FAQs & Contact Us

Who is this certificate program for?

  • Our aim is to provide a comprehensive teacher training program for people who want to teach English as a second language, either in their home communities or globally in a classroom, community or academic setting. Designed to be a beginning certificate program, a TESOL certificate is a prerequisite for teaching in many areas around the world. Our certificate program is designed for those seeking to find professional opportunities in TEFL or TESOL teaching, learn or build on existing skills for teaching or tutoring locally, or to enhance overall strategies in teaching and language development. Our training initiative is designed to provide the intensive instruction of an academic program in less time, coupled with the practical skills and experience from on the ground, real-life teaching scenarios that is missing from many online certification programs.

Why get a certificate of TESOL with Mother Tongue?

  • As professional ESL teachers, we both felt somewhat unprepared to enter the classroom after our courses. We decided to design a course that we would have liked to train us for feeling truly prepared from Day 1 in the classroom.
  • Our course offers what no other course currently does- a combination of live classroom instruction, online modules, practicum experience, continuing seminars and coaching along the way.
  • Our course is intentional in keeping costs low through staying local where our partnerships are, using word of mouth to share our course, and using a variety of different ways to prepare you from the use of direct instruction, self-study, and real-life experiences.
  • Our course is offered at half the price all competing courses are, while meeting a gold standard of 100 hours, which few courses do.

Who are the instructors, and what are their backgrounds?

  • Caroline Campbell is TESOL certified trainer. She taught at Oxford Seminars TEFL certificate program,  training teachers who desired to teach abroad and locally. Prior to that, she taught ESL with the Fulbright English Teaching Program in Quito, Ecuador, and has taught in other locations such as Honduras and Costa Rica. She is a licensed social worker who currently teaches full time at Eastern University, on the satellite campus of Esperanza college. From 2004-2014 she was employed at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in varying positions.
  • Jeanine Campbell is a certified TESOL instructor. Jeanine has a B.A in English Literature from Rutger-Camden University, and a CELTA certification from Cambridge English. She has worked as a private tutor for high school students and working professionals and, a university English instructor in Turkey, an academic tutor for Devry University, a kindergarten teacher in South Korea, a language instructor, private tutor and teaching assistant in the United States. Currently, she serves a volunteer teacher for community-based organizations in her hometown of Philadelphia.

Are you accredited?

If you are reading this section, it means you have done your homework on TESOL certificates! Often, it is recommended that you find a program that is accredited. However, little background information is given as to what this means or what the process is.

  • Accreditation means that the program meets specific guidelines and standards for the duration and curriculum. What ISN’T often mentioned, is at this point in time that there is no universally accepted accrediting body (such as for universities, there is Middle States Commission, or discipline-specific bodies) nor universal or established accreditation standards.
  • From a quick search online, you will see there are several “accrediting” international companies out there, none of which are universally recognized and many of which have different standards. Much of the process involves paying a fee to list that accreditation, which ends up increasing the TESOL course cost. There is no accreditation equivalent in the United States. Generally, a course that includes at least 100 hours spent in a program and at least 20 hours of the practicum experience is agreed upon as the ideal experience to prepare teachers for TESOL classrooms.
  • Likewise, affiliations and memberships are offered, which only requires organizations to submit a fee to be listed. What this means ultimately is that it has little bearing on obtaining teaching roles either internationally or in the United States. Again, if you inquire with potential employers about the accreditation that they seek, they will point to a general TESOL/TEFL certificate or background education and experience, not one specific accrediting body. Given this, Mother Tongue is not pursuing accreditation due to the lack of regulatory or universal accreditation in this field at this current time. You can read more about this at this helpful blog:


Will your certificate enable me to obtain teaching roles in the United States or internationally?

  • In the United States, what is required for teaching roles will completely depend on the location and setting- for some roles you could need some combination of a Bachelors, Masters, TESOL specialist certification from a university; in other nonprofit, for-profit, private organizations, individual tutoring, simply a TESOL certificate is needed such as one from Mother Tongue or another company.
  • Internationally, it will also depend on the location and country- generally, a private company will most likely need a TESOL certificate such as one from Mother Tongue. In other countries, particularly in Asia and the European Union, you may be required to have a Bachelor’s degree.  In other locations and countries, simply your native tongue is needed. One thing is clear- having experience teaching and a TESOL certificate with the specific rigor of a program and supervised practicum experience will be the number one qualification.
  • Once you have obtained a job, many teachers find themselves overwhelmed and unprepared for the teaching process. Our program is different from others in that it focuses on providing a skill-based learning process over time, with practicum hours that provide valuable experiences, opportunity to apply content, and expanded network in TESOL. We seek to keep the cost of our program low, provide the gold standard for TESOL certificate experiences, eliminate the overhead and pass the savings on to you.

What is the required background for course participants?

  • No specific required background is needed for our course, and the content is taught on a university level. Our participants bring a diversity of experiences to their teaching, and we believe that is a strength. If you are not currently fluent in English, we will recommend additional resources to engage in prior to taking our course. We do ask each person to complete a short application requested to support us in tailoring our program to the needs of participants.

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