All You Need to Know about TESOL USA?
by Cheema Beckham
English is the most spoken language on Earth and its demand is increasing with every coming day. With this immense increase in the demand for English language, there has been also a rise in the requirement of qualified English language teachers in different parts of the World. Teachers who have completed their certifications are always in high demand, thus a need was felt to devise various certifications to assess their knowledge and expertise level. These certifications include TESOL, TEFL and TESL.
In this article, I shall do my best to cover all you need to know about TESOL in the USA:-
1. What is TESOL?
TESOL stands for “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages”. It is a standard, internationally recognized certification for English teachers, who wish to teach in non-English speaking countries.
2. What is TESOL USA?
It is simply the TESOL certification course being run in the USA. The certification courses being run in the US and United Kingdom (UK) are always considered better than similar courses being run in non-English speaking countries like Thailand, Spain, Japan or Costa Rica. This is the primary reason that TESOL in the USA and TESOL UK are always in high demand.
3. What is the difference between TESOL, TEFL and TESL?
This has always been a million-dollar question and I have seen experienced and skilled professionals, who do not know the exact difference between these two terms.
Theoretically speaking, TESOL is a wholesome term and encompasses both TEFL and TESL. TEFL refers to “Teaching English as a Foreign Language”, and is mostly used when teaching English to the students in countries where English is not a native language, for example teaching English to Japanese students in Japan.
On the other hand, TESL stands for “Teaching English as a Second Language”. This term is used while teaching English inside English-speaking countries to immigrants, for example, teaching English to immigrants in the USA and the UK.
4. The Contents of the USA `s TESOL Course:
Some of the components of TESOL USA include the development of teaching skills, language awareness, learner profile and the use of teaching material in the class room.
5. Where should I take TESOL USA Course?
If you are a resident of America, then it is best for you to take this course at an institute near you. However if you are living abroad, even then you can take a TESOL certification course online. You can visit one of the following institutes to study in an online course:-
a. International TEFL and TESOL Training
b. TESOL-Direct: The College of Teachers
c. American TESOL Institute
These are just a few of the institutes offering TESOL qualification. You can surf the internet to find more institutes as well.
TESOL certification is a recognized and accredited qualification around the globe and is one of the must-have qualifications. An independent TESOL certification is a vital course for professional progression and training.
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