What’s the difference between CELTA and a TEFL certificate?

What’s the difference between CELTA and a TEFL certificate?
If you’ve decided to start an adventure in the world of teaching English your first step is to get qualified. There are a wide range of courses available and some strange sounding acronyms so it can be confusing. Let’s start from the beginning with a short glossary!

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What is TEFL?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This usually means teaching English in a country where English is not the primary language.

 
What is TESOL?
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is used pretty much synonymously with TEFL.

 
What is TESL?
TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. This usually means teaching English to a student whose first language is not English but who lives in an English-speaking country.

 
What is a TEFL certificate?
There are a lot of TEFL certificates available but each one is different – there is no standardisation of the content and no guarantee of quality. Some courses may include teaching practice and some may not. Be wary of online certificates. They may be cheap but they are certainly not good value as they do not usually include observed teaching practice and therefore are not widely accepted by employers.

 
What is CELTA?
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most prestigious and widely recognised initial English language teacher training qualification. It is internationally recognised by employers as a guarantee that a potential employee has completed a rigorous, high-quality course that includes a minimum of 120 hours of contact hours and 6 hours of observed teaching practice. The course is moderated by Cambridge English, an internationally recognised organisation specialising in assessment. This ensures that high standards are maintained in all aspects of the course.

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