Self-paced TESOL...

At AVSE in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) we’ve been delivering our ‘signature’ In-class (attendance), Australian Government accredited and internationally recognised TESOL programme for more than 10 years. We’ve been delivering the same TESOL programme in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) for the past 3 years. What AVSE has achieved in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh is good news by any measure, but here’s something that’s equally good news. If it happens that you’ve been looking at teaching jobs abroad, but are unable to make it to one of AVSE’S premier destinations, our Self-paced TESOL programme will surely be a good fit.

As the name suggests, ‘Self-paced’ is all about working your way through the requirements of AVSE’s Australian Government accredited TESOL programme in a manner and time-frame that’s best for you. Sure, there are boundaries, such as a 12-month limit to complete teaching practice classes and course related assessment tasks, but you control the schedule and drive your preparation for teaching jobs abroad. The course is suitable for professionally minded people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s fair to say that to a large extent you’ll complete the study program working independently, but your designated AVSE TESOL trainer will only be an email or a WhatsApp message away. The key to successfully completing a Self-paced study program of any sort, including the Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE, is being sufficiently disciplined to chip away at the course related requirements.

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All the course materials for AVSE’s Self-paced TESOL programme are available via a ‘user friendly’ online portal immediately after the course enrolment process has been completed – enrolment form submitted, offer made, offer accepted and payment cleared. Typically, the whole enrolment process takes no longer than a couple of days and then you can truly say that your preparation work for teaching jobs abroad is underway. Importantly, you don’t need to be an information technology genius to find your way around the Self-paced online portal. Regardless, the friendly folks at AVSE are only a message away and happy to extend a helping-hand.


It’s noteworthy that the content of AVSE’s Self-paced TESOL course mirrors the content of the In-class TESOL programmes conducted at our training centres in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. It also mirrors the content of our Virtual TESOL program. Similarly, the trainers who are engaged by AVSE to support you throughout your Self-paced course are the same highly qualified people who deliver our In-class and Virtual TESOL courses. The emphasis on working independently is where Self-paced differs from the other study modes.

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At the end of your Self-paced TESOL programme at AVSE, all being well, you’ll receive TESOL certification that’s accredited by the Australian Government. This alone provides insight to the quality of the study programme. The Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE is not a cheap online ‘thing’. It is a serious academic qualification that involves a hefty workload and a high level of commitment. Here’s a snapshot: 14 hours of teaching practice (‘hands-on’ teaching experience with real students – imperative for teaching jobs abroad); building a substantial portfolio of teaching and testing resources; developing targeted and comprehensive teaching and learning plans; engage in academic research – and a lot more. The core requirements of the Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE unashamedly have an emphasis on practical teaching. Our TESOL students can opt to complete the ‘physical’ teaching practice hours (14 in total) in their own local community or at AVSE in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh as an optional extra (fee involved). This is a distinguishing factor between AVSE’s Self-paced TESOL program and what’s offered by competitors.

Advantages Self-paced training at AVSE

So, after a lot of research and scrolling you’ve reached the conclusion that AVSE’s Australian Government accredited TESOL program offers the best preparation for teaching jobs abroad – your ultimate goal – but you’re still unsure if the Self-paced training mode is right for you. Understood, there’s a lot to think about. Let’s illuminate some of the benefits of the Self-paced option at AVSE. It might help with your decision-making.


Full-on ‘convenience’ is the most obvious advantage with self-paced training of any sort. Are you a ‘night owl’? Yes, I hear you say. Okay, work on your TESOL requirements then. Do you hold a ‘fly in’, ‘fly out’ job where every second week you’re scratching your head looking for something to do? Okay, now you’re sorted preparing yourself for teaching jobs abroad – the next phase of your life. Self-paced study allows you to fulfill course-related commitments at a time and place that’s good for you, with the only obvious inhibitor being access to reliable internet, which can be addressed with a low cost internet stick

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Self-paced TESOL costs less than the In-class and Virtual TESOL programs at AVSE, but the Australian Government accreditation is the same, the course content is the same, the highly-qualified trainers are the same – and support is only a message or a phone call away. In short, the Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE provides the opportunity to pay less for the same high-level training directed at teaching jobs abroad. While most aspects of the Self-paced course at AVSE are the same as the other two study modes, there are telling differences – zero building rental fees and lower utility costs for the business are only two examples – with the savings passed on to students by way of lower course fees.

Caters for all comers

The research is emphatic, people learn in different ways. This presents ongoing challenges for trainers presiding over In-class and Virtual study programmes.  There are students who learn best by reading about the subject matter, others need to see it in action, others need to hear it and the list goes go. The Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE is responsive to individual learning needs. The student controls the way they learn, which undoubtedly will be consistent with how they learn best. If you’re following a pathway that’s consistent with how you learn best, it’s reasonable to assume the learning outcomes will be more positive, than they would otherwise be. 

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Direct connection with market leader

By enrolling in the Self-paced TESOL programme at AVSE, you become part of the AVSE family, which includes 5,000+ former TESOL students who are pursuing teaching jobs abroad in the four corners of the world. The networking opportunities are immeasurable. The ‘hands on’ support from AVSE is substantial. AVSE is the market leader in Southeast Asia with preparing folks for teaching jobs in Vietnam, Cambodia and other destinations. We are physically on the ground in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh and know the region well. As a member of the AVSE family, you will be a direct beneficiary of our market position.  


It’s true to say that self-paced learning is not for everyone, but it’s a perfect fit for many people. With the Self-paced TESOL course at AVSE you’ll receive all the benefits of investing in a quality vocational training – including positioning yourself for teaching jobs abroad – at a lower upfront cost. You’ll be able to study at a time and place that’s good for you – in a manner that’s consistent with how you learn best. Importantly, you’ll also have AVSE in your corner moving forward. This is significant.

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