TESOL Frequently Asked Questions
TESOL—Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages—is the acronym that refers to the professional association, the profession, and the field itself. Because TESOL’s acronym is the same as the acronym for the field as a whole, it may also help to explain what the association is not:
- TESOL is not a school and does not provide English-language classes or teacher-education programs.
- TESOL is not an accrediting or certifying body and does not evaluate teachers or teacher education programs.
- TESOL is not a placement agency and does not coordinate the filling of ESL/EFL jobs.