What is TEFL / TESOL?
TEFL course has evolved with the global requirement of communication in English and an ever increasing demand for trained teachers and trainers. TEFL confers an international recognition to its alumni and an offer to work anywhere around the world. The certificate makes the dream of finding jobs teaching English come true for the aspiring teachers.
TESOL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and encompasses Teaching English as a Second Language ( TEFL).TEFL programs are for the countries where English is not the primary language and not spoken widely on a day to day basis- like China, Russia, Brazil and Eastern European countries. Whereas TESOL is a general name for the field of teaching English and it is applicable all over the world.
A TESOL certification is a must for teachers who want to teach in countries that are endorsing English as a language for commerce and communication. With English becoming globally accepted, the demand for English teachers is multiplying all over the world. In this context, TESOL prepares to adapt to the teaching methods, teaches skills and helps to connect to the classroom scenario through lectures and practicum.
Teachers across the globe have benefited from the course as it is a comprehensive course that practically applies the methods in direct classroom situations and prepare the teachers to anticipate the various challenges that crop up in the class and offer relatable solutions. TESOL not only teaches the techniques to teach English, but works at transforming the persona of a teacher – builds confidence and polishes the teacher presence in classroom. The course focuses on the 21st century trends and methodology in teaching English. The aim is to teach the practical aspect of the language that builds the fluency. The main areas that TESOL focuses upon are
- Teaching listening
- Teaching speaking
- Teaching reading
- Teaching writing
- Phonology – teaching pronunciation
- Teaching grammar through contextualization.
- Teaching language through the use of right context
TEFL /TESOL come with a number of advantages. Apart from preparing the aspiring teachers to connect to actual classroom teaching, it helps to implement the techniques of teaching the skill based tasks related to listening, reading, speaking and writing. The course itself is a comprehensive compilation of techniques and strategies that are required in day to day teaching process. The course covers the lesson plans and uses techniques that are applicable at all levels of language learning.
It takes a holistic outlook at teaching and includes classroom management skills that are so essential in developing the teacher presence and teacher persona that helps to form the right connection. TESOL is all about teaching with effectiveness across the levels - beginners, intermediate and advanced learners and all the age groups from young learners to young adults to adults.
The course also provides an overview of grammar and phonology that are so relevant for any teacher in an ESL classroom. The grammar games take the boredom out of the grammar classes and bring in fun in language learning. Phonology helps in focusing the areas where pronunciation needs rectification. These are a must in any language teacher’s repertoire.
The practical aspect includes in-class teaching practice that helps a trainee teacher to incorporate the skills in actual classroom. It is an invaluable experience that gives the trainee an exposure to the real world of teaching.
Certification in TEFL/ TESOL truly brings a world of opportunities at the doorstep and opens the doors for a global career in teaching.