, ESL, ELT, ESOL, EAL, TEAL, and TESL. These similar sounding terms are often confusing for those who are considering a career in teaching English abroad. However, the simple truth is that many of these acronyms are virtually synonymous with one another. For example, TESOL and TEFL are virtually interchangeable. Practically speaking, having either a TEFL or a TESOL certification essentially enables native English speakers to teach English in a variety of foreign countries.

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

For all intents and purposes the terms mean the same with TESOL being more common in Asia and with large state sector colleges in Britain (e.g. the Institute of Education in London) while TEFL is more common in the UK Language Schools and in the UK press. There is a slight technical difference since TESOL refers to all learners whose first language is not English, including ethnic minorities living in this country whereas TEFL refers only to "foreign" students. Potentially, therefore, a TESOL course encompasses more than a more narrowly defined TEFL course.

What do these acronyms mean?

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - This applies where English is learned and taught in an environment where English is not the official or unofficial first language. Examples: China, Spain, Laos

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - This term is used for both the TEFL and TESL situations, where the mother tongue of the learners is other than English. It is the process of developing teaching skills among those native-English speakers who aim at teaching non-English speaking students.

ESL - English as Second Language - This term is now widely used in situations where English is taught to non-native speakers in a native or non-native English-speaking country. Examples: U.S.A., New Zealand, India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Portugal etc.

ELT - English Language Teaching - A general term for the teaching of English in any of the mentioned learning situations.

EYL - English for Young Learners - English language courses that are specially planned and presented for young learners. The focus here determines the entire handling of the curriculum.

What are the prospects of teaching English Abroad?

English teaching jobs for either ESL (English as a Second Language) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is in the highest demand till date. We have connections with teaching institutions all over the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. The educational requirements do vary from country to country, but apart from differences in requirements, we can help you find a position of EFL teacher in a variety of countries worldwide.

Teaching English abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person will ever have. Not only is there a magic in traveling and working, but the school schedule allows a person time for his/her own cultural exploration and learning. For a recent college graduate/career changer/aspiring teacher, it is the ideal way to get work experience, earn money and travel all at once.

Obtaining a certificate to teach English abroad is simple, fast and affordable with the programs offered at the Asian College of Teachers. Whether in a classroom setting or online, you can have your TEFL/TESOL certificate in three weeks. Following this short period, ACT will help you with job placement. You will negotiate directly with your new employer to work out pay, travel and lodging, but ACT will be available to help you with this process.

What are the eligibility criteria for taking admission to Asian College of Teachers?

The requirements for taking admission to ACT’s online and in class courses for international students are:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Fluency in English Language
  • Must be able to legally work, or obtain a working visa in the country of employment as a teacher
  • Background check for post certification job placement

Do I need teaching experience to join the ACT Program?

No prior teaching experience is required to join the ACT program.

ACT online and in class programs provide the tools and lesson plans for you to successfully become an English teacher. ACT also provides optional voluntary/observation ESL teaching for its graduates. Potential teachers with no prior classroom hours have the opportunity to gain classroom experience before starting a teaching job abroad.

How often do I speak with instructors while taking the online course?

Students can send email or raise a ticket to get in touch with Asian College of Teachers' instructors. You can clear all your course related doubts and get your academic queries solved.

Certification is granted based on the evaluation of your assignments and TESOL lesson plans.

Why should I take a TESOL course from ACT?

Asian College Of Teachers (ACT) is an internationally recognized teacher training organization with educational quality control mechanisms that ensure ACT trained English teachers are of the highest standard. They have been training students to teach English overseas since 2007.

Asian College of Teachers' certificate and a Bachelor’s or High School Degree, are the standard requirements for teaching English abroad, and with a certificate, you can teach virtually anywhere in the world. Some of the most interesting teaching opportunities currently include but are certainly not limited to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East.

ACT offers TESOL courses to suit every individual's learning needs and objectives. The numerous programs are perhaps one of the most varied in this field.

Asian College of Teachers presents a whole range of in-class, live online and online TESOL programs that are designed to teach all age groups - from young learners to adult business professionals. ACT courses are interactive and involve students in a broad range of practical activities.

Asian College of Teachers is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) and EQAC - Education Quality Accreditation Commission. ACT TEFL courses are accredited by TESOL Canada, certified by CPD Certification Service UK and endorsed by NCC Education UK. Upon successful completion of the courses from Asian College of Teachers, you can look forward to 100% job assistance.

How does Asian College of Teachers help the trainees in their job hunt?

At Asian College of Teachers, we will provide assistance at every stage of the job search and will work diligently to place you in the country of your choice. Asian College of Teachers helps with teacher placement in Asia, Latin America, The Middle East, Europe, or online after completing TEFL/TESOL course. Different countries like China, Spain, Korea, and Japan have slightly different requirements regarding educational background and our placement cell will cater to your job search to whichever country you would like to teach English.

What is the procedure to be followed by trainees in their job search?

  • You will receive a letter along with the certificate which will give you a fair idea about the job search.
  • You need to login to
  • If you get in touch with the placement cell you will get a detailed email on job search, resume-making guidelines and many other details.
  • Once you register on www., you can log in to find jobs.
  • A placement webinar is also conducted where details on everything about the job search are discussed.
  • You will also receive emails where various other websites like and are also included. These are exclusive websites for international job searches.
  • You can also follow ACT TEFL NETWORK group on Facebook where the international campus drive details are given.

Does the Asian College Of Teachers provide lifetime job placement support?

With your certification from Asian College of Teachers, you will also receive the benefit of a lifelong job placement service. ACT knows all the ins and outs of teaching English in a wide variety of countries, and our students are provided with all sorts of job assistance. Getting an Asian College of Teachers' certification is ultimately the first step in an adventure that will change your life.

Can I teach TESOL, ESL all across the world with your certification?

Asian College of Teachers currently provides assistance with ESL teaching positions worldwide. However, each country has a different requirement regarding teaching ESL inside the public-school system. Other qualifications such as Bachelor’s or Master’s Degrees, and specific requirements for teaching, will be the final determining factor for employment globally. TESOL graduates can also teach ESL worldwide. If you want to give something back to the world community, and you love working with students of all ages, you can find lots of jobs teaching English as a second/foreign language. TESOL jobs are available in communities all over the world.

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