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.

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Founded
2000

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Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Researching the best TEFL Course can be very overwhelming. From online organisations, to Groupon – there are a plethora of opportunities to undergo the Teaching English as A Foreign Language process. However, due to the global pandemic, in-class sessions are a bit limited. That’s where Via Lingua International sparked a great interest. Through Via Lingua International I was able to secure a spot in the Istanbul branch to receive my certification.

My time at Via Lingua Istanbul was exceptional! This intense month-long course was filled with teaching practicums, lesson planning, extensive grammar review and basic expectations of a teacher. To say it was intensive would be an understatement!

I highly suggest Via Lingua Istanbul for anyone who wants to be in the magnificent city of Istanbul with qualified instructors who want nothing but the best for you in a professional capacity.

Thank you Via Lingua Istanbul!

What was your funniest moment?
The endless study sessions with my classmates where we would laugh uncontrollably at the most random things.
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Lilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting TEFL certified is one of the most important achievements in my life. This course gave me new knowledge and ideas for my future teaching practice.
All trainers were very helpful, kind and always positive. They provided us with clear explanations, a lot of examples, activities and group work. The trainers always created good atmosphere during our classes, so I could ask them any questions I had.
TEFL course is really very intensive. It includes different aspects of teaching (from teaching reading, listening skills etc. to classroom management). Be ready to work hard during these four weeks. It is better to brush up your Grammar before the course starts. Also it is a good idea to work on Portfolio, Individual Project and Group Project from the very beginning, so the trainee will have enough time to prepare for Final Assessment Test.
Teaching practices were especially useful for me and I got experience of teaching adults. Our observers gave us valuable comments and advices how to improve our lesson plans and teaching (for instance, better time management and decreasing teacher talking time).
I would like to thank all the staff and director at Via Lingua Istanbul for their help, kindness, patience and understanding!!!
I really enjoyed my time in this beautiful and amazing city - İstanbul.

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Lilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting TEFL certified is one of the most important achievements in my life. This course gave me new knowledge and ideas for my future teaching practice.
All trainers were very helpful, kind and always positive. They provided us with clear explanations, a lot of examples, activities and group work. The trainers always created good atmosphere during our classes, so I could ask them any questions I had.
TEFL course is really very intensive. It includes different aspects of teaching (from teaching reading, listening skills etc. to classroom management). Be ready to work hard during these four weeks. It is better to brush up your Grammar before the course starts. Also it is a good idea to work on Portfolio, Individual Project and Group Project from the very beginning, so the trainee will have enough time to prepare for Final Assessment Test.
Teaching practices were especially useful for me and I got experience of teaching adults. Our observers gave us valuable comments and advices how to improve our lesson plans and teaching (for instance, better time management and decreasing teacher talking time).
I would like to thank all the staff and director at Via Lingua Istanbul for their help, kindness, patience and understanding!!!
I really enjoyed my time in this beautiful and amazing city - İstanbul.

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Ali
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The instructors were very helpful and well connected with their field.
The program offers job assistance by providing letters of recommendation.
Not an easy course (practice your grammar), which is good thing if you actually want to earn a useful TEFL practice.
The city is very affordable with easy access to transportation (Metro, Bus, or even Boat Fare), and also very safe filled with good people.

Also, the program took great amount of COVID measures in the class (mandatory face mask, social distancing, and very well kept facility).

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Go over the course content and topics beforehand, review class lectures and lessons after each class day, and also give yourself some time before the start of the program to not only review the material, but also some time to get used to your sleeping pattern according to the country's time zone.
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Otilija
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The decision to take TEFL courses was long taken, however, Corona has postponed it several times. Getting an email in the end of July regarding the courses in August was one of the biggest joys during 2020. I had no doubts, of course, the global pandemic made it a bit more complicated. However, since the very first lesson, only the good vibes were spread. Instructors provided all the help needed, answered all the questions. 4 weeks were tough, especially 2,3 and 4th, but that was totally worth it! I was happy to study again, to meet motivated study peers and professional lecturers. I had some previous teaching practice, so these courses made me understand teaching from the different side. I had practice, now I needed professional help. And I did get it. Teaching practices were really useful and we received a lot of comments from the lectures who also indicated areas for improvement. Overall, I am happy that I decided to attend TEFL courses in the city I love - Istanbul.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just do it! If you have doubts, try it. There is a saying to better regret things that are done rather than the ones you never tried. Also, be prepared to postpone active travelling after the course, as there are a lot of things to be done in order to receive the TEFL certificate.

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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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