The High Cost of TESOL Certification

applied-linguisticsAs an employer and an owner of a chain of language schools in Japan, I am very much involved in the hiring, training, and supporting of English teachers. Right now in our company, englishbiz, we have an OUTSTANDING team of teachers. Not a single bad apple. Everyone is good, and kind, and thoughtful, and helpful to their teammates. I don’t know what we did right, but we certainly had to go through a lot of frogs before we got our royal team of instructors.

Getting to the start line of the teaching profession is a HUGE challenge. I get a lot of CVs and resumes in my email (almost daily) and many of the applicants have the same credentials. All potential hires have a university degree, or are in the process of getting it done. All have some experience as coaches, tutors, or mentors, if not direct teaching experience itself.

And then there is the one thing that separates the applicants. Some have ESL certification, TESOL certification, or some sort of paperwork that shows they have EFL/ESL/TESOL knowledge. For immigration authorities, this is key. And whenever we bring applicants to them for visa processing we get asked whether or not the applicant has this kind of certification. To them, it seems, whether you are CELTA, TESOL, or whatever, it is not a big concern. They want to see a company like ours support the applicant, plus the paperwork they ask for.

When, as a company, we decided to get into the TESOL/EFL certification market, we shopped around. There are a LOT of companies out there doing this. So, it is very confusing for people to decide what to do, or what not to do. Some resemble real educational institutes, and some resemble multi-level-marketing scams. How can you possibly tell one from the other?

Furthermore, they were all over-priced. To sit in a classroom with someone whose own educational qualifications are questionable for a course that will cost you between $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 (plus transport there and lodging and food etc), just seemed too much. And then those same companies try to sell you their T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, and trash. Sheesh…

I decided that we will do things different. We are not in the TESOL market as a business. I already own a business and it does pretty good, so I don’t need TESOL to pay my bills. What we will do instead, is to drop the price of our program as low as we are allowed to. I think that we should do this as a SERVICE to new teachers and the next wave of student-loan abused graduates.

So, dear reader, here is the deal. Contact me for the most economic way to get your real TESOL certification done, and we will get you going on that. The price for on-line certification (120 hours) is $235.00 (untutored) and $350.00 (tutored). If you can study alone and complete the lists of tasks that is great. Go untutored. If you need my help to shepherd you through go tutored. There is a certification fee of $70.00 ($60.00 for the company in NY and $10.00 to ship it to you). And that is it.

If you have doubts, questions, concerns, just let me know. Our mission from the very start with our company is to help others, to teach kids the right way, and to help our fellow teachers. I hope that I can be of some good for you, so let me know what you think.

Standing by,



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