“TEFL” is the acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or simply, English language instruction for non-native speakers. It’s also called Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English Language Teaching (ELT), and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language).
Earning your TEFL qualification
In the past, especially in countries starved of a supply of native English speakers, any Westerner could simply ask for and receive a job teaching English. Today, qualifications are essential - the ability to teach English isn’t automatic.
In all but three or four provinces in China, EFL/ESL teachers are required to hold a degree (in any discipline). In addition, an EFL/ESL teaching certificate (or diploma or degree) from a credible service provider is often (but not always) required. The latter shows prospective employers that you possess the requisite professional tools to teach English successfully, making you a more attractive candidate to them, and also making you a more comfortable, confident and effective teacher.