Via Lingua

Via Lingua

About

Via Lingua is a worldwide educational organization, with schools and offices in numerous locations. At Via Lingua, our main goals are to assist our students in developing their English language teaching (TEFL) skills in a professional, stimulating, and supportive environment. We aim to provide our students with teaching job opportunities throughout their TEFL career, thanks to their comprehensive training at Via Lingua. In addition, we hope to raise the standard of English language training and instruction around the world. Our personalized mentoring and job guidance program offers each student the opportunity to explore the world of teaching and traveling via language. Our mission at Via Lingua is to train and coach global professionals who are thoughtful, creative and effective practitioners of teaching English as a Foreign Language. Student-centered learning reflects historical and contemporary knowledge, theory, cross-cultural awareness, and ongoing best practices in the field.

Founded
2000
Headquarters

Via Brunelleschi 1
50123 Firenze FI
Italy

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Every year we offer scholarships to outstanding students for our programs.

Reviews

david
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a great class. The course work felt overwhelming in the first half, but after getting a bit more used to lesson planning, the second half felt a bit easier. There were a lot of good input sessions. As a native speaker there were many times that the class helped to raise my language awareness of many grammatical/lexical features that I had never actually thought about. Another side bonus to the class is that the staff at the ALC and ViaLingua team were very helpful in writing references for not only me, but for everyone in the class. On the last day of class, I had an interview and got hired to teach English in Morocco. I am really grateful to Omar and the rest of the ViaLingua team for preparing me effectively for a future in English Language instruction. Having been working full time in Morocco for the past 3 months, I can honestly say that this course gave me the tools that I need to succeed in EFL instruction.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are interested in teaching English, this course is the way to go. I know that you can do TEFL or TEFL-equivalent courses online for possibly less money, but I have NO idea how you could substitute the practical hands on classroom teaching experience and the abundance of insight from experienced teachers that you will have daily in the ViaLingua Marrakech program.
Amina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello everyone, I am very much satisfied about this course. And highly recommend it.
Mr. Omar is very nice trainer, his feedback was always motivating and helpful. It was nice journey with beautiful amazing people, I really enjoyed every moment learning new things that will definitely help me to look forward.
taking this course will help you to find better opportunities in teaching English as a second language and chanllenging you for better chances in different places.
I wholeheartedly thank all the trainers who were part of this incredible experience. and very pleased to get this c ertificate with merit.

Good luck guys. don't wait, go for it. :D

Youssef
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would like to thank Via lingua for the opportunity they gave me as I want to thank Mr.Omar for the support. Thanks to the certificate I could find a job in Vietnam.

TEFL certificate is really important to be selected for an English teaching job so I reccomend to you join Via Lingua to get not just the certificat but also to get an idea about the classroom.

During my stay in Marakesh, I learned a lot and had the chance to meet other teachers from other countries. Our teachers were senior teachers in University and they shared their experience with us.

Finally, I would like to advice young teachers like me to take the risk and apply for a job overseas because it is too much fun. China and Vietnam are the biggest markets now so grab your chance and come over.

Ryad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What's Via Lingua Marrakesh about? Well... It's simply so interesting, with rich content and a lot of learning. Not only you get exactly ALL what you ACTUALLY need to TRANSFORM into an experienced English teacher, it offers you adequate talents and appropriate qualities to take hardest life challenges as well, with great confidence and high self-esteem. Much work, a push of perseverance, a bit more of efforts, and you'll find yourself straight in front of the success gate, ready to step across the threshold of employment. Via Lingua Marrakesh TEFL training will surely grant you a highly appreciated added value you can absolutely rely on along your professional path.
In one word: An opportunity to seize! That's what I actually did in September 2019 when I took the intensive course.
Just taste the warm and welcoming breeze of Marrakesh, explore foreign cultures, meet nice people, and eventually get TEFL certified. Worth it.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first time you stand up before your students, when you're requested to perform your very first teaching practice. So funny at the end because the fear leaves you within the first five minutes and you get familiar with the teaching job.
Abderrahmane
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been an English teacher for about 3 years now thanks to VIA LINGUA and its stuff; from the director of the American Language Center to all the profesional trainers. Every single teacher of the trainers will help you and push you so hard to learn and achieve the main aims of the training program.
But, why should you enrol in? Throughout the three years of teaching, I've met and interviewed a lot of '' teachers ''. Unfortunately, most of them don't know what a lesson plan is which is shameful. Yeah, IT IS. They have no idea how listening, grammar, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and reading should be taught! So, they just copy from the teacher's book or depend on the others to help them when they're stuck. I rarely use the teacher's book simply because it doesn't know my students better than me, and I know what, why, when, and how I teach something. In other words, I'm a qualified,independent teacher.
That's concerning teaching, but what about you? The teacher! VIA LINGUA will help you to become a more humaine, caring and creative teacher.
All in all, if you want to be a qualified English teacher, don't hesitate to take this course.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Steve Patten

Job Title
Head Trainer

What is your favorite travel memory?

Getting lost in Tokyo! I boarded the wrong train and ended up at a rural station where no one spoke English. Luckily, I was rescued by a Japanese family who, although they spoke little English, befriended me and took me for a meal.

We became great friends and are still in contact today. I plan to visit them in 2020 when I attend the next Summer Olympics.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Absolutely. Being a member of the Via Lingua family is a wonderfully creative, supportive and challenging experience.

Working collaboratively with colleagues continually provides me with new ideas and approaches. The positive and critical feedback from both fellow instructors and trainee teachers has never ceased to stimulate me to improve and grow.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Many students remain in contact with Via Lingua via our alumni association so we frequently hear of their progress in the field of TEFL.

The best story is of the trainee teacher who, after teaching for several years post qualification, continued her studies with one of our partner universities. Receiving study credits in recognition of her Via Lingua qualification, she not only went on to complete her MA TESOL, but also to secure a teaching and research post at a leading US university.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the Via Lingua CTEFL program.

This is such a great way to both access the world of language teaching and immerse oneself in a new culture. The course provides a perfect balance between theory and practice.

Skills and knowledge introduced in the training sessions are applied in the classroom, where trainee teachers work with authentic second language learners. In addition, living and studying in a culture different from one's own is both a challenging and rewarding experience, one which lasts a lifetime.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Via Lingua is unique in the field of TEFL training programs because it offers a holistic approach that provides opportunities for trainee teachers to:

  • study and work alongside experienced TEFL teachers;
  • apply theoretical knowledge when working with multiple levels of authentic second language learners (a minimum of 10 hours practical experience);
  • engage in guided research projects and activities;
  • immerse themselves in the culture of the host country and learn a foreign language;
  • further develop existing skills and talents;
  • develop skills and qualities associated with life-long learning.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that there are three key factors involved here, all of which are fundamental to the way Via Lingua has designed its business model: invest in the professional development of employees (the training staff), invest in identifying the needs of clients (the trainee teachers), and invest in research and development (language acquisition, training programs, and training materials).

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