Vantage TEFL Certification

Vantage Siam (Vantage TEFL Certification)

About

American Accreditation | Internationally Recognized | Validated by Lamar University (Texas, USA)

Established in 2007, and Thailand’s highest-rated TEFL program, Bangkok-based Vantage TEFL offers three separate TEFL certification programs.

The newest program is Virtual Vantage. You do the coursebook online then teach your observed teaching practices (OTPs) online in a streamed class.

The second program is a 120-hour In-Class Course that’s given over four weeks. This includes six hours of OTP.

The third option is our Combined Hybrid Course where you study teaching methodologies online first and then complete your OTPs in a real school.
All Vantage courses include a full practicum of six observed teaching practices with non-English speaking students in a real classroom.

Vantage provides lifetime job support. They’ll craft your own Power Resume, formulate a personal job search strategy, and coach you on interviewing techniques.

Reviews

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Ellen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loving My Time

I recently completed Vantage’s TEFL program and I was amazed by the whole experience!

Kevin, Chris and Ryan are great trainers and really know what they are talking about. You cover literally everything that you would ever need to know to be successful in the classroom. I learned how to craft lesson plans and manage a classroom.

The trainers are super approachable, and most importantly, patient! They are more than happy to help you in any way possible. This was very true in my observed teaching practices. I got great feedback after each teaching session and I gained more and more confidence with each class I taught.

Vantage is super flexible as well. I fell ill whilst on the course and they supported me on completing the course even after I had to temporarily return home.

I absolutely loved my time on the course.

If you are like me and want to embark on a new career as an English teacher, I could not recommend Vantage enough.

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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Above and Beyond

The course was miles beyond what I expected. Firstly, the lead course instructor makes the course entire extremely interesting—even when talking about grammar—a subject I found super dull as a student.

This TEFL course is intensive as advertised. But here I had no problems as I found if you keep on top of the materials presented, you’ll get your head around it.

My teaching practices were the part where I was initially most nervous. But again, Vantage’s trainers were always there every step of the way to reassure and that kept building my confidence. Vantage’s practicum was probably the most important part of the course as it was here that my teaching skills were developed and it prepared me for real-life teaching as it built my confidence.

Vantage’s job services were also great. Their jobs coach showed us how to build resumes and cover letters and we also covered interviewing techniques to get schools interested in you. I was interviewing with multiple schools the first week out the door.

Vantage was an amazing experience. It is a definite recommendation for anyone looking to build a career teaching overseas.

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Jesse
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Five Stars TEFL Program

I had come halfway around the world to find a new career in a country I had never been to before and in a job I have never done. I knew that one of the first things I had to do—if I was going to be a good teacher—was to have the right skill set to be successful in the classroom.

That meant that a TEFL certification for me was a big part of my plans and I wanted to be trained by the best.

Thailand was also completely new to me, so I decided to do my teacher training in my adopted country, so I could begin to learn the culture at the same time.

This TEFL was as advertised. They told me to expect four weeks of intensive study. But I was surprised to discover the more I learned about being a teacher, the more engaged I became and the time just flew by.

The grammar lessons by Vantage’s lead trainer were fabulous. This really surprised me as I didn’t like grammar at all in school. As an American, I’m sure my English probably improved by this course!

They even covered the dos and don’ts of what to do in a Thai school. This orientation in cultural issues is something I would never have gotten if I had done my TEFL back home.

But it was in the classroom where I really developed my skills through Vantage’s observed teaching practice sessions. Here, what I learned as a TEFL trainee, was transformed into the teaching skills I will need to be successful in the classroom.

I really cannot say enough about Vantage’s instructors. Their professionalism and competence—and the fact that they had my back every step of the way—made this course transformational for me.

Vantage meet and exceeded my expectations consistently throughout their four-week TEFL course.

I would highly recommend Vantage to those who want to become as successful English instructor and teach anyone anywhere.

Vantage is five stars all the way.

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M
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Complete Package

My time at Vantage was excellent. I came in with close to zero formal or professional teaching experience and left with confidence, knowledge, resources, and connections.

The course itself is highly informative. I did not expect to learn as much as I did in such a short time. Despite the intensive schedule, we also managed to have a lot of fun. It may be hard to believe that discussions about grammar and pronunciation could be enjoyable, but I actually looked forward to the days when we talked about these topics.

The practice teaching lessons were invaluable. I would’ve liked some in-person practice, but giving the current state of things, online teaching may be the only option for awhile. Teaching via Zoom and other apps has its own set of complications, so I’m glad we got experience with a skill that employers will be looking for.

In addition to the course, we were given professional resources as well. This included CV assistance, interview skills, and job prospects. I actually had an interview before the course ended, which would’ve never happened if not for the Vantage staff.

I highly recommend going through Vantage. Can’t comment on any other TEFL providers, but all my needs and expectations were met or surpassed here.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The practice lessons. Even though they were done with students via Zoom, my complete lack of teaching experience made the first lesson extremely stressful. Chris helped us every step of the way though, and by the last few lessons I was actually enjoying myself.
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Noah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely Satisfied

I was very lucky to come across Vantage. I could not have been happier in the end.

This is a full, 120 hour, In-Class TEFL program. In four intensive weeks we acquired the foundational skill set to be successful English teachers in the classroom. Vantage’s lead instructor, Chris, is a great trainer who can even make the grammar units engaging.

After learning how to make an effective Lesson Plan, we studied how to effectively deliver our lessons through the ESA teaching methodology.

Then we taught is a series of observed teaching practices to Thai nursing students. After each class we first did our own self-reflection on how the teaching session went. Then we got great feedback from Vantage’s trainers going over what worked in our sessions and what we could improve on.

This teaching practice is a great way to get actual classroom experience and to develop the skills we’ll need to be successful anywhere.

We even had classes on what Vantage called “foreign language experience.” I really loved the “The Do’s and Don’ts in a Thai Classroom” session which highlight key cultural differences to help avoid mishaps in a Thai classroom.

Vantage also provides comprehensive job support and the course covers resume and cover letter creation and, importantly, support in finding a teaching position after you complete your TEFL through their network of schools.

I am absolutely satisfied and would recommend Vantage to anyone who wants to teach in Thailand—or anywhere else for that matter.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I decided to do my TEFL when I was stuck in a dead end job with zero ambition. I looked at various way of traveling the world while earning some money and came across TEFL, and decided that I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I love children and that is a main reason why I decided to do the TEFL.

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

I sent an email asking about the course and what it would entail. The institution (Vantage TEFL) I worked with had fast responses and answers to all my questions. They made it very easy to understand the requirements with constant feedback. I never had any doubt that I could do this through the confidence they gave me. A truly professional approach and I really enjoyed the journey of doing my TEFL.

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

I moved to Thailand without doing any research about my surroundings and the cultural differences were the most challenging when I moved here, but people are so polite and friendly (it is contagious) that you adapt easily. I wish I knew about this earlier, as I would have loved to do this earlier in my life. Last piece of advice is to not underestimate the course as it was intense but enjoyable, and I truly believe, after this course I can teach English as a second language to anyone willing to learn.

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

My course was a 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays for a month long. It is long days and sometimes you had to get the the facility at 07:00 to do practice teaching. On an average day, you are guided through the English language and it is not to teach you English it is to help you to teach English. You also get exposed to practice teaching, which really helps you gain confidence as an English teacher and removes all doubt you would have (I also had a lot of doubt and anxiety, but the practice teachings ensured that I gained confidence and became comfortable in teaching).

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

Biggest fear I had was that I never left my hometown for more than 6 weeks before. I always thought how would I adapt to a place I do not know and people that I do not understand? To answer that question, the answer lies within yourself. You need to decide that you want to do this. Once you open yourself up to the idea, it is strange how things just fall into place through meeting amazing people and experiencing unique cultures.

I have no doubt this is one of the biggest changes I made in my life and I have no regrets that I did it. Sometimes fear dictates our decision making, but just think of all the amazing experiences you will have and be able to share with your friends and family when they come visit.

What do I think prospective travelers would like to know?

My answer will be based on Thailand, as this is where I am currently.

Firstly, food is absolutely amazing. I have gained so much weight just by indulging in Thai cuisine.

Secondly, make sure that, if you want to work here, that your employer can speak English where both parties understand to avoid unnecessary confusion.

What would I change or do differently?

I have not been here to long and I would say there is currently nothing I would change, as the experience has been challenging and breathtaking at the same time.

Last thing that I would say: do not run from you fears. Embrace them and just do it; you will not regret it.

Staff Interviews

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

Chris Demetsopoullos

Job Title
Lead TEFL Trainer
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Chris, tell us about yourself.

Originally from the UK, I started my teaching career in the early 1990s where I taught a diverse range of Thai students. I then moved up to positions of corporate English assignments, which led to work as a developer of customized curriculums -- increasingly in digital eLearning materials -- for business skills courses and workshops.

Today, I specialize in one-on-one Executive Coaching for personal development programs and Leadership Coaching for Thailand’s blue chip corporations as well as being the Lead Trainer for Vantage’s TEFL program.

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

I have many years of business English teaching and corporate training with previous companies, along with training materials development.

However, I’ve really honed that skill with Vantage, as we offer customized corporate training programs — business English and management and corporate skills on an exclusive basis.

We specialize in blended learning programs, so a new and important skill I’ve developed is eLearning instructional design.

I’ve also become a teacher trainer since working at Vantage Siam, for which my experience and varied roles have been invaluable. Vantage has given me the opportunity to grow and develop professionally, and I’m sure there’s more to come.

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

We had a recent trainee who had had a rather troubled past. He decided to essentially “grow up” and better himself by getting himself a respectable career.

He contacted us and, after meeting with him, we were pretty sure he could become a good English teacher. However, he had very little confidence that he could make it.

We soon discovered he was very good at drawing out language from the students by use of questions, prompts and cueing during the first phase of the ESA methodology (Engage, Study, and Activate).

With subsequent training in the Study and Activate phases -- along with observed teaching practices -- he became highly effective in delivering a class to non-English speaking students in a live classroom. In short, this ‘raw recruit” became a highly skilled teacher. The surprise was that we had no idea in the beginning how good he would turn out to be.

We then helped get him a good teaching position at a prestigious school that is very appreciative of the way he motivates his students into successful English language acquisition.

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

Vantage has always embraced the cutting edge in educational technology. We were among the first to offer customized courses in English for Special Purposes. We embraced eLearning and blended instruction in our classrooms in Thailand over fifteen years ago. We have been advocating computer-adaptive proficiency testing. Later this year, we will be educating the market in the first speaking and writing tests to be scored by AI technology.

And while we teach an American accredited TFFL course, we do supplement the curriculum with an introduction to both assessment methodology and emerging teaching technologies.

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

I think one of the key factors in being successful is the ability to re-invent yourself -- or at least being open to change. And to change yourself effectively, you need to be able to hear what’s going on in the world around.

We like to think we’re good listeners. We listen to a couple of key voices to help point the company into head winds that we lead us to future successes.

We listen what the market is telling us in terms of what skills schools need for successful teachers.

We also hear what our TEFL candidates tell us during our time with us. We look at what skills they bring on day one --
what we do throughout the course -- and what the final product turned out to be. In other words, how well can they teach in a real classroom at the end of their training.

And finally, we follow key thought leaders in the education field. People that are talking today about what may be mainstream in learning tomorrow.