What is TEFL?
TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It’s most often used in reference to the training instructors receive to learn how to teach English to non-native speakers in their home country, often called a TEFL certification course. For example, a native speaker from the USA might take a TEFL certification course in Costa Rica to learn how to teach English to locals there. It is our preferred term, and the one you’ll see throughout the site, though it is often interchangeable with TESOL (Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages); ELT (English Language Learning); ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).
However, these acronyms do have technical differences. For example TESOL and ESL mean teaching English to non-native speakers in English-speaking countries like the U.S. For example, immigrants in the U.S. might take an ESL class, and their instructors would be teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
Yeah, that’s why we stick with just one: TEFL.
Why do I need TEFL certification?
A globally recognized TEFL Certification can be your ticket to an exciting and rewarding overseas experience by providing you with qualification to work in thousands of schools and language institutes around the world. From Asia and Europe to South America and the Middle East, more than 250,000 English teachers are practicing their craft, providing instruction to nearly 1 billion English learners across the world.
By earning your TEFL Certification through GlobalU, you will be ready to join them and live your dream of going abroad to teach English, travel and create a million memories for you and your students.
While certification didn’t used to be a requirement to teach English abroad, it’s now one of the first things employers ask to see. Since TEFL is one of the fastest growing educational fields in the world, it only makes sense that proper training is your gateway to the globe.
Can I teach English abroad without a degree?
Yes! You’ll find that there are some countries/programs that require a bachelor’s degree but there are many that do not (they are often more flexible if you are TEFL certified). See our available opportunities for non-degreed teachers.
Can I teach English as a non-native speaker?
While it’s true that some countries/programs will only hire native English speakers, there are many that are open to fluent speakers from anywhere. See our available opportunities for non-native teachers.
What if I don’t speak the local language?
What do you mean you’re not fluent in 10 languages?! Just kidding. This would be an impossible ask for countries wishing for English speakers to come teach their ESL students and it’s definitely not a requirement.
What if I’ve never taught before?
No problem! There are many countries and programs that do not require any experience. A TEFL certification course will prepare you for everything you need to know (in the EFL classroom, anyway) and most people we work with have never taught before. There are also internships meant for first-time teachers looking to gain confidence with a short-term commitment.
What if I’ve never traveled abroad before?
No need to worry! There’s no better way to do it than teaching English abroad. We’ll walk you through every step of the way.
What amount of support can I expect?
You’ll have a hand to hold from application until your first week on the job, and a support group on the ground for any questions along the way.
Is visa support provided?
Yep. We’ll make sure you’re all squared away and teaching legally!
How long are the contracts?
It really differs around the world, but GlobalU specializes in programs that are anywhere from 1-6 months for your initial commitment, with the opportunity to extend should you decide to stay longer.
Are all your courses internationally accredited?
Yes, our courses are handpicked by our founder for quality. They’re the best of the best around the world, and your certification will be recognized in 80+ countries where teaching English as a foreign language is a thing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Some of our programs require it and others do not. See specific program pages to determine if it’s a requirement, and view our travel insurance suggestions here.
Do you offer scholarships?
At this time, no. But we do partner with Fund My Travel, a travel-specific crowd-source platform where you’re welcome to create and promote a campaign in conjunction with our programs.
For further questions about specific programs, please contact us.