Vantage 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification

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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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Now with more Experience
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The Engage Phase
The Engage Phase
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American Accreditation—internationally recognized—3 credits from Lamar University in Texas, USA.

Established in 2007, and Thailand’s highest-rated TEFL program, Vantage TEFL Certification is a 4 week, 120-hour, In-class course with 6 hours of observed teaching practice in Bangkok.

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

Vantage is unique in that it has two Asian footprints. They have agreements with Thailand’s leading recruiting agencies who place 500+ teachers annually in addition to their network of Thai academies, universities, and corporate clients.

Their TEFL Silk Road program—US$500 off your TEFL tuition—comes with a guaranteed job in China at 90+ academies in 18 cities.

They also offer a 120-hour Hybrid Combined Course, blending online curriculum study with live observed practice teaching in real classrooms.

  • 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.”
  • Vantage has partnerships with leading English education providers that place hundreds of foreign teachers to Thai schools every year.
  • 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)
  • Provide expert job support. They’ll craft your own Power Resume that makes an impact in the six seconds. They’ll coach you on interviewing techniques and job searching strategies.

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based on 95 reviews
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  • Support 10
  • Value 10
  • Academic Rigor 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Hugely Positive Experience

I came to the TEFL certification course with many concerns and even more worries, but after the first day, I knew I was in the right place. We dove right into the material and it was surprisingly enjoyable.

Vantage run small class sizes and that translated into a great deal of personal attention—right through the entire course. “Vantage goes into a lot of depth with the course material and Chris added a lot of personal insight from his 25+ years in the education industry. He’s an amazing instructor.

The observed teaching practices were one of the highlights of the course. It’s one thing learning the material. It’s very different indeed putting it into action. The trainers explained that this was where knowledge become skills.

This course prepared me to be to direct a class and I’m happy to report in a big jump in my confidence levels. The whole Vantage team is very helpful and want to see you succeed. I highly recommend taking the TEFL certification course with Vantage.

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Pro Style Training

I came into this course lacking confidence in my own ability to teach others. Vantage completely turned that around. The bottom line was that it turned out to be absolutely fantastic in terms of its efficiency and curriculum. It gave me the confidence to walk into an English classroom anywhere and teach at a professional level.

The trainers always kept saying that new teachers are really born in the classroom. They gave me a lot of theory in the actual TEFL courses, but it was the observed teaching practices that metamorphosed this knowledge into real teaching skills. The observations I got after each lesson were really eye-opening and I could see my development after each teaching session.

The entire Vantage training team is there to help. While their lead trainer obviously focuses on your development as a teacher, they also have a dedicated jobs coach who’ll sit with you to develop your own Power Resume and will work with you on interviewing techniques. The team includes a Thai speaker who shows you how the “other side of the desk” experiences learning a second language.

Vantage provides you with everything you need. You do need to come with the right mindset however. The class is intensive, but not overwhelming—provided you keep up. This isn’t a course that you can put on the shelve and cram during the last week. But the rewards will be more than worth it, in terms of the knowledge and skills your will development

If you want to begin a career as a professional teacher, these are the people you should be talking to.

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Yes, I recommend this program

World Class Teacher Training

I came to this program with five years of teaching young learners in China. Have said that there were many eye-opening methodologies and teaching techniques I learn during Vantage’s 4-week long course.

For me, the observed teaching practices—what Vantage calls the practicum—that was the most single most important part of the course in my development as a professional teacher. It was here that the knowledge I learned from the course curriculum became real teaching skills I could use in the classroom.

Vantage's trainers are incredibly supportive and always ready to help you. They also have wealth of experience as their lead training started in this profession in the mid-1990s

I also got a lot of personalized help on the job front. I sat down one-on-one to create my own Power Resume. I was coached on interview techniques. And my resume was placed with Vantage’s partner agencies that place hundreds of teachers in Thai schools each year.

If you’re looking to make teaching a career—getting a solid professional skill set in the process—you should be talking to Vantage.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Planning a Career in Teaching?

I can’t believe how much I learned in 4 short weeks! Vantage’s course was more than amazing and I feel that I realized a very high degree of personal and professional accomplishment.

I never would have received the type of training I had with Vantage had I completed an online course or went to any other in-person school in Thailand. I now have the confidence that I need to work anywhere and teach any student at any proficiency level.

There was a lot of additional online resources and teaching materials through Vantage’s shared Dropbox, which I can continue to access well after my course has completed.

Vantage doesn’t lecture. They run a discussion type forum and we got a lot of insight from their lead trainer who has 25+ years of teaching experience trainers. He was more than able to answer all my questions.

During the length of the course, you will need to remain focused and use the weekends to create your lesson plans and catch up on your portfolio. I was also given personalized help with resume writing and a lot of attention.

I am completely satisfied with Vantage TEFL. It was money well spent.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Working with the Best

After just a week or so of classes, it’s not a surprise why Vantage is the leading TEFL course provider in Thailand.

The facilities are superb and Chris, our course instructor, was tremendously supportive throughout the one month. This is an intensive course as there’s a lot of course material to cover, but he was always very engaging so our interest never waned.

Having the opportunity to teach Thai students during our observed practice teaching session was an invaluable experience and Chris ensured we were prepared from start to finish. And that started with first learning how to do professional lesson planning.

We also received separate training on job applications and how to build our Power Resume by course director Kevin. That was great as it meant that job offers were on the table as soon as we received our Certification!

My training at Vantage was world class. And their trainers are second to none.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Practice Teaching is Critical

Vantage immediately put my worries to rest. As I was relatively new to Thailand, had some key concerns about working in a foreign educational system. Vantage runs small classes as they teach via the workshop approach. The course was intensive, but always engaging, so the time just flew by.

The small class meant that the course highly personalized and we got a ton of help that I’m sure we wouldn’t in a larger size class. The trainers had nothing but time for us and I was provided with support each step of the way.

We did our observed teaching practice sessions at a nursing college—a really great experience. First, we had to formulate an ‘approved’ lesson plan before stepping into the classroom. After the class, observations from the trainers helped us improve immeasurably after each practice lesson. This was critical in my development as a professional teacher. After doing a live practicum, I don’t see how anyone could contemplate doing an online-only TEFL course and believe they were getting any practical training in the art of education.

Vantage showed me how to reach my full training potential. They really built up my confidence. They went out of their way to give us the foundational skill set to teach English and the platform to become great teachers.

If you’re thinking about a career in education, I would recommend Vantage without hesitation.

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Yes, I recommend this program

An Outstanding Team of Professionals

My experience at Vantage TEFL has been one of the most intensive, yet stimulating courses, that I have ever done.

The lead trainer Chris was very knowledgeable and articulate about the different concepts of the English language. He’s not your typical instructor. First off, he teaches in a workshop rather than lecturer style. He engages each student in a highly personal way that applies to their way of thinking and their personality.

As a trainee, the staff is not only knowledgeable in instructing TEFL, but has great hospitality in making the trainees feel very comfortable in learning, understanding and getting acclimated to Thai culture to give you the best environment to learn.

This course has a part called the Foreign Language Experience where the objective is to have you sit on the other side of the desk so you can experience what it’s like for your students when you’re teaching them English. The trainer Ryan instructed our class in a creative and he engaged us as learners into an unfamiliar world of culture and grammar.
The quality of training given at Vantage far exceeded my expectations and I definitely got money’s worth. As I had been out of school a while I was definitely rusty in areas like grammar but that was no challenge for the staff. I was encouraged and sharpened every step of the way.

Finally, Manager Kevin goes way beyond reach to give you deep insight on tips to sharpen your resume, and how to land an interview. I came in the week after I graduated and he landed me an interview for the very next day!

The Vantage team are an outstanding team of professionals who really enjoy what they do. If you want to embark on a career in teaching, these are the guys to see.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best of Both Worlds

I did Vantage’s Combined Course. That’s where you do the course book online—20 units that I did over three months. I then came to Bangkok to do my practice teaching with Vantage. I was also invited to attend any of their In-Class sessions as well, which was great because their classroom discussions added a dimension to the material that you won’t get from the online section.

Vantage is fond of saying that “new teachers are born in the classroom.” While I was skeptical at first, the hands-on teaching experience was amazing. The trainers have decades of experience of teaching overseas in a lot of different countries. I got great expert feedback after each session. There was a lot of difference between my early and last teaching practices. I really saw myself developing into a professional teacher towards the end of practicum.

I also got invaluable knowhow on how to create a successful lesson plan over the six sessions because each class had to be on a different language topic. Once you know how to do a lesson plan of what you’re going to do for an hour with your students, you really gain a sense of confidence before even stepping into the classroom.

Kevin and Chris were super helpful. Chris was always available to answer my questions and give advice on my lesson plans. I was also invited to attend any of their In-Class sessions as well. Kevin helped so much with jobs and resume writing. He got me my first job offer as I was finishing my course.

The Combined course turned out to be as advertised: the best of both worlds. I would recommend Vantage to anyone looking for a professional TEFL certification program.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Service, Training & Teaching Practice

The Vantage TEFL course was excellent. Even before it started, I got great advice and even greater service. That’s because at the last minute, I had to change my course dates due to some personal issues at home. One quick email sorted out all my problems and Vantage immediately rescheduled my training and accommodation reservations to dates that worked really well.

As for the course itself, Chris, the lead trainer, is the best. His grammar explanations were more than just a refresher as he gave me a whole new way of looking at what I originally thought of as the most boring part of teaching English. He has a great way of making mundane subjects engaging and relevant and I’ve learned great way to present this to my students.

One of the best parts of the course were practice teaching sessions we did at the nursing college. This is where I really learned to teach. Both the Vantage trainers have decades of teaching experience and it shows in spades. The observed feedback I got was eye-opening and we were always given a new ‘challenge’—an area we were still weak in—to incorporate into the next teaching session.

Vantage was a truly amazing experience and I would definitely recommend that anyone starting out a career in teaching get in touch with these guys. They really know what they’re doing.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Graduated on Friday; Hired on Monday

I graduated from Vantage TEFL on the Friday and Vantage set up an interview for the following Monday, which led to a great position being offered. I couldn’t have done this any faster. Vantage has agreements with some of Thailand’s leading teacher placement agencies who provided teachers into Thailand’s top schools. I actually had two different job offers to choose from on that first Monday.

The TEFL course at Vantage gave me the foundational teaching skill and hence the confidence I needed during my interviews. I could show schools how to prepare a lesson plan that would engage my students. I was told as these companies had hired many other Vantage TEFL graduates, they knew I would be successful in the classroom.

For me, the heart and soul was the six hours of observed practice teaching, and the expert feedback I got after each session. I developed my skills after each class. My trainers kept saying that new teachers are born in the classroom and I'm now I’m a firm believer.
Vantage trainers always put in the extra time and effort into their students to turn them into professional ESL teachers.

Without hesitation. I would recommend Vantage TEFL to anyone who is considering becoming a professional teacher in Thailand.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Decades of Classroom Experience

Vantage trainers were exceptionally knowledgeable. The lead trainer, Chris, has two and a half decades of teaching experience and it shows. That comes through in class discussions and it adds a whole a perspective that goes way beyond the course book.

The course itself was exceptionally well taught. And while it was intensive it was always engaging so I relished all the elbow grease I was putting in.

Vantage like to say that new teachers are born in the classroom. For me, the teacher practicum portion of the course was the heart of my training. We were first guided on creating an effective lesson plan where we have to incorporate the ESA teaching mythology into a classroom setting. These were checked by Vantage and in the first ones, we had to go through a few rounds of revisions until we got it right.

Then to the classroom. I was pretty nervous in my first teaching session but by the final practice sessions, it knew I had acquired professional foundation as a language teacher. I’m 100% confident on my abilities to successfully teach English.

The job placement services I got were excellent. I sat down with Kevin, their Jobs Coach, and created a Power Resume and supporting documentation like the cover and thank you letters. In my last week, they even lined up interviews for me so I literally hit the ground running immediately after graduation.

The bottom line for me is that after training at Vantage, I now feel I have the skill set to walk into any classroom anywhere anytime and be a successful teacher.

I would highly recommend Vantage’s approach to teacher training to anyone who’s serious about teaching on a highly professional level.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Learning to Walk

Vantage’s professionalism consistently surpassed my expectations in their one month TEFL training learning course!

I learned a ton about teaching techniques and educational theory from the Vantage curriculum. But their lead trainer, Chris, put in all in perspective for me given his 25 years+ experience of teaching overseas. The wealth of his classroom experience that came out in our classroom discussions put a lot of what the course book said into perspective.

Vantage particularly excels in their practicum—the observed teaching practices—where my new teacher skills were born. After each teaching practice, I was given fantastic feedback from the trainers that showed me where I was strong and, diplomatically challenged me in areas where I still weak. But before I enter the classroom, I first had to learn how to make a lesson plan that would successfully meet the learning needs of my students.

Vantage also met my special requirements. I use a service dog and they were able to both find me accommodation that would allow my dog ‘Tagg’, but they even found a way to use Tagg’s highly trained obedience regimen in to a hugely popular and highly effective practice class.

In Canada, I was a popular keynote motivational speaker—based on my book ‘Moving Forward’. The one absolute I’ve consistently advanced in my talks is that we must walk before we run in any avenue of life. Vantage’s program completely embodies just that!

They also helped me achieve a highly competitive advantage in the teaching marketplace. The Power Resume they created was miles above what I had before. Just the week after graduation, Vantage’s powerful networking resource landed me interviews with leading recruiting companies in Thailand,

To those seeking a high level of professional training, Vantage is the best choice you could make. It comes highly recommended.

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M. Marie
Yes, I recommend this program

A Veteran American Teacher Takes TEFL

I have worked in the US education system—mostly in California—as a teacher and as an administrator for over two decades. I decided to do a TEFL certification as I want to expand my teaching qualifications to students studying English.

Thailand offers many TEFL program choices. I read many of the reviews and contacted the key schools. Vantage responded immediately with full information on my questions regarding accommodation options, travel, and visa arrangements—basically everything I wanted to know about TEFL. In the end, I felt completely confident in choosing Vantage for my certification.

As a veteran teacher, I have trained under many different models of teaching methods. The ESA (Engage, Study, Activate) approach which Vantage implements is super teacher and student friendly. Lessons were easy to create and could be adapted to the specific needs of my students.

Chris, the lead trainer, has decades of experience and it shows. He’s unbelievably knowledgeable of all aspects of teaching English. Any questions I had regarding my lessons or material presented in class were answered very thoroughly yet easy to understand. This is an intense course—it’s only four weeks. And while there were a few times where I did feel a little overwhelmed, the lessons were engaging, meaningful and, importantly, fun. Vantage really helped me change the way I thought about teaching in a positive way.

Another fantastic aspect of Vantage is I was able to implement my lesson plans with real non-English speaking students at a nursing college. I saw firsthand the effectiveness of the ESA method. My Thai Students were fun to work with—even though they were at an A1/A2 level of English. The entire experience was incredibly rewarding.

Vantage has their own Jobs Coach. Kevin sat with me one-on-one and we created a created a “power resume”, which including a video and cover letter. My new resume highlights my strengths and is so much stronger and effective. I was also coached interviewing strategies and tips, many of which I wasn’t aware of before.

Finally, a word about the accommodations. The recommended apartment where I stayed is located in a great area—surrounded by wonderful cafes, fantastic food markets, shopping centers, movie theaters—and much more—all within a 10-15 minute walking distance. This area is incredibly safe, inexpensive and fun.

My TEFL experience help me see the endless possible opportunities of teaching English abroad. It also renewed my excitement about education. Vantage absolutely receives my highest recommendation for TEFL certification.

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The teaching practice was PHENOMENAL!

I chose to study with Vantage TEFL due to their unique offering of the Combined Course. The course curriculum I did online over three months as I was working full time. Then, during a 2 weeks annual leave, I did my practice teaching in Bangkok afternoons/evenings.
Vantage was more than accommodating and let me attend any of their regular sessions with their full-time students that I chose.

The teaching practices were eye-opening. I had to do one lesson plan for my online portion. Now I had to do six more—each one on a separate language topic. I got great feedback on each one so by the time I stepped into the classroom I had a plan that I was more than confident would be successful.

It was extremely satisfying to put my lesson plans into practice and see the real-life application of my online learning. And after delivering each practice teaching session I was ‘debriefed’ by the trainers on my teaching performance and what they would like to see in the upcoming session.

I learned a lot of knowledge on the online part of the course, but it was only through real teaching that my knowledge became teaching skills.

Having gone through the combined course, I believe I was sensible with my decision as it allowed me the flexibility to study when and where I wanted, but still receive the same high-quality qualification.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Vantage TEFL to anyone considering such a qualification and the practical exposure offered in a course like this offers an unparalleled experience to any solely online class.

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My TEFL Journey

The Vantage instructors and staff were highly professional, super knowledgeable and, importantly, had a great sense of humor. The lead trainer gave us an easy-to-understand grammar review. He has decades of classroom experience and his practical advice of what to expect and do in the classroom went far beyond the course book.

We got one-on-one help and feedback for each of the six lesson plans we had to create for each practice teaching session. These all had to be on a different language topic. Then we got great feedback on each session as well as a new challenge for the next classroom. We also had to observe the other trainees and it was incredible to watch them all get better day by day, session by session.
Vantage has a Jobs Coach and he trained us in resume writing and interviewing techniques. I worked with him on creating my own Power Resume and other job supporting materials like cover letters and thank you notes.

The Vantage trainers have lived in Bangkok for years so they imparted a ton of local knowledge about the Thailand which was very helpful to many in my class.

This was a fantastic course. I’m now professionally certified and I'm ready to teach.


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American Accreditation—Internationally Recognized—3 college credits from Lamar University, Texas, USA. Vantage was #1 worldwide as the “Top TEFL Course” in the 2018 Community Choice Awards. They're Thailand’s highest-rated TEFL program offering 120...