Vantage | 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification | Hybrid Option

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The After-Class Glow
Now with more Experience
Now with more Experience
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Team Activities
I'm now working at a great Thai school
I'm now working at a great Thai school
Engaging my Students
Engaging my Students
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One of my practice classes
One of my practice classes
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About

American Accreditation—internationally recognized—validated by Lamar University in Texas, USA.

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

The first option is a 120 hour In-Class Course that’s given over four weeks. This includes six hours of observed teaching practices (the practicum).

The second option is our Combined Hybrid Course where you study teaching methodologies online first and then complete your teaching practicum.

Both courses include a full practicum of six observed teaching practices with non-English speaking students in a real Thai classroom.

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

Highlights
  • Vantage was awarded #1 worldwide as the "Top TEFL Course" in the 2018 Community Choice Awards.
  • Vantage’s Hybrid Combined Course—a blend of online study + observed teaching practice in real classrooms—was named #1 in “The 9 Best Online TEFL Courses.”
  • Provide lifelong job support. They have partnerships with leading Thai English education providers that place hundreds of teachers in prestigious Thai schools every year.
  • Provide a Thai cultural orientation—including the do’s and the don’ts of teaching in Thai schools
  • The TEFL Silk Road—Teacher training with a guaranteed job in China at one of their partner’s 91+ academies in 17 cities (with a $500 TEFL tuition discount)

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 102 reviews
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Value 10
  • Academic Rigor 9.4
  • Job Assistance 10
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Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Discovering a New Path

My journey to Thailand was to look for a new experience in life and it was here that I first explored the idea of being an English teacher as a way to live overseas.

So then the question became where to get the proper training. My research let me to Vantage after I discovered was the highest-rated TELF course in Thailand. I went to their training center and spoke to Kevin who explained the course and told me how they place all their graduate in good teaching positions. The other TEFL providers I went to didn’t have much advice on jobs or know how many of their students were working after they graduated.

The course teacher Chris is very experienced, so he’s able to answer every question you have on teaching in Thailand. And teaching English as a foreign language. I quickly learned that language teaching is not at all the same as teaching something like science or history.

We also had a ‘foreign language experience’ with great insight on what to expect in Thai classrooms along with useful phrases to know in Thai. For me, this was very helpful in knowing what you can and can’t do in a Thai classroom compared to say a British classroom.

It’s the practice teaching where I really learn how to teach. My first teaching practicum was in a government school and I was terrified. I didn’t go all that well. But with the observed feedback I got from the trainers, I managed to go into the school next time with confidence, so much so that by the final time teaching there I was sad to be not returning.

We also taught adults at a nurse college. In the end, I taught young primary kids, to teenagers to adults, which was great. Every session was observed and got great feedback after each class. I can now claim after all my practice sessions, that I’m confident and ready to teach anywhere.

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Greg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really Professional Course

I think that the course was really professional and extremely helpful for getting my new teaching career off the ground. The trainers are very knowledgeable, helpful and they provided a lot of extra information. They gave us a supplementary book which had a lot of useful information on Thai culture and customs and the best practice of teaching techniques.

Vantage’s lead teacher delivers the course material in a professional well structured, easily digestible way—and with a lot of humor which always keep us engaged.

The practicum was perhaps the biggest help in developing my teaching skills. It was a huge opportunity to have 10 hours of observed teaching, where we could try ourselves out in two very different environments at a Thai medical college and with younger kids in a government school.

I recommend Vantage without hesitation. I have enjoyed every minute and every part of this course. Vantage’s training center is well equipped and offers everything you need to become TEFL certified.

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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Comprehensive Program

Vantage was a comprehensive course with great support.

Their TEFL curriculum is comprehensive and easy to digest. The additional supplementary material that Vantage created included emerging teaching techniques and assessment methods.

Any course is really only as good as its trainers. This is where Vantage really stands out. Vantage uses a workshop style to teach which creates a lot of discussions and keeps enthusiasm at a high level.

To me, the observed practice teaching was the heart and soul of the class. This is where my new knowledge was transformed into teaching skills. After each practice session, I got excellent feedback from the trainers, which jumpstarted the development of my teaching skills quickly and efficiently.

Vantage particularly excelled in job placement. Their dedicated Jobs Coach worked on developing my own Power Resume and interviewing techniques. He worked with me even before I left American and then networked me into their partner consultants. I secured a great job before I even graduated.

The bottom line is that I now feel highly confident that I can teach successfully. Without hesitation, I would recommend Vantage TEFL to anyone considering a teaching career. These are the guys you want to be talking to if you want to start a career in teaching.

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Pel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Possible Start

Vantage was a great experience and the trainers the made the whole journey very enjoyable and fun. They delivered on everything they promised—and more.

The job services were fantastic! Through one of their consultants, I even found a contract teaching position before the course was completed. I graduated on a Friday and starting work the following Monday—with some serious celebrations during that weekend.

More importantly. I learned the skills to become a successful teacher—and that included a lot of valuable teaching techniques. Not only did I have to teach six practices classes, but I had to observed and give feedback on even more. We gave lessons in both a government school between the ages of 6 and 13 and also at a nursing college. Students and staff, there were between the ages of 20 and 50.
The lead trainer’s knowledge of the English language is exceptional and his teaching techniques are inviting as he challenges the students in a positive manner.

I ended up learning a lot about my native language and even about myself. The lessons I gave built a lot of confidence and prepared me well for my new teaching position.

Looking back I am glad I choose Vantage TEFL Certification. They gave me the best possible start to becoming a teacher. They also delivered on everything they promised.
Thank you Vantage for the excellent service provided.

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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Offering Everything it Promised

This course beat my expectation. Yes, I had to handle a lot of new content, but it was kept manageable within four weeks. The other students here came from all ages and many walks of life, making this experience a memorable one. The Vantage team was filled with great personalities, especially the lead trainer Chris whose personality makes the course an enjoyable experience.

The practice teaching experience was the heart of this course. We taught at both government school which gave us outstanding insight into how to manage a classroom full of children and later at a nurse’s college where we how to deal with teaching adults
The feedback we received after each teaching practice session to the key to the development of my teaching skills. I was able to learn from my mistakes and then incorporate the ‘best practice’ in the next lesson. I particularly found learning how to create effective lesson plans to be useful because it helped me formulate better teaching strategies for students in my future classes.

The job assistance here has been helpful. Specifically, the jobs coach Kevin offered great job opportunities with reputable institutions that offer great benefits. Furthermore, , his assistance in resume crafting and interview guidance was a helpful addition to the course that made me better prepared for contacting and communicating with potential employers.

The other students here came from all ages and many walks of life, making this experience a memorable one.

Vantage’s TEFL course offers everything it says it would—and much more beyond your expectations.

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Dea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Completely Confident

Vantage’s course is workshop based which I loved because it meant a smaller sized and more intimate group, where we could really engage with our fellow trainees as well as the lead trainer. Chris was very knowledgeable as he has over two decades of experience as a teacher, trainer and a materials developer. I think I learn much more this way than in a traditional lecturer approach typical of your average TEFL.

The practice teaching was great! We first learned how to make lesson plans step-by-step. Then we taught the students the lessons we created and received great feedback from Vantage’s trainers after each lesson. This really jumpstarted my teaching skill development as it helped me improve on certain things I needed to work on and build upon my strengths.

By the end of the course, I gained the knowledge and confidence I needed as a new teacher. I’m confident I could teach English pretty much anywhere.

Vantage has their own Jobs Coach, and during the course, Kevin already put out my resume, so interview and had a job offer by the last week. A good salary and even medical and dental insurance were included in the package. This position has been a great experience since.

Vantage completely prepared me to step confidently into a classroom. Thanks guys!

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G.
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Super Confident

Today, I feel completely confident that I can start teaching English to anyone, anywhere. If you want to successfully stand in front of a classroom, you need to get your training at Vantage.

This was a really great course with a ton of personal support. The training team was there for me every step of the way.

The curriculum is exceptionally well written and I was glad to learn it has been validated by an accredited American university. The lead trainer has two decades+ of experience and he teaches with a lot of discussion in more of a workshop style. The materials were colorfully delivered and any formal content like grammar is covered in a very engaging way, which kept my enthusiasm at a high level. The time just flew by.

Having said that, for me the practicum was the heart and soul of the course. It was my observed teaching sessions where my new knowledge was morphed into teaching skills. After each of my practice sessions, I got great feedback from the trainers. That really helped me to improve my teaching skills after each class I taught, so by the end, I was really sure of myself in the classroom.

I recommend Vantage’s TEFL course without hesitation to anyone who wants to be a professional teacher.

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Clint
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Extra Mile

I highly recommend Vantage’s TEFL course. The training was world-class and the trainers were great and highly knowledgeable. They go the extra mile to make sure they develop you into a professional teacher and then find you an excellent teaching position. This was particularly important to me as I was new to teaching and making a career change.

My observed practice teaching sessions were where I really developed my teaching skills. After each of my six observed practice teaching sessions, I got a ton of great feedback from the trainers that made a huge difference in my performance in my next class.

I’m now 100% confident that I can walk into a classroom anywhere and teach anyone English.

Even after the course was finished, Vantage gave me a lot of personal help. I had to leave for the US immediately at the end of the course, but when I returned two weeks later and I got additional face-to-face consultation in developing what Vantage call their Power Resume and Cover Letter. Then the put me into the extensive network of recruiters and schools. I had offers coming in within days!

If you want to teach in Thailand—talk to these guys.

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Dong Ping
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Mandarin Teacher Becomes TEFL Certified

I already had a job as a mandarin teacher. I took a TEFL, which many see only as an English teaching qualification, as I wanted to be a better language teacher in both Mandarin and in English.

When I met the trainers at Vantage, they told me how their ESA teaching methodology can be applied to any language and that they had already trained Mandarin, French and Spanish language instructors who were now teaching to great success.

The course was very well structured with teaching theories, methodologies, and teaching approaches But to really learn to teach using the communicative approach, we actually had to teach in front of real non-English speaking students.

I wasn’t too confident at first to stand in front of a live class and teach in a language that was not my own. My first teaching lesson was (I think) OK, but not a good as I wanted. However, the professional feedback I got from Vantage really jump started me in my second session—and I got subsequently better with each of the observed classes I taught.

I’m now completely confident. I can design a professional, effective lesson plan and successfully deliver a class—not just in my native Mandarin, but also in English.

I highly recommend Vantage. These guys are professional-class trainers and they gave me the foundation to be a professional language teacher.

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J. Yvonne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Online Confessions

I took Vantage’s Combined Course where I did the 20 unit course book online. I then showed up at the Bangkok training center to do my observed teaching practices. The trainers invited me to sit in on any of the In-Class course sessions I wanted. I ended up sitting on the whole course again. Online I just read the book, but attending a class with a lead trainer that has some 25 years of experience is a whole different story. He added a lot of insight that went well beyond the course book.

Vantage also employs a workshop style to their training that facilities a lot of discussion and role-playing. And they’ve added superb supplementary materials that they’ve developed that adds another dimension to the course.

It was my six observed teaching practices where that knowledge turned into skills I could use in a classroom. After each teaching session, I first had to reflect on what I did and after only after that did I then get a private consultation on what went well (more than I thought) and what they wanted to see in my next time in the classroom.

The bottom line is that I’m now totally confident to teach. I’d like to apply my new teaching skills to my nursing background and teach medical English to hospital staff.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I learned it's durian season in Thailand in April and May. I tried it for the first time and I must say it's delicious. I'll be back for more.
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D.
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Much More for My Money!

I chose this course as I believed that teaching in a live classroom was essential for developing effective and successful teaching skills. I also had a good friend who took the course about a year earlier and he couldn’t say enough good things about it.

Vantage’s training team was incredible. The lead teacher was able to answer every ‘teacher’ question I asked. So I ended up with additional answers that I wouldn’t have known if I had done an online-only class.

Vantage advertise their TEFL is given in a workshop style (as opposed to a lecture format) and I see how I really benefited from all the discussion and feedback I got—training that went well beyond the material in the course book.

They also have their own dedicated “Jobs Coach.” I sat with him and revitalised my old resume into what he called a professional Power Resume. Something must have worked as I got multiple job offers within days of finishing the course.

What really impressed me about Vantage was their strong support in landing me a teaching position and all the visa and pre-course information that was given to me.

If you want to teach professionally, this is the training team you should call. I’m really glad these guys ended up as my first choice.

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Lovelette
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vantage at the Top of my List

In researching for the best TEFL courses in Bangkok, I discovered that there was really only one choice. And, after I made my short list, I learned that Vantage had just won the 2018 an award as the best overall TEFL program in the world.

The lead trainer taught in a workshop style so there’s lots of discussion and personal attention given. He was super knowledgeable about the different concepts of the English and could answer any question we put to him.
Vantage teaches what they call the ‘communicative approach’ to teaching a language. I was later to learn that this method is now be taught to thousands of Thai English teachers in colleges around Thailand.

In our observed practice teaching sessions, I first learned how to engage the students as a way of introducing a particular language topic for that class.

This program has its own Jobs Coach who will sit with you and create an individual Power Resume. He also coached us on how to be effective in interviews. Through their partner network of schools, I already scheduled my first interviews before I even graduated.

I was guided and encouraged each step of the way of becoming a truly professional teacher. Their quality of Vantage’s training far exceeded even my high expectations. You won’t be left unattended with these guys—they do whatever it takes to ensure you will succeed.

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D
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Got Much More for My Money!

I chose this course as I believed that teaching in a live classroom was essential for developing effective and successful teaching skills. I also had a good friend who took the course about a year earlier and he couldn’t say enough good things about it.

Vantage’s training team was incredible. The lead teacher was able to answer every ‘teacher’ question I asked. So I ended up with additional answers that I wouldn’t have known if I had done an online-only class.

Vantage advertise their TEFL is given in a workshop style (as opposed to a lecture format) and I see how I really benefited from all the discussion and feedback I got—training that went well beyond the material in the course book.

They also have their own dedicated “Jobs Coach.” I sat with him and revitalised my old resume into what he called a professional Power Resume. Something must have worked as I got multiple job offers within days of finishing the course.

What really impressed me about Vantage was their strong support in landing me a teaching position and all the visa and pre-course information that was given to me.

If you want to teach professionally, this is the training team you should call. I’m really glad these guys ended up as my first choice.

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Ross
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Science Teacher Takes TEFL

I had accepted a position teaching chemistry in a Thai high school and the school that hired me—as I had no teaching experience—wanted me to do a TEFL certification course beforehand. They recommended Vantage as they had a number of teachers who were trained there and they were all subsequently highly successful in their client schools.
As advertised, this TEFL course was intensive. Having said that, the lead trainer made it interesting and fun and the time just flew by.

We were introduced to the communicative approach to language teaching and I soon was eliciting responses and praising my students constantly, creating more of a workshop environment instead of a lecture type classroom.

This part of the course was the observed teaching practices where I learned from hands-on experience. Each lesson was on a different language topic and my classes varied from small groups of 8 or so to a large class of 52, which help round me into a more professional teacher who’s versatile in any classroom.

But before I even stepped into a classroom, I first learned how to formulate detailed lesson plans each covering a specific language topic. Each plan was first evaluated by the lead trainer where I had to show my teaching aims, learner objectives, and anticipated problems with the actions to remedy them.

I found myself improving with every practice class—both from the expert feedback I got, but also my self-evaluations. Over time, this helped me spot problems myself. That allowed me to think about what I could improve first, leading to quicker responses which resulted in a more improved teacher for the next session.

Vantage also includes a foreign language experience, where the trainer taught the cultural norms of Thailand and the different expectations and teaching techniques that are used compared to western classrooms. He also taught some lessons on Thai language which demonstrated difficulties in language learning as we ‘sat on the other side of the desk’ and got a valuable perspective of what a language learner is going through.

The bottom line is that I’m now ready to teach! I’m more than confident I can teach a successful class!

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Dexter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

World Class Trainers

Hats off to the training team at Vantage! I read a number of their reviews before I enrolled and I really think that’s it’s their high level of training expertise backed by decades of experience that’s the secret in their sauce.

I came into this program seeking a career change from a professional athlete to a qualified teacher.

The training I got was second to none. Not only was the curriculum great and I learned a lot of theory and techniques, but it was also the combination of the observed practice teaching sessions where my newly gained knowledge became teaching skills I could use in a classroom. We started off learning how to complete full lessons plans for which is essential in providing you with a plan of action in the six hours of student teaching in an actual classroom.

Vantage cares about you as an individual, as well not just as a body to fill seats in the course. They want you to succeed. They run small class sizes so the personal attention I got started on day one and went right through to graduation.

Overall I give this school 5 stars thank you very much for a memorable and enjoyable learning experience. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is thinking about a career in education.