TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a certification course to teach English. American TESOL Institute offers online TESOL certification programs that makes earning a TESOL certificate more enjoyable and simple than ever.
TESOL certification, and a Bachelors or High School Degree, are the standard requirements for teaching English abroad, and with a certificate you can teach practically anywhere in the world. Some of the most interesting teaching opportunities currently include China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East.
With American TESOL certification you are provided with optional job placement support. Students access an interactive virtual learning center where you complete studies, and prepare your resume for teaching. You are also able to review assignments online, explore job offers, and upload your resume and picture.
American TESOL offers three online course TESOL Advanced, TESOL for Children, and TESOL for Business. TESOL Advanced is an eighty hour course, while TESOL for Children, and TESOL for Business, are sixty hours each. All online courses are self paced with up to a year to complete studies. Courses cost $295 dollars each, or save and combine two courses with Foundation TESOL, or all three courses with the TESOL Expert program.
American TESOL offers in-class training nationwide, and internationally. Prices vary depending on location. Learn more here: TESOL In-class courses.
With your certification from American TESOL, you will also receive the benefit of a lifelong job placement support. We know all the various ins and outs of teaching English in a wide variety of countries, and we will work to get you placed in the country of your choice.
No prior teaching experience is required to join. ATI online and in-class programs provide the tools and lesson plans for you to successfully be an English teacher. ATI also provides optional volunteer/observation ESL teaching for students in the USA. Potential teachers with no prior class room hours have the opportunity to gain classroom experience in the USA ,or online, before beginning a teaching job abroad.
Students and graduates chat online, by email, video, or telephone with American TESOL instructors. American TESOL Instructors are periodically online, giving ample opportunity for students to interact. Certification is granted based on an evaluation of quizzes, assignments, and creation of TESOL lesson plans.
American TESOL provides job placement in non-native English speaking countries. For job placement American TESOL submits your resume via email to employers in the countries of your choice. ATI teachers choose the top five to ten countries they would be willing to teach post certification. American TESOL Institute provides job placement in a wide variety of TESOL fields. Teaching business English has a strong demand in Asia as well as The Middle East. Teaching children English always provides the most opportunities for TESOL teachers worldwide.
The requirements to join ATI for United States Citizens and Citizens of The Commonwealth of Nations are:
1. High School Diploma or Equivalent
2. Fluent in the English Language
3. Able to obtain a passport for teacher job placement (optional)
International Students Non-native fluent English speakers are accepted into online and in-class programs. The requirements to join ATI for international students are:
1. High School Diploma or Equivalent
2. Fluent in the English Language
American TESOL recommends that non-native English speakers have a 550 TOEFL score (220 CBT) or an IELTS 6.0 to successfully complete an online or in-class TESOL certification course.
In the world of teaching English abroad, there is a wide variety of terms and acronyms. For example, you can find references to CELTA, TESOL, TEFL, EFL, ESL, ELT, ESOL, EAL, TEAL, and TESL. The sheer number of terms and certifications can be overly and needlessly confusing to many considering a career in teaching English abroad. The simple truth is that many of these acronyms are virtually synonymous with one another. For example TESOL and TEFL are virtually interchangeable. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Practically speaking, having either a TEFL or a TESOL certification essentially enables native English speakers to teach English in a variety of foreign countries. Each country may have its own specific certification requirements however, and oftentimes experience can be the final determining factor when it comes to job placement.
Yes, however each State in the Union has different requirements regarding teaching ESL inside the public school system. Other qualifications such as Bachelors or Masters degrees, and specific employer requirements will be the final determining factor.
Most overseas teaching jobs are done on a contract basis that may or may not include airfare. Typically, you pay for a plane ticket to your destination country, and are reimbursed with round trip airfare.
Yes, usually a three month to two year contract, although there are many other options available such as free lance tutoring, translation services, and online instruction. It is always important to carefully study a teaching contract and make sure all the key points are outlined such as accommodations, airfare reimbursement, expected teaching hours per week, medical insurance, and holidays allotted.
If you have already signed a teaching contract before you arrive at your destination country, the school or University will usually pick you up from the airport for a visit to the school, and then bring you to your accommodations.
TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language
This applies where English is learned and taught in an environment where English is not the official or unofficial first language. Examples: China, Spain, Laos
TESL Teaching English as a Second Language
This applies to situations where English is learned and taught in an environment where English is used on a daily basis as either an official or unofficial second language. Examples: India, Singapore, U.S. immigrants.
TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
This term is used for both the TEFL and TESL situations, where the mother tongue of learners is for students is other than English.
ESL English as Second Language
This term is now widely used in situations where English is taught to non native speakers in a native English speaking country. Examples: U.S.A., New Zealand
ELT English Language Teaching
A general term for the teaching of English in any of the mentioned learning situations.
ESP English for Special Purposes
The term is used for the particular English required for special situations. Examples English required in business situations, for academic purposes, or in the tourism industry. Some TESOL training courses contain ESP courses.
EYL English for Young Learners
CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults
Some TESOL training courses also offer courses relating specifically to teaching English to children of seventeen years or under.