The Global English Language Program (GEL) offered by Jesuit Worldwide Learning strives to deliver consistent, high quality English courses to students anywhere in the world.
It is imperative to bring a standard approach to language learning, so that any learning center anywhere in the world can follow the same approach and can compare their students’ proficiency accurately against others. This language program uses CEFR standards in order to accurately place students in courses that reflect their current knowledge of English.
The CEFR English Learning track is organized into the following six courses:
CEFR A1 - Starter
CEFR A2 - Elementary
CEFR B1 - Pre-Intermediate
CEFR B1+ - Intermediate
CEFR B2 - Upper Intermediate
CEFR C1 - Advanced
Students sit the Cambridge English Placement test at the start of the course to assess their CEFR level and allow them to be placed in a group appropriate to their level. This is an online reading and listening test.
After completing B1 level, students sit the Cambridge Linguaskill test. This is an online, adaptive, multi-level and on demand test lasting 60-85 minutes. Candidates are issued with a test report at the end, indicating a Cambridge score and their CEFR level. For students continuing beyond B1 level, they have the opportunity to sit this test again at the end of their English studies.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a professional discipline and JWL is committed to recruiting effective teachers who adhere to our vision in providing a high quality education to those on the margins.
With this objective in mind, we are developing a GEL teacher training course, which consists of 150 hours teacher training over a period of 7 months and will lead to a GEL teacher training certification from Creighton University Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) in Omaha, Nebraska USA.
The content of the Program is so robust that it enables our partners to offer a complete suite of English language courses from beginner to advanced, that can be utilized anywhere in the world.
We are developing a learner tablet so that students will be able to access resources inside and outside the classroom at any time.
The Global English Language Program is part of an ongoing effort to further JWL’s mission of “Learning Together to Transform the World.” In the future, we hope that each student and facilitator will have access to a global interactive network hub where they can meet and engage in global conversations, practice their skills, and share learning.
Adrian Doff grew up in the UK and also studied there, doing a BA in Modern Languages at Cambridge University and then an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Lancaster. Since then he’s spent most of his life in other countries, working as an English teacher and teacher trainer. Countries he’s worked in include Finland, Serbia, Lebanon and Egypt. For the last 15 years he’s been based in Munich, in Germany, where he has two main jobs: working as a tutor on CELTA and DELTA courses training teachers of English; and working as a free-lance writer, mainly writing ELT coursebooks for Cambridge University Press. One of the books he’s been involved in is the 6-level English course English Unlimited, which JWL is using on their English language programs. Over the past 3 years, he’s been working with JWL as a consultant on using these materials and he’s paid visits to Iraq and Sri Lanka to give introductory training workshops for teachers. He’s also been involved in helping to develop end-of-course tests and back-up training videos for teachers using the course.