What Is TESOL? Is It the Same as TEFL?

You’ve been doing your research into getting certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) and you keep also running across the term TESOL. So, what is TESOL? Is the certification the same as TEFL, or is it different?

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Getting TEFL Certified as a Non-Native English Speaker: What to Know

Are you a non-native English speaker who is considering getting TEFL certified? If so, you are not alone! Roughly 20% of the students who enroll in BridgeTEFL online courses, speak a first language other than English. We understand that non-native English speakers may have unique concerns before enrolling in a TEFL course, so we’re offering some TEFL information tailored specifically to you! Here’s what you should know before enrolling in a TEFL course:

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Program Spotlight: International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT)

Are you planning to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)? You have many choices for your certification, including training in a traditional classroom or training online. For those of you leaning toward the more universally accepted, classroom-based training, the Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT) is a comprehensive course you can take either in the U.S. or abroad.

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How to Succeed in the CELTA: Tips from a Trainer

The CELTA training course is an intensive, month-long program. While you are in contact with trainers and ESL learners over the course of twenty days, you will also be working over the weekends of the course on lesson plans, catching up on reading, writing papers (and rewrites), and also catching up on sleep. So plan for a month of CELTA, CELTA, CELTA, and tell friends and family this so that you set expectations.

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How Hard is the CELTA, Really?

This post was adapted from one originally written by Susan Weymouth, CELTA trainer. If you’re researching teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), you’ve probably come across the acronym CELTA in your online searches. That’s because the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching) is a particularly well-known brand of classroom-based (or onsite) TEFL certification, […]

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TEFL Certification Courses: What to Expect?

TEFL certification courses, whether online or in a classroom, seek to train students to be effective teachers, familiar with modern methodologies in ESL teaching and proficient in the necessary skills. But what are those skills? What is covered in a TEFL course really? Each TEFL course’s curriculum is different, so there are a variety of […]

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Common Questions: Is CELTA Better Than TEFL?

At BridgeTEFL, I get this question a lot. “Is the CELTA better than the TEFL?” The question itself is founded in a little bit of confusion about what those acronyms mean, so here’s my usual response. First of all, TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Though we often see it associated with […]

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TMA – Too Many Acronyms! Clearing Up the TEFL Acronym Confusion

When you first begin looking into teaching English, you come across a lot of acronyms that can be very confusing until you become familiar with them. Here are some common TEFL acronyms and their meanings.

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Part Four: Surviving the IDELT™ Course – Tips from IDELT™ Graduates!

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Tips from IDELT™ Graduates So far, the Denver IDELT™ trainers have given you ‘tips’ on choosing, planning for and getting the most from the IDELT™ course. As promised, I asked several recent graduates to also weigh in on the topic. More specifically, I asked them to write the […]

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Tips from your Trainers! Part 3: Getting the Most from Your IDELT™ TEFL Course

IDELT students on the patio at Bridge’s Denver office.  This post was written by Denise Kray It’s your time and money! The nature of the course demands 100% of your time and energy. It is fast-paced with high-input and immediate output. Take advantage of your time on the course – that’s what you paid for! […]

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