FAQ: What is a TESOL Certificate?



You’ve most likely heard and seen the industry terms TEFL, TESL and TESOL posted all over the internet and social media, with each institute offering a different course or companies requiring a particular certification. This can be confusing to navigate. No stress! We’re here to define these acronyms for you, highlighting their key differences and why a TESOL certificate is YOUR ticket to the world!


What is TEFL?


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL certificate is a great option if you want to travel abroad, teaching English to speakers situated in countries where English is not considered the native language.


What is TESOL?


TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Essentially, it is a combination of both TEFL and TESL, which is Teaching English as a Second Language.


Why Should I Invest in a TESOL Certification?


A TESOL certification qualifies you to teach English as both a second and foreign language to monolingual or multilingual students of all ages at various English proficiency levels. It’s like having a 2-in-1 certification, offering you greater flexibility and opportunity within the industry.


Making the decision to become TESOL certified is a decision to invest in your life and future. Holding a TESOL certification can enable you to secure a primary or secondary income at any point in your life. The certification never expires, meaning you could use it now or later in your life when you need the extra income.


Currently, there are bounteous TESOL jobs to teach English both in the classroom abroad and online. Join this thriving industry for a fulfilling, exciting, challenging and in-demand job.


The Importance of an Accredited Course


It is of utmost importance that you seek an accredited TESOL course that is internationally recognised to ensure that your certificate is valid and can use it worldwide.


Why Choose iTTi South Africa for your TESOL Certification?


First, we at iTTi South Africa are completely different from other TESOL institutions because to us, you are a person - and not a number! You will be assisted from the beginning of the course and beyond - with practical in-class and online teaching experience, creating the perfect TESOL CV, demo and introduction video, and lifetime job support.


Importantly, you have the choice of either a tight or flexible schedule course with our full-time online or face to face class, part-time online course, or online self-study course. You can do the course at your own pace and in your own time! Check out your study options here.


Second, you can be confident that your iTTi South Africa certificate is internationally recognised and accredited by numerous independent, international bodies. Your certificate will come with a unique reference code that can be searched in a database to prove it's international validity and legitimacy. When presenting an iTTi South Africa TESOL certification, you’re backed by the best in the industry!


Ultimately, by choosing to certify with iTTi South Africa, you’re giving yourself the best chance of being hired as an online or abroad TESOL teacher.


Get in touch with us today, and soon you’ll have your ticket to the world!

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