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What is TEFL?
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English.
TEFL can occur in the student’s own country, either within the state school system or in an after-hours language centre or with a tutor. TEFL can also take place in an English-speaking immigrant country, for people who have moved. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English. Other acronyms for TEFL are TESL ‘Teaching English as a Second Language’, TESOL ‘Teaching English as a Second or Other Language’, and ESL ‘English as a Second Language’. However, ESL is a term typically used in English speaking countries.
To teach English as a foreign language in a foreign country (non-native English speaking country), a TEFL Certification is typically required as schools and language institutes want to hire teachers who have received proper training. You don’t need to possess a degree in education, prior teaching experience or even a college degree to get paid to teach English abroad, but schools in countries like Japan and Hong Kong want to hire people who have received a certain degree of professional level training. Internationally recognized standards hold that professional-level TEFL certification must meet certain standards established by leading bodies in the field.