Global English Language Programme

The Global English Language (GEL) Programme offered by Jesuit Worldwide Learning strives to deliver consistent, high-quality English courses to students anywhere in the world.

What is the Global English Language Programme?

  • The GEL Programme brings a comprehensive high-quality, internationally-known approach to learning Global English using the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
  • It uses the English Unlimited textbook at 6 levels (A1, A2, B1, B1+, B2 and C1).
  • It offers 2 hours of classroom teaching and 2 hours of independent study per day. Each level requires approximately 120 hours classroom teaching and 120 hours of independent study. Students do three courses per year and it takes two years to complete all six levels. The Programme includes multiple activities outside of the classroom to ensure students enhance the skills they have learned in class.
  • The Programme includes all the English Unlimited resources and independent study guidance to help students read, write, speak and listen in English, both inside AND outside the classroom.
  • Students are offered the online Cambridge English Placement Test when they join and the online Cambridge Linguaskill Test when they exit the programme. They leave with a Cambridge test report and JWL GEL certificate.
  • JWL support includes local learning centre facilitator training and expert remote assistance to ensure facilitators with a wide-range of skills are capable of teaching at an expert level.



It is imperative to bring a standard approach to language learning, so that any learning centre anywhere in the world can follow the same approach and compare their students’ proficiency accurately against others. This language programme uses Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standards in order to accurately place students in courses that reflect their current knowledge of English.

The CEFR English Learning track is organised 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 (online reading and listening) at the start of the course to assess their CEFR level and allow them to be placed in a group appropriate to their level.

At the end of the GEL course, having completed a minimum of three levels, 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, as well as a JWL GEL certificate.

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 offer an online GEL teacher training course, which consists of 150 hours of teacher training over a period of 7 months and leads to a GEL teacher training certification from Creighton University Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

This year, we have also set up the 'GEL buddy initiative', whereby GEL teachers are paired up with a native English-speaking mentor. They collaborate on a research-based project related to the English teaching classroom, to support them in their professional development.

The content of the Programme is so robust that it enables us to offer a complete suite of English language courses from beginner to advanced, that can be utilised anywhere in the world.

All the course materials and independent study resources can be accessed on our Learning Management System (LMS) using a computer, tablet or Smartphone. This is a compact and practical learning solution that allows students to learn English anytime and anywhere.

GEL teachers and students from across the world have the opportunity to interact with each other on social media platforms. This allows the teachers to feel connected and supported on a global level and share good teaching practice. For students, this gives them a real motivation to communicate in English: they can meet and engage in global conversations, practise their skills, and share learning.

Introducing Adrian Doff, co-author of English Unlimited

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 programmes. 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.