The TESOL course...

First and foremost, AVSE-TESOL (Australia) is a family owned and managed vocational, education and training business. We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia. Our RTO number is: 45373. The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the regulatory agency for vocational educational and training in Australia. Following a comprehensive application and audit process, ASQA authorised AVSE-TESOL to offer a Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training programme (Course code: 10773NAT) offshore, specifically in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. We also offer Virtual and Self-paced TESOL programmes (same course content, same Australian Government accreditation), which can be completed in the comfort of your own home. The Virtual and Self-paced TESOL programmes at AVSE are equally suitable for ESL teaching in Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere.

The In-class TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh involves a time commitment of 150 hours over 4 weeks including 14 hours (minimum) of practical teaching experience with ‘real’ English language students engaged in ongoing ESL classes. Students have the option of taking up to 12 months to complete the assessment tasks in the event they’re not looking to start work as an English language teacher in the short to medium term. The TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE is suitable for professionally-minded people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in teaching in Vietnam, Cambodia or in other countries.

Our TESOL/TEFL course has equivalent academic status and content to a CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL. The course has two principal aims: 1. to certify prospective teachers for a rewarding career as an ESL Educator; and 2. to provide both experienced and prospective teachers with theoretical knowledge, skills and hands-on teaching experience.

Graduates of the TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE are:

  • Fully equipped to deliver interactive, fun learning experiences for students of all ages and skill levels;
  • Adept at managing a classroom;
  • Proficient in the principles of language use and analysis;
  • Knowledgeable about ‘teaching theory’ and its practical application; and
  • Skilled in identifying learning difficulties and developing & implementing responsive action plans.

There’s no doubt the course is challenging, but it’s also rewarding. There is a lot to learn in 4 weeks. You’ll be taught the skill set that will allow you to ‘hit the ground running’ teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia at one of our partner schools, if that’s what you’d like to do. We’ll ensure you get all the support you need during the course to make your experience enriching and memorable.

The first two days of each new ‘In-class’ TESOL/TEFL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are dedicated to becoming familiar with the neighbourhood surrounding the training centre and socialising with the people you will spend close to a month with doing the course. There is a Welcome Party (complimentary) on Saturday and a city tour (complimentary) on Sunday before the study component of the TESOL programme commences on Monday.

The maximum number of students in an ‘In-class’ TESOL course at AVSE is 16 in Hanoi, 24 in Ho Chi Minh City and 14 in Phnom Penh. Classes tend to be fully-booked a month or two before the scheduled start date so it’s best to get your enrolment application in at the earliest opportunity.

Our TESOL students come from all corners of the world with around 30% having English as a second (or third) language. Over the past decade, the youngest TESOL trainee at AVSE was 17 (Australian) and our oldest was 78 (American). Interestingly, the 78-year-old is now 82 and still going strong teaching in Vietnam. Typically, the TESOL/TEFL classes at each of AVSE’s 3 locations have an even split of males and females.

The theory component of with the In-class TESOL course largely takes place in weeks 1, 2 & 3, Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 3.00 pm (+/-). The practical component (observation and teaching practice classes – a minimum of 14 hours) is evenly spread across the 4 weeks and involves some evenings and part of each weekend. In the final week of the study programme, the focus is on providing support with completing the necessary assessment tasks and transitioning to paid employment, which in most cases is teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia.

Course content includes, but isn’t limited to: learning styles, lesson structure, lesson planning, classroom interaction, teaching the language, motivation, designing an entire course, local and international tests, music in the classroom and art & craft – all imperative for teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia.

The cornerstone of your assessment will be the 14 hour observation and teaching practicum (see above). You may begin as early as day one by observing real ESL classes and journaling your reflections as you go. Next, we’ll guide and support you as you jump feet-first into planning, teaching and evaluating 8 hours of real English classes with real local students. In addition, you will undertake study both in and out of class to complete a range of workbook activities. You will journal and self-evaluate your teaching experience. You’ll build a portfolio of teaching and testing resources, which you will implement, evaluate and take you on your journey teaching in Vietnam, Cambodia or wherever ‘takes your fancy’ . To solidify your knowledge, you’ll also complete short-answer questions, a short research report and prepare a detailed learning plan for one ESL student. The assessment process is designed to draw attention to scenarios you’ll encounter as a professional ESL teacher including whilst managing and interacting with students.

AVSE-TESOL employs qualified assessors who work under strict Australian Government compliance standards to ensure the quality and independence of the assessment process and your readiness to teach English once you have finished the course.

Interestingly, more than 30% of people who graduate from the TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE were referred by someone who previously completed the course, quite a few of whom have been teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia for years. While the number of referrals from alumni and substantial growth over the years suggests we’re on the right path, AVSE-TESOL is mindful of the link between continuous improvement and future success.

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