Vantage 120-Hour TEFL Certification

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Two University Accreditations—Internationally Recognized—Master’s Level Credits. Earn three Master's credits from Fairmont State University. USA.

Vantage TEFL Certification is a 4 week, 120-hour, In-class course with 6 hours of observed teaching practice in Bangkok, Thailand.

Our TEFL program is also validated and accredited by the European Global School, Paris. EGS is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, colleges, and Universities (ASIC), an educational accreditation agency recognized by the British Government's Home Office and UK Border Agency.

Our TEFL course can now be used to waive 25% of the credits towards a Master's degree in Education from EGS.

Every Vantage TEFL course is independently moderated by TEFL experts.

Our TEFL Certification courses and our comprehensive job coaching and career support, as well as visa arrival assistance in Bangkok, makes Vantage Thailand’s one-stop teacher training destination.

Highlights
  • Work with Vantage: Exciting opportunities for becoming a recruiting partner.
  • Authorized Cambridge English Test Centre. We have experience in delivering world-class exams to Thai schools, universities as well as executive testing for our corporate clients.
  • The TEFL Silk Road—Teacher Training with a Guaranteed Job (with a rebate of US$750)
  • Corporate Training Provider: Vantage is a Bangkok leader in business English and management services training.
  • Developer of Customized Courses: Vantage creates tailor-made courses that address the particular training objectives of our client institutions.

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  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Value 10
  • Difficulty 9.3
  • Job Assistance 10
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Trixie
10/10

An Unforgettable Experience

The Vantage TEFL Certification course was an experience I will never forget. I wanted to explore Thailand because of their lovely people and the exotic culture.TEFL was something I had heard about through friends so I saw this as an fantastic opportunity.

However, coming to a foreign land with so many people from my small and cozy New Zealand plus the additional burden of an intensive 4 week course seemed incredibly daunting.
Kevin immediately put me to ease. He was incredibly helpful in the weeks leading into the course. Keeping up with what was happening and providing useful information regarding visas, accommodation, transport and what to expect with the course and Bangkok.

On the first day we met our trainer, mixed with our peers and the dove straight into it. I was the youngest in the class and I was worried about this, but we were all treated as equal and we were all in the same situation—training to be an English teacher and discovering what this means and involves.

It wasn’t easy—work needed to be done but they provided more than enough resources and support for the tasks to be completed to the highest standard. Due to the small class sizes, it was very personal and any queries were answered instantly. The workload was manageable and all problems were addressed immediately. .

I truly loved teaching at the nursing college—a wonderful learning experience. Observations from the trainers and our peers all through the course helped us improve after every practice lesson. I particularly found the feedback to be a big part of what enabled me to succeed.

They encouraged me to reach my full potential and helped build my confidence. They well and truly go out of their way to give their students the very best preparation to teach English and become great teachers. I feel ready and able to teach English. Thank you Chris, Kevin, Ryan and the rest of the Vantage team.

How can this program be improved?
No recommendations. It was fantastic.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

Sceptical at First…

I worked for a large diversified financial services and insurance company for the past decade, but in my heart I wanted to teach. I was a bit sceptical to resign from my good and secure job and move to Thailand to complete my TEFL course with Bangkok-based Vantage.
I emailed Kevin, the course director, with all my concerns regarding their institute and what they had to offer. He was very professional and explained that the course will be very intensive, but rewarding at the end. This was the place teachers were born, he assured me.

My first day on course I was relieved and they had an excellent Lead Trainer and the best fellow trainees that I could have ever asked for. We immediately materialised together has one solid group—learning from and about each other. The course was very well structured with teaching theories, methodologies and teaching approaches
Then we actually had to teach in front of real students. I had no teaching experience and I was not confident at all to stand in front of live class. My first teaching lesson was good, but because I was very nervous, not a great as I could have been. The feedback I got from Vantage really help me in the second—and all subsequent classes. I’m now super confident. I can now design a lesson plan, work sheets, flash cards, games and power-point presentation. Vantage’s course also covered how technology is becoming a big part of our teaching and I’m now able to use it accordingly for each lesson.

Vantage has launched my teaching career and developed me to be a professional English teacher. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with amazing people and build lifelong relationships from this programme. I would recommend anyone who’s planning to come to Thailand to teach English to complete their TEFL Certification with Vantage’s programme. If you’re willing to work hard and dedicate yourself fully to the 4 weeks in class course you won’t regret investing your money and time to be competent and become a certified English teacher.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Randy
10/10

Lifting up all the Rocks

There are so TEFL courses to choose from in Thailand. I read all of the reviews. Some talked about “…the fun you could have at nearby beaches while taking our course." Other providers mentioned how you could see the nearby cultural sites around the city while you learn.

Too much tourism and too little detail on how they would enable any comprehensive learning. At the end of the day, I wanted to become a professional teacher. I figured the beaches would still be there to enjoy after a completed my training.

After my initial research phase, I decided to visit a short list different schools. For us, they had to be internationally recognized and accredited by a reputable educational Institution. I learned early that Thailand’s Ministry of Education doesn’t accredit or license any specific TELF program so programs that touted only this lost ranking points. Secondly, they had to have more than just a couple of hours of actual observed teaching practice. Thirdly, the trainers not only had to meet, but exceed stringent academic requirements for teaching ESL.

Finally, we found a TEFL course that met all of these expectation—and more. Vantage. The course training was highly professional and vigorous.

Our class size was relatively small so we received a high level of personal instruction all along the way. The main instructor, Chris, has an extensive background in teaching English and in developing teaching materials and even course curriculums. He is an accomplished language teacher focused on your learning to do what he does. He really goes out of his way to see how you’re developing into a professional teacher. In addition, he has a great sense of humor which makes the class engaging, interesting, and most of all—fun.

The other trainers were just as skilled and proficient. We learned how to format a "power resume" to help a prospective teacher stand out amongst other applicants and land your first job. Furthermore, we had a trainer that focused on some basic conversation of the Thai language as well as some of the important cultural norms.

Besides receiving a detailed education on lesson plans, grammar review, and classroom management, we feel that Vantage has provided us the necessary tools and a solid foundation to begin teaching ESL to others. We got a world-class teacher training program with an American accreditation at Vantage.

We certainly feel that we made the right choice.

How can this program be improved?
It's a truly great program. There's even a very good Italian coffee shop nearby. No suggestions for improvement.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sev
10/10

The Best Program for Me

I had researched several other TEFL courses before choosing Vantage. No one else stood out the way Vantage did. I was less interested in riding an elephant or lying on a beach and very focused on putting all my attention on learning how to teach properly.

Vantage was exactly what I was looking for. An intensive course that pushes you out of your comfort zone and draws out the very best of you. If you are looking for the easy route, take a relaxing and non-taxing TEFL course, having a tropical holiday for a month and get your piece of paper at the end of it, this is not your place. On the other hand, if you’re serious about actually wanting to learn how to teach properly and you are prepared to do the work then Vantage is the way to go. Vantage has exceeded my expectations in every way.

Before the course, I had a long list of personal concerns that I seriously thought would hold me back—some of which I thought were insurmountable. I thought I was too young, I thought I wasn't boisterous enough, wasn't qualified enough, the list goes on. Yet Vantage dealt with every one of my concerns in ways that I would have never thought of.

Vantage seemingly never takes a black or white approach to anything. They are able to view a circumstance from a different perspective—a different "vantage" point—allowing them to transform the disadvantage into an advantage. Whatever "concern" you are allowing to hold you back, it may not actually be as justified as you believed it to be.

The Vantage class sizes are small so the personal attention you receive is abundant. What really blew me away was how determined the trainers were to go above and beyond, putting everything they had into the delivery of the course. To me, this shows that the Vantage trainers are motivated by their desire to do the best job they are capable of rather than the financial compensation they receive for doing so.

I would recommend Vantage, but only to those who are serious about developing their ability to teach.

How can this program be improved?
It far exceeded my expectations, so I don't have any suggestions
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jansi
10/10

A World Class Training Team

I took the course earlier this year and wanted to wait to teach a few months before I penned my review. I can now state that I found the course absolutely fantastic and truly worthwhile. Everything I learned has helped me tenfold in the classroom.

I’m extremely proud to say that I was trained by the best. The Vantage team is not just world class trainers, but mentors for life.

Chris, who has more than 20 years of experience in teaching is absolutely one of a kind. His immense knowledge, understanding, patience and exceptional method of training are what makes the course so invaluable and wonderful.

Kevin is the best job coach that you could ever find and his Power Resumes made me stand out in a crowded field of job applicants. He also produced a video of me addressing the advantages of being a non-native speaker. That alone got me through doors that a traditional paper approach would find slammed shut.

I've had an amazing experience with Vantage TEFL and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has a passion to learn the language thoroughly, excel in their methods and travel to impart your language skill.

How can this program be improved?
No recommendations. It was truly fantastic
Yes, I recommend this program
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Joe
10/10

An Experience Teacher Takes TEFL

There are many strengths to Vantage’s TEFL certification program: the professionalism and the knowledge of the instructors, the genuine interest they take in the development of the competency and abilities of their trainees, and their TEFL curriculum which had the right amount and sequencing of the course materials they covered.

I’ve taught for 15 + years at home and abroad, and a TEFL certification was something I wanted to add to my repertoire—not just for the qualification, but also to get up-to-speed on how digital technologies and new teaching methodologies are impacting second language acquisition.
This course far exceeded my expectations.
Another meaningful aspect of this program was class size. Some of the TEFL programs I researched had 16 or even 20 students in a course. Large classes always involve much more management and less actual classroom instruction. Vantage struck the appropriate balance between the two—particular as it helped us bond as a group.

The same balance was achieved between in-class study and the practicum (the observed teaching practices), which we did at a Thai college with Thai undergraduate students.

I would recommend Vantage’s program without reservation to any prospective teacher or even an experienced teacher who want to update outdated skills.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicola
10/10

A Non-Native Speaker Learns to Teach

I was a little concerned about teaching English as I’m not a native English speaker and the idea that this could be a problem followed me all along the first week of my training.

The school environment was really nice and the training team was highly professional.
I always felt comfortable during all the lessons, also the professionalism of my TEFL trainer was the key that turned my initial reluctance about teaching English into a blooming self-confidence. For me, this was the key to completing this course successfully.

Throughout the lessons and with the aid of all the course materials in Vantage’s curriculum, I had the chance not just to study and learn but to improve my teaching skills through planned practice and expert feedback. We had 6 hours of observed teaching in an accredited college—real non-English speaking students—that made a huge difference in knowing what to do and what to avoid. For me, this real live classroom experience was the key ingredient in learning how to teach.

This program reinforced my self-confidence and gave me all the requisite tools to overcome my weakness in becoming a good teacher. I felt proud to be able to teach English as a very useful life skill to a non-native speaker.

I can definitely say that my experience in this school gave me all the necessary skills I was looking for to be a teacher. I would recommend Vantage without hesitation to anyone looking for a career in teaching.

How can this program be improved?
It's too good to change
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eric
10/10

The Reluctant Teacher

I started this course with strong reservations as I wasn’t good at speaking in front of people as I’m a pretty reserved and shy person. I was afraid these aspects of my character would cause me a lot of difficulty working in a classroom as a teacher.

Thank God my reservations were unfounded. Vantage’s course gave me all the skills I needed to confidently—and successfully—teach an English class. It showed me that language teaching is much more about motivating students to speak, and not just delivering a lecture or presentation. Chris taught me how to structure, plan, and execute lessons and how to keep the attention and interest of a class, and Kevin helped me navigate the job market and write what he called a “Power Resume.” As I was extremely busy doing lesson plans during the course, I came back the week after the course was finished to do my job-related stuff.

One thing that appealed to me from the beginning was the small class sizes at Vantage. Their website promised there would be no more than 8 trainees on my course. That turned out to be great as we all got a ton of individual attention. In addition to our feedback from the lead trainer Chris, we had to analyze each other’s teaching in a productive and meaningful way. Our class bonded really well and I think I made some friends for life!

I had some quite rewarding experiences during the practicum sessions or observed teaching practices. Without the 6 hours of observed teaching we were required to do, I don’t think I would feel half as confident as I do about becoming a teacher. It made me very nervous, and the first lesson or two were frankly quite discouraging, but by the sixth lesson I felt much very confident and knew exactly what to expect from the class and from myself. The feedback from Chris and from my classmates was invaluable—both encouraging and productive. I also had to observed—and give feedback on—the other trainees in my class, which so really helped in my development as a teacher.

Although the course was challenging, it was equally engaging, and rewarding. If you want to take this course, then be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and you will gain some very rewarding experiences. Facing a classroom was very hard at first, and there was a lot of work to stay on top of, but it’s all part of the intensive and immersive experience that Vantage provides.

How can this program be improved?
No suggestions
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mckinzie
10/10

A Volunteer Goes Pro

I first tried teaching English to a class of 16 young students through a volunteer program in Cambodia. I was given no formal training and I was thrown in and basically just had to “wing it,” But I discovered I loved teaching and I knew that if I wanted to become a professional teacher that I would need formal training to do it to the best of my abilities.

I first tried an online only TEFL course which didn’t prepare me at all for facing a classroom. I then discovered Vantage’s TEFL program. From everything I researched, I believed this was the course I had been looking for; little did I know that it would be so much more!

On the first day of training, Kevin personally greeted me with a warm welcome and he took the time to get to know me as well as give me an orientation about Bangkok. I was extremely impressed by how friendly, professional, helpful and knowledgeable he was.

The course was taught by Chris who is an outstanding teacher who cares a tremendously about his students. It’s hard to find instructor such as him these days. The 4-week course is intensive between all the training, lesson planning, observed teaching practice, achievement exams, and portfolio you need to build. Chris guides you through the maze step-by-step and have fun throughout the process. He gave me plenty of constructive feedback after each of my observed teaching practices, I improve significantly with every new lesson I taught.

Kevin is also their “Jobs Coach. He assisted me in building a “Power Resume.” Believe me, it’s not misnamed. I had sent my old resume out to several companies before and didn’t get one single response. After sending out my new Power Resume, I was literally contacted by every single one, all of which were very eager to schedule interviews. Thank you, Kevin!

I could go on about so many other great things about Vantage’s TEFL training, but the bottom line is that if you are serious about a professional career as an English teacher, take your TEFL here. The Vantage team is outstanding and they’ll be there with you every step of the way. I can confidently say that choosing Vantage’s TEFL training in Bangkok was the best decision I could have made to prepare, motivate and excite me to begin my teaching career

How can this program be improved?
It's already great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kirsten
10/10

Professional from Day One

Vantage’s website was one of my first impressions of this company. In doing my initial research on which program I wanted to do in Thailand, I found too many TEFL programs had a lot of information about the touristic interests in their area, but they were weak in detail on the actual TEFL course and teaching methodologies.

Going through Vantage’s website, I learned the key areas of study within my TEFL course and the teaching methodologies. They also had great information on the English Teaching Industry and what they saw as the future trends within the industry. I also liked the webpage on Careers within the English teaching industry and it was great to learn about potential career paths that led from teaching.

The actual course was even better. There was a great deal of information to cover, but the trainers were always there and always supportive. It was intensive, but at the same time, it was fun and interesting. The course book and supplementary materials were very comprehensive and I plan to keep mine as they will be a great reference during my teaching career.
Even if you’re not quite sure about being an English teacher this course is very worthwhile as the resume writing and interview techniques we covered were also highly professional.
If you are a non-native speaker, as I am, they give you a lot of tips on how to succeed in the classroom.

A super big thanks to Chris, Ryan, and Kevin—the Vantage training team—for such an incredible experience at Vantage. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking for TEFL training opportunity and I’ve already told some close friends who are thinking about possible teaching careers.

How can this program be improved?
No recommendations for improvement...it was truely excellent
Yes, I recommend this program
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GE FENG
10/10

A Chinese TEFL Experience

I was on a very tight budget and needed a basic place to stay for the duration of the course. For Vantage, this was not a problem. Their Thai sales director took me around their neighborhood and we found a quant place that’s was within what I wanted to spend.

The TEFL course itself was very comprehensive. We covered the pro and cons of all the different teaching methodologies and practiced the ESA approach—Engage, Study and Activate—in our teaching practices.

The lead trainer, Chris is great. Extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced, his feedback on my observed teaching practices really helped my development as a new teacher. I felt I got a little better each class I taught and I’m now confident I can successfully teach English.

Vantage’s job placement services were also excellent. I got one-to-one help in creating an individual “Power Resume” and cover letter. Through their alumni network of working teachers, I got a great job led.

The stars seemed to be aligned and everything is falling into place. I graduated on a Friday, had interviews the following week, got one job offer and I’ve been invited to do a demo class at a prestigious Thai school. Stay tuned!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
10/10

A Combined Course Viewpoint

The first part my class was completed online back in the States, where I studied teaching theory and methodology. I then came out to Thailand to do my ‘practicum’— the six classes of observed teaching practices—in real classrooms with real Thai students.

The online part of my “Combined Class” allowed me to learn to my schedule. This part of the course is pretty extensive and covers a lot of theories on language teaching. The videos of experienced teachers was also done in this part of the class.

Having said that, studying online didn’t give me the real confidence I need to stand in front of a class and teach. I arrived in Bangkok still anxious about doing the real teaching. Vantage invited me to join the current In-Class course, not just for review the book material, but to participate in the peer teaching activities of the class. They use peer teaching as a first step before stepping into a live classroom. And this part isn’t just teaching, I also had to observe and take detailed notes on my co-trainees performance. I learn quite a bit from doing this.

The practicum itself was a fantastic experience. Thai students are great to teach as they are both very attentive and polite. The feedback I got from the Vantage trainers and insights from my co-trainees were invaluable in the development of me as a professional teacher.

How can this program be improved?
Free coffee in the student lounge.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amy
10/10

Four Full Weeks of Learning

For four full weeks, I learned new things every day. And although there was a lot to cover in a relatively short timeframe, I was being guided step by step.

After each lesson plan, I was given feedback and that really helped me prepare to stand in front of real students in a live classroom. We even did peer teaching as an initial step, which really helped overcome my stage fright in standing up before the students.

I got great feedback after each class I taught. I was then given a challenge for my next teaching session, which addressed areas that still weren’t (yet) really mastered. The instructors were excellent and always available for any help.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied. I feel I’m ready to teach now and that was hardly the case before I joined the course.

Chris was my course lecturer and he is just amazing. The way he taught each unit and gave feedbacks was very effective.

Ryan taught me some Thai language and culture. He is so genuine and also so good at teaching foreign language.

Kevin gave me guidance for job employment. He talked personally with me about my interests and gave me ideas about a creating my own Power Resume. We sat down and did that the week after the course finished.

I highly recommend this curse to anyone who is interested in teaching. Even if your goal is not to teach English, this course covers most everything about teaching and gives you the skills so that you will be able to teach any subject to anyone.

How can this program be improved?
It's truly great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jay
10/10

Building my confidence

What I really lacked at the beginning of my course was confidence. I was very shy to stand up in front of a class and deliver what I thought was a speech. I soon learned that I delivered a language class and not a lecture and I didn’t have to be an extrovert because I was taught to put the focus on my students—not me.

For me, the teaching practices at the college were great and the feedback given by trainer Chris after every lesson was really valuable. I couldn’t wait for my next teaching session.
Vantage’s TEFL class is intense and a bit exhausting but it was always interesting and engaging. Most importantly, the end results were rewarding.

Thank you, Chris, Kevin, and Ryan for your patience, guidance, and help throughout the course.
I have already recommended this course to some of my close friends.

How can this program be improved?
No suggestions, I was very happy with the way it was given.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Leon
10/10

Personal Attention

I was initially torn between this program and other options that "guaranteed" jobs. In the end, I realized that what I needed was a course that would meet my individual needs.

After speaking to the Course Director for an afternoon I realized that Vantage would deliver a program that was much more personalized to my particular requirements.

We had eight in our class, which to me is about right. The other TEFL providers on my short list typically had class sizes about twice that, which may be ok for the lecture style learning, but not optimum for the training I was looking for.

I was dead right about getting individual attention.

The week after the course was over, I came in and spent a whole afternoon, crafting a killer resume with their help. It was a one-on-one private session that I probably couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.

Kevin really analyzed my background to help me best position myself by highlighting my skills and previous results and not just a laundry list of traditional duties that most resumes list.
My decision to choose Vantage proved itself over and over again.

The staff at TEFL goes above and beyond to give their students the best training experience. Having never taught overseas before I had no idea what to expect.

We did our teaching practicum to college students who were really fun to teach. I was taught lesson planning, classroom management and provided with a plethora of resources that make the transition into teaching seamlessly.

I feel 100% more confident having finished this course then when I first arrived.
Vantage is the course for anyone who is serious about teaching abroad.

How can this program be improved?
It's pretty darn good...no comments here
Yes, I recommend this program

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