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Vantage TEFL In-Class Course

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Relearning How to Teach

This course made me realize how I previously taught—I had been a computer science teacher in Thai schools up to this point—was not very effective.

While we reviewed a number of teaching methodologies, the ESA (engage-study-activate) method I taught with at Vantage really showed me how to deliver a language topic to a classroom of non-English speakers.

The Vantage trainers motivated us through each stage of our training. They made the curriculum easy to understand…they walked us through making lesson plans…giving feedback each step of the way.

Vantage was also unique in their observed practice teaching sessions. We taught real nursing students at one of Thailand’s most prestigious medical colleges. It gave us an excellent opportunity to put into practice all the teaching theories we learned.

The help on the job front was fantastic. After we created my new resume and cover letters, I was interviewing within days. I had two offers with two weeks of graduation.

My Vantage TEFL training has been one of those best things that have happened to me in Thailand. For future professional teachers, I would recommend this program without question.

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Developing Professional Skills

I knew that I needed professional training to develop my own skill set in language teaching. And to do that, I required a TEFL course that would not only enable me to revisit grammar but also introduce new teaching methods.

After researching different training schools, I was sure that Vantage was the right program for me. Their Lead Trainer has more than 20 years of experience in education. Their Jobs Coach has worked in three different industries. Any questions I had, these guys were always there to help me.

I first learned how to create effective lesson plans. It took a while at first, but I got really good guidance each step of the way. By the time I did my sixth plan, I was really into the swing of things.

Next, I had to put the plan into practice in a real classroom with non-English speaking students. There are very few courses that give their students such live training to prepare them for real-world classrooms.

This course has far exceeded my expectations. It commended me where I was strong and it challenged me in areas that still needed attention. It the end, I felt I became the professional level teacher I wanted to be.

If you serious entering the teaching profession, then look no further than Vantage.

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Teaching Thai kids to be competitive

I’m a native English speaker who’s fluent in Thai and I wanted, in my own small way, to make a difference in the lives of young Thai students. I wanted to give them the skills they would need later in life in a more competitive and global marketplace. And having a good level of English is one skill that they will undoubtedly need.

I also realized that to make that happen and to be as effective as I could be in the classroom and had to learn how to teach. Up to this point, my knowledge of ‘education’ was the years I spent observing on the other side of the desk as a student.

Vantage was just the ticket for me. I was taught to create lessons through the communicative approach. The teaching training curriculum breaks this all down into six key areas of study from language awareness, to teaching materials, one-to-one tutoring to teaching techniques.

For me, however, creating full-blown professionals is done in the classroom through the observed teaching practices. Here theory meets practice. I grew after each teaching session as I got detailed feedback from the Vantage trainers. They highlighted what I did well in my lasts class and gave me a new challenge for my next session…areas that still need to be worked on. My confidence grew daily. After six observed teaching practices, I was ready to begin fulfilling my aspirations.

The trainers at Vantage are world class. They have decades of experience. They experts in many areas of education such as testing through their years of working as a Cambridge exam centre. They know how to use language proficiency systems to test students and to source teaching material appropriate to the level of the students were teaching.

I’m now ready to embark on a career in the classroom…and maybe down the road as a developer of teaching materials. Stay tuned!

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Graduated Friday—hired Monday

I’m a non-native English speaker (NNES), so I was more than a little worried my new career choice—particularly when so many English teacher jobs ads scream “native speaker only.” On top of that, I had no previous teaching experience.

My concerns led me to Vantage. In a lot of their reviews—and even their online videos—NNES’s were talking the advantages of not being a native speaker of English. I knew there and then that these were the trainers for me.

First I had to learn how to teach. Here Vantage first built a strong and solid foundation. I learned how to create effective lesson plans. Each plan was reviewed by the trainers and the feedback led (eventually) to a really great plan to approach a language lesson. Then during my observed practice teaching classes, the theory I learn in the TEFL course met the practical demands of my students. The detailed feedback I got after each lesson made me even better after each session and gave me even more confidence.

My confidence as a teacher really grew during these practice teaching sessions. By the sixth practice, I felt I was ready to teach anyone anywhere.

Vantage was also absolutely fantastic in their job preparation. During my last week, we created my own personal Power Resume with a Cover Letter. I was then coached in effective interview techniques. Something must have worked. I got hired the Monday after my Friday graduation. They wanted me to start immediately!

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Have TEFL—will teach

Vantage comes highly recommended if your goal is to become a highly professional teacher

Traveling throughout Thailand, I got interested in teaching English after visiting some remote schools and giving a couple of English lessons. I really enjoyed teaching the kids for a few hours but I quickly realized I didn’t really know what I was doing.

So I began researching TEFL courses so I could get properly trained. My research led me to Vantage TEFL—mostly through their very detailed reviews online.

Vantage, unlike many other TEFL programs, has its teacher candidates do at least six hours of practical teaching in a live classroom in front of actual non-English speaking students.
It starts with lesson planning. The process of creating effective lesson plans—and getting professional feedback on those—was a huge factor in giving me the confidence that I was ready to step into a classroom.

Their lead trainer has over 20 years of teaching experience. And they guide you each step of the way. These guys are truly great!

They’ll answer your questions not only throughout the course but after you graduate too. We built my personal Power Resume after I completed the course. They taught me how to my past work can be used—they call it transferable skills—to build a career in teaching.

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A professional course for career ambitions

For one month, I learned something new teaching in every class session. And yes this class is intensive but I was guided every step of the way.
The lead trainer was excellent and always available for any help. The way he taught each unit was very effective. He has over twenty years of classroom and materials development experience, so the training discussions typically illuminate and go beyond the standard course book.
While teaching theory and methodologies are very important, it’s the observed teaching practices—where theory meets the reality of the classroom—that you really learn to teach. After each observed teaching practice, I was given extensive feedback from the trainers that really helped me realize where I was strong and challenged me in other areas which still needed more development.
Vantage also has a separate “Jobs Coach” trainer who showed me how to create my own Power Resume. We actually sat down and did that one-on-one as the course concluded. We also developed Cover Letters and other job support materials.

I would also highly recommend taking this course to anyone who is serious a career teaching English. You will leave with the requisite teaching skills—ready to successfully teach English in any classroom.

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Teacher development

I was more than curious to see how learning to be an English teacher could all be boiled down to a one month course.

The classes that teach functional teaching techniques—like methodologies and grammar--are also broken up into small, easy to digest, portions that provide the students with a format that is easy to learn, reproduce, and perform.

However, the heart and soul of the program—at least in terms of me becoming a professional teacher—are the observed teaching practices. What I learned in Vantage’s classes, I now had to apply to a real classroom of non-English speaking students. Yes, I understood what was covered in the course materials, but I now wanted to create positive and effective teaching habits sd I could, in effect, doing the correct techniques without thinking it.

The feedback I got from each class was invaluable and was a huge factor in the development of my confidence as a teacher. It didn’t hurt that the Thai students we had were incredibly polite and were a joy to teach.

I also got great pre-course info to help me get settled in Bangkok by providing practical and specific information as to where to stay, how to get to class, where to shop and to do everyday routine chores.

The Vantage team has a wealth of knowledge in helping students understand the many job opportunities available in Thailand and in Southeast Asia. I highly recommend this course for those serious a career in the English teaching industry.

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100% confident

Before I started Vantage TEFL course, I spent a lot of time researching on TEFL courses and I made the decision that a face to face course would be far more beneficial, as there is a practical teaching component to the course.

For me, it had to be internationally recognized and accredited by a reputable educational Institution. Secondly, they had to have to have a minimum of six hours of actual teaching practice. Thirdly, the trainers not only had to meet, but exceed stringent academic requirements for teaching TEFL. Having Cambridge University accreditation and backed by Fort Hays State University, met that Vantage certainly met all the criteria.

Was I prepared for the challenge Vantage would put me through? Yes, but this course pushed me beyond my comfort zone on occasion. The lead trainer Chris was always there to encourage and help us. As a trainer, you would be hard to find someone any better. He has 25+ years of experience, strong industry knowledge and he always goes the extra mile with every aspect of the training. He will do everything in his power to ensure that you are prepared and confident teaching English.

Teaching a language is much more getting the students to speak—and motivating them to do the work. I now feel 100% confident I can enter any classroom and successfully teach English!

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A doctor turns teacher

I found, during my hospital residency just after medical school, that the part I enjoyed the most was educating my patients healthy lifestyle options and medical treatments regimens. So I took a TEFL in order to really try out the teaching profession.

Before, most of my schooling had been based in sciences and not the arts which is where I would have previously classified languages. I was surprised to find both theory and methodologies of teaching languages were much more evidence-based than I originally thought. Particularly during my observed practice teaching sessions—teaching in a live classroom—I got to try all my newly learned techniques out on non-English speaking students. This is where art met science. Their emphasis is what works in the classroom

Vantage’s trainers gave me invaluable feedback. The trainers are incredibly friendly and eager to help you succeed. They are quite knowledgeable but have a levity which helps your learning.

They also have a local industry knowledge which is great if you’re looking for work in Thailand, China or elsewhere in Asia. They have a specialized Jobs Coach who will both plug you into their network of schools, but you will first develop your Power Resume and supporting job documentation materials. This was particularly helpful in my case as my goal is to teach science in English in Asia.

Overall, the course was a fantastic experience. I’m now ready to teach anywhere anytime. I would highly recommend Vantage if you wish to become a professional teacher.

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A Thai English teacher goes TEFL

I was nervous doing a TEFL course because as a Thai, I was the same nationality as my students. And in Thailand, being a non-native speaker is a big advantage

Vantage made me think this differently. They made me appreciate that, as a non-native speaker, I brought advantages to the classroom. They told me that the process of learning a second language—something native English speakers rarely do—was very helpful in motivating students in second language acquisition.

In fact, I found I become a role model for many of my Thai students. After class and they came up and told me that they didn’t really believe they could ever speak English like their American teachers. The fact that I’ve mastered English give them encouragement to keep trying.

Vantage’s TEFL program was truly first class. I developed my teaching style each step of the way during my practice sessions. I got great feedback after each class. I was challenged to incorporate something new into my next teaching session. As I grew more confident after each practice session, I became more competent in the classroom.

I couldn’t have done this without these guys!. They have small class sizes so we all got a very personal level of attention. Their lead trainer and he has a wide-ranging experience in teaching English and in creating teaching materials. He took a strong personal interest to see how I was developing into a professional teacher. Yes this course was intensive, but it was always engaging, and interesting.

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A Corporate Lawyer turns to Teaching

I wanted to bring my extensive background in risk management and corporate law into business English training. In one of the companies I worked for—a Japanese corporation—I was the attorney and sat on the Executive Committee that was broadly half American and half Japanese.
It was during this time, that I realized there was a real need for non-native speakers needed a batter understanding and grasp of legal issues that arose when there company was working internationally.
This was my key motivation to go back and learn how the methodologies and techniques to present language topics. My future students will need to address legal issues in English as they market products and operate in a global market.
Vantage’s course was the missing link. They gave me the tools I needed as I have learned a lot the techniques in teaching a second language..

The feedback we got from the trainers from our teaching practices was always focused on how we could be better in our next observed session. They had a way of presenting weakness as challenges and I could see how both I and the other trainees got a lot better as the practicum went on. This was for me one fo the most important parts of the class.

The sessions we did language proficiency were eye-opening. This was something I really hadn’t considered before. We learned how to ascertain the language proficiency level of an individual student and then create lesson plans that were tailored to the English level of that individual student. This course has made me a complete teacher

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An Experienced Teacher gets Re-trained

I hold a degree in child development and 10 years teaching experience—mostly in the USA. So I was pretty skeptical that this course would be useful for me.

Given my pessimistic view, I was surprised at how challenging Vantage’s course would be. For starters, the instructor was excellent. He was well-versed in what he was teaching and his insight and ideas that were a great guide to developing better techniques for good teaching. He was always available for questions or help.

Our observed teacher practices at the college were the heart and soul of the course. The instructor was there to observe, offering excellent feedback. He was great at giving input, using constructive criticisms in a way so as to inspire and not offend. He also always left us with a challenge for our net teaching practice.

The course also did a great job guiding us into making a good lesson plan. We learned how to carry them out and got valuable feedback from the lead trainer. A lot of time was spent focusing on lesson planning. I was particularly bad at lesson planning and I learned quite a bit from this.

After I completed the course, the Jobs Coach worked with me one-on-one. We crafted my own Power Resume and Cover Letter that was targeted to the educational market segment I was focusing on. I was quite impressed by this resume and his advice on how to make resumes that employers like and will get your foot-in-the-door.

Last, but not least, they offer an abundance of resources on their website to places that you can get materials (workbooks, textbooks, teaching aids, etc), job placement websites, school organizations, etc.

Overall, I would highly recommend this TESOL certification school. You will certainly get your money’s worth. If there were any point of criticism I would have, I would have liked there to be more resources readily available for teachers who plan on teaching younger children. Vantage receives my top marks.

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A dual language teacher

As a native Russian speaker, I had my doubts passing this class. I was worried my English was not good enough. I was also concerned I’d be the youngest student in the class of experienced instructors.

So I spent a lot of time researching on teachers’ training course programs trying to find the best fit for me. Vantage had one of the more serious websites and that was a key attraction. And I also got immediate replies to all my questions—and there were a lot of them. I figured that if that had this much time for me before I enrolled, they’d give me extra attention and really take care of me as a student. That was exactly the case.
Having said that, I didn’t expect the course would be as hard as it was. Vantage TEFL course is intensive, so you most likely be a little exhausted during the class, but in a creative and good way. You’ll learn a lot of very important teaching techniques and methodologies like planning lessons, managing classes, eliciting target language and teaching aids. Vantage’s trainers guided me at every stage. Almost every day I really saw myself growing as a teacher.

At my previous school, I was a teacher of both English and Mandarin. The teaching techniques I learned here—although taught within an English context—will be great when I teach Chinese as well.
I would like to thank Chris, for being both an extraordinary teacher and mentor. Thank you for your patience and feedback you gave me. Also, the classes on creating your own “Power Resume” as well as the job interview techniques sessions were super helpful as I had no I idea this as I’ve never studied anything on this before.

So, thank you, Vantage TEFL for helping me to become 100% confident and to find advantages of being a young teacher and a non-native speaker.

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An experience I won’t forget

My TEFL experience is a course I will never forget. I wanted to explore abroad and the opportunity to teach English was something I learned from friends at university. However, coming to a country with so many people from my cozy New Zealand seemed like I was biting off more than I could chew.

Vantage immediately put me to rest. The course director was super helpful in the weeks leading up to my TEFL studies. I was provided with very useful information regarding visas, accommodation, transport—everything I needed to know to get settled in Bangkok and complete the course.

On the first day, we met Chris, our trainer. We bonded with our peers and the dove straight into teaching theory. I was the youngest in the class ), but we were all treated as equals as we were all in the same situation—training to be professional English teachers and finding out what that really meant.

The course wasn’t a piece of cake—a lot of work needed to be done but they provided more than enough resources and support for the tasks to be completed to the highest standard. Due to Vantage’s relatively small class sizes, it was very personal and any queries were answered instantly. The trainers had a lot of time for each of us.

I truly loved teaching at the nursing college—where we did our observed teaching practices. It was a wonderful learning experience. Observations from the trainers and our peers helped us improve after each practice lesson. I particularly found this part of the course the most important component in my development of a teacher. I couldn’t imagine doing an online-only TEFL and missing what they call the practicum.

Vantage encouraged me to reach my full potential. They really built my confidence. They truly go out of their way to give their students the very best preparation to teach English and become great teachers. I feel ready and able to teach English. Thank you, Chris, Kevin, Ryan and the rest of the Vantage team.

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Which TEFL to choose?

There are too many TEFL courses in Thailand to choose from. I read many reviews. Far too many outlined how I could have a Thai holiday while studying to be a teacher.

I didn’t have much confidence if they weren’t really talking the inner workings of the TEFL course itself. My bottom line was that I wanted to become a professional teacher. I’m pretty sure the beaches would still be there after I completed my training.

After my initial internet phase, I decided to actually visit a short list of schools to see them running their TEFL in action. That really help separate the wheat from the chaff. Secondly, the program I choose had to be internationally recognized and accredited by a reputable educational Institution. I learned early that Thailand’s Ministry of Education doesn’t accredit or license any specific TELF program so programs that said only this lost ranking points. Secondly, they had to have at least 6 hours of actual observed teaching practice. Thirdly, the trainers had to meet, but exceed stringent academic requirements for teaching ESL. You’d be surprised how many provider websites don’t even tell you who—and how qualified—their trainers are.

Finally, we found a TEFL course that met all of the above requirements—Vantage.

Our class size was relatively small so we received a very high level of personalized. The Lead Trainer has an extensive background in teaching English and in developing course curriculums and their teaching materials. He really went out of his way to see how was developing into a professional teacher. I was complimented on where I had done well. And given a ‘challenge’ to areas I was still weak. The approach led me to become better in every observed teaching practice I did. Importantly—as this course is intensive—he has a great sense of humor which makes the class engaging, interesting, and most of all—fun.

The other trainers were just as skilled and proficient. We learned how to format a "power resume" from Vantage’s Jobs Coach and how to make a resume stand out in a 10-second scan.

We also “sat on the other side of the desk” as we had a Foreign Language Trainer that focused on some basic conversation of the Thai as well as some of the important cultural norms.

Besides receiving a detailed education on lesson plans, grammar review, and classroom management, I felt that Vantage has provided us the necessary tools and a solid foundation to begin teaching. We got a world-class teacher training program with an American accreditation at Vantage. I certainly feel that I made the right choice.

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Already safe and secure, but…

I worked for a diversified corporate financial services and insurance company for the past decade. So I had a very good and secure job. However, in my heart, I knew I wanted to teach. But I was more than reluctant to resign and move to Thailand to complete my TEFL course and start over with a new life as a teacher.

So I emailed Kevin, the course director, with all my concerns regarding their institute and what they had to offer. He was very professional and explained that the course will be very intensive, but rewarding at the end. This was the place teachers were born, he assured me.

My first day on the course I was quite relieved. Vantage has an excellent Lead Trainer and it was also great that I had the best fellow trainees that I could have ever asked for. We immediately came together as one solid group—learning from and each other. The course was very well structured with teaching theories, methodologies, and teaching approaches

Then we actually had to teach in front of real students. I had no teaching experience and I was not confident at all to stand in front of a live class. My first teaching lesson was OK, but because I was very nervous, not a good as I could have been. The feedback I got from Vantage really helped me in the second—and the rest of the observed classes I taught. I’m now very confident. I can now design a lesson plan, worksheets, flashcards, games and power-point presentation. Vantage’s course also covered how technology is becoming a big part of our teaching and I’m now able to use stuff like an LMS (a Learning Management System).

I got a lot of one-on-one job help—like building my resume and cover letters—after my course was completed. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with amazing people and build lifelong relationships from this programme. Vantage has launched my teaching career and developed me to be a professional English teacher

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Real professionals!

I had googled up a number of other TEFL courses before choosing Vantage. Far too many were telling me riding an elephant or lying on a beach and not all that focused on telling me how I could learn to teach properly.

Vantage was exactly what I was looking for. An intensive course that pushes you out of your comfort zone and brings out the very best of you. If you are looking for and non-taxing TEFL course, having a
I tropical holiday for a month and get your certificate at the end, this is probably not your place.
However, if you’re serious actually wanting to learn how to teach properly, Vantage has exceeded my expectations in every way.

Before the course, I had a long list of personal concerns that I seriously thought would hold me back—some of which I thought might be insurmountable. I thought I was too young, I thought I wasn't boisterous enough, wasn't qualified enough…the list goes on. Yet Vantage dealt with every one of my concerns in ways that I would have never thought of.

The Vantage class sizes are small so I got a lot of personal attention. What really blew me away was how determined the trainers were to go above and beyond—putting everything into the delivery of the course. These guys are motivated much more by their desire to do the best job they can rather than the financial compensation they receive for doing so.

I would recommend Vantage to anyone who really wants to learn how to teach. These trainers are pros!h

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An old dog learns new tricks

I’ve taught for 15 + years abroad in places like China, Turkey, and Korea. I consider myself to be a highly competent teacher who felt very confident in the classroom.

Nonetheless, something I wanted to add to my range of teaching skills—not just for the qualification—but also to know how the latest digital technologies and new teaching methodologies have been impacting second language acquisition.

This course far exceeded my expectations.

There are many strengths to Vantage’s TEFL certification program: the professionalism and the knowledge of the instructors, the genuine interest they take in the development of the competency and abilities of their trainees, and their TEFL curriculum which had the right amount and sequencing of the course materials they covered.

We also covered some supplementary material on student assessment and eLearning platforms, which was pretty much new material for me.

Another great aspect of this program was the class size. Some of the TEFL programs I researched had 15 or even 20 students in a course. Large classes always involve much more management and less actual classroom instruction. Vantage smaller class sizes struck a much better balance between the two—particularly as it helped us bond as a group.

We did our practicum (the observed teaching practices), at a Thai college with Thai undergraduate students. This too was great as our students were too old to be kids but too young to be proper adults. And as their tuition is sponsored in diverse ways by both local and national governmental organizations, I found them to be particularly diligent students.

I would recommend Vantage’s program without reservation to any prospective teacher looking for a career in the education sector or even an experienced teacher who wants to update outdated skills.

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A confident English teacher

This program gave me the self-confidence and all the right tools to overcome my weakness in becoming a good teacher.I was a little concerned teaching English is not my native language and the idea that this could be a problem followed me all along the first week of my training.

The school environment was really nice and the training team was highly professional. I always felt great during all the classes, but it was the professionalism of my TEFL trainer that was the was the most important element that turned my initial reluctance teaching English into strong self-confidence. For me, this was the key to completing this course successfully.

Throughout the lessons and with the aid of all the course materials in Vantage’s curriculum, I had the chance not just to study and learn but to improve my teaching skills through planned practice and expert feedback.

We had 6 hours of observed teaching in an accredited college—non-English speaking students—that made a huge difference in knowing what to do and what to avoid. For me, this real live classroom experience was the key ingredient in learning how to teach.

Today I feel proud to be able to teach English.

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How I learned to teach

One thing that really appealed to me was the small size of Vantage’s TEFL courses. Their website advertised there would be no more than 8 trainees on my course and that certainly was the case for my class. We all got the individual attention we needed—and then some—as we analyzed our own and each other’s teaching in a productive and meaningful way.

I was very apprehensive as I started this course with no prior teaching experience. I wasn’t good at speaking in front of people and am generally a shy person. Nonetheless, this course gave me the skills I needed to confidently teach a lesson. I learned through trial and error that language teaching is more motivating your students to speak. And it’s not being able to deliver a lecture or presentation. Their lead trainer Chris taught me how to structure, plan, and execute a great lesson and then how to keep the attention and interest of a class, which made for highly motivated students.

I had some great experiences during our observed practice teaching sessions. Without the 6 hours of “practicum” teaching we were required to do, I don’t think I would feel half as confident as I do now becoming a professional teacher. At first, I was very nervous, and the first lesson or two were discouraging, but by the sixth lesson I felt much more confident and knew what to expect from the class and from myself. The feedback from Chris and from my classmates was invaluable as it encouraged me to develop the teacher I knew I had within me. For me, facing a classroom was very hard at first, and there was a lot of work to stay on top of, but it’s all part of the intensive and immersive experience that Vantage provides. Now I can’t wait to get back into a classroom and teach!

I also got a mountain of help from Kevin, their Jobs Coach. He sat with me one-on-one was we developed what he calls a Power Resume. We also made a video and cover letter and then he helped me navigate the job market. What was cool was that he did this the week after the TEFL course was over.

Overall, the course was challenging, engaging, and highly rewarding. But you’ll need to be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and you will have some rewarding experiences. Facing a classroom was very hard at first, and there was a lot of work to stay on top of, but its all part of the intensive and immersive experience that Vantage provides.

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An experienced teacher takes TEFL

When I did my TEFL, I was already teaching kindergarten in Burma. I already had a lot of experience teaching kids in an English speaking environment in a real classroom.

But while I was an experienced teacher, I felt I needed more of a grounding in teaching languages—specifically English as a second language. I thought this would make me a more rounded teacher.

I was right. I gained a lot from Vantage’s TEFL course as I have learned the methodologies and techniques in teaching English a second language.

Vantage’s TEFL program was comprehensive. It delivered everything it said it would and it offered much more. They are also a Cambridge test center, so we also studied how to assess a student’s English proficiency levels, the CEFR and the testing methods with which to do this. They gave me new tools that were invaluable in understanding how diverse students deal with their second language acquisition. I’ve since discovered this isn’t really covered in other TEFL courses.

This course is intensive. You’ll be more than busy for the four weeks, but at the same time, even for an experienced teacher like me. I felt like I learned a tremendous amount.

The entire Vantage training team was really helpful and they really put my needs and interest first. I would highly recommend Vantage to anyone who wants to become a professional teacher

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All my concerns were answered

My qualifications and experience were in engineering, so I was worried the success in changing careers. Added to this I was concerned that my status as a non-native English speaker would make becoming a teaching almost impossible.

On top of that Vantage’s course was intensive. Each night I had a lot of reading to do. Having said that, the course material was invaluable. I was taught both theories and techniques on teaching. But it was only when I really taught in a real live classroom—under the direction and observation of Lead Trainer Chris—that I really grew confident in my ability to teach.

Vantage also has their own specialist Jobs Coach. Kevin taught me to speak ‘skills’ to the marketplace. And to then reposition those skill to the teaching profession. So when I told them I was a champion debater in school they taught me to position those debating skills and emphasized how I could both motivate and coach my students’ in their second language acquisition.

Something must have worked. I actually found my first English teaching job working part-time teaching kids during my last week of the course.

Then within a month after graduation, I got two offers, both offering a year-long contract with a Thai Work Permit. I don’t know if I couldn’t have done this if I didn’t have the support and training I got from the Vantage team.

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The birth of a new teacher

Vantage first taught us to develop an effective lesson plan. Then the lead trainer would give each trainee a private consultation on their plan before they stepped into the classroom. At first, I had to make a number of revisions, but after a week or so I got this down pretty well.

The feedback I got after each practice class really help me determine how good my lesson plan was. And the feedback on my teaching was priceless. It helped me immeasurably in my development as a professional teacher.

Vantage really excels in job preparation. We had separate Jobs Coach who showed us how to develop a Power Resume. He also trained us in effective interviewing techniques like how to detail our past successes to a new situation. With his guidance, we crafted a great resume cover letters that showcased my skills. We also produced a video how I could be an asset to my future students in any institution.

I had a number of offers in the first few weeks after graduation even from schools who said they only wanted native speakers.

The bottom line was that Vantage’s program was a great facilitator in making my successful career change. They are a highly coordinated and professional team. I would recommend Vantage without hesitation.

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A reputable program with an international accreditation

First and foremost and I wanted a reputable TEFL program with an international accreditation.

In doing research on which TEFL I wanted to do in Thailand, I was a bit surprised that far too many courses gave a lot of information the touristic interests in their area, but not so much information on the actual TEFL course itself like its teaching methodologies.

Looking at Vantage TEFL’s website, I discovered the key areas of study within my TEFL course and the teaching methodologies. They also had very good information on the English Teaching Industry—such as the demand for English teachers—as well as the future trends within the ESL industry. I also liked the webpage on Careers within ESL good to explore potential career paths that led from teaching.

The actual course was even better. There was a great deal of information to cover, but the trainers were always there and always supportive. It was intensive but engaging and always interesting. The course book and supplementary materials were very comprehensive. I intend to keep my copy for a valuable reference during my teaching career.

Even if you’re not quite sure being an English teacher this course is very worthwhile as the resume writing and interview techniques we covered were also highly professional.

If you are a non-native speaker, as I am, they give you a lot of tips on how to succeed in interviews—particularly those that advertise for native speakers only.

I like to thank the Vantage training team for such an incredible experience at Vantage. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a world class TEFL training course.

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10/ 10

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A volunteer gets formal teacher training

I first tried teaching English to a class of young students through a volunteer program in Cambodia. I was given no formal training. I just was left to my own devices and ‘wing it’ in the classroom. But I found I loved teaching, I loved making a difference in student’s lives. I also knew that if I wanted to become a professional teacher and really good at what I was teaching that I would need formal training to do it to the best of my abilities.

Vantage’s TEFL course was taught by Chris who is an outstanding teacher who cares a tremendously his students. That’s a quality that’s not easy to find today. The 4-week course is intensive given the teaching theory and methodology you’ll study , the lesson planning, your observed teaching practice and exams. And finally the portfolio you will need to build. Chris guides you through all this step-by-step and you’ll have a lot of fun throughout the process. He gave me a ton of constructive feedback after each of my observed teaching practices, I improve significantly with every new lesson I taught.

On the jobs front, they have a separate trainer. Kevin is their “Jobs Coach. He works with you developing what they call a Power Resume. Something must have worked because previously
I had sent my old resume out to several companies before and didn’t get a single response. After sending out my new Vantage-style Power Resume, I was literally ed by every single school I solicited.

Bottom line: if you are serious a professional career as an English teacher, take your TEFL here. These guys are highly experienced and know what they’re doing in spades.