Frequently Asked Questions

Teach English as a Second Language in Canada and Abroad

Our course covers all the principles and practices of TESL, emphasizing the communicative approach to language teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between ESL, TESL, TEFL, and TESOL?

The prolific use of acronyms can sometimes be confusing for those new to the language training industry. ESL stands for English as a Second Language. Students in an ESL class are studying English and are non-native speakers. Generally speaking, TESL, TEFL, and TESOL refer to the teaching of English to non-native speakers, but there are some slight differences.

TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. TESL is usually associated with courses which teach either native English speakers or non-native English speakers how to teach English, thus it is a teacher preparation course. The students in the class are usually planning to teach English to students living in an English speaking country such as Canada, the United States, or the UK. ESL students should be able to practise English outside the classroom in their everyday life.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Students in a TEFL class are studying to teach English to people who live in a country where English is not the native language. These students rarely have opportunities to practice English outside of the classroom. Therefore, teaching English in countries like Japan, Korea, or Mexico is generally considered TEFL.

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL is also one of the largest organizations in the ESL industry. It publishes books and journals related to teaching and holds annual conferences. It is located in the United States, but it is associated with other organizations around the world. Most TESOL courses are shorter than TESL or TEFL ones, so you should make sure that the course you want to take will enable you teach where you wish to.

Are there any prerequisites for Hansa’s TESL Program?

Applicants interested in taking Hansa’s TESL program must be able to demonstrate English proficiency by means of TOEFL or IELTS scores, or through the TESL placement test. For those who intend to apply for a TESL Canada certificate, a 3-year undergraduate university degree requirement applies, in addition to the Hansa College Canada TESL certificate.