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  • What is the difference between TESL, TESOL, TEFL?
  • Why is it the IHC in TESL?
  • What is the difference between the IHC and CELTA?
  • Which certificate is better, the IHC or CELTA?
  • Is the IHC only for teaching English?
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Tesl Vancouver FAQ / TESL / TESOL / TEFL

 

What is the difference between TESL, TESOL, TEFL?

The simple answer is that they are essentially the same.
 TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language. This term refers to teaching English in countries such as Canada,
the US, Australia, etc., where English is the common everyday language in the community.
 TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This term to teaching English in countries such as Korea, Spain,
Brazil, etc., where English is not the common everyday language in the community.
TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This is a newer, umbrella term that encompasses both
English and non-English speaking countries.

>>>Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESL

There are many other acronyms used for teaching English. For example:
 ELT = English Language Teaching
 TEAL = Teaching English an Additional Language.
 EAP = English for Academic Purposes
 ESP = English for Specific Purpose

Other non-English Teaching acronyms:
 TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign language (mostly used for University entrance)
 TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication (Mostly used for employment purposes)
 IELTS = International English Language Testing System (For university, immigration and other purposes)


Why is it the IHC in TESL?

We use the term TESL as the governing body for recognizing English Teaching programs in Canada is TESL Canada (www.tesl.ca). TESL can be considered to be the most standard term in Canada. At other International House Locations, the certificate is often referred to as the IHCTL (International House Certificate in Teaching Languages).


What is the difference between the IHC and CELTA?
The IHC began in International House London in 1962 to train teachers for its schools in London and Europe. This was the first English teacher trainer program of its kind in the world. In order to open the program up to more teachers. International House licenses the program to the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) in the UK and ran the RSA certificate until 1985. International House continued offering both certificates. This name was changed to the CTEFLA (Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults).  The RSA CTEFLA was replaced by the Cambridge/RSA CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 1996 and became the Cambridge CELTA in 2001.

Which certificate is better, the IHC or CELTA?

They are very similar.. You will follow the same course of study and receive similar standards of training. Both the International House World Organisation (IHWO) and Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adopt very strict standards for prospective teacher trainers. Both courses have high expectations and require trainees to attain a set standard.

Two big differences are:
The CELTA can be considered a global gold standard for English Language Teaching certificates. It is awarded through one of the most famous universities in the world and strict standards are set for all centres running CELTA courses.
The CELTA is moderated by Cambridge ESOL and every course has a Cambridge-approved assessor visit to ensure the grading and quality is meeting the required standards. This IHC does not currently have this level of external moderation.
The external moderation means there is more paperwork involved in the CELTA course for the trainees, trainers and the centre. This extra work is one important factor in CELTA courses having higher tuition fees.
The IHC can be used for teaching languages other than English whereas the ‘E’ in CELTA means it is only for English.
Doing any teacher training with International House, either the CELTA or IHC will ensure a high quality course.


Is the IHC only for teaching English?

No. As noted above, the IHC can be used for teaching any language. At IH Career College, we offer the IHC in English but it is very easy to add other languages to your certificate. For example, if you are a native or fluent Chinese (Mandarin) speaker, you can do a short practicum at one of our Chinese teacher training centres (Xi’an or Qingdao) to have Chinese teaching added to your certificate.


 

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