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全稱是TeachingEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages即“對外英語教學”。Tesol證書由美國TESOL教育學會頒發，被國際組織認可，此外在英國、澳洲等英語國家，大部分學校和語言培訓機構也認可Tesol證書。
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全稱是TeachingEnglish as a Second Language，是專門為教授英語為非母語的英語老師特別設計的培訓課程。Tesl證書著重于英語作為外語教學的有效方法，試圖建立一個非母語教學的溝通接觸的共同點，狠抓聽、說、讀、寫技巧，并傳授語法、詞匯等傳統教學領域中的方法。Tesl證書也是在全球范圍內被廣泛認可的。
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全稱是TeachingEnglish as a Foreign Language。目前Tefl證書為全球普遍承認和接受，是國際認可的通用英語教師資格證書。Tefl證書證明外教在外語口語和教學方法上經過了一定的培訓,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
英國劍橋大學教師證書 (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，有超過1000人順利完成CELTA課程的學習。目前，全球很多從事語言教學的機構均承認CELTA證書，該證書已被列入英國國家教學大綱標準(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
劍橋大學考試委員會(University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)是權威的教育測試機構。英語教學能力證書 (TKT) 是劍橋大學考試委員會外語考試部(Cambridge ESOL)專為英語教師開發設計的證書考試。劍橋大學外語考試部自1913年開始推廣英語考試項目，至今已推出一系列針對英語學習者及英語教師的考試、證書與文憑。
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)是為母語為非英語國家的中小學(微博)或成人英語教師研發的英語教學能力證書，主要測試考生對語言及語言應用基本概念的掌握，以及對教學與學習的背景知識及實踐過程的把握。該證書具有國際水準，考生可以借此進一步豐富教學專業知識，拓展事業發展前景。
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.