Frequently asked questions...

How do I get a background (police) check?

If you’re an American citizen – it’s best to obtain a background check from the FBI: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/

If you’re a citizen of the United Kingdom – the basic background check is what you need to obtain: https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

If you’re an Australia citizen – you need a background check from the Australian Federal Police: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks

If you’re a South African citizen – you need a Police Clearance Certificate issued by the South African Police Service: https://www.saps.gov.za/services/applying_clearence_certificate.php

If you’re Canadian citizen – you need a background check from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-and-vulnerable-sector-checks

Citizens of countries not listed above should check with the Department of Justice (or similar) in their capital city.

My partner and I are both enrolled in the same course and we want to share a bedroom. Are we entitled to a discount?

Yes, up to US $75.00 each depending on the notice that’s provided. With notice of 7 days or more, you’ll both be eligible for the full amount.

Where will I meet your representative at the airport?

Ho Chi Minh City (international): When you exit the airport building, walk through the barricades and then turn left. You will see a representative from AVSE-TESOL 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 on cell-phone number: +84 90 743 4458 (international), 090 743 4458 (local).

Hanoi (international): When you exit the airport building make your way to upright pylon number 11, located close to the pedestrian bridge. You will see an AVSE staff member 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 on cell-phone number: +84 98 656 0153 (international), 098 656 0153 (local).

Phnom Penh (international): When you exit the airport building, look for the Park Cafe on the right-hand-side. An AVSE staff member will be standing in front of the Park Cafe 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 on cell-phone number: +855 96 508 7159 (international), 96 508 7159 (local).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed from the first day of the TESOL course – punctuality, attitude and input are really important in the teaching profession. In weeks 1, 2 and 3 you will complete the majority of 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 thorough lesson plans.

In week 4, among other requirements, you need to submit a daily Journal and two written assignments: 1. a 1500 word essay on the importance of motivation; and 2. an outline (1,500 words) of a ‘new’ English language course for vocational purposes.

What does the ‘job guarantee’ mean?

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 referring you to the 250+ schools in our network.

You can be assured that there are many more English teaching positions available in Vietnam and Cambodia than there are qualified people to fill the positions. Most TESOL/TEFL course graduates start a paid teaching job within 14 days of completing the course. Our hit rate with employment over the past decade has been brilliant – we know where there are teaching jobs available and schools know we run a high quality course.

Where are your training centres?

Ho Chi Minh City

Street address:

 

AVSE-TESOL, 1300 QuangTrung Street

Go Vap District (Ward 14)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Email address (primary):info@avse.edu.vn
Email address (secondary):lee.porter@avse.edu.vn
Telephone number (Vietnamese):+84 2854273436 (international)

54273436 (local)

Telephone number: (English):+84 907434458(international)

0907434458 (local)

Hanoi

Street address:

 

AVSE-TESOL, 5th floor, 152 Pho DucChinh Street nhTruc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District

Hanoi, Vietnam

Email address (primary):info@avse.edu.vn
Email address (secondary):evie@avse.edu.vn
Telephone number (Vietnamese & English):+84 98 656 0153 (international)

098 656 0153

Phnom Penh

Street address:

 

6th Floor, Street 38, Sovannaphumi School

PhumiTrea, SangkatSteng Mean Chhey

Khan Mean Chhey

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Email address (primary):info@avse.edu.vn
Email address (secondary):peter@avse.edu.vn
Telephone number (English):+855 96 5087159 (international)

096 5087159 (local)

 

Should I be concerned about my personal safety?

These days Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Phnom Penh are no more dangerous than New York, London, Sydney and most other large cities. Having said this, it pays to be vigilant especially when carrying a bag or using a cellphone in a public place.

I’ve heard horror stories about traffic congestion. What can you tell me?

There’s no doubt about it, the traffic at all 3 of our TESOL destinations is chaotic. Believe it or not, you do get used to it.

How can I keep in touch with home?

We will help you to buy a new SIM card so you can easily make local and international phone calls. The internet is cheap and readily available so options like Skype are very viable. 

What’s the weather like over there?

Ho Chi Minh City: is hot, very hot or very, very hot, pretty much 24/7 and 12 months of the year. The period of May to November is known as the ‘wet season’ which is characterised by frequent and heavy downpours.

Hanoi: experiences all 4 seasons with the same timelines as other countries in the northern hemisphere. The summer months tend to be hot, with high rainfall whereas in winter, it tends to be cold and dry.

Phnom Penh: is hot and humid 12 months of the year. The ‘wet season’ in Phnom Penh mirrors what happens in HCMC with relatively short bursts of heavy rain being commonplace.

How soon after the course finishes will I receive my certificate?

Certificates typically arrive at your training location 4 to 6 weeks after you’ve submitted all the assessment tasks and related documentation. Why? The independent assessment process (and the issuing of certificates) takes place in Australia. This external process is central to your certificate having international recognition.

You will be notified by email when your certificate is available for collection.

Can AICOL post my certificate directly to an Australian address rather than sending it to Vietnam or Cambodia?

AICOL are happy to do this provided they receive a request in writing prior to the certificate being sent to Vietnam or Cambodia. Requests of this kind can be emailed here: account@aicol.com.au. 

What happens if I choose to move on before my certificate is available for collection at my training location?

There isn’t a postage fee built into the cost of the TESOL/TEFL package. Why? Conservatively, 90% of certificates are collected at the training location. We feel it would be unfair to bill all customers for a service that the vast majority will not use.

If a student wants their certificate posted somewhere, we can certainly do that for the cost of the postage after receiving a formal written request.

How many hours of teaching practice will I have during the course?

Our TESOL/TEFL course includes a minimum of 20 hours of practical experience teaching ‘real’ students. The first 8 hours are all about observing and getting a feel for what it is like working as an ESL teacher. We pair you with an experienced teacher and you 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. 

I want to enrol in your TESOL/TEFL course. What visa do I need?

HCMC & Hanoi: You’ll find the information you need here

Phnom Penh: The simplest and most cost effective option is to apply for what’s called an ‘Ordinary Visa’ (E class) on arrival. Check out this website for more information. 

What documentation should I bring with me?

On top of your visa and passport, it’s very important that you bring the following key documentation with you:

  • the original version of any qualification you hold (degree / diploma); and
  • a background (police) check – must be no more than 6 months old when presented

Note: Students are strongly advised to have their qualifications and background check notarized and legalised in their home country.

What vaccinations should I have?

Advice on this subject matter can change rapidly and often without formal notice. With this in mind, it’s best to consult your family doctor.

What is the dress code for the 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 jeans, shorts, tee shirts, polo tops, sandals and alike – casual clothes – are definitely out.

Outside of observations and teaching practices, trainees are free to wear casual clothes to class. 

What are my accommodation options?

HCMC: AVSE-TESOL offers accommodation in residential properties and local hotels within easy walking distance of the training centre. Each trainee is allocated their own bedroom and bathroom. Fixtures and fittings in each bedroom include: air conditioning, WiFi, a bed (including bedding), a wardrobe, a desk & a chair.

Cooking facilities are available in our residential properties in HCMC, but not in the local hotels.

Laundry facilities are readily available.

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.

Hanoi: AVSE-TESOL offers hotel accommodation located within easy walking distance of the training centre. Each trainee is allocated their own bedroom and bathroom. Fixtures and fittings in each bedroom include: air conditioning, WIFI, a bed (including bedding), a wardrobe, a desk & a chair.

Laundry facilities are readily available.

Phnom Penh: AVSE-TESOL offers Guest House accommodation within easy walking distance of the training centre. Each trainee is allocated their own bedroom and bathroom. Fixtures and fittings in each bedroom include: air conditioning, WIFI, a bed (including bedding), a wardrobe, a desk & a chair.

Laundry facilities are readily available.

You can find more information about accommodation here

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is always a smart move. You can find more information about travel insurance through AVSE-TESOL here

Will someone collect me from the airport?

The airport collection service (door to door) is available 24/7. Just let us know the following information at the earliest opportunity: the day, date & time of arrival, name of airline and flight number.

Keep in mind the airport collection service attracts a fee to cover the costof the return journey for an AVSE staff member (to & from the airport), all transportation costs and up to 3 hours of waiting time in the event of delays.

Find out more here.

How long is the TESOL/TEFL program with AVSE-TESOL?

The TESOL/TEFL 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 and most probably part of each weekend. In week 4, the focus of the TESOL/TEFL programme is on providing support with completing the necessary assessment tasks.

You can find out more course information here

How many students are there in each TESOL/TEFL course group?

Ho Chi Minh City: On average there are 16 students in each class. 

Hanoi: On average there are 12 students in each class. 

Phnom Penh: On average there are 12 students in each class.

Students who enrol in our TESOL/TEFL programme come from all corners of the world with around 30% being non-native English speakers.

Do I need to bring a laptop with me?

You will definitely need a laptop during the TESOL course. If you don’t own a laptop, it might be possible to hire one from AVSE-TESOL for your personal use. Find out more here

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