I was looking to become TEFL trained and certified. While there are many programs out there, Vantage easily made the shortlist. I soon found myself in the classroom, enrolled in their one-month In-Class course to train for my TEFL certification.
The course was thought-provoking. We were introduced to the communicative approach to language teaching—the ESA methodology in particular—and we learned how to create a professional lesson plan.
We also reviewed key grammar points such as verb forms, nouns, adverbs and English language structure. The tutorials were highly engaging; and Vantage’s trainers would talk about each grammar point in a hands-on workshop style.
After laying a foundation in the first part of the course, we then started our observed teaching practice classes. First, we observed experienced teachers delivering professional-level lessons. Then were created our own lesson plans and taught them to non-English speaking students. We got valuable feedback from our trainers and incorporated their guidance into our next practice session.
The entire course integrated a lot of personal reflection, and I spent many evenings recording my thoughts on the activities throughout the day.
I would recommend Vantage to those looking for a path in how to be a professional teacher.