ILA Vietnam

ILA Vietnam

About

ILA Vietnam is a foreign owned education and training company. We offer a broad range of educational programmes and services, including:- English language programs

- University pathway programmes
- Corporate training
- Teacher training
- Overseas study consultancy and placement services. Our 25 centres are located in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang, Vung Tau, Binh Duong and Bien Hoa.

Founded
1999

Reviews

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Tatum
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After landing in HCMC, I was thrown into my CELTA a whole 24 hours later. (In hindsight, not the best idea I've ever had. You should leave at least 36 hours). The CELTA itself was as full-on as I expected it to be, I feel more so for people with zero teaching experience, such as myself (perhaps due to confidence in front of a class, lack of ideas for activites etc). I feel there is more to be gained from the CELTA at ILA if you already have even a tiny bit of experience teaching. The CELTA program seemed well organised and efficient. The teacher trainers where always on hand to help if you asked for it. Not much slack is given for any mishaps, family deaths, muggings (about a 1/3 of us got mugged at some point in that first month of naivity about D1 of HCM), it has to be said. I can't say I ever made it out of D1 in that month of the CELTA - long days at and evenings full of lesson planning where the main focus. Anyway, we all survived, we all passed, and a fairly large proportion of us went on to work for ILA around Vietnam. Still here, truly having a ball!

What would you improve about this program?
Turning this into a 5 week course would make a vast difference to the level of enjoyment that people get out of doing it. The level of pressure is extremely high, and a lot of people suffer a lot from it, or drop out altogether. Allowing 5 weeks instead of 4 would ensure that everyone gained a lot more out of the program, and came away with a more positive attitude about the course, and their future teaching career.
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Pierre
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did the CELTA course back in Feb 2013, It was a challenging course. The programs started at from 7am to 5pm in the afternoon and homework was given. This kept me busy for the duration of the course. The course formatted so that the student teachers would practice theory in the morning and teach all afternoon. As the program progressed the amount of hours for theory would be reduced until we were teaching all day long. There was support available if one didn't understand but being independent was a key aspect of the program. Funny story, I broke my leg before the course started, the handicapped facilities are limited in Vietnam are limited, so every morning was a painful commute. I had to drag myself up the stairs to get to the elevator. That wasn't too fun but it happened, now that I look back on it, it made me stronger, now I complain less when problems arise.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make it a little less independent especially for those that have little or no experience. Either create a pre-course that teaches you baby steps or incorporate a further support system. One of the problems was that if you had a question after hours for the assignment the next day, you might not get a response in time.
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Nic
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

I started working for ILA after doing the CELTA. They told me about all of the documents I needed to work there, and I happily provided them, incurring all of those expenses myself without reimbursement. However, they were never able to get me a work permit, so they could not set up a bank account for me. Eventually I was denied renewing my visa because it turns out that their HR department lost my BA, which would take me three months to replace. I had to leave the country on short notice and pay a large fine at the border because they indicated that everything was alright with my visa and that it was just being "processed." Unfortunately they had done nothing and by the time my passport was returned, I had overstayed my visa. They now refuse to send me my final pay because I was never legally employed by them. I'm worried that I may have been scammed, but there's nothing I can really do about it. I'm working in Cambodia at the moment until I can save up enough to buy a plane ticket home.

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Aaron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having worked in a few countries in Asia teaching English I was sure that Vietnam was going to be the same; overcrowded classrooms, no support, no resources and no pressure to deliver a good lesson.

In Cambodia I was teaching upwards of 40 students with no help and no air-con. In Korea they only cared about having a white person standing in front of the class.

When I got interviewed for ILA I was told that some centers did have classes at government schools and that these would be busier than those in ILA centres. I was given a choice of whether I wanted to teach these classes or not. I decided after teaching so many students in the past I would like to experience a different style of teaching.

I had 14 students, a fantastic teaching assistant and enough resources to take on cover classes with little preparation. The cover was optional and a good way to earn overtime.

If you've experienced teaching in Asia before then this is a nice surprise as the cost of living in Vietnam is very low and the quality of life is high for a teacher. There is pressure to perform good quality lessons and there are a lot of observations and workshops which you must complete but for the career teacher this is a goldmine. For those just looking for short term jobs to fund travelling this is probably not the place for you. There are plenty of schools in Vietnam that don't care about their standards and pay cash in hand. If quick money is what you are looking for then these schools are probably a good bet.

As with all big companies there are some issues but the ones I had were always dealt with, although not always in a timely fashion. Once again, if you've worked in EFL before this is nothing new and at least you get paid on time.

Working in VN can be hard as the work permit process is a nightmare and can take a long time.

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been nice to have 2 consecutive days off but in some ways it was nice to get the bulk of the hours done at weekends and then just have 3 evening classes a week.
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Alan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maybe some centres are different to others but my experience couldn't have been more different from those written below.

I had 2 years of post CELTA experience and was offered a payscale suited to my experience which was more than I was expecting. I was also given the opportunity to learn how to teach all age groups including exam classes like IELTS.

They reimbursed $150 for my document notarisation and also an $800 relocation allowance. I got paid on time and didn't have much to complain about. Like I said earlier, this may be different for each centre as they have quite a few.

The kids were great and my colleagues were always helpful and fun to work with. After 2 years I was made a senior teacher and thanks to this I gained employment with the British Council in Barcelona when I left another 2 years later.

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