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  1. What's the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
  2. Can I start the course here and take it abroad to finish it?
  3. Do I have to speak a second language to be able to teach English overseas?
  4. How long has Global English been going?
  5. Can I pay for my online courses in instalments?
  6. Can I transfer my course from interactive to offline?
  7. Can I take the interactive course and then have a hard copy of the material after I’ve completed?

  • What's the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

    TEFL means Teaching English as Foreign Language
    TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

    The terms mean the same thing and are often used interchangeably.

    See our accreditation page for more information on why getting the right accreditation is important.


  • Can I start the course here and take it abroad to finish it?

    Yes. Many people do this and secure teaching work abroad on the basis that they have started with us. We have provided many mid-course references on behalf of our students to potential employers. The courses work really well if you are already teaching, as they will give you new ideas and materials to try out with your students.


  • Do I have to speak a second language to be able to teach English overseas?

    Although it is not generally necessary to speak a second language to teach overseas, it does depend a little on the country and it will certainly be helpful if you can learn a little before you go. This will help you to adjust both socially and culturally to the country where you are teaching. It will also broaden your appeal to potential employers, who will be more confident in offering you a greater range of classes (including lower level learner groups), where you might have to give basic instructions in their language. This is also the case where a school or institute has a lot of very young learners.

    Once you are there, try to learn as much of the language as you can. Sometimes it is possible to arrange exchange lessons with a student who is learning English. You provide them with free additional English lessons - they provide you with basic lessons in their language. Some of the better schools will help to arrange this for you as it is in their interest that you stay and not leave part way through your contract.


  • How long has Global English been going?

    Global English TESOL was founded in 1996 and the first student enrolled in 1997. Since then, around 25,000 people have taken a TEFL/TESOL course with us. We were the first TEFL organisation worldwide to become ISO accredited in 2002, and in 2005 we gained recognised ACTDEC accreditation for our courses.

    Our service doesn't end with your certificate. We aim to be a source of ongoing support and help for our trainees for as long as they remain TEFL teachers.


  • Can I pay for my online courses in instalments?

    Yes, you can. For an additional £20 fee (or other currency equivalent) trainees can pay for online courses in up to 6 equal instalments, when paying by credit or debit card only. Please select instalment payment from the options on the payment page when you apply for your course.  The first payment is taken on the date of enrolment, with following payments made at the same time in each of the following months.  Trainees should note they are contractually obliged to complete the instalment plan initiated and that trainees who fail to keep to the payment deadlines will be in breach of contract and risk being withdrawn from the course by Global English. We reserve the right to make recovery of monies owed and pass on relevant details to debt collection agencies as necessary. We do not offer payment by instalment facilities for weekend course programmes, TEFL/TESOL products or any versions of the course in beta. Certificates are not awarded until all payments have been completed.


  • Can I transfer my course from interactive to offline?

    Yes, upon certain conditions. Trainees are permitted to transfer between an offline and interactive course version providing:

    i)              the course has both interactive and offline versions available

    ii)             no questions that require marking by a tutor have been submitted prior to transfer request

    iii)            payment is made to reflect the difference in price if new course price is higher

    iv)            transfers take place within 14 days of course registration

    If the price of the course being transferred to is lower, the difference in price will be refunded, less a £25 or other currency administration fee.

    Transfers between different courses are not permitted. 


  • Can I take the interactive course and then have a hard copy of the material after I’ve completed?

    Yes you can, where we offer a choice between an interactive course and an offline version.

    We will happily send you the offline version study booklets at the end of the course. Just email the office at info@global-english.com when you complete. Currently there is no extra charge for this and we’ll send you the study materials in PDF form, which you can save to your computer and print off. (They will be in a slightly different order and format, but the essential material is all there, across larger modules for easier handling.)

    While you are on the course, you can take a screen print of any page at any time. You’ll also have access to the interactive course after you complete it until the time expires, where you’ll find it under the completed courses tab. Thereafter you can have access to any interactive course by extending your time.

    We offer unlimited access to the further research tab, which we will keep updated. This has all the links to other sites that that course points to so it's a great page to bookmark.

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