Australian Vocational Skills & Education (AVSE-TESOL) offers an Australian Government accredited and internationally recognised ‘In-class’ TEFL course in Vietnam’s two largest cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Holding quality TEFL certification is a core requirement for jobs teaching English in Vietnam and in many other countries. While this short article focuses on Vietnam, it’s noteworthy that AVSE offers the same In-class TEFL course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Virtual and Self-paced TEFL programmes – same Australian Government accreditation – are available as well through AVSE in the event you’re unable to make it to Vietnam (or Cambodia) at this point in time. If it happens that you’ve decided to teach English in Vietnam, it makes sense to complete a TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and it also makes sense to do it at AVSE. By any measure, AVSE is the largest TEFL course provider, has been around the longest (10+ years) and has the best accreditation.

AVSE’s TEFL programme in Vietnam is suitable for professionally minded people over 18 years of age from any country and background, including locals living in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or elsewhere in Vietnam. The TEFL programme at AVSE is also suitable for practicing teachers who wish to build their skill set or obtain high-level certification as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator – certification that’s accredited by the Australian Government.

The key goals of AVSE’s TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are twofold: 1. to uphold professional teaching standards by offering certification that’s government accredited and therefore truly carries international recognition; and 2. to equip aspiring ESL teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their chosen profession. It’s all about providing the certification and hands-on experience that are central to securing well-paid ESL jobs in Vietnam and in other parts of the world.

Unashamedly, the TEFL programme at AVSE focuses on the practical dimension of teaching English as a second language in developing countries like those you’ll find in Asia, Africa, Central America and South America. Sure, theory is important and there’s plenty covered during the course, but knowing how to create an environment where students are ‘chomping at the bit’ to study English is equally important. TEFL training at AVSE in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi involves a time commitment of 150 hours over a 4-week period including a minimum of 14 hours of ‘hands-on’ practical experience with ‘real’ Vietnamese English language students engaged in ongoing ESL programs.

‘What about the actual ‘Learning Environment’ at AVSE in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi ’, I hear you ask? ‘What about the trainers?’ ‘Will I obtain a job teaching English once I’ve completed my TEFL training?’ These are all fair questions that warrant ‘upfront’, plain-English responses. 

Learning Environment:  AVSE’s TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City is co-located with a fully functioning English Language School. Moreover, there is an English Language School in the same building as AVSE’s TEFL Training Centre in Hanoi. Our strategic locations in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi mean that every trainee who completes their TEFL course in Vietnam at AVSE does so in a real school environment, from day one of their study programme.  At AVSE in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi you will find all the modern features you’d expect from a quality vocational training institution with a genuine Australian connection – the latest IT, superior teaching resources, air conditioning, designated areas for ‘down-time’ and ample parking. Our infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi is subject to the same occupational health, fire safety and disability access considerations as if we were delivering a TEFL course in Sydney, Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia.

Trainers: While teaching experience is helpful, not all experienced teachers possess the qualifications, skills and knowledge to be a vocational trainer. Teaching and training are very different activities. To illuminate this point, for a fleeting moment I’d like you to think about ‘sex’. You can teach people about sex – pregnancy, health risks and suchlike – or you can train people…, I think you get my point. Students who are completing their TEFL in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or anywhere else in the world have every right to believe that the person who is taking their course is a certified Trainer in a vocational context. All TEFL Trainers at AVSE possess Vocational Training Qualifications and Industry experience that are subject to audit by the Australian Government.

Teaching job: Let’s say you chose to do your TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi at AVSE, rather than doing a TEFL course in your home country. Among other things, this means you will be: 1. on the ground in Vietnam when the time comes to secure a teaching job; and 2. part of the AVSE ‘family’ by virtue of completing our Australian Government accredited TEFL programme. When point 1 is coupled with point 2, there is every reason to believe that you’ll be in a decent teaching job in Vietnam – that pays market rates, provides for a safe and secure work environment, requires sensible work hours and is with a reputable school – within a matter of days of completing your TEFL course. The TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi at AVSE includes ‘hands-on’ job assistance. This is publicly stated on the AVSE website. It is a commitment that we take very seriously. It is also a key reason why completing your TEFL at AVSE in Vietnam is a wise move.

In this article we’ve touched on selected matters pertaining to the Australian Government accredited TEFL course at AVSE in Vietnam’s two largest cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Eligibility, suitability, goals, course content, learning environment, trainers and job prospects have all been touched upon. If you’d like more information about how the TEFL course at AVSE in Vietnam is a brilliant springboard to teaching English abroad, reach out to AVSE’s Managing Director, Peter Goudge. You will find Peter’s contact details below.

About the writer: Peter Goudge has been living and working in Vietnam since 2006. He is the Managing Director (and owner) of Australian Vocational Skills & Education (AVSE-TESOL). Feel free to contact Peter directly with any questions about TEFL training in Vietnam or teaching English abroad. Here is Peter’s email address: