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What is TESOL?

TESOL is an acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This is an internationally recognized qualification that enables you to be an English language educator in countries where the native language is not English.

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The main purpose of this diploma is to equip you, as a teacher, with the principal approaches to teaching and learning the English language. At the end of this course, you will have the necessary tools for teaching English to people who speak different languages, and you will learn to apply different teaching techniques based on different student needs and profiles.


The acronyms TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) can often be confusing. Both terms are used interchangeably and effectively mean the same thing. In both cases, the aim is teaching English to those whose first language is not English, worldwide.

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A TESOL Qualification adds to your worth

  • Most countries consider a TESOL certification a pre-requisite to securing a job as a teacher in the English language.
  • The TESOL training program familiarizes you with systematic lesson plans, effective classroom management and efficient teaching techniques.
  • Your fundamental knowledge of the language and grammar skills is further strengthened before facing a classroom of learners.
  • The program brings out your best teaching skills, and the training imparted gives you hands on teaching experience.
  • There is a great demand worldwide for TESOL teachers and this opens a whole new vista of career opportunities.

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Teaching Prospects after TESOL

Although the requirements for TESOL teachers vary from location to location, the general opportunities for you as a TESOL teacher could be any of the following:

  • If you are a new TESOL teacher, a private language school, where children and adults attend English classes (usually conversational), would be the best environment to kick start your career.
  • Primary Schools, High Schools, Colleges & Universities around the world need qualified English teaching professionals, and a TESOL certificate will add weight to your resume.
  • You may have the fortune to teach one or two-hour lessons once or twice a week in businesses.
  • Private Tutoring entails one-to-one interaction with your student and is also very lucrative once you have successfully set up a group of students.
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The icing on the cake is that you can travel and see the world while you earn. The countries that you can visit and teach English with your TESOL qualification include Japan, Vietnam, South Korea , China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan in Asia; Turkey, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland in Europe; and Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina in South America, amongst others.

Other TESOL Advantages

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As a TESOL teacher, you will be able to avail continuous guidance, support and information long after you graduate from your course. You have unrestricted access to worldwide job databases, recruitment services, discussion forums and country guides. Internet chat rooms allow you to interact with the teaching fraternity, and share views and seek guidance. You also have access to a vast pool of resources and dynamic lesson ideas that you can download and use in the classroom.
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