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What Does TESOL / ESL Stand For and How Can It Make a Difference?

European Day of Languages 2019


TESOL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and ESL is English as a Second Language. However, it’s not just about cool acronyms. Teaching English can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, and if you are looking for purpose in your life, then this is a way to really give back and make a difference.

Having spent some years in and out of the classroom teaching English to non-native speakers, and training TESOL teachers, my own experience has been very humbling.

I started with voluntary work and then made it part of my career journey. From supporting people with the emigration process, or getting that first job in a new country, to enabling them to help their own children in English speaking curriculum schools, or teaching them to speak their partner’s language and connect with their culture and heart, teaching English has been a privilege and I am still in touch with many of my students.

Considering a TESOL qualification? Now for the science part:


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During my time as a TESOL trainer, working with individuals keen to teach English has put me touch with many caring, cultural ambassadors.

I am in awe at how far my TESOL community have ‘traveled’ and how they have taken a door that is slightly ajar and flung it wide open.

It is estimated that over 100,000 positions are available for English trainers internationally on an annual basis and research suggests that China and South Korea, alone, hire approximately 1,000 ESL teachers per month. Having a TESOL qualification also makes it very easy to teach other languages or your own native language as well. 

Whether you get a TESOL qualification for the money, for the travel, for voluntary work, for the job satisfaction, or to make teaching in multi-lingual schools easier, the end result is the same:

You make a difference and impact people’s future choices.

 Global Goals. #Goal 4 Quality Education.

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