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Should my certificate say TEFL or TESOL

 
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mcloo7



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Should my certificate say TEFL or TESOL Reply with quote

I just finished the ITTT online course and I have a choice as to whether they put TEFL or TESOL on my certificate. Does it matter for China? Is one more recognized than the other? Thanks.
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golsa



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seriously doubt it makes any difference at all.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language (in a non-Anglophone country, usually)
TESOL = Teaching English as a Second/Other Language or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (in an Anglophone country, usually)

TEFL is probably more accurate for China.


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mcloo7



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks
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doogsville



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you plan on only ever teaching in China? If so TEFL would do it, but if you think you may ever want to teach elsewhere you might want TESOL. I have no personal experience of which is best outside of China, but it's something you might want to look into before you decide.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you plan on only ever teaching in China? If so TEFL would do it, but if you think you may ever want to teach elsewhere you might want TESOL. I have no personal experience of which is best outside of China, but it's something you might want to look into before you decide.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

doogsville wrote:
Do you plan on only ever teaching in China? If so TEFL would do it, but if you think you may ever want to teach elsewhere you might want TESOL. I have no personal experience of which is best outside of China, but it's something you might want to look into before you decide.

If OP is teaching outside of China, wouldn't they have to get an on-site certificate anyways? Certainly you need those here in Turkey and in the country that must not be discussed; my impression is China is an anomaly in its acceptance of online certs.

~Q
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Denim-Maniac



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^ a lot of truth in this post.

TBH ... It doesnt really make a difference if its TEFL / TESOL. It does make a difference what the actual course and content it ... an online course wont be acceptable in many regions of the world no matter the acronym written on it.
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mcloo7



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Denim-Maniac wrote:
^^^ a lot of truth in this post.

TBH ... It doesnt really make a difference if its TEFL / TESOL. It does make a difference what the actual course and content it ... an online course wont be acceptable in many regions of the world no matter the acronym written on it.


I thought in a lot of parts of China it didn't really matter where your cert is from, just as long as you have one for Visa purposes.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought in a lot of parts of China it didn't really matter where your cert is from


In China you usually don't need it. I've never been asked for it. When I gave my certification to my present employer, they asked me what it was.
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