Course Registration

Mother Tongue TESOL Certificate Course is an intensive 100-hours ESL teacher training and certification course 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. Our teacher training is designed to provide both intensive instruction on the methodology of English as Second language teaching and experience from on the ground, real-life teaching scenarios in a hybrid classroom/ online and internship component.

The course is divided into two components:

Block I Intensive Full Day Classroom Sessions: The first part of the Mother Tongue TESOL teacher training program consists of 3 days of full-day sessions, beginning with a shorter Thursday evening overview and continuing until Sunday evening.

Scheduling for Intensive Experience Block I- 30 hours

  • 1/10- Day 1 Orientation and Overview 6-9 pm
  • 1/11 -9-6pm Full Day Session
  • 1/12-9-6 pm Full Day Session
  • 1/13-9-6 pm Full Day Session


Block II Practicum:

  • The second part is a 40-hour practicum, where student teachers are set up with a documented live tutoring or teaching with a volunteer or service organization of their choosing.

Continuing Seminar Sessions and Coaching:

  • The 40-hour practicum is experience is enhanced by subsequent evening sessions, scheduled biweekly by Zoom video conferencing while student teachers immerse themselves practicum experience, during which they bring their real-life problems, challenges, and ideas for reflection, sharing, and support. They are mentored through this experience and are connected with a coach (one of the trainers) for 2 individual one-on-one sessions to observe their progress and receive assistive feedback. We also provide continuing instruction during this time in order to give students the opportunity to develop their teaching practice through mentoring and targeted supplemental instruction.

Online Self Paced TESOL Modules

  • You will complete 15 hours of online modules that will give you a background in grammar, teaching techniques, resources, lesson planning, and group management to enhance what you have learned during the intensive course. This is self-paced, and you will have access to a course list to complete alongside your practicum.

Scheduling of Block II Seminar and Practicum

  • Evening Continuing Seminar- (7 hours done in scheduled Zoom sessions with class)
  • Coaching Sessions – (6 hours)
  • Online Self Paced Modules (15 hours)
  • Practicum Experience (40 hours, 7  week) completion- 1 hour prep, 2 hours session, 1 hour reflection- journal, and resources). Completed over 7 week period around your schedule
  • Final Meeting at end of 7 weeks (2 hours)

At the end of the program, student teachers will receive a certificate of TESOL certification from Mother Tongue, documenting 30 hours of live instruction, and 40 hours of practicum and 7 hours continuing seminar, 6 hours of coaching sessions, and 15 hours online self-paced tutorials. Overall, they are engaged in 100 hours. Trainers are both direct instructors, mentors, group leaders, and evaluators/continuing work coaches.

Cost of the Course

We strive to provide our course at twice as lower than other TESOL certificate programs and intentionally keep overhead low through choosing community locations, word of mouth as our marketing, and maintaining small class sizes through a cohort model and allowing you to order the book on your own to reduce costs. We pride ourselves on being a small, local, family startup that seeks to share what we love with others.

Course Cost: 595.00  /6% Sales Tax (35.94)= Total $630.94.

Deposit of 85.00 required to reserve your spot in the course. Total Balance due January 5th.

How To Register:

1.   Application

To register for the Winter 2019 TESOL Certificate course, please complete the short application below. Please feel free to share as many details about your experience, yourself and your motivation for taking this course, we’d love to have a chance to get to know you better.

Mother Tongue TESOL Certificate Application

2.   Course Deposit

The total cost of the full course is $630.94.  To reserve your spot, we ask that you make a deposit of 85.00 required to a  reserve spot, with the remaining balance of $545.94 due January 5, 2019. Deposits and payments can be made via Venmo at mothertonguetesol

Please email us if you have any questions about payment arrangements.

3.  Questions 

If you have any questions for us or would like more information, please fill out the “Contact Us” form on the website,  or contact us directly at

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Past Workshops & Events

9/29/18- Free ESL Teacher Training  Workshop for West Philly ESL

Are you curious about how to teach English to non-native speakers? Have you ever wanted to teach English in another country? West Philly ESL is partnering with Mother Tongue TESOL to offer new teachers a free ESL teacher training workshop, focused on providing new and current teachers with a brief introduction to the unique practice of teaching ESL, an overview of teaching models, and a toolkit of games, activities, and icebreakers. West Philly ESL’s Saturday class will follow from 3:15-4:30.

All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP as space is limited.

Location:   Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
Time:          2:00-3:00 PM

Teacher Reflection Group w/Jeanine

Every other Tuesday from 9/25-11/20, I’ll be hosting a Teacher Reflection Group at the Ahimsa House from 5:00-6:00 PM. Part teacher support group and part mindfulness group, we’ll explore the ways in which breathing, meditation, and reflection can enhance our own teaching practice. We’ll also discuss how we can bring the principles of mindfulness to the challenges that arise in ourselves and our students as we walk this path.

The group is open to all teachers of any discipline interested in bringing mindfulness to their teaching practice and reflecting on their process of growing as a teacher in a supportive, welcoming community.

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM (Tuesdays 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6,11/20)
Location: Ahimsa House