What is Tefl?

  1. The acronym “TEFL” stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language”. When people say “TEFL”, they are generally referring to a world of teaching, where the students are not native speakers of English, and where the teachers may or may not be native speakers of English.
  2. TEFL exists in practically every country worldwide due to the high demand for learning English as an international language, i.e. TEFL exists in countries where English is not the first language such as in China, The Czech Republic or Brazil as well as in countries where English is the first language for example Australia, Canada or United Kingdom.
  3. Note that TEFL refers to the teaching of English, not its learning. It therefore concentrates more on teachers or those wishing to teach rather than on learners.