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TESOL Course Vietnam

TESOL Course Aims

The aim of the 4 week TESOL certificate course in Vietnam is to thoroughly prepare you for teaching EFL in any overseas environment. You will be able to prepare lessons for all age groups and levels and feel confident when selecting materials and activities. Equipped with a variety of techniques and methodologies, you will be a positive and resourceful teacher.


The course is open to all with a good academic background, usually graduate status. If you do not hold a degree you should hold qualifications for entry into higher education, i.e. ‘A’ Levels or High School Diploma. No prior teaching experience is required. Non-native speakers will be accepted onto the course under the same terms as native speakers, provided they have a high command of the English language. Upon receiving an application, you will be given a Language Analysis and Assessment Form. You will also be interviewed by the INTESOL Vietnam Director or his designated appointee. Applicants will be confirmed a place once they successfully pass both the Language Analysis and Assessment and the interview.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age upon commencement of their chosen course.

In Preparation

Once you have been accepted onto the 4 Week TESOL certificate course and you have paid your deposit we will send you a pre-course unit designed to help you refresh your knowledge of English grammar. You will receive a grammar workbook with exercises to complete.

Your Arrival

You will be given a welcome pack consisting of all sorts of practical information on how to get about (map, public transport timetables, places of interest, local doctors who speak English, hairdressers, restaurants and shops where English is spoken, essential and emergency telephone numbers, cell phone information, etc). Plus, our school staff will always be there to help you with their extensive local knowledge.

TESOL Course Contents

The TESOL course consists of both theory lessons and teaching practice. In the theory lessons an experienced teacher trainer will introduce a number of different methods and approaches. In these theory lessons you will also learn about the grammar and phonology/pronunciation of English as well as reflect on ways to reconcile TEFL concepts with day-to-day classroom practice. Both theory sessions and practise sessions are designed so that you take part in dynamic activities and discussions where you are encouraged to actively participate and learn ‘through doing’. We can guarantee you won’t be bored!

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: Study Skills
(not assessed) – how best to organise your study time.

Pre Module Grammars
Self-assessed tasks with answers provided to help with Unit 2 The Study of English.

Unit 2: The Study of English
Module 1 – grammar-tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense & structure – to be completed with the use of a grammar book.

Module 2 – phonetics – tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet(given), stress & intonation.

Module 3 – lexis – tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, language appropriacy & frequency.

Unit 3: The Teaching and Learning of ESOL
Module 1 – basic principles – answers from your own experience, the course materials & handbook on

1) the blocks which may prevent learning

2) motivation

3) communicative competence.

Module 2 – reading and listening – tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc.

Module 3 – speaking and writing – tasks based as above but with a more productive bias – getting your students to produce language

Module 4 – visual aids – study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple flannelgraph.

Module 5 – error – looking at authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice.

Unit 4: Lesson Planning
Module 1 – classroom management – task relating to student teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.

Module 2 – lesson stages and plans – putting all the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; practice and production stages of your lessons.

Unit 5: Teaching Practice
Observation sessions.

Unit 6: Teaching Practice
Lesson Planning.
Observed, assessed teaching & feedback sessions.

Observed and assessed teaching practice

You will complete a minimum of six hours teaching practice with real English language students, which is observed by your trainer. You will be graded on different aspects of your teaching performance, and receive an overall grade for the lesson. This practical side of the course will enable you to learn from first-hand experience. It will equip you with the techniques and teaching tools necessary to become a versatile TEFL / TESOL teacher and deal with a range of different teaching situations and environments when teaching English abroad.

As well as learning from your own and your peers’ teaching practice, you will have the privileged opportunity to observe experienced teachers deliver lessons to the very students you will be teaching.

TEFL Course Weekly Schedule

Typically, the weekly schedule will consist of theory sessions in the morning and early afternoon, followed by teaching practice. After teaching practice a feedback session is held where trainees and trainer sit together, exchange constructive criticism and reflect on the different lessons they observed. The onus is on reflection, as we believe this to be the most important aspect of the TESOL course. What really matters, even more than a good performance in the classroom, is for you to be able to reflect on your own and others’ teaching experience and learn from it for your future development.

Assessment and Grading

The course is continually assessed – there are no final examinations. You will be set tasks throughout the course, which are submitted for assessment by your trainers. These tasks are graded and returned with comments and guidance for your development. The course sessions are always conducted in small groups with on-going support and instruction, helping to ensure your successful completion of the course.

At INTESOL Vietnam we pride ourselves on personalized service, and we are constantly available to offer individual support and coaching. This means that your success on the course is virtually guaranteed.

Award of Certificates Upon Completion

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • ALAP accredited 190 Hour Certificate in TESOL with Teaching Practice (CELTA/Trinity alternative.)
  • INTESOL Certificate in TESOL (graded)
  • ALAP Course Transcript

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an INTESOL Certificate with one of the following grades:

  • A1 – Distinction
  • A2 – Excellent
  • B1 – Very Good
  • B2 – Good
  • C   – Pass

In order to earn your Certificate in TESOL you need to pass both the theoretical and practical components of the course. Full attendance is also required.

ALAP Accreditation

ALAP_accredited_smallINTESOL Worldwide TESOL/TEFL courses are accredited and certified by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK based Awarding Organisation.  ALAP is an accrediting organisation that specialises in the ELT industry.
ALAP is supported by an esteemed Academic Panel who are all experts in the field of English Language Teaching.  The ALAP panel oversee matters related to academic quality, ensuring that the value of an ALAP Certificate is upheld.

Gaining an accredited INTESOL TESOL certificate Through ALAP

What This Means to You, the Student!

  • You receive 2 certificates, one from INTESOL and one from ALAP (with hologram) with no extra expense to you.
  • You will receive a Course Transcript from ALAP showing what you have studied and how many hours.
  • Employers worldwide will know that your course is of a high academic standard.
  • Your accredited TESOL certification course is moderated and the procedures are checked by an external body.
  • Your course provider and accreditation body are investing in quality and are committed to giving excellent service.

Sample Certificate & Course Transcript


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