The accounting of English learning

The accounting of English learning


ポップコーンNaoki was going to start working the next day. As part of his preparation, he had to get himself a new pair of shoes. So, he went to a mall. He wanted to find cheap shoes. He thought he didn’t need to spend a lot on a new pair. So, he looked around and found two pairs of shoes. One of the pairs cost 2000 yen while the other one 5000 yen. Naturally, he chose the cheaper one. He was very happy. The next day, he wore his new shoes to work. He found his colleagues very helpful, though he was not sure about his boss. On the whole, he was very satisfied with his first day at work. On his way home, it began raining hard. His house was 10 minutes away from the nearest train station so he had to talk. “My shoes”, he thought. But what choice did he have, then? So, Naoki walked and got his new shoes soaked in the rain. Thankfully, he got home safely. The next day, as he was about to leave for work, he found that he couldn’t wear his shoes. The soles of the shoes had come off! Poor Naoki. He had to go and buy himself another pair.

This story may be fiction, but the character here, Naoki, represents the majority of students when deciding which school to go to learn English. Students are more likely to choose schools offering English classes at a lower cost simply because they don’t want to spend more.

But, is it true? Will you not really spend more? Let’s take a deeper look.

Cheap classes mean more hours and more months of learning. This is because of the quality of the teaching staff.  The schools which offer cheap English classes are not willing to hire experienced teachers because the latter expect a high salary and the former don’t want to give that.  As a result, you are entrusted to inexperience ones because only these kinds are willing to work for low pay.

However, schools whose English lessons cost a little higher hire only the seasoned teachers. To them, quality is more important. And quality classes would mean shorter period of learning.

Now, to further illustrate my point…  (This is intended for comparison purposes only.)





Type of Class = Speaking (a one-way approach)

Price of English Classes  = P100-P300 / hour

Number of hours = 4 hours / day

Minimum period of learning (until noticeable improvement in speaking is felt.)  = 3 months





Type of Class= Speaking (a holistic approach)

Price of English Classes  = P370 & up / hour

Number of hours = 4 hours / day

Minimum period of learning (until noticeable improvement in speaking is felt.)  = 1 month



But, this is not to say that any schools with costlier English classes will be able to deliver good results. There is a way to find out which school will. I will talk about it in my next blog.

Thanks for reading.