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Why is this ESL course list different?
When you’re choosing an ESL course that you’ll be your spending valuable time and money on, you should be confident that your certificate will be fit for purpose. This is especially important if you plan on relocating overseas to teach ESL, due to the legalisation process. Although there are several lists of TEFL, TESOL and CELTA providers out there, we didn’t feel they served potential students well enough, either because they missed out vital information, or didn’t allow you to find the course that would best suit your needs.
What is the legalisation process?
In simple terms, it’s a series of steps which makes a document issued in one country legally recognised in another country. These steps include verifications by government departments in order to verify that the document is genuine and officially recognised. You may also hear this process called “attestation”, “authentication” or “verification”, though they all refer to the same principle. Documents must be legalised to be presented for work visa applications and residency permits in most countries.
How does this list help the legalisation process?
As legalisation specialists, we had customers contact us with their TEFL Certificates who wanted to use it to teach overseas. However, when they presented the certificate to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), who completes the first stage of legalisation in the UK, it was being rejected. This could be due to something which appears on the certificate, the company not being recognised or registered with the UK authorities, or a host of other reasons.
This lead us to realise that many TEFL providers were issuing documents which weren’t fit for purpose or weren’t aware of how legalisation works, resulting in their students being stuck and unable to get their visas.
We have been working as an independent intermediary with students, the FCDO and course providers to make the guidelines on legalisation requirements clear and available to everyone. This has resulted in a much better understanding of the whole process for all parties and made things much more reliable for TEFL students.
We have started to create a list of FCDO approved TEFL courses which are issued within the UK. You can confidently study any course listed here, knowing that it will be accepted by the UK government for legalisation, allowing you to get your work visa in whichever country you’re going to.