Training and Certification


TEFL, standing for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, is one of the most common acronyms used in the fields of teaching English overseas. A ‘TEFL Certification’ refers to the certificate and training courses typically required by institutions worldwide that are seeking to hire English teachers.

Female ESL teacher with kindergarten students doing worksheets.

If you wish to apply for an employment visa in Hong Kong as a Native English Teacher (NET), a 120-hour TEFL certification and a Bachelor’s degree certificate will be the basic necessities. If you are a less experienced ESL teacher whose university degree is irrelevant to English or Education, it is often essential to have undertaken
at least 120 hours of TEFL training.

ESL teacher demonstrating dance movements in front of a group of kindergarten students

TESOL / TEFL Training

As an aspiring ESL teacher, you may have heard of different TEFL certification programmes such as CELTA and Trinity TESOL. You probably have also come across a myriad of other TEFL course providers which offer both in-classroom and online TEFL training options with varying degrees of quality, cost and duration.

While an online TEFL certification may cost-effectively help you fulfill the minimum requirements of the Immigration Department and most employers in Hong Kong, it is important to research your options thoroughly and opt for an accredited course provider. We recommend online courses via Global English TESOL, an accredited TEFL/TESOL course provider based in the UK.

(All applicants are offered an additional 10% discount on any existing offer to the course fees by entering ESL in the field ‘Where did you hear about Global English?’ on the enrolment form.)


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This course covers all the TESOL essentials and is designed to get you qualified and teaching English quickly. It is also ideal for teaching English throughout Asia. 

Course Content

The TEFL course covers all the Level 3 material in 34 shorter modules, using interactive HTML5 to present information, with trainees answering questions online. During the course, trainees will learn how to create lesson plans that work, refine their grammar and learn essential classroom management techniques – all with the support of a personal tutor. Since the material cannot be downloaded and worked on offline, a good internet connection is needed.

Course Duration

Typically this TEFL course can take between 6-12 weeks to complete. However, with the maximum course completion time being 6 months, trainees are also allowed to study at their own pace.


This TEFL course is open to native and non-native English speakers over 17 years old with good written and spoken English.

Non-native speakers should possess a high standard of both written and spoken English. As a general guide, if you have English to one of the following international exam levels then you should be successful on this TEFL course:

– IELTS 6.5 or above
– TOEFL iBT 110 or above
– TOEIC 880 or above
– CEF C1
– pass at Cambridge CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).