I have a question about TESOL programs.* A friend of mine has been accepted to Columbia University’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in TESOL for the summer term (this summer, and classes begin very soon, I believe).
Her cost will be about us$10,000, including airfaire, and 8 weeks of her time, spent in NYC, USA. In return she will be matriculated in 6 courses and receive the certificate in August this year.
She’s a native Taiwanese, an engineer who intends to switch careers and to teach English here, but I’m not sure exactly how definite her plans are.
Q1: Is the Columbia program one that is recognized in Taiwan or China? That is, does it carry any “clout” or “brand power” that would hasten a payback on her investment?
Q2: Would getting a certificate from some UK university here be a better alternative?
Any help would be much appreciated!
*–I have briefly searched forumosa.com for information about TESOL programs, but I didnt’ learn anything about Columbia’s program, and that’s my real concern here.