What is exactly IS TEFL?
A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification allows you to teach abroad in countries where English is not the native language.
It is internationally recognised as the best qualification of its kind, and a must-have for those looking to teach abroad.
It is perfect for those who wish to visit the East, perhaps teach in Thailand or Korea.
Teaching English in Thailand and Korea is a highly sought after position, and those with a TEFL qualification will find it much easier to get the job.
Obtaining these K-12 teaching positions has a real competitive nature to it, but those willing to move to Korea or Thailand will have a much greater chance of success.
A great option for TEFL graduates is the JET Program in Japan. Click the image below for more information:
A TEFL qualification obtained after only 120 hours of training will grant you access to the higher paying positions, but it is possible to start teaching after only 100 hours of training.
So if that’s TEFL, then what’s TESL?
A TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certification is preferred by those who wish to teach English in English speaking countries.
Countries such as the UK, USA, or Australia.
It prioritises teaching English to those who have moved to English speaking countries from other places in the world.
As with all K-12 teaching positions, you would be working with children of primary or secondary age – 5 – 15 years of age.
So what are the benefits of TEFL?
A TEFL certification grants the holder the right to teach English abroad, meaning you can travel the world and earn money as you do it.
If you’ve always wanted to explore Korea or maybe to travel around Asia, why not teach English in Thailand as you do it? Earn money as you go.
On top of this, a TEFL qualification is available to all graduates.
All you need is a graduate-level qualification, and to be a fluent English speaker.
This sounds all well and good, but come on – what’s the catch?
Well, nothing’s perfect.
Not ALL TEFL courses have the same price, and it’s very much a case of ‘you get what you pay for’.
The quick and easy courses wont come close to breaking the bank, but they’re also not going to put anything in yours either.
The cheap courses don’t guarantee you access to teaching positions. If you’re hoping to teach English in Korea or Thailand, for instance, then you might struggle with the ‘bottom of the ladder’ courses.
Some of the better TEFL courses can cost upwards of £1000.
It’s also worth knowing that it’s not going to make you rich – UNLESS you’re willing to travel to the far east.
Teachers prepared to relocate to Thailand or Korea will stand a better chance of obtaining a much more lucrative position.
Maybe I’d prefer a TESL certification?
Well, that really depends on what you’re looking for.
The major difference between the two is that a TEFL teacher travels to foreign countries to teach, whereas a TESL teacher can teach from the comfort of their own home.
Both certifications focus on educating those who fall within the K-12 bracket, ages of 5 – 15.
A TESL certification won’t allow you to make as much money as some of the higher-earning TEFL teachers – but it will be easier for you to find a position.
TEFL positions are highly sought after by applicants, meaning you need to stand out a bit if you want to make the big bucks. But a TESL teacher has the luxury of allowing a student to come to them.
The earning potential of a TESL teacher is somewhat more limited than that of a TEFL teacher, but some people prefer to have less income but earn it from working within their own community.
Make it simple for me – what’s the bottom line?
OK, so it’s deceptively simple:
A TEFL teachers goes to another country and stands a greater chance of making more money.
A TESL teacher stays at home and teaches within their own community, but won’t make quite so much doing it.
Realistically, the only way you’re going to make any serious money with either of these certifications is by teaching English in Korea or Thailand.
Otherwise, neither one are going to get you that big house and the Rolls-Royce you’ve always dreamed of.
But if you want to travel the world, or even if you just want to educate within your own community, then you should really consider more serious research into either a TEFL or TESL certification.
It’ll change your life, and it might just help you change someone else’s.
Click the button below for an example of an accredited TEFL course:
A TEFL or TESL is becoming a requirement of some online teaching companies as the popularity of online teaching grows in China. Because of this popularity, the government is seeking to put more legislations upon it, causing a change in required certification.
Click the image below to check out a list of online teaching companies: