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    TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    What is the difference between TOEFL and TEFL? If we want to teach English internationally, do we have to get TEFL?
    Last edited by languagemonster; 23-Nov-2006 at 14:35.


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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    As I understand it, TEFL is for teachers overseas (a good idea, but it seems to be geared to feed massive chain language schools like NOVA and whatnot, and those teachers are not known for their high skill) and TOEFL is for ESL students.

    I'm not sure but:
    TEFL: Teach English as a Foreign Language
    TOEFL: Test Of English Fluency Level.

    I don't have TEFL, all you need here in Japan is some university, (or not, hey, we are desparate for teachers) and most importantly, real teaching ability. A lot of people teach here in Eikaiwa conversation schools without degrees, but you will never get into a 'real' school without one.

    If you can afford a course, it will only make your life easier to take TEFL certification, but its only a beginning.

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    I guess, TOEFL stands for "Test of English as a Foreign Language"

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    How can i get this "TEFL" certificate? Am I supposed to have some course or something? Or is this an exam?

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    TEFL is just an acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, rather than a specific course- there are many TEFL qualifications. You would have to take a course to get the qualification. Internationally, the most widely accepted and know is the CELTA.

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    If you are interested in getting certified, check out this site:

    Cambridge ESOL - Teaching Awards, CELTA

    There are also online courses (watch out for schoolmills!)
    A friend told me about these:
    TEFL distance training courses - Online TEFL Courses UK,London TESOL Certification
    TEFL courses online, TEFL/TESL Certificate, Teach English as a Foreign Language, CELTA certificate


    n.b. there is another acronym: TESOL - Teaching English to Students of Other Languages

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    Thanks for everybody's helping

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    toefl is a test for university students or people who wanna go study abroad...or even migrate there...\

    i am not that sure ...but tefl focus is more on fluency...


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    I am littlle bit confused about TOEFL & TEFL. Please give me the correct answer.

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    Re: TOEFL & TEFL confusion

    TOEFL- langauge exam for non-native speakers.
    EFL- training for teachers of English.

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