Review of Vantage TEFL Certification

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Bangkok-based Vantage established in 2007. 120-hour, American accredited, in-class TEFL course. Externally moderated. Observed teacher practice. Earn three college credits. Expert job support. Coaching services. Visa & arrival assistance. Innovative course that prepares teachers for tomorrow’s classroom.

They also offer a 120-hour Combined Course, which blends online study with live classroom teaching.

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Courses Offered

Type: Combined CoursesOnline Courses
Length: Standard (120-140 hours)
Certificate: TEFL / TESL / TESOL

Location of Courses

Thailand
Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
Course Content55555
Practice Teaching55555
Quality of Feedback55555
Lesson Plan Guidance55555
Instructor Competency55555
Job Placement44444
Facilities/Resources4.54.54.54.54.5
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2 Customer Reviews of Vantage TEFL Certification

Review by Matthew Williams, February 21, 2017

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I was a bit different from the other trainees in my class in that I had worked as a teacher in Saudi Arabia before I took my TEFL course. So I already had significant time working in a classroom. Having said that, I came to realize how well designed the Vantage TEFL Certification program is. It basically delivered everything it said it would do and then some.

Yes, this course is intensive. You’ll be more than busy over the month, but at the same time, even an experienced teacher like me felt like I learned quite a bit.

We did our observed practices at Thailand’s oldest nursing college. We had some 15 to 20 students in our class. The lesson planning we got from trainer Chris really was an invaluable help to keeping the students engaged through the hour. His feedback afterward was equally valuable. He had 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. For me, this was by far the most important part of the class.

The TEFL requirement was only for 6 hours of observed teaching, but we got extra hours (at our request) because “our” students also wanted more English lessons.

Everyone at Vantage was really helpful and they really put the student’s interest first. I would recommend Vantage to anyone who was serious about becoming a successful teacher.

Review by Hamza Malik, February 12, 2017

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

I attended Vantage’s TEFL Certification course and I found the program a key ingredient in terms of my overall teaching development.
 
I came from a ‘non-teaching’ background as I had a degree in engineering and worked in that field upon graduation.
 
I was a champion debater and did a fair bit of training both in school and in my first few jobs.  I really loved it the communication skills I had to use so I decided to become a full time professional teacher was the career path for me.
 
I actually found my first English teaching job my last week of the course so I was still doing my observed teaching practices while I was getting paid to teach kids on the weekend. 
The training – particularly what I got through Vantage’s observed teaching practices (what they call the ‘practicum’) was invaluable and I don’t think I could have “faced the kids” if I hadn’t already got the foundation skill set at Vantage. The practicum classes weren’t small – typically around 15 students or so.  Some of my teacher friends told me their practicum classes were only 3 or 4 pupils.  I think the bigger size help me in that’s what I faced in my first teaching jobs.
 
While the teaching of real students under observation was for me the most valuable
part of course, the theory and grammar explanations were also highly valuable.
 
Vantage’s course wasn’t easy. It’s intensive and I had a lot of materials to go through.  On the other hand, it was all very useful and I was taught how to blend what I learned in my TEFL classes into a real live classroom.

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