TESOL FAQs

Q: Why choose UNI-Prep for my TESOL course?

Please watch this quick video which explains the many benefits of choosing UNI-Prep.

Q: Who issues the TESOL Certificates and Diplomas?

The TESOL Certificate and TESOL Diploma are issued by UNI-Prep Institute in America. This includes Certificates and Diplomas completed both online and in-class.

Q: Do I need to have teaching experience to enrol in the course?

No, you do not need to have any teaching experience to enrol in the TESOL Certificate or TESOL Diploma programs. The TESOL programs are designed to instruct students of all levels on how to be an effective English language teacher. Students with and without teaching experience can benefit from the course in order to gain further credentials and qualifications to be an English language teacher around the world.

Q: Do you check my level of English fluency?

No, we do not assess your level of English fluency prior to enrolling in the program. Your level of English fluency will show through the quality of your assignments and you will have difficulty passing the course if you are not fluent in English. However, please note that different English teaching positions require varying levels of English fluency. As such, a high command of the English language will be required to obtain a position. We encourage everyone interested in a teaching career to take the course; however, do note that each employer will have their own requirements of English fluency for a teaching position and may check your level of fluency as a part of the interview process.

Q: Is the TESOL Certificate recognized internationally?

Yes, both UNI-Prep’s TESOL Certificate and TESOL Diploma programs are recognized internationally as a qualification to work as an English language teacher and teach English/ESL/EFL to students in non-native English speaking countries.

Q: Are the TESOL programs accredited?

Yes, both UNI-Prep’s TESOL Certificate and TESOL Diploma programs are accredited by the Professional Education Accreditation Council which is a third party accrediting organization that ensures a higher education program meets international quality and standards.

Q: What is the lowest price guarantee for the TESOL courses?

UNI-Prep guarantees that it offers the lowest price for its online TESOL Certificate and online TESOL Diploma programs. If you are able to find an online TESOL Certificate program that is at least 120-hours in length, includes tutor support and videos and is offered at a cheaper price, we will beat their price by 10%. Similarly if you are able to find an online TESOL Diploma program that is at least 250-hours in length, includes tutor support and videos and is offered at a cheaper price, we will beat their price by 10%. This price guarantee is in place because we want to make sure that our online courses are as affordable as possible so that everyone will have an opportunity to take them, regardless of their financial circumstances. The price guarantee does not apply to any other online or in-class course offered by UNI-Prep.

Q: Do I need a specific educational background or prerequisites to enrol in the course?

No, UNI-Prep does not have any educational requirements for any of its courses. However, we suggest a minimum education of completion of high school to all TESOL students. This is because a high school certificate is usually the minimum requirement to obtain an English teaching position internationally. 

Q: How will I receive my Certificate?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be mailed a hard copy of the TESOL Certificate or TESOL Diploma at your desired address. You will also receive an electronic version of the Certificate or Diploma through e-mail. Both of these are included in the course fees. There are no additional fees for shipping and handling.

Q: How long does it take to complete the course?

The TESOL Certificate course has been designed to take approximately 120-hours to complete. Students will be given 1 year to complete the course, although most students complete it within 2-4 weeks.

 

The Diploma course has been designed to take approximately 250-hours to complete. Students will be given 1 year to complete the course, although most students complete it within 3-5 weeks. It requires students to complete extra written assignments and assessments and is therefore a higher qualification than the TESOL Certificate.

 

The amount of time it will take you to complete the course depends on how quickly you are able to work through the material since all our courses are designed to be studied at your own pace.

Q: How is the course done?

Upon enrolling and paying for the course, you will be e-mailed an enrolment letter which will contain your login information to UNI-Prep's online Student Portal. The Student Portal can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. It contains all course materials and assessments. You will do all course work on the Student Portal. You can complete the course and assessments at your own pace and during your free time. There is no specific schedule to adhere to.

Q: How are the assessments done?

All assessments are done on UNI-Prep's online Student Portal. Most assessments are in the form of quizzes and written assignments. Students must receive a minimum overall grade to pass the course. If you fail a quiz or other assessment, you have the opportunity to resubmit it.

Q: Can I get a job as an English-language teacher once I complete the Certificate?

When you obtain the TESOL Certificate, you become qualified to work as an ESL/EFL teacher in non-native English speaking countries. However, whether or not you are able to obtain a job depends on visa restrictions in the country you are applying to, your educational background, your teaching experience and any other requirements that a particular job posting may have. The better your education and experience, the more likely you are to obtain a high-paying teaching position.

Q: What are the differences between TESOL/TEFL/ TESL/CELTA?

Essentially, these are all ESL/EFL teaching qualifications and are usually interchangeable as qualifications. Most positions ask for any of those qualifications, while some employers may be more specific about which qualification they seek. TESOL is the prevalent version of this qualification in Canada.

Q: Why do TESOL Certificate programs vary so much in price?

UNI-Prep offers an online TESOL program and an in-class TESOL program. The in-class TESOL program is much more expensive than the online program. Similarly, other institutes price their TESOL programs at different levels. The online program is purposely priced very competitively in order to make it affordable for anyone seeking an English teaching career to obtain their qualification and embark on this exciting journey.

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