What does TEFL mean? What does TESOL mean?


There are a variety of acronyms used in the English language teaching industry. Two of the most common are TEFL and TESOL.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

These terms are interchangeable and effectively mean the same thing. Historically within the industry TEFL was a British based term and TESOL a North American based term.

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