A Beginner’s guide to Premier TEFL
A Beginner’s guide to PremierTEFL
Feeling a little lost when it comes to all this TEFL terminology? Allow us to explain some of the important stuff you will find on our site.
Certifications can be described as a seal of approval for what you have managed to accomplish. In the big bad world, it is hard to say who has or hasn’t the qualifications for a job. You can test them on what they know, but that would take far too long. Instead the education sector uses certificates to help them tell if someone is up to the job of teaching on their behalf. Certificates are issued by organisations like Premier TEFL to help organisations tell who is the best candidate to fill a teaching job. A certificate like IELTS or TEFL is just to thing you need when you want to get into the TEFL line of work. So what are they?
IELTS and TEFL Certifications
-IELTS We have already spoken about how IELTS can help your career in teaching TEFL, but what is it exactly? The International English Language Testing System is a standard of English language teaching and testing created by a group of well established English teaching organisations to encourage a certain level of English teaching throughout the world. It is recognised by the majority of English schools in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a large amount of schools in the USA. It is often used as a test of someone’s English language proficiency not only in TEFL but sometimes in Visa and citizenship applications. So what does IELTS mean for you exactly? Well it could be the difference between your CV sporting a world renowned certified level of teaching in English, or some nondescript cert that an employer has never heard of. IELTS is the world’s choice in English language teaching.
-TEFL is simpler to explain and since you are reading this, we can presume that you already know what it means. Just to recap: TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is teaching the English language to a student or class who do not speak it as their first language. It is different from regular English classes you may have grown up with as it focusses on giving students the skill to grasp the English language for themselves and become proficient English speakers and writers.
TESOL is much the same as TEFL, only it is often used in documents and descriptions of the course. There is no practical difference and all you need to know is that they both are more or less identical.