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Virtual TESOL programme at AVSE

What exactly is ‘Virtual training’? Virtual training, in a vocational context, refers to job-specific instruction in a simulated environment. The ‘simulated environment’ that AVSE uses during a Virtual TESOL course is Zoom technology with the vast majority of the training occurring synchronously. You don’t need to be an IT geek to access or use Zoom technology and you’ll be pleased to know that it’s completely free of charge. All you need to access Zoom software is a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet. If necessary, AVSE staff will help you to get set-up and do a few trial runs.

AVSE’s Virtual TESOL programme is suitable for professionally minded people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in teaching English at one of AVSE’s partner schools in Vietnam and Cambodia, at some other exotic location or online. The Virtual course is intensive, but it’s also immensely rewarding. There’s a lot of material to cover in a relatively short period of time, all directed at equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to be a great ESL educator. At the end of the study programme, you’ll hold an internationally recognised teaching qualification, signed off by the Australian Government. To draw on the words of that great man William Shakespeare, you’ll be able to say with your hand on your heart, ‘the world is your oyster’.

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The Virtual TESOL course at AVSE involves a time commitment of up to 6 weeks. You’ll complete the training in the comfort of your own home, weekdays, 3 or 4 days a week. Virtual training sessions run for 3 hours (+/-) on each occasion. Typically, a Virtual TESOL class at AVSE will involve up to 3 TESOL trainers (one at a time) and no more than 10 students. Trainees have up to 12 months to complete the course related assessment tasks.

Importantly, the overall content of AVSE’s Virtual TESOL programme is exactly the same as our ‘signature’ In-class TESOL course that we’ve been delivering in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for more than a decade and in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) for the past 3 years. Moreover, the trainers who are engaged by AVSE to facilitate a Virtual TESOL course are the very same, highly qualified people who deliver our In-class programme. In a nutshell, with the Virtual TESOL programme at AVSE you will have the same course content, the same assessment tasks and the same highly qualified TESOL trainers as if you were doing our In-class programme. The key difference is, ‘the heavy lifting’ – the training – takes place in the comfort of your own home, saving time and money.

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The Virtual TESOL course at AVSE is so much more than the stock-standard lecture and cute slides that characterise what’s offered by our ‘Virtual’ competitors. Virtual TESOL at AVSE is live, highly interactive and lots of fun. The learning objectives are clearly defined. Succinctly, it’s about ensuring you possess the skills, knowledge and quality certification that’s required to be a brilliant English language teacher in Vietnam or Cambodia where AVSE operates or another location that’s of interest to you.

Course content includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • TESOL methodologies
  • Lesson planning
  • Presenting information
  • Presenting vocabulary
  • Presenting grammar
  • Concept checking and questioning
  • Feedback
  • Classroom management and safety
  • Practicing the 4 skills
  • Presenting pronunciation and phonemes
  • Activity based learning for children (and adults)
  • Motivation
  • ESL testing
  • Culture in ESL
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Practical teaching experience

By definition, the Virtual TESOL programme at AVSE draws on simulated learning experiences, but the emphasis on the practical aspect of teaching English that’s the hallmark of our In-class programme remains intact. To illuminate this point, students who are enrolled in the Virtual TESOL programme at AVSE must, amongst other things, complete 14 hours of ‘hands on’ teaching practice, build a portfolio of teaching and testing resources and develop a learning plan for a single ESL student. All of these core requirements have a practical teaching dimension. The ‘physical’ teaching practice component of the Virtual TESOL course – where the TESOL student delivers real ESL lessons to real ESL students – can take place in the student’s own local community or at AVSE in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh as an optional extra (fee involved). The choice is yours to make.

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