TEFL or TESOL
TEFL or TESOL- the two of the most common acronyms we all stumble upon as we look into requirements for a teaching job in Thailand or any other country in the world for that matter. So what do they exactly stand for? While TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language; the acronym TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Eventually, both these acronyms boil down to a similar meaning i.e. teaching of the English language to non-native speakers. However, since we are talking about securing a teaching position in Thailand; the acronym TEFL is mostly commonly used and can be usually seen as one of the main prerequisites for a person of a foreign origin to have, in order for him or her to be eligible to teach in Thai schools.
Getting a prior TEFL Certification before coming to Thailand
With teach and travel lifestyles picking up more popularity than ever before, especially among people from English native speaking origins; Thailand is well aware that foreign individuals can very well acquire TEFL Certifications outside Thailand from International TEFL Academies and Institutions based in their respective countries or others worldwide, although they can also acquire one from the TEFL institutions based across Thailand. For this matter, schools in Thailand acknowledge TEFL certifications obtained from both inside and outside Thailand as long as they meet the international standards of TEFL. (Read more on the international standards of TEFL at https://www.internationalte flacademy.com/faq/bid/102043/what-is-tefl-and-what-is-tefl-certification)