If you don't have a teacher qualification certificate, you should obtain an internationally accepted language teaching qualification certificate. Let's share what certificates European and American foreign teachers need in China?
1. TESOL Certificate introduction
What is TESOL?
Tesol全称是TeachingEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages即“对外英语教学”。Tesol证书由美国TESOL教育学会颁发，被国际组织认可，此外在英国、澳洲等英语国家，大部分学校和语言培训机构也认可Tesol证书。
TESOL's full name is teaching English to Speakers of other languages. TESOL Certificate is issued by TESOL Education Society of the United States and recognized by international organizations. In addition, most schools and language training institutions in English speaking countries such as Britain and Australia also recognize TESOL Certificate.
TESOL Certificate in the United States requires that those who participate in TESOL learning already have a certain level of English. TESOL training and learning will improve their teaching level and help them master the methods and theories of teaching English whose mother tongue is non-English. TESOL Certificate affirms the teaching qualification and teaching ability of the certificate holder as an English teacher when teaching non-native English speaking students.
2. Introduction to TESL certificate
Tesl全称是TeachingEnglish as a Second Language，是专门为教授英语为非母语的英语老师特别设计的培训课程。Tesl证书着重于英语作为外语教学的有效方法，试图建立一个非母语教学的沟通接触的共同点，狠抓听、说、读、写技巧，并传授语法、词汇等传统教学领域中的方法。Tesl证书也是在全球范围内被广泛认可的。
TESL's full name is teaching English as a second language. It is a specially designed training course for English teachers who teach English as a non-native language. TESL certificate focuses on English as an effective method of foreign language teaching, trying to establish a common point of communication and contact in non-native language teaching, pay close attention to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and teach methods in traditional teaching fields such as grammar and vocabulary. TESL certificate is also widely recognized worldwide.
3. TEFL certificate introduction
Tefl全称是TeachingEnglish as a Foreign Language。目前Tefl证书为全球普遍承认和接受，是国际认可的通用英语教师资格证书。Tefl证书证明外教在外语口语和教学方法上经过了一定的培训,掌握了一定的技巧。
TEFL's full name is teaching English as a foreign language. At present, TEFL certificate is widely recognized and accepted all over the world. It is an internationally recognized general English teacher qualification certificate. TEFL certificate proves that foreign teachers have received certain training and mastered certain skills in oral English and teaching methods.
The main teaching contents of TEFL training include: classroom based language learning and teaching research, testing and evaluation in language teaching, English foreign language teaching methodology, theory and practice of second language acquisition and computer-aided teaching.
4. Differences and relations among TESOL, TEFL, and TESL certificates
At present, TESOL, TEFL and TESL certificates have basically been mixed in China. The three have not been strictly distinguished and are all regarded as foreign teacher qualification certificates. At present, one of the three certificates is required for the recruitment of foreign teachers in domestic colleges and universities and slightly more professional English training centers. At the same time, these certificates are also a heavyweight weight for foreign teachers to apply for foreign expert certificates.
TEFL, TESL and TESOL are all aimed at students who teach non-native English, so these certificates are not convincing for students who teach English-speaking countries such as Britain and the United States. In addition, these certificates do not require the holder's nationality and mother tongue, so Americans can obtain this certificate, and French, Spanish and Chinese can also have it.
Strictly speaking, TESOL Certificate includes the contents of TESL certificate. They are in "English speaking countries" (i.e. native English speaking countries, such as the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries), and take non-native English speaking students as the teaching objects; TEFL certificate teaches foreigners English as a second language in "non English Series countries".
5. CELTA: Certificate in adult English language teaching, University of Cambridge, UK
英国剑桥大学教师证书 (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)。
Certificate in English language teaching to adults.
For those with little or no teaching experience, CELTA is the primary qualification to enter the field of English teaching. CELTA certificate belongs to the advanced category of TESOL Certificate System. It is not only a teacher qualification certificate suitable for teaching adult English, but also an integral part of British continuing education teaching certificate and TESOL International English teacher qualification certificate.
每年，有超过1000人顺利完成CELTA课程的学习。目前，全球很多从事语言教学的机构均承认CELTA证书，该证书已被列入英国国家教学大纲标准(National Qualifications Framework)。
Every year, more than 1000 people successfully complete CELTA courses. At present, many institutions engaged in language teaching all over the world recognize the CELTA certificate, which has been listed in the British National Qualifications Framework.
6. TKT certificate
剑桥大学考试委员会(University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)是权威的教育测试机构。英语教学能力证书 (TKT) 是剑桥大学考试委员会外语考试部(Cambridge ESOL)专为英语教师开发设计的证书考试。剑桥大学外语考试部自1913年开始推广英语考试项目，至今已推出一系列针对英语学习者及英语教师的考试、证书与文凭。
The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate is an authoritative educational testing institution. English teaching ability certificate (TKT) is a certificate examination developed and designed by Cambridge ESOL for English teachers. The foreign language examination department of Cambridge University has promoted the English examination program since 1913. So far, it has launched a series of examinations, certificates and diplomas for English learners and English teachers.
TKT(Teacher Knowledge Test)是为母语为非英语国家的中小学(微博)或成人英语教师研发的英语教学能力证书，主要测试考生对语言及语言应用基本概念的掌握，以及对教学与学习的背景知识及实践过程的把握。该证书具有国际水准，考生可以借此进一步丰富教学专业知识，拓展事业发展前景。
TKT (teacher knowledge test) is an English teaching ability certificate developed for primary and secondary schools (microblog) or adult English teachers whose mother tongue is non-English speaking countries. It mainly tests candidates' mastery of the basic concepts of language and language application, as well as their grasp of the background knowledge and practice process of teaching and learning. The certificate is of international standard. Candidates can further enrich their professional teaching knowledge and expand their career development prospects.