What are the qualifications needed to be an English teacher TESOL?


Have you ever heard the word TESOL? You may have heard of anyone working as an English teacher or aspiring to be an English teacher. TESOL is an English teaching method, which is a qualification for teaching English. Therefore, it is different from the qualifications such as TOEIC and IELTS that measure English proficiency. TESOL is originally an overseas qualification, but recently TESOL has been gaining attention in Japan as well. You may have seen the word TESOL on the online English conversation homepage or in the profile section of SNS. In this article, I would like to explain in detail the merits of TESOL and how to obtain it. If you are interested in TESOL, please refer to it.

Table of contents
  • What kind of qualification is TESOL?
  • TESOL learning content
  • How to get TESOL
  • Benefits of acquiring TESOL
  • Qualifications related to English teaching methods other than TESOL
  • Once you understand TESOL

What kind of qualification is TESOL?

TESOL is an abbreviation for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and refers to the academic field of teaching English. We will mainly learn English teaching methods for non-native English speakers. TESOL is a qualification whose name is known not only in Japan but all over the world, and learning institutions around the world have courses to study TESOL.

By acquiring TESOL, you can prove your high level of English proficiency and English teaching ability. Some English schools and English conversation schools make TESOL a requirement when hiring English teachers. Therefore, if you want materials that appeal to you as an English teacher, you should consider acquiring TESOL.

By the way, there are several ways to call TESOL, such as "Tesol", "Tesol", and "Tisol".

TESOL learning content

There are some differences in learning content depending on the program and educational institution, but at TESOL, we will mainly learn these things.

・ English words ・ English grammar ・ Pronunciation teaching method
・ Teaching method of 4 English skills
・ Understanding different cultures
・ How to find teaching materials ・ How to use
・ Second language acquisition theory
・ Presentation method
・ Educational training
・ Achievement evaluation method

At TESOL, you will acquire the necessary knowledge as an English teacher not only through English teaching methods but also through second language acquisition theory. By learning about language acquisition from a scientific point of view, you will be able to understand the most efficient way to learn English. In addition to classroom lectures, practical content such as presentation methods and practical training is also incorporated into the program.

How to get TESOL

I'm interested in TESOL, how can I get it? Some people may think that. From here, I will explain where you can get TESOL and the cost of getting it.

Where can I get it?

TESOL can be obtained at university or graduate school. The universities and graduate schools where the TESOL program is available are as follows.

・ Kanda Foreign Language University (Graduate School of Language Science)
・ Temple University (Graduate School of Education)
・ Sophia University Graduate School (Graduate School of Foreign Languages)
・ Ritsumeikan University Graduate School (Graduate School of Language Education and Information)
・ Rikkyo University Graduate School (Intercultural Communication Studies ) Department)

TESOL can also be obtained at overseas language schools. In fact, there are many people who get TESOL and come back to Japan when they study abroad or have a working holiday. The countries where TESOL can be obtained are as follows.

・ Canada
・ UK
・ Philippines
・ Australia
・ New Zealand

How much does it cost to get it?

The cost of acquiring TESOL varies greatly by country and educational institution. For example, at a Japanese university, the entrance fee is 250,000 to 300,000 + the tuition fee is 700,000 to 900,000 yen (1 year). Overseas, the cost varies greatly depending on the price of the country. Tuition fees are higher in high-priced countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. On the other hand, prices are cheap in the Philippines, so lessons are cheaper. At a language school in the Philippines, a 4-week course costs about 240,000 to 300,000 yen. Therefore, those who want to get TESOL at a low cost should consider the Philippines.

What English skills do you need?

Not everyone can get TESOL. You must have a certain level of English proficiency to take the TESOL program. There are some variations in the standard of English proficiency depending on the educational institution and program, but the guideline is the intermediate and advanced level of English (TOEIC 800 points or higher, Eiken Level 1 level). If you haven't reached this level, focus on improving your English before taking the TESOL program.

Benefits of acquiring TESOL

What are the benefits of acquiring TESOL? From here, I will explain the merits of TESOL.

You can systematically learn how to teach English

The biggest advantage is that you can learn how to teach English. Although you may learn English itself, there are few opportunities to learn how to teach English. Is my teaching the best? Isn't there a better way? If you are thinking, try TESOL. Is there such a way of teaching by learning the English teaching method from the basics? Let's take this in for yourself! You should have noticed that.

TESOL is a world-class qualification

TESOL is a qualification recognized not only in Japan but all over the world. In other words, if you get TESOL, you can teach English all over the world. Also, by learning the world standard English teaching method, you will be able to see Japanese English education objectively. In Japan, reading and writing is the center of English education, and the output is not emphasized. By coming into contact with world-class English education through TESOL, the range of instruction will expand.

Become an appealing material as an English teacher

By owning TESOL, you can show that you are a highly qualified English teacher. Also, by putting what you have actually learned into practice, you will be able to provide higher quality lessons. TESOL is a qualification that is useful not only for those who want to work as an English teacher, but also for active English teachers.

Qualifications for teaching English other than TESOL

In addition to TESOL, there are other qualifications for English teachers such as CELTA and DELTA. From here, I will explain the differences between these qualifications.


TESOL is classified into two categories, TEFL and TESL. TEFL is an abbreviation for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and refers to the teaching method of English in non-English speaking countries. TESL is an abbreviation for Teaching English as a Second Language, which means teaching English as a second language in countries where English is the official language. In other words, TEFL and TESL are the same in that they teach English to non-native English speakers, but they teach in different places.


CELTA is an abbreviation for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, and is a qualification for teaching English certified by the Cambridge University English Examination Organization in the United Kingdom. CELTA has a higher international reputation than TESOL, and it is said that CELTA is also more difficult to acquire.


DELTA is an abbreviation for Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, and like CELTA, it is a qualification for teaching English certified by the Cambridge University English Examination Organization in the United Kingdom. Obtaining DELTA requires at least two years of work experience as an English teacher and is more difficult than CELTA.