TEFL means ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’. With so many acronyms (ESL, EFL, TESOL) flying around, it’s hard to decipher what is what, and who does what but they all amount to the same thing – teaching English as a second language to people who are not native speakers.
If you have an interest in teaching English to people from other countries, you have likely come across the term TESOL. This term stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
This is a more modern term that encompasses the old way of describing this sector of education: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).
On a more technical level, TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the term applied to the teaching of English to non-native speakers in native English speaking countries
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