TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates – Apostille Canada

Posted by: Michael Atkinson
Category: Document Authentication and Legalization
Teach English Overseas - TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates

Going abroad to teach English may require you to authenticate and legalize (Canada Apostille) your teaching credentials.  There are three types of certificates that one can obtain that can assist individuals when seeking teaching work abroad.  These are TESL Certificates, TEFL Certificates, or TESOL Certificates.  Each of these certificates is for teaching English to individuals whose first language is not English.  One must be cautious when taking courses that will award these certificates. If one is required to have these credentials authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and then legalized by a particular destination countries Embassy, there is an important consideration to keep in mind.

What is the difference between TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates?

TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language. A TESL Certificate is for teaching English to individuals whose first language is not English.  It is also typically used where the individual is living in an English speaking country.

TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  A TEFL Certificate provides the competence necessary to teach English to individuals in a foreign country and whose first language is not English.

TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of another Language. This certificate is newer, and it is a type of hybrid between TESL and TEFL Certificates.  This type of certification is less intensive.  It can also be not as widely recognized as other teaching certificates.

Each of these certificates can be obtained by attending in-class instruction or utilizing online services.  A quick search of the internet will provide a significant number of educational institutions and private companies offering their services.  Make sure that the specific TESL, TEFL, TESOL certificate can be used abroad before paying fees and taking the courses.

TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates and Canadian Document Authentication and Legalization

In the last number of years, Global Affairs Canada has changed its position on TESL, TEFL,  and TESOL Certificates.   The examiner in the authentication section of Global Affairs will confirm that the certificate has been issued by an educational institution that is recognized by a Canadian Provincial Ministry of Education body. If the document does not come from a recognized institution, then it will not be authenticated.  Some of our clients have learned after taking a particular course that Global Affairs Canada will not validate the document.  It is always best to explore all of the requirements before choosing a specific class, especially if one intends to go abroad to teach English abroad.  For information on whether your TESL, TEFL or TESOL Certificate meets the authentication criteria one can review which educational institution and the corresponding program.  If you have a sample of the certificate that is to be awarded and have a question of whether it will be acceptable for authentication one can e-mail Global Affairs Canada a copy of the certificate.

The Capital Authentication Advantage as it relates to TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates

Our office has been authenticating and legalizing Canadian documents (Canadian Apostille Process) for use in foreign countries.  We are familiar with the various teaching credentials such as TESL, TEFL, TESOL Certificates.   We can manage both the authentication of documents (Apostille) with Global Affairs Canada and legalization with an Embassy or Consular Office.  We will work within your unique and individual timeline.  In determining our fees for service, we take into account the total time required to complete this process.  From there, we help you to decide which of our processing options best suits your needs.  We have devised a process that we refer to as The Completion Time Method.  Our approach is dramatically different from that which is offered by our local competitors.  For transparent and informative information visit us on the web at www.capitalauthentication.com  Feel free to reach out to our office either by e-mail at info@capitalauthentication.com or by telephone at 1-613-236-9975

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