The acronyms TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
When considering taking up TEFL as a career, there will be many questions you need to be answered. This may include such things as Which is the best course? And how can I get a job afterwards?
A wide variety of folks are drawn into a career in TEFL for a variety of different reasons: some are looking to teach as part of their gap year, before or after university, as a change career, as part of their retirement or as a means of travelling the world and always finding a job overseas easily.
Although you may get a job overseas teaching English as a foreign language without a formal qualification, it will be much easier if you get yourself trained, qualified and certified before you embark on your journey into the teaching profession.
When looking to gain this experience and the TEFL or TESOL qualification, a Tefl course of at least one hundred hours should be adequate. This should also involve some time and some assessment of actually teaching English to students.
Having undertaken a certified Tefl course, you will gain not only the experience you need to teach effectively but also the confidence you need to stand up in front of your class.
Sure you could jump straight in but a good course will give you the experience you need. You would not start to drive on your own after doing just a theory test, so why do you think you can teach English only because you can speak and write in English?
You need to consider the broader aspect of teaching English to non-English speaking students, how do you effectively lesson plan, how you assess the progress of your students?
Confusion reigns about the differences and similarities between Tefl courses & TESOL courses.
TEFL, TESL, TESOL are NOT certifications or qualifications. These terms are related to where and how you are going to do your teaching. TESL refers to Teaching English as a Second Language: programs in English-speaking countries for students whose first language is other than English. TEFL refers to Teaching English as a Foreign Language: programs in countries where English is not the primary language and is not a lingua franca. TESOL, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a general name for the field of teaching that includes both TESL and TEFL.
If you are unsure, it’s worth conducting some research, in terms of both the course content and the reputation a given course enjoys among the schools that might employ you.
This site has several resources to help you choose the right course for you.