120 Hour TESOL Certificate – Beginners Guide

By Editorial Staff •  Updated: 01/28/20 •  Classroom Resources

A TESOL is short for “teach English as a second language” and is now a requirement to have if you have any intention of teaching English online.

What is a TESOL

TESOL is simply a certification process that can be done online or in person and signifies you have specific training to teach English to speakers who will be speaking English as a second language.

TEFL vs TESOL vs CELTA – What is the difference?

As we covered in depth in our TEFL certification guide, TEFL is designed to teach English as a foreign language. This certification is gear towards speakers who live in a country where English is a foreign language.

TESOL by comparison is for speakers who live in an English speaking country but speak English as a second language.

Lastly, a CELTA is a certificate of English language learning to adults and is the most strenuous to obtain.

Which is better? TEFL or TESOL

To be honest, it does not matter. These certificates were at one time “nice to have but not required” but due to new Chinese regulations for online teaching, these certificates are a must.

To meet the various legal requirements that continually evolve in every country in the ESL world, it’s best to get a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA.

Some of the better online English teaching companies like VIPKID will now incorporate TESOL/TEFL certification as part of the on-boarding process.

120 Hours vs 150 Hours – Does it Matter?

Currently the industry standard is to obtain a 120 hour TESOL or TEFL to meet the various legal requirements now being implemented. 150 hours is currently a bit excessive so you can be secure in attending a 120 hour course.

We suggest not doing anything less than a 120 hour course however as they may not be accepted by potential employers.

What to look for in a TESOL certification?

There are a few things to look for when selecting a TESOL certification provider. Here is what we suggest:

  • You want them to have some sort of international accreditation. Popular accreditation sources are ACCET, TQUK, ICOES and the CPD.
  • Money back guarantee.
  • Life-time access to the study material if you’re doing an online course.
  • An actual teacher if you’re doing an online TESOL course.
  • Good reputation and years of being in business.

What TESOL providers do we suggest?

Most providers focus on TEFL, but if you do wish to obtain a TESOL we suggest Open Academy. They have a money back guarantee as well as an online teaching course that you can also take advantage of.

Here are the modules of their TESOL course:

  • Lesson 1 – Teaching and learning.
  • Lesson 2 – Linguistics for non native speakers.
  • Lesson 3 – Reading lessons and how to use them.
  • Lesson 4 – Writing
  • Lesson 5 – Speaking
  • Lesson 6 – Listening
  • Lesson 7 – Pedagogy (Methods of teaching)
  • Lesson 8 – Lesson planning for new teachers
  • Lesson 9 – Classroom management
  • Lesson 10 – Finding a TESOL job

A TESOL certificate makes you a much better teacher because it teaches you what it’s like to be a non native speaker and how to approach teaching English as a second language.

120 Hour TESOL – Open Academy

10 comprehensive modules. Money back guarantee.

Editorial Staff

The editorial Staff at Teach and GO is a team of teachers with a broad range of experience led by David Unwin. We have been creating helpful advice, guides and tutorials for teachers since 2018.