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LADO Online English Programs

Join our real-time online English classes and start communicating right away! Instruction that meets your needs, on a schedule that works for you: join us now!


Too busy to enroll in a full-time class? Try our 3-hour workshops instead! Week-by-week instruction allows you to drop in, improve your language skills, and stay on-budget. And with only a one-week commitment, what have you got to lose? Join us today!

Teacher Training Certificate Program

With LADO’s TEFL Certificate, learn how to teach the English language and get your new career started right away! With 112 hours of instruction from expert teacher-trainers, and more than 10 hours of hands-on practice in the ESL classroom, our program ensures that you are prepared to lead your own class as soon as you step out the door – and you’ll be carrying with you one of the most well-respected TEFL certificates on the market when you go.


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Have questions? Find answers here.

I want to start learning English now! How can I register for classes?

It’s simple! To register, just fill out our online application here. After you finish the application online, we will email you a placement test sometime before the first day of the program that you would like to join. That placement test will help determine which level of our program will suit your skills and needs best. After you’re placed, you will receive information about how to use Microsoft Teams and how to get your books – and then you’ll be ready for class!

I am an F1 student at another school, but I want to transfer to LADO. How can I do this?

No problem! After you’ve applied to LADO and been accepted, an Admissions Officer can assist you with the process of changing schools. You will need to have your SEVIS record transferred, you will need to provide LADO with certain necessary documents, and there will be a small transfer fee. Please note: US Law requires that F1 students transferring to LADO must select an intensive program of study (Morning, Afternoon, or Evening) and will be required to start classes in the next session available.

How many online ESL programs does LADO offer?

Program Schedule Length Hours CEUs Price
Morning Intensive Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 1:55 pm 17 days 76.5 7.6 $765 
Afternoon Intensive Mon – Fri 2:00 pm – 5:46 pm 20 days 72 7.2 $595 
Evening Intensive Mon – Fri 6:00 pm – 9:46 pm 20 days 72 7.2 $595 
Morning Semi-intensive Mon – Thu 9:00 am – 11:30 am 29 days 72 7.2 $580 
Evening Semi-intensive Mon – Thu 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  29 days 72 7.2 $580 
Saturday Sat 9:00 am – 2:08 pm 7 days 36 3.6 $300 


Want more information about each program? Please see our course descriptions here or check out our calendar to see when our next sessions begin. And remember, we also offer weekly workshops and private tutorials for a shorter or more personalized English experience!

What kind of records will I get after finishing my course with LADO?

LADO International Institute is accredited by ACCET, a highly-respected national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Upon completion of a LADO program, you will receive a transcript and a certificate demonstrating your achievement in English. The transcript will also include the dates of your program, your grades, and the number of Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) in English that you have earned at LADO. If needed, you can use this transcript to verify to your employer, your Au Pair agency, etc. that you have fulfilled your credit requirements in English education.

I need to prepare for the TOEFL exam. Do you have a program to help with that?

Yes, we do! All of our advanced ESL programs prepare you for the Academic English needed for the TOEFL exam, and each of our upper levels (7-10) give you a chance to focus on the skill groups that are the most difficult for you (reading, writing, listening, or speaking). Additionally, if your English level is quite advanced, you may join our TOEFL Preparation Course, in which you will take practice TOEFL tests, learn advanced vocabulary and test-taking strategies, and push your English to its limits.  

What is TEFL? Am I too old/too young to take part in the TEFL Certificate Program?

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is teaching English to people who do not speak English as their first language. Many people use their TEFL certificate abroad, but the need for this type of instruction here in the United States is expanding every day. After all, TEFL is what LADO does every day, and has been doing for over 40 years! Other acronyms like TESOL, TESL, & CELTA are also in use and refer to the same or similar educational fields. Our TEFL Certificate program is a great opportunity for people of all ages, from recent college grads to retirees looking for a new career. Each session includes people from many different backgrounds with one common goal: learning how to teach ESL. 

Do you have more questions about immigration, visa requirements, financial requirements, change of status, etc.?

We understand that coming to the United States, dealing with visa procedures, and generally being an international student can be a difficult and confusing process. Here at LADO, we are happy to help guide you through these tricky situations. For more Frequently Asked Questions, please click here, or apply now to be put into contact with an Admissions Officer directly. We are here for you! 

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For LADO Online classes, all instruction and interaction takes place on Microsoft Teams, a Microsoft application tailored to video meetings, file sharing, and more. With simple communication functions & the ability to complete all assignments in the App, you’ll receive all the benefits of a LADO in-person class, from the comfort of your own home!

Our Founder

Dr. Robert Lado

When our founder, Dr. Robert Lado, opened LADO over 40 years ago, he drew on his years of experience as a teacher & award-winning researcher to put his Total Approach methodology into action at his new English institute. His efforts and theories made LADO the leader in ESL education that it is today, and we are confident that they will continue to help students (just like you!) to learn English for many years to come.


Total Approach Method

The Total Approach methodology is a student-centered, communicative approach to language teaching. By following the LAF model of natural exposure and guided practice, the Total Approach gets you communicating as quickly and fluently as possible.
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In the learning phase, students experience language samples and learn words and expressions in context.


In the assimilation phase, students discover the structure and patterns of the language through examples, grammar explanations, practice exercises, and corrections.


In the final phase, facilitation, students demonstrate mastery of the language in new contexts that require thinking and choice.


LADO Series

LADO’s specialized textbooks ensure that you learn English according to the best ESL research available.

For Levels 1-6, students use textbooks developed by Dr. Robert Lado himself. This series utilizes all skills to give students well-rounded English proficiency.

For Levels 7-10, the NorthStar series uses real-world interviews, lectures, & videos to emphasize individual skill areas. Each textbook also stresses technological proficiency in English to prepare students for the world beyond the classroom.