What is the difference between TESL, TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?
TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) all teach English to non-native English speakers. The difference is: TESL is for teaching in an English speaking country while TEFL is for teaching English abroad. TESOL encapsulates them both. CELTA is the British equivalent to the TESOL, but the 80 hours a TESOL student completes at their own pace is done in a classroom setting.
Why would I want a TESOL Certificate instead of a TESL, TEFL, or CELTA certificate?
This question should be why do you want our TESOL Certificate over all others! In-class students receive a comprehensive course that includes intensive classroom training delivered by an experienced instructor, abundant learning resources, and practical teaching experience in a Chinese school. Online students will benefit from complete flexibility in study times and free tutor support. Both courses prepare our students for all aspects of life overseas, provide lifetime career support for graduates, and include a TESOL specialization course at no additional cost.
Who Should Get a TESOL?
I have never taught English or any other subject before; will I be able to complete this program?
Teaching is a matter of bringing what you know across to your students. We don’t have to teach you how to speak English; we teach you how to bring that across. If you attend each day, participate in the lessons, and complete your mini-lesson, you will understand how your students feel to be ESL learners and you will know how to help them learn.
I have already taught English overseas for one year, but in order to get a job when I go back again I need a TESOL Certificate. Is this program the right one for me?
The more experience you have in teaching, the more our TESOL course makes sense to you. A quarter of our graduates have previously taught overseas.
About our TESOL Course
How many specialization courses can I choose from?
We have sixteen specialization courses. These include: teaching adolescents, teaching adults, Business English, teaching children, teaching ESL locally, graduate TESOL course, teaching grammar, TESOL for non-native speakers, TESOL teaching practicum, TOEFL preparation, tourism English, tutoring English, and our independent study elective. We also have computer English, legal English, and medical English.
Which study options do you offer?
We have two different methods of study. The first is our in-class course which is offered in Tianjin, China. This is the preferred method of completion. Classes are fun, lively, and full of like-minded people. Students learn from each other, as well as the instructor. If you cannot find the time or cannot attend the course in China, you can take the course online.
Is the online Foundation TESOL course equally valued by overseas schools in comparison to the In-class Foundation TESOL course?
Absolutely. There is no difference in the materials covered, regardless of the method of study.
What is a teaching practicum?
A teaching practicum is a volunteered length of teaching that a student does prior to going overseas in order to try out the new methods he or she has learned. In our classroom based course, students teach language acquisition in a simulated ESL environment, so correspondence or online students must find a way to get some practical experience as well.
Is it necessary to partake in a teaching practicum in order to secure an overseas teaching position?
If you have not taken the foundation course in-class, it is necessary for you to complete the practicum. In extenuating circumstances where there is absolutely no way to complete the practicum in your home town, we are able to issue you a interim TESOL certificate and you can complete your practicum overseas. We also take into consideration any previous teaching or tutoring you might have done, which eliminates the need for a practicum.
What accreditation does this course have?
ESL Suite is an authorized branch of TESOL Training International in San Diego, California—the course is accredited by ACCET, which is an accrediting arm of the US State Department. We are also recognized as an official training partner with the Foreign Expert’s Bureau in Tianjin, China. The certificate will be recognized anywhere you want to teach.
What are my options for lodging?
There's a hotel just a five-minute walk from our facility, and the cost is about $35-$45/day. If you require other options based on your budget, we're happy to provide suggestions. Also, if you need help booking the room, our office staff will gladly accommodate.
What are my options for food?
The hotel and classroom are directly across the street from a shopping mall with lots of international restaurants and a supermarket. There's a "food street" behind the shopping mall with specialties like fresh dumplings, BBQ, fried rice, and other tasty local dishes. Food in Tianjin is very cheap, ranging from CNY 6 - CNY 40, depending on what kind of restaurant and the dish you order. We'll have refreshments like coffee, tea, and snacks for you to enjoy during class.
What are my options for transportation?
There a lot of immensities nearby the hotel and our office, so walking is convenient. Tianjin is very easy to get around - it has a great subway system, and taxis are abundant and inexpensive.
What happens after I complete the course?
You'll receive your certificate after completing the exam, the online component, and your teaching practicum. We can organize teaching practice with a government school here in Tianjin—if you do well with the teaching practicum, you may have the option to interview with the Foreign Expert’s Bureau, and take a position teaching English for a public or private school in Tianjin. If you choose to teach elsewhere, that’s also fine. Completing the course will open a lot of doors for you in China, and we offer lifetime job placement services for our graduates at no additional cost.