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Ninja Teacher

About

Ninja Teacher was founded in 2013 with the goal of making it easy to start teaching English in Asia. We're since grown to be a leading teach abroad company with over 1000 alumni who have taken our programs in Vietnam and other countries in Asia.

At Ninja Teacher Academy we offer TEFL courses in Vietnam and online. Our Vietnam classroom TEFL course includes 4 weeks of in-class training, practical teaching hours, job placement assistance, and more! Our online TEFL is a highly video-based course where you learn by watching recorded training sessions from our experienced trainer with a Master's in Education from Harvard.

We pride ourselves on our community, and work hard to create an environment that produces enthusiastic, well-trained teachers who are ready to enter the market here in Vietnam (and around the world).

With our monthly programs typically filling up in advance, we encourage you to reach out soon for more information about getting started!

Founded
2013

Reviews

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Mark
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ninja Teacher Online TEFL Program

Claire is an amazing instructor and very patient and kind!

I kept hearing vloggers say "Ninja Teacher is a great TEFL school and I feel confident to go teach after taking their course".  I have never heard anyone say they feel confident after taking a TEFL course before so I became curious about Ninja Teacher. 

Then when I saw that Ninja Teacher had an online course and then I read about the instructor's credentials I thought to myself "I have to sign up for this course so I can learn from her and get access to all the videos and materials in her course!"

I previously did a 168 hour online TEFL with a different company  and I learned some stuff but mostly I just got good at writing essays but I did not feel like I was ready to teach.  It was not very engaging, they only had one classroom video which was not that great and they did not ask us to really analyze different things the teacher was doing in the video like this course did.  They had reflection questions at the end of many modules but they were not as good as the reflection questions in this course.  
I learned a lot by answering all the questions including all the reflection questions in this course and clicking on all the recommended links.

This course had more recommended links with supplemental resources then the other course.   The supplemental resources were great as well. 

The other course actually had a lot of 3 minute videos also but they were just powerpoint presentations with some music in the background.
The other course had a lot of audio clips also but I find I learn better with video clips than audio clips.  Even if it's just a video of someone talking with a powerpoint presentation the visual with the audio really helps.   
 The other course had a good amount of text and audio clips and 3 minutes powerpoint video clips.   This course had 6x more classroom videos and the course slides were much better.

The other course listed some ideas for activities but did not give detailed instructions on how to do those activities.  This course had a huge amount of pdfs with ideas for all different types of activities and how to do those activities. 

 The other course discussed  behavior management theory and said it is important to keep the students engaged but did not go much into the practical application or techniques so I did not feel prepared to manage a class after their training.  This course had a ton of information on different techniques and which levels to use them on, etc.
 
The other course did not ask me to create any lesson plans and I did not have an instructor review my lesson plans and give me feedback.  This course had me do 3 lesson plans at 3 different student levels which was great and I was provided with feedback from the instructor. 

For giving instructions they just said give clear instructions and showed us a video of a teacher giving bad instructions and said don't do that.  This course gave me step by step instructions on how to give clear instructions and gave examples of good and bad instructions.

This course really focuses on the practical application of TEFL theories and techniques (step by step how you will do this in the classroom) whereas the other one was more theories with some tips and ideas.
 
This course also has weekly online zoom sessions where you can do peer teaching and message boards where you can actually interact with the instructor.  My other course had none of that. 

This course also had video assignments which made me improve my presentation skills. The other course had no video assignments. 

After this course I feel ready to teach!  I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to teach English!

What was your funniest moment?
Teaching an imaginary class during the video training was kind of funny and weird. But it really helped me get better as a teacher.
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Joseph Rodin Jr.
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a great course and I learned a lot, I would suggest more exercises for the trainors to observe and comment.

The classroom techniques, which opened my eyes to how you can tailor fit the lessons, activities and exercises to suit the level of your students. The stretching and voice techniques for me are the best. The initial reaction of the class to your voice could make or break their interest The brain breaks, warm-ups, and numerous topics further enhanced my method of teaching. The part I would like to improve on is the TTT teacher talking time which I have to minimize and interact with the class more and ecourage them to speak. I would definitely recommend this course to my friends and colleagues. Good job Ninja Teacher!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was when I was tasked to do a presentation and my markers malfunctioned and good that I was prepared with a back up activity which I was able to continue and finish the lesson. The next lesson, I didn't anticipate the presentation of the reading material to be more appreciated if it was joined together in the exercise. So, I had to improvise and use my creativity to come up with the slide and finished the lesson. These incidents sometimes can't be avoided and you have to think out of the box and luckily I was able to accomplish my tasks.
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Abhijitt Adhir
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A 100% Thumbs Up for this Program

I found this program extremely helpful in giving me a sound understanding of the English teaching process especially since I have no experience in formal teaching. It has equipped me with several effective teaching techniques and practices which has given me the confidence to face classes of different age groups and render effective and productive teaching.
The curriculum is very well developed with lots of video teaching sessions which are actually very helpful and gives practical learning. The content is engaging and actually paced very well covering all the key aspects required to impart a good lesson plan.
I also found the Live sessions with the head trainer, Claire very engaging and productive. These helped as a refresher, gave additional practical insights about learning, student behavior, etc and also gave an opportunity to interact with other students across the globe and gather various insights.
The assignments were also paced well and helped in focusing and going back to relevant modules to go through again so as to be able to complete the assignments properly.
The trainer was always responsive to queries and helped in facilitating the completion of this course with inputs as and when required.
Overall, this program has strengthened my confidence to take up English teaching as a profession

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, the program is very well structured and paced. However, i would recommend that having more video teaching modules could generate more interest and make the course more engaging. Practical teaching sessions seen live generates more interest than textbook content and i would recommend having more of these.
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Kent
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Ninja Teaching Academy

Overall there is a lot of good content in this course and all of the teachers are there to support you if you need it. Just reach out to them. Unfortunately the live sessions that they offer twice a week were inconvenient for my time zone, but they were very responsive by email. The only inconvenient thing is that everything requires you to school A LOT on their online classroom. I parts of the course I wish there were a few more example documents of some of the assignments. But overall it was a good experience, I just want to warn anyone who is going to take this course, if you don't pace yourself and keep yourself accountable it is easy to forget about the assignments and just keep on procrastinating in perpetuity.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Given that it is an online course that is asynchronous, I would keep more tabs on myself to make sure that I wouldn't procrastinate as badly.
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Nate
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ninja Teacher TEFL Online Course

My first online course was awesome because of Ninja Teacher Academy. I was planning on enrolling in their in-person course but it became unavailable due to covid. This led me to opt for their online programs instead. They've created a nice online learning atmosphere with a Facebook group, Zoom classes, school listings, and email feedback from great people. The online course gives you all the tools and time to understand the material and get a look a what's ahead of you as an English teacher in another country. I look forward to working with them in the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The one thing I would have done differently is to attend more of the zoom classes and communicate more with other students and teachers.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

It was simply a change of lifestyle. And feeling a sense of self-gratification from a job that also allowed me to grow as a person, as well as a sustainable wage. Plus, having a qualification which will allow me to open a whole new spectrum of doors. You could start off as a teacher and end up doing something even more diverse, once you get your foot in the door!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Ninja Teacher provided me with the TESOL certification and also guided me through the step by step process of having it authenticated. I did have to get a copy of my degree, arrange the tourist visa and get the criminal record check done myself, but Ninja Teacher guided me the whole way.

Also, accommodation was booked by myself, but I was advised of areas to scout out for. The most important thing I was assisted on was the job placement and arranging job interviews.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

You will enter the course as a stranger but leave with a family.

There's a strong sense of comradery and a sense of belonging. Everyone will give you different advice about the course, but it is for you to witness on your own. You will also gain strong alumni who regularly meet throughout the month.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

It is a highly intensive course. And is manic from the get-go.

You have observations by the end of the week or the start of week 2. You have continual activities, and then your own group and peer assessment by week 3. But it manages to stay fun along the way.

Daily the classes tend to be structured from 9-5 like a school.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was not managing to settle in and feeling homesick.

I definitely have settled in as it was just a matter of getting my bearings. You can not completely eradicate homesickness, but you will form a strong bond with your class-fellows, which will help alleviate it.

I also feel at home now!

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

Prospective travelers will definitely want to know that Vietnam is probably at a peak in terms of value for money right now. It is the best time to get the most from your currency back home.
I do not have one favourite story as there are so many. But, I would like to say it is funny how every ex-pat teacher seems to be connected to Ninja Teacher in some way or another!

Staff Interviews

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

Alex Stevenson

Job Title
Founder & Director
Alex has over 5 years of experience in the teach abroad industry in Asia, has obtained his Cambridge CELTA certification in teaching, and has taught English experience in Korea and Vietnam.

He then went on to start Ninja Teacher to help others start their teach abroad experience.
Alex Stevenson

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my best memories is traveling South East Asia after my first year of teaching abroad in South Korea in 2013. A few friends and I rented a villa on Koh Samui island for the first month, which had an infinity pool looking out over the jungle and the ocean. We spent time on the beach, ate delicious Thai food, experienced the nightlife and had an all-around amazing experience.

While most people think doing something like this is totally unaffordable and can't imagine taking that much time off... Well, I comfortably managed it by teaching abroad for a year and had enough saved to travel for another 2 months through Thailand and Laos and to get set up in Vietnam where I've been ever since!

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

Ninja Teacher has been a huge part of my life since the day I left for Asia. I started out documenting my experience and giving tips and advice on YouTube and on my blog right from day one, and now have nearly 500 videos uploaded and 5 million views on those videos. Over time I started connecting my audience with teach abroad programs and turning Ninja Teacher into a company that helps people get started on their teach abroad adventures. Now we have a team, a TESOL school in Vietnam and help train, certify and place over 100 teachers per year in jobs.

At the start, I was as scared to take the leap and teach abroad as most people. I pushed my comfort zone and did it though, and my journey has been a constant one of moving forward, overcoming challenged and adapting. I've grown resilient and wouldn't take back all the ups and downs on this journey for anything.

I've also become more open to new ways of thinking by seeing how people live and what they believe in countries around the world. Without these experiences, I don't know who I would be today.

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

My favorite stories are the ones where someone never expected to be a teacher or like teaching and then end up loving it.

Often people come to Vietnam because of the good salaries, low livings costs and great lifestyle and/or ability to save money you have here, which in my opinion is totally fine, as long as you ALSO take your job seriously.

Not everyone loves their job, and for some people teaching English in Vietnam is just that: a job they show up for and do what they need to do. But surprisingly, a large number of people end up really loving teaching. They may have never expected to and that's the great reward to me - seeing our graduates finding a new career path they enjoy (or at least something different to do for a year or two that they get a lot out of).

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

Ninja Teacher's teach in Vietnam program with its classroom-based 150 hour TESOL training and certification with a paid job is the best possible way you could get started teaching in Vietnam.

You get practical training in the classroom at Ninja Teacher Academy in Ho Chi Minh City, teaching time with real Vietnamese learners, your TESOL certification and a job in a reputable school.

We also pride ourselves as being the most supportive and friendly team out there! We're here to help you out from the moment you sign up until you've secured a job, and also continue to keep in touch with our alumni through regular events in the city.

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

We're all previous teachers, we're a friendly and supportive team and we offer the best possible service throughout your time in Vietnam.

With Ninja Teacher Academy situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the most progressive and exciting city in Vietnam, you'll be able to adjust to life in Vietnam through our orientation and as you complete your training over 4 weeks.

One of the biggest highlights is meeting your cohort of fellow trainees, which gives you a ready-made group of new friends. Not going at it alone is essential for the successful transition to life abroad!

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

Every detail of what we do is geared towards helping our trainees successfully become great teachers and transition to life abroad - from daily support to quality training with experienced trainers.

We also have a great reputation with schools and Vietnam and they come to us first when looking to hire. This helps us to find the best possible jobs for our Ninja Teachers so they can travel, experience a new culture, live a great lifestyle, save money and make a difference!