Giving Life Through Learning English

Zoni Language Centers

4. Quality Education 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

The business innovation that Zoni Language focuses on is giving everyone a fair chance to learn English through new innovative ways, and through intensive English programs. Zoni Language’s business model is a relatively new idea because it is one of the few companies that have locations or better known as small campuses all over the world that are specifically geared towards teaching people English through their programs. Their business model takes into account that each individual gets a balance of education but also fun, by making time for educational and student bonding trips that allows students to interact with each other outside the classroom. Each of Zoni’s campuses or centers is like a mini college, except instead of teaching multiple disciplines or subjects, they focus solely on teaching people English, which is a one of a kind business model. There main innovation is offering virtual classes for the students and to complete exams virtually as well through a computer to be environmentally friendly, and considerate for people who might have transportation problems, or other issues.



Authors

Indrakshee Goon

Indrakshee Goon

Ehsan Alizadeh

Ehsan Alizadeh

Daniel Nieto

Daniel Nieto

Hamza Malhi

Hamza Malhi

Alison Guallpa

Alison Guallpa

School

Rutgers Business School

Rutgers Business School

Professor

Joseph Markert

Joseph Markert

Innovation

The innovation of learning English through virtual classes benefit the students to becoming reliable and efficient. Students can improve their work-life and social life balance and learn at there own pace. They also don't have to pay for transportation and have many alternate options. Zoni has benefited thousands of students with their innovations and works hard every day to assist their students in any way possible.

Giving Life Through Learning English

Zoni students learning English through virtual classes.

Inspiration

The innovation emerged from the CEO, Mr. Zoilo Nieto, of the company, and his own personal struggles at first to learn English while working which inspired him to innovate Zoni and keep adapting Zoni to evolving situations. Mr. Nieto saw that many people didn’t have access to learning English, and in today’s world, it is very important to know English to work and be successful to an extent anywhere. While in conversation with Mr. Nieto about what continuously inspires him, he said, “One of my biggest inspirations is for the students to be able to study at any time or place they may be.” Since Mr. Nieto saw this need to know English increase, he decided that he needed to do something to help everyone and created the Zoni Language Centers ESL Books and classes. Hence this idea of Zoni emerged, and even today, Mr. Nieto continuously tries to find ways to make learning English fun and innovative, and available to everyone to the best of his abilities. His purpose for the students is to improve their lives with language providing them legality in the United States, better work opportunities, and reliable educational benefits.

Overall impact

The impact that Zoni has had on people can be seen through various people that have attended Zoni, but a story that stands out, is the story of Pedro Pena. Mr. Pena attended classes at the Zoni Language Centers located in West New York, and at the age of thirty was able to attend classes with a student visa provided by Zoni. First, he was able to obtain an I-20 and fulfill the requirements of SEVIS documentation to study at Zoni for three years. He was given two-month vacations each year and the ability to legally study in America for a long period. His sister as well, Paola Pena, entered the U.S with a Tourist Visa and Zoni was able to provide a change of status for her as well as a Student Visa to be able to stay for a longer period. While talking with Ms. Pena she said: “It only took me about a year to fluently speak English to others because Zoni provides the possibilities of attending as many classes that you want.” Ms.Pena now works for Zoni as a student service representative and has been for two years. She has won many awards by winning job completions in Zoni and has also trained the son of the CEO, Daniel Nieto to become skilled enough to also work as a student service representative, showing Zoni’s Methodology of Education. Both Paola and Pedro still attend the school in West New York, and both are key aspects to the Zoni family. They also are very happy and currently going through the process of extending their Student Visa. While in conversation with Ms.Pena about the impact of Zoni on her life she said, “The best thing Zoni has given me was the ability to work and speak English here in America.” This shows how beneficial Zoni has been to her life and what inspires her to continue to study.

Business benefit

Zoni Language Centers has educated thousands of students that have learned English through their methods of ESL books at Zoni which was developed in 1991. Zoni has an impact on businesses as it allows people to learn how to speak English which allows everyone’s skills to be used at full effect. Since people who do not know English are at a significant disadvantage in the business world. However, innovative learning strategies help impact students' lives. Zoni provides certifications for many exams like the TESOL, Cambridge, IELTS, and the Michigan Test. Zoni helps impact students' life with visas. Furthermore, this helps society as a whole because it allows people in America to have a diverse community as a whole.

Social and environmental benefit

Since the demand for learning the English language is increasing every day the Zoni Language centers will keep growing. Zoni will continue to help students eliminate the language barriers, also helping them to overcome cultural differences, especially if they are living in the host country and have traveled from different cultural backgrounds, communities or countries by putting them in learning studio type classes. Thus, using learning studios type of classes will help them to interact effectively with others and learn more than English which helps them to eliminate all barriers and absorb them in a multicultural society. In the long term, Zoni wants to improve current methods and innovations to have better and effective ways of teaching by using more technology that people can have access to language education virtually and will increase reachability from any part of the world. When we asked Mr. Nieto how he came up with the idea to make virtual classes an integral part of Zoni he said, “Our biggest Technology Innovation at the moment is the Virtual Classes which is perfect for those that don't have transportation.” Virtual classes provide more possibilities for the students that may be sick or are incapable to attend their classes. By 2025, Zoni’s vision is to keep improving the quality of its services and to become a top leader in language education as well as a company that can be a foundation for students’ success so they can contribute to their society and community too. Having effective virtual services also helps organization members to work from different places as well as they may spend less time traveling to offices. Instead, they may work from home or another part of the world. Moreover, it is a big employment opportunity in which members can work remotely without using transportation or spending gas to reach the office.

Founded in 1991, Zoni Language has been able to grow exponentially, teaching thousands of students around the world with hundreds of employees on hand. According to the Zoni Language website, "More than 6000 students (As of November 2019) from over 100 countries attend classes at Zoni every week." Zoni Center's student body continues to grow, with up to 200 students registering every month. The founder of the company, Zoilo C. Nieto, discussed with the group about the introduction of virtual classes that Zoni now offers. First introduced two months ago, the student body using virtual courses is up to 100 students. As they expand more courses to a virtual setting, Zoilo C. Nieto believes they could see 50 to 100 new students join in the coming months. This innovative platform makes it easier for people with demanding schedules or different lifestyles to those of full-time students the ability to learn a new language. Mr. Nieto, says that “Thousands of students from hundreds of different countries have all been impacted by Zoni Language Centers,” which shows the benefits students have received in their lives from Zoni.


Interview

Zoilo Nieto, CEO

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Zoni Language Centers

Zoni Language Centers

Newark, New Jersey, US

Business Website: https://www.zoni.edu/

Year Founded: 1991

Number of Employees: 201 to 500

Founded by Zoilo C. Neito, Zoni Language Center was created in 1991 and offers Intensive English Programs and standard English courses to the public. The organization focuses mainly on helping people learn English, and making learning English available to people of all ages, and every person no matter at what level their English is at or what country they are from.