The TESOL/TEFL course...
The TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh includes 150 hours of study over 4 weeks with a substantial component (20 hours) of actual teaching practice with ‘real’ English language students engaged in ongoing study programmes. The course is suitable for professionally-minded people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in teaching in Vietnam and Cambodia and specifically teaching English as a second language.
Our TESOL/TEFL programme is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and has equivalent academic status and content to a CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL. What AVSE-TESOL delivers in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh exceeds the essential teaching skills articulated by the British Council for employment as an English language teacher in their schools located in all parts of the world.
The course has two principal aims: 1. to certify teachers for a rewarding career as a TESOL/TEFL professional; and 2. to provide prospective teachers with theoretical knowledge 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’ when you begin teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia. 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 TESOL/TEFL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are dedicated to getting familiar with your surroundings and becoming acquainted 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 a TESOL/TEFL class 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/TEFL 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 as an English language teacher 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 the TESOL/TEFL 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 20 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 employment.
Course content includes, but isn’t limited to: learning styles, lesson structure, lesson planning, classroom interaction, teaching the language, motivation and interest, designing an entire course, local and international tests, music in the classroom and art & craft.
The assessment process starts on day one and continues through to the end of the 4-week course. Professional conduct, participation, preparation work and suchlike are all paramount. In addition to successfully completing the practical component of the course – observation & teaching practice classes – students are required to complete (and submit in most cases) 7 comprehensive lesson plans and related documentation, a course journal, two major writing tasks (1,500 words) and an English grammar task. While the assessment process does not involve a formal written examination, the competency bar is high given that we are certifying people to work as professional English language educators, who will be teaching in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Interestingly, more than 30% of people who graduate from the TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE were referred by someone who previously completed the course. 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.