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Frequently asked questions: TESOL TEFL Vietnam

 

Number Question Answer
1 I want to enrol in your school’s TESOL TEFL Vietnam course in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). What visa do I need? You’ll find the information you need via the following link: Vietnam Visa on arrival
2 My passport and visa are well & truly sorted. What other documentation should I bring with me? It’s very important that you bring the following documents with you:

  1. Original qualifications if any – each document must be certified by an appropriate authority as being an original document.
  2. Copies of your original qualifications (if any) – 4 or so copies of each qualification, with each document certified as being a true copy of the original document.
  3. Police record check from your home country (not more than 6 months old) – certified by an appropriate authority as being an original document.
  4. Copies of your police record check – 4 or so copies, with each document certified as being a true copy of the original document.
3 What vaccinations should I have before I leave home to complete the TESOL TEFL Vietnam program? It is best to take advice from your doctor.
4 What’s the dress code while observing or teaching English language classes that are part of the TESOL TEFL course? You must wear professional and culturally appropriate attire when observing or teaching English language classes at AVSE-TESOL.  Here is a general guide:For males, professional attire includes, but isn’t limited to: suit type pants, a belt, a business shirt with a collar, lace up black or brown shoes and socks. While most schools require male teachers to wear a tie, this isn’t the case at AVSE-TESOL.For females, professional attire includes, but isn’t limited to: slacks, a belt, a business type shirt, sensible shoes for standing on your feet for an extended period, a dress of appropriate length – keep in mind your teaching work may on occasions require you to sit or crawl around on the floor.While observing or teaching English language classes that are part of the TESOL TEFL course, jeans, shorts, tee shirts, polo tops, sandals and alike – casual clothes – are definitely out.
5 Tell me about the accommodation you provide. AVSE-TESOL offers accommodation in our own residential properties and local hotels. Each TESOL TEFL Vietnam trainee is allocated a furnished bedroom and a private bathroom. Fixtures and fittings in each bedroom include: air conditioning, WIFI, a double bed, a wardrobe and a desk.

Cooking facilities are available in properties owned by AVSE-TESOL, but not in the local hotels. Laundry facilities are readily available regardless of where a person stays while completing the TESOL TEFL programme. If you have a preference to be placed in one of our residential properties or in a hotel, you should advise the Course Coordinator well-before your arrival.

6 Do I need travel insurance in Vietnam? Travel insurance is always a smart move. Check out the following link: http://avse.edu.vn/enrolment/vietnam-travel-insurance/
7 Can I arrange for a staff member from AVSE-TESOL to collect me from the airport in HCMC? Yes you can. The airport collection service is available 24/7. Just let us know the following information at the earliest opportunity: the day, date & time of arrival, name of airline & flight number. Keep in mind there is a fee of US $27.00 to cover the cost of a return taxi fare. This payable after you get settled, not immediately.
8 Where will I meet your representative at the airport in HCMC? When you exit the airport building, walk through the barricades and then turn left. You will see a representative from our TESOL TEFL Vietnam program standing near upright pylon number 7, holding a sign with your name on it. If you have any issues at the airport or if you get lost, please call the AVSE-TESOL duty officer in the first instance on cell-phone number: 0909603436. As a backup, you can call Ms Linh (owner, AVSE-TESOL) on her cell-phone number: 0908658010.
9 How long is the TESOL TEFL Vietnam program with AVSE-TESOL? The TESOL TEFL Vietnam course is 150 hours (+/-) in total over 4-weeks. The time commitment in weeks 1, 2 and 3 is mainly Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.00pm. During weeks 1, 2 and 3, you will also have class observation and teaching practice commitments some evenings & most probably part of each weekend. In week 4, the focus of the TESOL TEFL Vietnam programme is on providing support with completing the necessary assessment tasks.
10 How many students are there in each TESOL TEFL Vietnam course? On average there are 16 to 18 students in each course. Students who enrol in our TESOL TEFL Vietnam course come from all corners of the world with around 30% being non-native English speakers.
11 Do I need to bring a laptop with me? You will definitely need a laptop during the TESOL TEFL Vietnam course. If you don’t own a laptop, it might be possible to hire one from AVSE-TESOL for your personal use.
12 Teaching practice is important to me. How many hours of teaching practice will I have with your TESOL TEFL Vietnam course? Our TESOL TEFL Vietnam course includes a minimum of 20 hours of practical experience teaching ‘real’ students. The first 8 hours are all about getting a feel for what it is like working as an ESL teacher. We pair you with an experienced teacher and you observe and participate in his (or her) classes. Once you have finished the 8 hours of class observation, you then move on to complete a minimum of 12 hours of critical assessed teaching practice – with ‘real’ students involved in ongoing classes.
13 How will I be assessed? You will be assessed from the first day of the TESOL TEFL Vietnam course – punctuality, attitude and input are really important in the teaching profession. In weeks 2 and 3 you will complete the practical part of the course – 8 hours of classroom observation and 12 hours of critical assessed teaching practice. With your teaching practice classes, you need to produce quality lesson plans that are suitable for teaching in Vietnam. In week 4, you need to submit 2 written assignments: 1. a 1500 word essay on the importance of motivation; and 2. a 1500 word outline of a ‘new’ English language course.
14 I would like further information about the ‘job guarantee’ that comes with your TESOL TEFL Vietnam program. As soon as you have submitted the assessment tasks associated with the course (due in week 4), AVSE-TESOL will assist you to produce a quality CV and by making direct contact on your behalf with the 250+ schools in our network across Vietnam. You can be assured that there are many more English teaching positions available in Vietnam than there are TESOL qualified people to fill the positions. Most TESOL TEFL Vietnam graduates start teaching immediately after the course finishes. Our hit rate with employment over the past 5 years has been brilliant because we know where there are teaching jobs available at a given time and schools know we run a quality TESOL TEFL course.
15 Where is your campus? AVSE-TESOL is located in Go Vap District, HCMC – immediately north of the international airport.
16 Is it safe in Go Vap District? While it always pays to be vigilant, Go Vap District is known for being safe.
17 What is the traffic like in the area where I will complete the TESOL TEFL Vietnam program? There is no doubt the traffic all over HCMC is chaotic. Believe it or not, you do get used to it.
18 I want to stay in touch with my family while I complete your TESOL TEFL Vietnam course. Will my cell-phone work in Vietnam? We will help you to buy a Vietnamese SIM card. Making phone calls in Vietnam is much cheaper than making phone calls in western countries.
19 What is the best time of year, ‘weather-wise’, to enrol in the TESOL TEFL Vietnam course? HCMC tends to be hot, very hot or very, very hot, pretty much 12 months of the year.

 

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