TESOL, TEFL, TESL, ELT differences

发表时间:2021-10-20 12:50作者:TESOL in China

If you have done any research into English language teaching you are certain to have come across other acronyms similar to TESOL that can be a little confusing, such as TEFL, TESL and ELT. The bottom line is that these acronyms are typically used interchangeably to mean the same thing and different countries, employers and organisations have their own preference as to which they use and how they use them. Despite being used interchangeably, there are some small technical differences between these acronyms which are outlined below.

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TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

TEFL is most often used when English is being taught in a country where it is not the native language (teaching English to French people in France, for example).

TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language

TESL is most often used when English is being taught to non-native speakers of English in a country where English is the native language (teaching refugees in the USA, for example).

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In theory, TESOL encompasses both of the above.

ELT - English Language Teaching

ELT is most often used to refer to either TEFL or TESL by certain institutions in the U.K.


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