Teach English in Cambodia with LanguageCorps' TEFL Certification

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About

The TESOL Certification Course in Cambodia combines the essentials of what you need to become an effective English teacher, find suitable employment, and begin a successful career in your new country. Our intensive 4-week course in Phnom Penh gives you the skills and methodology needed to feel comfortable and competent in teaching English.

The training includes 100 hours of in-class training and 20 hours of teaching practice with local students. Your classes will be observed by our professional training staff, and you will be provided with constructive feedback to improve your teaching style. In addition to classroom instruction in effective EFL teaching principles and techniques, you will learn the creative approach to lesson planning, how to conduct effective classroom activities, and strategies to implement your training with local EFL students.

Highlights
  • Guaranteed job placement
  • Lifetime job-finding assistance
  • Prepare for a successful teaching career anywhere in the world
  • 20 hours of teaching practice!

Questions & Answers

I actually believe the program is closed in Cambodia now.

Reviews

7.5 Rating
based on 14 reviews
  • Benefits 7.4
  • Support 7.9
  • Fun 7.1
  • Facilities 8.4
  • Safety 8.1
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Anthony
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cambodia is amazing!

I had a wonderful time during the course and truly appreciate what LanguageCorps does for its trainees. I really enjoyed the materials and the trainers were a lot of fun to work with. I was planning on going to Vietnam after certification, but I immediately changed my mind when I arrived in Cambodia, it was love at first side. I worked at the University in Phnom Pehn and got paid rather well. I only worked 12 hours and was able to match my expenses. I choose not to, but I could have easily worked more hours to save some extra money. I lived in a very nice apartment, and food was expensive whenever I cooked at home, but the street food was great and cheap, although it did make me sick every now and then. But the transition was easy, I was quick to call it my home!

What would you improve about this program?
Job assistance could have been more thorough, but there are so many jobs available that it wasn't really an issue for me. All of us that stayed were able to find a job eventually.
Christopher Moyer
Christopher
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Program was a disaster

I will start this off by saying, I did not have to make any of this up or even embellish what I am about to say. This story wrote itself.

It started the night I arrived. Luckily I was with another student and got picked up pretty quickly, but they forgot about another girl who had to wait at the airport for hours before they remembered her.

I know that statement leaves a lot of questions. "Why didn't she call:? why didn't she email? why couldn't she ask around to get there?" Well, if you have never been to SEA before... She had just made it through the passport line, she didn't have access to WIFI because the airport there is not like the airports here in the west, she didn't have any idea where to get a sim card for her phone, ect.

So I got lucky. We all met each other, had a good time saying hi. The hotel was run down, even for Cambodia, and in a bad part of town. By that I mean its on a black river that smells like human waste, because it most likely is, and 2 women from the program were robbed within 300 feet of the front door of the hotel in 2 weeks. There is one shopping mall within walking distance, with ok access to food, but downtown is really where it is at. When you find out what your hotel could have been, and what your access to food, shopping, and entertainment could have been you will feel betrayed by the price you paid to stay at their hotel. Once word got out about how little it is to just stay at other, MUCH nicer hotels, people left to go do just that.

There is no work out equipment that works, nobody swam in the pool the first 2 weeks I was there, and we didn't have internet on my floor for 3 weeks. I wish I could show you a picture of the router and the set up,. All of the rooms had something wrong with them. My tv looked like someone had raked it with a blow torch and my fridge didn't work. So I stashed some things in the girl across the hall from me. The girl beside me had to use my room for warm water to shower with because hers didn't work, and we hung out in different rooms depending on whose air conditioning was working the best. The only good staff there, was the helpers.

Seriously, the one shining light in this program was 2 teachers. One lady was super nice and you could tell she really wanted to help people, and the guy was extremely difficult to understand and used some questionable examples (like making us clap to the word "suicide"), but he was also a pretty decent guy.

There are two older men who run the place and in my opinion, they are horrible (making inappropriate comments, etc.) One of them taught a few classes. and we HATED them. Imagine being in class for 2 hours saying "have you eaten yet? no, I'm hungry" .

If you do go here. Do not, and I repeat do not bother buying any of their packages for places to go. Just do a little research, you can get MUCH better hotels, better transportation, and do just as much stuff for literally 50% of the price they try to charge you. I'm not kidding, get your classmates together and just book everything yourself. Save yourself the money.

Everything about this program was a rip off. From what was promised on the website, to what we got in the hotel, to the packages they tried to sell us, to the "education" we received. Lets be perfectly clear here, this is a pay for a cert program. You aren't going to learn a SINGLE thing about actually teaching. Even when you go to the school to "teach" kids for a few weeks, they just throw you in with no idea on where the kids are or what they have learned already. My class in 14 kids in a classroom the size of a large closet, no air conditioning, and no clue where to start. No shadowing, no previous lesson plans, just "here, have fun!" Not to mention the best part of my class being aged anywhere from 4 - 10 years old. There was just no structure for us. If you get a job in Cambodia and actually teach there, it is a much better experience. I am not trying to dissuade you from going there to teach. There is a lot of really good and awesome teachers there doing amazing work. But you won't get that through this school.

This kind of leads me into job placement. Yes, they can get you a job. Which is with an.... ok? company? I didn't bother, if you throw your application out there online you can get a job easily enough by yourself. I had 20 interviews in a week, it is insanely easy to find a job in whatever country you want to work in. ASTON or whoever they work with is def not your only option. Look around. The last week was supposed to be culture classes and some basic language courses. They had to last minute find someone to bring in for China. The lady didn't speak hardly any English, we ended up teaching her as much English as she taught us Chinese. So the culture part of the class was nonexistent because she couldn't tell us anything about the country we were about to go into. Again, not a big deal if you are doing your research and know what you are getting into. But I feel bad for people who are just jumped into this expecting to learn along the way. Those people will be very lost.

There are much, much better programs out there. If you don't want to try, don't mind being lied to, and don't mind minimal living conditions and you want to overpay for it then by all means go ahead. The excuse "what did you expect from Cambodia" is absolute BS when you discover what you could have had there. There are 100 areas they could improve, but they are just filtering money, they don't want to improve. We contacted the home office many, many times to complain about what was going on. We had students drop out of the course to go to other places. We did everything we could and even demanded money back (which we didn't get). Go somewhere else. Seriously, go somewhere else.

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Lola
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

The program of last resort

The academic staff are excellent, they are experienced and provide good instruction. There ends the positive review.
Everything else about this course is cheap and nasty, classroom facilities, Wifi, printing, school/hotel staff/, cleanliness, the Marady hotel, relevance of practice teaching opportunities, these are all third world quality.
The scary bit is the director of the school/ owner of the hotel can't actually see any problems, if you can, go somewhere else.
They have now changed the course timetable to squeeze more students through the course and the hotel, increases the money they make but reduces the quality of the experience and training.

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Jared
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In-depth; thorough; complete

My title sums it well. Many things are covered I never would have thought of when teaching. You are consequently kept busy ... bordering on too busy ... and come away from a well taught course.
Instructors were good and impressively knowledgable. Accommodations were nice and the support staff in Cambodia is always there. A good country worth visiting and a people worth knowing.

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superflylei
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LC Cambodia

I participated in LanguageCorps in July 2013. The program is an amazing experience, worth more than every penny I paid! This course is very rigorous but the staff always make sure to plan fun social activities for the students. I was so busy the entire 4 weeks in Cambodia, but it was a labor of love. We went on amazing weekend trips to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, and I taught at a local international kindergarten and an orphanage as part of my student teaching. They also provide you with a 2 week crash course in the language of the country you chose, which has proven to be incredibly valuable!

I recommend this program to anyone looking to have the trip of a lifetime and get something valuable out of it. However, I do have some warnings (Cambodia is not for the faint of heart!). Most of them are in regards to the hotel we lived in.

-The Marady (the hotel) is on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, which we learned to love by the end but be warned that its a pricey tuk tuk ride if you want to go anywhere fun. The river that runs next to the Marady is lovingly referred to as "sh*t creek". The smell will permeate your windows if you are on that side of the building (we got used to it though)

-The tuk tuk drivers will always try to rip you off, even though they sort of work for the hotel

-The Marady food is quite possibly some of the worst in Cambodia, and you'll end up eating so much of it because of the hotels location (far out there). Also, DO NOT get the free hotel massage. Just don't do it.

-The pool is always murky and the "gym" consists of 2
or 3 very antiquated machines on a moldy rug in the middle of the pool bar.

-The guy who runs the program (and owns the Marady) is a cynical man who comes across as very cheap. Luckily you won't have to deal with him too much, and the rest of the staff is super friendly, knowledgable and awesome.

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I'm so glad I got to have this experience! It's so cool to experience a country like Cambodia first hand with some amazing guidance. I don't think there is another TESOL program quite like it out there.

What would you improve about this program?
The hotel we stayed in
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SugarSpice
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

LanguageCorps Asia

I graduated the course in the spring of this year. I happy with the academic side, but the director of LC Asia is irrational and moody and has little to no respect for students and staff. He regularly verbally abuses the staff in front of all the students at the Marady Hotel. The foreign staff were very helpful in general but the program director offered little to no assistance and never answered questions directly. He didn't appear to have any current knowledge about Cambodia and gave us misinformation about Thailand / Vietnam and the job scene.

I would advise against trusting anything the program director says and if you can't handle a very irritable director, then do not take the TESOL course at LanguageCorps Thailand, Cambodia, or Vietnam.

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Mames
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Get your TESOL and explore Cambodia!

I thoroughly enjoyed my TESOL course with LanguageCorps. It has a great staff which provides every students with lots of resources. They have a good relationship with a number of schools in PP and will provide support looking for jobs in the area after the program. Having the chance to teach in a local university was a great experience. After the first two weeks of basic training you are sent to the country you want to teach in to get situated and start learning the language. If you want to teach in China they set you up with a job even before you get to Cambodia. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in teaching English in Asia!

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goodtwin
8/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Cambodia

In Cambodia, the TEFL certificate is practically useless. Employers don't know much about TEFL certificates and don't care. The program is way too expensive for working in Cambodia especially because it doesn't cost them much to run the program in Cambodia. I have heard that the cost of living in Phnom Penh has gone up a lot in Cambodia in the last few years, but the pay rate hasn't and in some cases has even gone down (some have started taking tax out of pay, when before they didn't).

That being said, if you have the money, the program is okay in what it teaches. There aren't very many options for TEFL in Cambodia. If you plan to teach in other countries after, a TEFL certificate may be required (Vietnam or China maybe).