The Truth of Teaching Certificates for Foreign Teachers (Interpretation of Tefl, Tesol, Tesl Certificates)
At a time when the demand for foreign teachers is increasing, China ’s basic standards for foreign teacher qualifications have gradually tightened. Similarly, more and more schools are beginning to realize that as a foreigner, there is no way to provide students with real instruction .
So today, we are sharing with you the true situation of teaching certificates. What kind of teaching certificate is really gold-bearing? In addition to common certificates, what are the necessary conditions to help us judge the true teaching ability of a foreign teacher.
1、 Tefl certificate
Tefl全称是TeachingEnglish as a Foreign Language。目前Tefl证书为全球普遍承认和接受，是国际认可的通用英语教师资格证书。Tefl证书证明外教在外语口语和教学方法上经过了一定的培训,掌握了一定的技巧。
The full name of Tefl is TeachingEnglish as a Foreign Language. The Tefl certificate is currently recognized and accepted worldwide and is an internationally recognized general English teacher qualification certificate. The Tefl certificate proves that foreign teachers have received certain training and mastered certain skills in oral English and teaching methods.
The main teaching contents of Tefl training include: classroom-based language learning and teaching research, testing and assessment in language teaching, English foreign language teaching methods, theory and practice of second language acquisition, and computer-assisted teaching.
This is the most common certificate. It is a certificate that can be obtained online. It does not require foreign teachers to have actual teaching experience or months of training and learning. You only need to find online courses that provide this course on the website. Spend a few days studying the exam and you can get it. The issuer is even missing. It is not advisable to use it as the first choice of foreign teachers. Of course, we do not rule out foreign teachers who study hard and earn a certificate in the offline Tefl Center. Here, I would like to remind all schools to recruit teachers. In addition to this certificate, please also carefully check the teaching background and work experience of foreign teachers. A foreign teacher with practical experience can truly impart knowledge to your students in the long run. People who build reputation in schools.
So, in addition to this certificate, what other certificates can be considered? HaoLaoshi.school has compiled the following information to assist teachers in identifying foreign teachers, so as to recruit foreign teachers who are more suitable for their school students.
2、 Tesol Certificate
Tesol全称是Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages，即“对外英语教学”。Tesol证书由美国Tesol教育学会颁发，被国际组织认可，此外在英国、澳洲等英语国家，大部分学校和语言培训机构也认可Tesol证书。
Tesol stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Tesol certificate is issued by the American Tesol Education Association and recognized by international organizations. In addition, in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, most schools and language training institutions also recognize the Tesol certificate.
The American Tesol certificate requires that those who participate in Tesol learning already have a certain level of English. Tesol training and learning will improve its teaching level and help it master the methods and theories of teaching English as a foreign language. The Tesol certificate confirms the certificate holder’s teaching qualifications and teaching ability as an English teacher when teaching non-English speaking students.
3、 Tesl certificate
Tesl全称是Teaching English as a Second Language，获得这个证书的老师是专门向英语并非第一语言的学生教授英语。Tesl证书着重于英语作为外语教学的有效方法，试图建立一个非母语教学的沟通接触的共同点，狠抓听、说、读、写技巧，并传授语法、词汇等传统教学领域中的方法。Tesl证书也是在全球范围内被广泛认可的。
The full name of Tesl is Teaching English as a Second Language. The teacher who obtained this certificate is specialized in teaching English to students whose English is not the first language. The Tesl certificate focuses on English as an effective method of foreign language teaching, tries to establish a common point of communication and contact in non-native language teaching, pays close attention to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and teaches methods in traditional teaching areas such as grammar and vocabulary. Tesl certificates are also widely recognized worldwide.
* The difference and connection between Tefl, Tesol and Tesl certificates.
At present, Tesol, Tefl and Tesl certificates have been mixed in China. The three are not strictly distinguished, and all are treated as foreign teacher qualifications. At present, the recruitment of foreign teachers in domestic colleges and universities and slightly more specialized English training centers will require one of the three certificates. At the same time, these certificates are also heavyweights for foreign teachers to apply for foreign expert certificates.
Tefl, Tesl, and Tesol are aimed at teaching non-native English speakers, so these certificates are not convincing to students in English-speaking countries such as Britain and the United States. In addition, these certificates do not require the nationality and native language of the holder, so Americans can take this certificate, and French, Spanish, and Chinese can also have it.
Strictly speaking, Tesol certificates contain the contents of Tesl certificates. They are in “English-speaking countries” (that is, English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries). Native-speaking students are the subject of teaching; Tefl certificates are taught in “non-English-speaking countries” and foreigners are taught English as a second language.
4、 CELTA certificate
全称英国剑桥大学成人英语语言教学证书Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults。
每年，有超过1000人顺利完成CELTA课程的学习。目前，全球很多从事语言教学的机构均承认CELTA证书，该证书已被列入英国国家教学大纲标准(National Qualifications Framework)。
Full name Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.
For those with little or no teaching experience, CELTA is the primary qualification for entering the field of English teaching. The CELTA certificate, which belongs to the advanced category of the Tesol certificate system, is not only a teacher qualification certificate suitable for teaching adult English, but also a part of the British continuing education teaching certificate and the Tesol international English teacher qualification certificate.
Every year, more than 1,000 people successfully complete the CELTA course. At present, many institutions engaged in language teaching around the world recognize the CELTA certificate, which has been included in the British National Qualifications Framework.
TKT(Teacher Knowledge Test)是为建教授母语为非英语国家的中小学或成人英语教师研发的英语教学能力证书，主要测试考生对语言及语言应用基本概念的掌握，以及对教学与学习的背景知识及实践过程的把握。该证书具有国际水准，
剑桥大学考试委员会(University of Cambridge LocalExaminations Syndicate)是权威的教育测试机构。英语教学能力证书 (TKT) 是剑桥大学考试委员会外语考试部(Cambridge ESOL)专为英语教师开发设计的证书考试。剑桥大学外语考试部自1913年开始推广英语考试项目，至今已推出一系列针对英语学习者及英语教师的考试、证书与文凭。
TKT (Teacher Knowledge Test) is an English teaching ability certificate developed for primary and secondary school or adult English teachers who teach non-English speaking countries. It mainly tests candidates’ mastery of basic concepts of language and language application, and background knowledge of teaching and learning And grasp of the practical process. The certificate is of international standard,
The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate is an authoritative educational testing institution. The Certificate in Teaching English (TKT) is a certificate test developed by Cambridge ESOL for English teachers. The University of Cambridge’s Foreign Language Examinations Department has been promoting English examinations since 1913 and has launched a series of exams, certificates and diplomas for English learners and English teachers.
TKT is mainly a test of English teaching knowledge level. Although TKT does not yet have an international English teacher qualification certificate like TESOL, it is universal and universally recognized. However, it is very suitable for those who are just engaged in teaching English. They only need to take the exam to get a certificate.
PGCE(postgraduate certificate in education)和PGDE(postgraduate diploma in education)大致相同，一般英国本土叫PGCE，海外包括港、澳、新加坡、新西兰等国家和地区叫PGDE。它是一个为期一年到两年的教师培训课程，一般由大学主导，是成为合格教师的必要流程之一。
该课程相当于Master level硕士级别的课程(NQF Level-7)。在英国已经获得硕士学位的，也可以就读这个课程。PGCE可以选择的课程领域非常多，数学，英文，物理，化学，音乐，语言等。
PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education) and PGDE (postgraduate diploma in education) are roughly the same. Generally speaking, the British mainland is called PGCE, and the overseas countries and regions including Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and New Zealand are called PGDE. It is a one- to two-year teacher training course, generally led by a university, and one of the necessary processes to become a qualified teacher.
Focus: This is a course.
This course is equivalent to a Master level course (NQF Level-7). Those who have obtained a master’s degree in the UK can also take this course. PGCE has a wide range of courses to choose from, such as mathematics, English, physics, chemistry, music, language, etc.
QTS(Qualified Teacher Status)是英国的教师执照，有点类似于中国的教师资格证。一般来说，在英国本土读完PGCE经过实习之后自动授予QTS，具有在英国执教的资格。除了读PGCE以外，还有几种方式取得QTS。比如已经在当地学校有职位的人，可以考虑向学校申请GTP项目，这是一项带薪培训，经过一年的培训，也可以获取QTS。
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is a British teacher’s license, which is similar to a Chinese teacher’s qualification certificate. Generally speaking, QTS is automatically granted after internship in PGCE in the UK, and is qualified to teach in the UK. In addition to reading PGCE, there are several ways to obtain QTS. For example, people who already have positions in local schools can consider applying to the school for the GTP project, which is a paid training. After one year of training, they can also get QTS.
The teacher has to match the school, and in addition to your requirements, his consideration is also one of the criteria.
For example, you may require teachers with PGCE subjects to come to your school to teach children aged 3-6, or you may not require teachers with a Tefl certificate to go to an international school for professional assessment. Put your feet in the right shoes to cooperate with each other and go further together.