Tesda Offers 5 Foreign Language Courses, No Tuition Fee

Aside from various vocational and technical skills training, Tesda is also offering foreign language and culture courses in 2020.

Learning a different foreign language like Nihongo, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, English these days have a huge advantage in the workplace and even during the hiring process.

Employers / Manpower Agencies that have available job openings in New Zealand, Australia, UAE, Japan, and other countries often consider applicants that are bi-lingual or knowledgeable of a different language other than their own. This is because companies often expand overseas and / or have international clients. Communicating to the latter’s preferred language is a big factor to win their trust which later on converted to sales and more awarded projects.

In the country, Tesda is the number one provider of technical skills training, to brace the credentials of their trainees they are also offering foreign language.

If you want to study foreign languages such as Nihonggo, Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Arabic, and English you can go to the Language Skills Institute of Tesda. They offer these courses for free however you have to meet certain criteria to qualify.
tesda foreign language courses

Tesda offers 5 Foreign Language Courses with Duration

  • Basic Japanese Language (Nihongo) and Culture – 150 hours
  • Basic Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Culture – 100 hours
  • Basic Spanish Language – 100 hours
  • Basic Arabic Language and Saudi / Gulf Culture – 100 hours
  • English Proficiency for Customer Service Workers – 100 hours

Note: Course availability varies on each Language Skills Institute (LSI), so please ask the LSI near you about the language courses they are currently offering. The possible reason for this is not enough for teachers for other languages.

Language Courses Tuition Fee

According to the official website of TESDA these language courses are FREE of Charge (libre) or no tuition fee in respective Language Skills Institute (the lists can be found below).

Criteria and Requirements

Must be Filipino (any gender), aged 18 years old and above, and High School graduate. To be at the priority list, applicants must be pre-qualified to work locally and abroad. Otherwise, you can always inquire to tesda – LSI if you really want to study a foreign language.

Enrollment Requirements during Your Application

  • TOR or Transcript of Records
  • college or high school diploma,
  • training or competency certificates issued by Tesda
  • bring original copy of birth certificates from NSO
  • 1×1 (3pcs) and 2 x 2 photo (1pc) with white background
  • 1 long brown envelop.

Bring all the needed documents then you can proceed to Tesda- Language Skills Institute near your place.

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Language Skills Institute Schedule

Aspiring students who want to learn different languages can take a look at these schedules for 2020. The enrollment is on a first come first serve basis so basically it is better to register for a slot as early as possible. Currently, the available schedule is morning and afternoon from Mondays to Fridays. There is no school schedule for Evenings and Weekends.

  • Morning schedule starts at 7:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Afternoon schedule starts at 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

For added details please watch the ABS CBN News Report below:

Read: Free Tesda Online Courses

List of Tesda Language Skills Institute in the Philippines

Here is the list of TESDA LSI that you can visit if you want to study a foreign language (Mandarin Chinese, Nihongo Japanese, Spanish, Arab, and English) courses. As of the moment, there are only 5 languages being offered. I’ve included the address, contact numbers, and email address. Call them, send them email to know if they are offering your preferred language course.

Tesda Language Skills Institute Quezon City
Barangay Hall, Dahlia Street, Fairview, Quezon City
(02) 937- 4248

Tesda Complex Taguig City
Building. 10, TESDA Complex, East Service Rd., South Superhighway, Taguig City
(02) 818-8062

TESDA Language Skills Institute Agusan del Sur
Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades, Gov’t. Center, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
(085) 343-7709 / 343-7132 / agusansat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Malilipot, Albay
San Francisco Institute of Science and Technology, Malipot Albay
(052) 830-5093 / 830-1874

TESDA Language Skills Institute Baguio City
Magsaysay Drive, Loakan Rd., Baguio City
(074) 424-8724 / 305-2405 / rtcbaguio09(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Batangas
P. Herrera Street, Batangas City
(043) 300-0388 / rtccalabarzon(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Butuan City
Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries, Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
(085) 343-4201 / nmsf _adn(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Guiguinto Bulacan
MacArthur Highway, Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
(044) 794-4767 / korphil_bul(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Biñan, Laguna
San Antonio, Biñan, Laguna
Phone numbers: (049) 511-6133 / jzg_msat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Bohol
Address: Poblacion, Jagna, Bohol
Phone number: (038) 531-0018

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cabanatuan Nueva Ecija
Address: Old CapitolCmpd., Cabanatuan , Nueva Ecija
Telephone number: (044) 463-1904

TESDA Language Skills Institute Tuguegarao , Cagayan
Office address: Consuelo Village, Pengue, Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Phone number: (078) 844 4224 / 846 8619 / rtc02_tesda(at)yahoo.com / tesdartc(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cagayan de Oro City
Office address: Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone number: (082) 742-576 / 740404 / cobsat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cebu City
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Banilad, Cebu City
(032) 412-7267 / rtcvii(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Pili, Camarines Sur
San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur
(054) 477-7204 / tesdartc5(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Surallah, South Cotabato
Surallah National Agricultural School, Brgy. Dajay, Surallah, South Cotabato
(083) 238-5111 / 238-3050

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cotabato City
ORC Compound, Cotabato City
(064) 421-4460 / 421-6108 / ptccot_12(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Davao City
Buhisan, Tibungko, Davao City
(082) 236-0556 / 238-0007 / 09193885250 / tesdartckorphil(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Digos, Davao del Sur
Carmelo de los Cientos National Trade School, Padada, Davao del Sur
(082) 272-0295 / ccnts11(at)yahoo.com.ph

Tesda LSI Iligan City
Maria Cristina Road, Maria Cristina, Iligan City
(063) 223-6541 / tesdartciligan(at)yahoo.com

Tesda LSI Ilocos Norte
Brgy. Lydia, Marcos, Ilocos Norte
(077) 784 7956

TESDA LSI Iloilo City
Zamora St., Iloilo City
(033) 337-0739

TESDA LSI New Lucena, Iloilo
New Lucena Polytechnic College, Don Epifacio Sonza Sr. Ave, New Lucena, Iloilo
(033) 526-2015 / 396-0562 / nlpc_8596(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Santiago, Isabela
Provincial road, Caloocan, santiago City, Isabela
(078) 682 3924 / 682 8654 / sicat_tesda(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Tabuk, Kalinga
(074)423-2126

LSI San Fernando La Union
Catbangen, San Fernando City, La Union
(072) 242 5584 / 700 0613 / rtc_tesda1(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Allen, Northern Samar
Balicuatro College of Arts and Trades, Sabang Zone 2, Allen, Northern Samar
(055) 300-2125 / tesdabcat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Provincial Capitol Compound, Camilmil, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
(043) 288-2352 / tesda_ormin(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan
Puerto Prinsesa School of Arts and Trades – Felix Rafols, Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City
(048) 433-2224 / 433-4364 / tesda.ppsat(at)yahoo.com / ppsat.tesda(at)gmail.com

TESDA LSI Tacloban City
San Gerardo Subdivision, Brgy. Abucay, Tacloban City
(053) 321-8249 /523-9229 / tesda8rtc(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Zamboanga City
San Roque, Zamboanga City
(062) 991-9586

TESDA LSI Zamboanga del Norte
Dipolog School of Fisheries, Olingan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
(065) 212-7248 / 212-5237 / dsf_zn9(at)yahoo.com.ph

TESDA LSI ARMM Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Rebekun, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
(064)429-0091 / rmdc(at)tesda-armm.ph

TESDA LSI Zamboanga City
2nd Flr. LHB Bldg. Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City
(062) 990-2959

Some TESDA Accredited Schools that offer Korean Language and Culture Course

Chopil Manpower Training Institute Corp.
School Address: 3F CEGI Building, General Trias Drive, Tejeros Convention, Rosario, Cavite
Telephone number: 4378492
Course Offered:
Korean Language for EPS Program – 120 Hours

TESDA Korea-Philippines Information Technology Training Center
Address: RTCCL Cpd., Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
Telephone number: (044) 704-4767 / 794-4520
Course Offered:
Korean Language and Culture – 80 hours

Regional Training Center-Davao/Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center
Address: Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City
Telephone number: No Data
Course Offered:
Korean Language and Culture – 80 hours

source: https://tesda.gov.ph/about/tesda/39

Note: If you want to study any of the listed foreign language course you can go directly to Tesda Language Skills Institute (LSI) nearest to your location. For your own safety don’t leave on the comments section any of your personal details. We are NOT connected to TESDA (www.tesda.gov.ph) and we are NOT a training school.

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117 comments… add one
  • Christopher andrew ching

    Good day i just like to ask where can i find the tesda language area for japanese? Or any TESDA language center in manila? Thanks and have a nice day.

    • harry

      hi is there any TESDA language center in calamba,laguna area
      thanks

  • Matt

    Hi Mhaine, where you from so I can find the nearest Japanese language schools for you.

    • Mary grace bitor

      Hello po..dito sa davao del sur po saan ang avail.na tesda? Thanks po

  • Matt

    HI Kimberly, I’ll check then come back to you.

    • rhean

      Hi im from leyte is there a foreign language course in our area this may 2015

  • alvin

    how about in Pasay, can I know what contact # I am going to use for the inquiry?

    • Matt

      Hi Alvin, you better call tesda main office regarding your inquiry. These are their contact details Tel. No : 887-7777 / 0917-4794370 (Globe)
      Email address: contactcenter(at)tesda.gov.ph.

  • Matt

    Hi Donna, please inquire to the school where you want to study specific language course. As far as I know po, high school diploma is one of the requirements.

    • sam

      may i ask if i take all the 6 foreign language at the main, would it be possible to enroll all of it or do i hve to choose one language to take??

      • Matt

        I think you can enroll all but please inquire directly to tesda about your inquiry.

    • Queen

      Hi,
      May I ask if your still offering language trainings for Spanish this year? Thanks!

      • Matt

        Hi Queen, this is just a blog this is not a training center. You can inquire directly to the language skills institute near your location.

  • Elle

    Is there an LSI Site in Davao City? If not, where is the closest I can go to? I live in the Mindanao area. Thanks.

  • Matt

    Hi Roxanne, it seems possible depending on the available schedule. Please coordinate to the school where you want to take the two courses simultaneously.

  • Matt

    Hi Hazel, as I remember you will be prioritized if you are already confirmed working in an overseas / local company.

    • Rey martin montalban

      Sir matt we have a TESDA Training Center here in our City of Baybay Leyte. I just want to ask if they offer that so-called LSI.?

      • Matt

        Sir based on the lists above, the nearest LSI Sir in your location is in Tacloban and Samar.

  • tashe

    Good day!

    I would like to inquire if you have upcoming schedule of interviews for Foreign Language, most specially for Basic Spanish Language?

    I’m currently residing in Pasay. May I also know where is the nearest LSI site where I can go and inquire personally?

    Thank You!

  • cynthia

    Hi, good am! i just want to ask if i can enroll in english and japanese language at the same time?or kung may combination of lesson ng english and japanese? Thanx very much!

  • Kristine M. Simbillo

    Sir/Ma’am I’d like to ask when is the next enrollment for basic english language program? :) thank you and Godbless :)

  • lily fajardo

    Hi! just would like to inquire where is the exact location near in Las Pinas for japanese language course? May I ask for the contact details as well. Look forward for your kind reply Thanks

  • Mariane A. Cabinta

    Hi!I just wanted to inquire if there is a language school (japanese)accredited by tesda here in las pinas? Thank you!

  • Maria Crispy

    Hi, i would like to ask if where can apply as a caregiver in japan.. i am very willing to to work in japan as a caregive.. i am a college graduate in Associate in Computer science and graduated also in Caregiving Training with First Aide Training..Thanks and May God Bless

  • ara kawa

    Can i know where is the nearest LSI here in las pinas?. Please i wanna learn more japanese language. Thankz

  • Angie

    Hi !

    Good day!

    May I ask the schedule of enrollment for the language courses?
    When and where to go?

    Many thanks! :)

  • Jenny

    Hi Team,

    Good day! May I inquire regarding your free foreign language training (Japanese). May I know the requirements needed for completion, and when would be the next training schedule (Makati/Taguig area).

    Hope to hear from you very soon. Thank you.

  • MARYJANE

    Hi im from Taguig im just want to learn Foreign language, im ALS passer but the age requirements atleast 18 years old.. but im already 17 … its okey if im going to enroll in Tesda

  • joan

    Hi, college undegrad ko. Pde TOR and diploma sa highschool akong dal.on para sa requirements?

  • Rachelle

    Greetings…

    Do u have any online language subjects offered by tesda for those who want to study but are residing in another country..tnx

    • Matt

      This is a nice idea but as of now TESDA do not offer language courses online.

  • Lyn

    Hi good day,

    May i ask if you have any TESDA/LSI location near in pasay city and manila by now? Not to mention taguig and quezon city. I am willing to enroll any of the language you ofer to enhance my skills in foreign language. Thank you

  • Iris Escobar

    do i have to attend the whole 4 hrs (7:30-1130 am)??? and is there a nearer school on Mandaluyong because i have work on afternoon?

    • Matt

      Maam please inquire to the nearest LSI if you have to attend the whole 4 hours. They can give you the right answer for that question.

      Based on the list above, the nearest LSI is in Quezon City. Good luck po!

  • Marco

    bad news TESDA Iligan City is not serve for foreign language skills they refer to me to other cities that credited. I think there is a budget for this why is that happened?

    • Matt

      Sad to hear about that sir.

      • Rhea

        Hi how about tesda accredited schools in bacolod that is free of charge for those who want to study different languages please.thank you

        • Matt

          Hi Rhea,

          You can check on the list if there is TESDA LSI near your location.

  • Ah Lee Khan

    I am also looking for a foreign language program in TESDA in Iligan and I sent an email to them way back two years ago but they didn’t reply. I think, they are not aware how important for the trainees of their institution to learn languages relevant to jobs.

  • Blessie Marie Barillas

    Is there any Institute for Foreign Language Courses that offers here in Bacolod? Thank you

    • Matt

      You can check the list of language skills institute locations in this post. If there is no available schools in Bacolod, I suggest that you check the nearest in your location. Before going there, you need to call first to know which foreign language course they are offering. Doing so will save time and money for you.

  • ann

    How about in Cebu CIt Sir? Where can I study Japanese/Korean/French?

    • Matt

      Hi Ann,

      You can check the tesda language skills institute in Cebu, its address is included in this post. You can inquire what language course they are currently offering.

  • Ka

    Hi is there any tesda/LSI institute courses offer in bislig city?thank you.

    • Matt

      Hi Ka,

      I think there is no Language Skills Institute in Bislig City, so I would suggest that you search for LSI nearest to bislig in nearby provinces / cities.

  • Yuri

    Hi.. i want to study japanese language but i have no idea how much will it cost in 6month tesda course

    • Matt

      You may ask directly the tesda language skills institute about the tuition fee.

  • jedielyn

    hi i would like to ask where can i find the tesda language area for japanese, , Or any TESDA language center in manila area.. im from paco maniLa.. Thanks and have a nice day.

    • Matt

      I think the nearest LSI from Manila is the one in Quezon City. You need to call their office and inquire if they have Nihonggo course there because not all LSI offer all the 5 language courses.

  • Rubielyn

    I am looking for TESDA laguage center here in SAN JOSE DEL MONTE BULACAN. Please reply.

    • Matt

      You can check the tesda language center nearest to San Jose Del Monte because I think there is no LSI there.

  • Beth

    May i ask if you have a Tesda/LSI office near in Dau Mabalacat Pampanga?

  • Amor B

    Spanish language , any in Makati area?

  • Nicole

    Im 15 years old can i enroll?I really want to learn 2 language

  • Donna

    How about in Calapan city oriental Mindoro do you have also training school here of Japanese language for free?

  • Keng Peralta

    Good day sir/ma’am.

    Is this program still available? I am interested in your free Japanese lesson.

    Thank you very much. :)

    • Matt

      You need to go directly to tesda language skills institute near your location and inquire about the program.

  • Regielyn

    Good day
    Where is the nearest tesda training center here in Calauag quezon for japanese or korean language

  • Allan Ballen

    Hi there is there a tesda japanase language course in imus

  • Karis

    Is there any LSI near Manila by now? I’m planning to enroll next year.

  • Ledie barte

    Just want to ask if there is deutsch course here in Palawan?

  • Felnan Barquio

    Is there any LSI center in pasay?please reply .i willing to enroll

  • Rosalie agustin

    Hi i wnt to school.online tesda here abrod how to lear language Japanese thnk u

  • Maria

    Hi I live in Novaliches,I am interested to enroll in Certificate of English Proficiency course.May I know what is the nearest Tesda school offering this?Thank you.

  • Richele

    Good day. Is there any TESDA/LSI in Dagupan City,Pangasinan?

  • AJ Dimapilis

    Hi. Is there any TESDA school for korean language here in Cavite? Thanks

  • Romarie macalinao

    Hello ask ko lng po may enrollment po ba kayo sa nihonggo language …

  • Grace

    Hi, I would like to inquire if there is available job as a teacher for a native Japanese speaker? Thank you

  • Charlene

    Hi! Don’t you have a language center for Japanese language in General Santos City? If not, can you recommend me where I can learn the Japanese language in the city

  • Rosana

    Eve po please recommend me whre i cant the japanes langauge

  • Rowena

    Blessed day iam trying many times to register a japanese dialect nihongo pls help thank you

  • Neljien

    Good day,,,how can i join this program???i am a domestic helper from kuwait and soon getting home this coming december

  • Red

    is there any LSI near pasig??

  • mj

    korean language sir in san jose del monte bulacan.thank you.

  • Reden Makilan

    Hi, I just want to know when is the next enrollment for the Spanish Language?

    Thank you

  • Jeff

    I want to study spanish and mandarin, is there school in cavite area that accredited by tesda, thanks much.

  • Nash Versoza

    Hi Sir/Maam, I would like to ask if there’s korean Language skill offered in Surallah South Cotabato?

  • daniel james orbiso

    I want to study japanese, is there school in antipolo/cainta area that accredited by tesda? Thank You so much.

  • Jerome

    Available po ba ang nihongo sa Taguig po.?. gusto ko po sanang mag enrol..

  • Mae

    Hi! :)
    I want to study nihongo language. I would like to ask if it’s still available in our area? which is davao city.
    Thanks, Regards.

  • Chanel

    Good Day ma’am/sir,

    where can I find accredited school for Mandarin Language in Binondo? Thank you.

  • Walter

    Hi! I just want to ask if there is any Tesda LSI in Lucena City, Quezon province? Thank you!

  • elena palomares

    hi, just wondering where i can find accredited schools for Hangul ( korean language ) in Bulacan ? thanks.

  • Athesa Venezuela

    Hello I just want to ask if when is the schedule of enrollment of Spanish language soon?Thank you!

  • Mary Ann

    I went to Barangay Hall, Dahlia Street, Fairview, Quezon City, I was told by tesda-dahlia that they only offer two foreign language class — Japanese and Korean. :(((

    • Matt

      Yeah, as what I have read, tesda LSI offer selected foreign language course. Probably, it depends on the availability of the instructor. Studying Nihongo can give you an advantage if you plan to apply and work in Japan.

  • Julie Anne

    Hai,
    I just want to ask if this program is still available? I am interested in your free Japanese lesson.

    Thank you very much. :)

    • Matt

      This is just a blog post. Please inquire directly to the TESDA LSI near your place. Thank you!

  • Marycar Blessy V. Suarez

    Hello. Good morning. Where I can Find near Japanese language learning center here in Cebu City ? How to avail the free tuition fee ?

    • Matt

      You need to check with nearest LSI in CEBU if they offer Japanese language.

  • LADY ROSE B. KIBUDDE

    Im from bacolod. Where can i find school of tesda i want to study japanese language.

    • Matt

      Hi Lady, you may check the Language Skills Institute in your area. You can inquire if they have japanese language course available.

  • Grace Acosta Mara

    Hi. Sir Maam,
    Im just want to ask where i can find near tesda school for english proficiency in diezmo laguna

    • Matt

      Hi Grace based on the list, the nearest Tesda LSI is in Binan Laguna.

  • Girlie

    hi. what about in Cavite , is there any LSI here? thanks

    • Matt

      Hi Girlie, you can check the list I’ve included in this post.

  • Hara

    Hi ? Im from dumaguete . Does tesda here have free japanese class ?

    • Matt

      You can check in the post the list of Language skills institute nearest to your location. Afterward, please inquire directly to them if they have available Japanese language class.

  • Mary anne

    Good am. You have Tesda language in manila area for japanese? Thank you.

    • Matt

      Hi Mary Anne,

      Please inquire directly to the LSI nearest to your location. The availability of the language course depends on the LSI.

  • Nestor Dilodilo

    Hi. Does TESDA Olongapo City offers japanese language? Thank you.

    • Matt

      Hi,

      It is offered in TESDA language skills institute or LSI. You need to inquire to the LSI near your place if they have available Japanese language course.

  • julius

    Hello anyone can help me find a Spanish language teacher who can teach me 1 to 2 hours a day?

  • Lyzyl

    Hi good day. I really want to study Japanese language but I’m only high school graduate I don’t have any TOR please help me. Thanks

    • Matt

      Hi Lyzyl, TOR is for college graduate. If you are a high school graduate then you can present your diploma during your application in the language institute near your location. Take note though, some tesda LSI does not offer the Japanese language.

  • Christian

    Hi. for the requirements. is it okay just to have the nso. diploma without training or competency issued by TESDA?

  • Kristel Ilagan

    Hello poh avaialable poh ba ang Korean Language Course.in TESDA Batangas..thank you..

  • BMU

    Hi!
    Thank you for the information
    I just want to ask few things:
    1. I live in Rizal, where is my nearest TESDA
    2. I tried to contact TESDA Quezon CIty, but the number is unavailable, plus I came from abroad and I am still new with the “add 8” to the number thing

    Thank you

  • buchard

    hello. meron po ba spanish language offered ngayon sa tesda malilipot or sa pili cam sur.hindi po kasi natatawagan ang mga nakalagay na tel. numbers pati sa email wala.salamat po

    • Matt

      Hi I will update the post if there will be Spanish language course.

  • Berna

    I have a question, is a person already graduated any 4years course in the year 2000, is she or he still can study free tesda from the 5 foreign languages for today’s apportunity like what Tesda offers now. Thank you very much.

    • Matt

      Yes, you can study foreign language courses in TESDA as long as you meet their requirememtns.

  • Lanie balano

    Dear Mam/Sir;
    Im in Urdaneta Pangasinan wala po sa list nyo TESDA LSI Branch.

    Thank you,
    Lanie

    • Matt

      Hi Lanie, if there is no LSI in your location, you can check the LSI in the nearby province.

  • Gena

    Good day,
    Just want to.know if there available online class for Japanese Language?
    How can I enroll? or when it be started?
    Thank you…

  • Cynthia Custodio

    Hi! Are you offering online course for Japanese language?
    Thank you.

  • Tris

    hi! i would like to ask if there will be a given certificate?

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