TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Join a global community of over 200,000 TEFL teachers working throughout the world! Enrol me!

Posted by Clair Roberts, 22nd April 2016

Teaching English as a foreign language (sometimes referred to as TEFL in an academic setting where an acronym is appropriate) refers to the teaching of the English language to students who have prior fluency with at least one other first language.  EFL is often a relevant subject for students who are learning English in or have just moved to a predominantly English speaking region from a region where English is not the predominant language.  However the term can also refer to the teaching of English to a student who has prior fluency with another first language, but lives and has always lived in a predominantly English speaking region.  The latter scenario is also sometimes referred to as teaching English as a second language (TESL for short).

Employment Opportunities For Qualified TEFL Teachers

Many EFL programs focus on teaching English in the area where another language is predominant, rather than targeting foreign learners who have moved to an English-speaking area.  Japan is one example of a country where there is substantial support for this type of education.  Japan’s JET Programme encourages college graduates to come to work in Japan to teach the English language.  Generally these teachers work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Sports Education Advisors (SEAs) in Japanese grade schools.  They can also work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in boards of education and even parts of the government.  Aside from this government run program, Japan also is home to the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) which is a non-profit professional organization and interest group whose members are foreign language teachers in Japan.

TEFL / EFL Standardisation

Due to the lack of standardization in teaching practices and infrastructure between regions, it can be difficult to gauge the level of effectiveness of a particular EFL course; a number of standardized tests exist to address this issue.  An example of one such test is the EF Standard English Test (EFSET), which is a free online test designed explicitly for non-native English Speakers.  The test comes in different versions, which are different lengths and provide and equivalencies to different regional standardized tests.

Works Cited

About JALT.” JALT. The Japan Association for Language Teaching, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

The Official EFSET® English Test.” EF Standard English Test. EF Education First Ltd., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Get Social

Follow us on social networks, join our newsletter - get the latest news and early discounts

Sign up to our newsletter

Follow us on social networks, sign up to our e-newsletters – get the latest news and early discounts

Accreditation Partners

The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

Product added to your cart

You have added to your cart:

Request call back

    Please leave your details below and one of our TEFL experts will get back to you ASAP:

    captcha Type characters on the left:

    Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

    Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

    Thank you! Your message has been sent!

    Download the TEFL World Factbook

      Please enter your details in order to download the latest TEFL World Factbook.

      Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

      Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

      Thank you for downloading the TEFL World Factbook!


      If the TEFL World Factbook did not download
      > Click Here To Download <

      Download the Online Teaching Guide

        Please enter your details in order to download our Online Teaching Guide.

        Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

        Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

        Thank you for downloading our Online Teaching Guide!


        If the Online Teaching Guide did not download
        > Click Here To Download <

        Download Prospectus

          Please enter your details in order to download our latest prospectus.

          Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

          Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

          Thank you for downloading our prospectus!


          We hope you enjoy reading our prospectus, we have tried to make it as useful as possible! Please get in touch if you have any questions.


          If the prospectus did not download automatically
          > Click Here To Download <

          $
          $