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

About

Vantage is an American accredited, internationally recognized, and validated by Lamar University (Texas, USA).

Thailand’s highest-rated TEFL program, established in 2007, offers three TEFL certification programs.

The in-Class Course is given onsite over four weeks. This includes six hours of observed teaching practices (OTP).

The Combined Hybrid Course is where you study teaching methodologies online first and then complete your OTPs in a real school.

All Vantage courses include a full practicum of six observed teaching practices with non-English speaking students in real classrooms.

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

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Highlights

  • Vantage won #1 in Instruction, Support & Job Assistance in the worldwide 2022 Community Choice Awards.
  • 4-Week, 120-hour, In-Class TEFL Training Course in Bangkok - Visa Assistance - 6 Job Support – Six Observed Teaching Practices in Real Schools -
  • Provide lifelong job support. They have partnerships with leading Thai English education providers that place hundreds of teachers in prestigious Thai schools every year.
  • 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.”
  • A TEFL Treasure Trove of information. Download the free "Teaching in Thailand eBook:" https://bit.ly/2YQGEmf

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4.99 Rating
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  • Instruction 5
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  • Value 5
  • Academic Rigor 4.9
  • Job Assistance 5
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S.
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Both Right and Wrong

I had an inauspicious start. I was not sure teaching anyone was my ticket—particularly to children of any stripe.

At first, I was wrong. My first class was not a good experience as this large class was a noisy, difficult, and unpleasant experience. The 10-12 year old kids were all over the place. I felt woefully unprepared to teach children.

I said to myself that I’m out of here. Teaching was not for me.

But Vantage’s lead trainer Chris recommended I stick around. He explained that most first-teaching class experiences are stressful and difficult; it´s normal. Teaching success isn’t instantaneous.

My second teaching practice was much better, with a more receptive and respectful class. This was much more rewarding. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, it was me who was doing most of the changing—not the kids. So my initial ‘wrong’ was becoming a ‘right.’

Subsequent observed teaching practices were even more successful in situations where most of the class couldn’t speak or understand much English. Nonetheless, they were a pleasure to teach.

This also highlighted how much my class preparation—my confidence and my delivery—had improved throughout the course, due to the training and experience I´d received at Vantage. I learned how to engage students at the beginning of a class. This set the tone for the rest of the hour.

I learned so much about what is required to become a good teacher. And I learned a lot about myself and my capabilities when I stick things out.

Vantage also covered job services. Their Power Resume class was a revelation and is so useful in preparing job applications.

And there is one more thing I got right. I chose Vantage!

2 people found this review helpful.
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Patrick
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Extremely Helpful and Worthwhile, Highly Recommended

I would like to thank all the teachers from Vantage TEFL for their valuable training and unwavering support for my new career.
I have been have guided every step of the way on the path to be great teachers. I’m forever grateful for the knowledge, skills, and confidence Vantage has instilled in us. This course built a strong foundation for my future.
For me personally, the observed teaching practices were the highlight of the course. I was very nervous during my first couple of classes, but as my lesson planning skills improved, so did my performance in the classroom. The feedback I got after each class was truly valuable for me to be a highly qualified teacher.
Last but not least, I want to thank Vantage for their professional job assistance. The resume creation and interview coaching I received was the most essential thing I implemented in the ESL job market.
If you’re willing to pursue a teaching career, the team at Vantage are ready for you.

From Home Schooling to a Thai Classroom
I would like to thank Vantage TEFL for their unwavering support for my new career.
I wouldn’t have said this a few months ago. As I grew up homeschooled as a kid, so I didn’t even have much experience as a traditional student who at least had years of experience watching teachers in classroooms.
So I think I was a bit more nervous than your average TEFL trainee.
In the end, it didn’t seem to matter. I was guided every step of the way on becoming an effective teacher.
I was shown how communicative teaching works. I learn how to forumulate efficient lesson plans. And then I taught them to six different classus under Vantage’s obsrvation and feedback.
I’m forever grateful for the knowledge, skills, and confidence Vantage has instilled in me. This course has built a strong foundation for my future. I’m ready to teach in any classroom, anywhere.

For me personally, the observed teaching practices were the highlight of the course. I was very nervous during my first couple of classes, but as my lesson planning skills improved, so did my performance in the classroom. The feedback I got after each class was truly valuable for me to be a highly qualified teacher.
Last but not least, I want to thank Vantage for their professional job assistance. The resume creation and interview coaching I received was the most essential thing I implemented in the ESL job market.
If you’re willing to pursue a teaching career, the team at Vantage are ready for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't hesitate, just go for it! You'll be happy you did!
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5 people found this review helpful.
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Mitra
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

During my ‘research visit’ to Vantage, the Course Director jokingly remarked that they would have our souls on lease for a month. The intensity of the course was no joke, but within the daily grind of mastering a new craft, there were also moments of sheer wonder.

Delving into the intricacies of teaching was absolute joy. This meant dedicating weekdays to learning teaching methodologies, brushing up on my grammar, wrestling with phonological concepts, and weekends spent crafting lesson plans.

Life doesn’t get much better than this. In the end, the great satisfaction of eager faces in the classroom absorbing it all was incredibly gratifying.

Every stride I took brought back memories of my own school days. It was a truly remarkable journey—brimming with one learning experience after another as I acquired the skills of the trade.

What made this journey exhilarating were the trainers—the dynamic trio of Chris, Kevin, and Ryan. Chris, the lead trainer, is a quintessential Englishman with a unique sense of humor that only the British can pull off along with a wealth of knowledge. His teaching style is engaging—combining learning, laughter, and insight.

Kevin, Vantage’s Job Coach, shares invaluable tips on resume building and interview techniques. His poker-faced one-liners never failed to amuse, apart from serving their main purpose of boosting our confidence.

Ryan, always calm and composed, effortlessly introduced us to Thai culture and classroom etiquette.

As Chris often emphasizes, the best way to truly learn something is to teach it. And that’s’ what we did through six observed teaching practices.

Their guidance at every step of the way has paved the way for an exciting new career in teaching. I eagerly look forward to the road ahead, knowing that with Vantage’s training, I have assimilated a solid teaching foundation as I find my own footing in the road ahead.

21 people found this review helpful.
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Win May
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Right Place...The Right Time

I graduated from the TEFL training program at Vantage in Bangkok this past March. This course has given me the right tools to be successful as an English teacher.

It covered all the stops. I learned about teaching methodologies and techniques, grammar and, how to coach pronunciation. It also had a cultural component as the course also covered the dos and don’ts in a Thai schoolroom.

The observed teaching practices were one of the most valuable parts of my TEFL. We first had to learn how to formulate an actual lesson plan. Next, we discovered how to source effective teaching materials we needed to support our class. Then we delivered our class and got valuable feedback on what went well…and also things we still needed to work on for our next teaching session.

For me, the observed practice teaching was where I learned to be successful in the classroom.

The training at Vantage exceeded my expectations. It's the right choice if you want to be a skillful English teacher. Many thanks to the team at Vantage. They guided us each step of the way.

32 people found this review helpful.
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Aung
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall Totally Perfect

I really want to give my appreciation to Chris and Kevin. They were my mentors in my English teacher training. The course curriculum itself was first class and it covered in detail a lot of teaching techniques and tips.

My Vantage trainers guided me every step of the way—particularly when I did my practice teaching classes to real students.

For me, this was where I had the most fun. Although teaching was completely new to me—and it was challenging—it was the most worthwhile part of the program.

Overall I would rate Vantage as a TP: “totally perfect.”

34 people found this review helpful.
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J.
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Necessary Tools

This TEFL course has equipped me with the methodology, techniques, and the tools to be successful in the classroom.

Vantage’s lead trainer was top-notch, with extensive knowledge that helped me gain a new perspective on the English language.

The comprehensive curriculum covered everything from lesson planning to classroom management. The actual hands-on experience we got in a real classroom through practical activities was undoubtedly invaluable in the development of my new teaching skills.

This course was intensive—but always fun and engaging.

Vantage’s job services were also an area that shined. We created my new Power resume and cover letter and then I worked with their coach to develop a personalized strategy. I already have many interviews lined up just a week after completing the course.

Overall, this TEFL course was an excellent decision, with all the knowledge and skills I have gained, I am now ready to take on the challenge of helping my students in the second language acquisition.

As an aspiring TEFL educator, I couldn't have made a better choice in taking this course.

41 people found this review helpful.
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Vivien
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Five Stars!

I did Vantage’s Combined TEFL course, where you do the coursebook online and then, in phase two, do your observed teaching practices (OTPs) in a classroom with real students. While I was waiting to do my practice teaching, Vantage invited by to ‘sit in’ any of the In-Class TEFL sessions that I wanted.

This is different than the online course. I could see that their lead trainer Chris is an awesome instructor! It has some sort of magic power to make lessons easy to understand. He also gave great guidance on our lesson planning before we proceeded with the OTPs.

As for the 6 OTPs, we did four hours of teaching in a real classroom and two hours of online teaching. We got to teach Thai students of different ages—from kindergarten to college students. We also observed professional teachers in action as well.

After each teaching session, we received feedback from the Vantage trainers who shared their own teaching experiences while giving me valuable detailed feedback on my performance in the classroom.

This really helped us improve for the next teaching session. got better with each practice class. This was truly a great experience!

Ryan’s class about Thai culture is really interesting and his ‘dos and don’ts in Thai schools are crucial for those who want to teach English in Thailand.

Kevin’s resume writing class is really useful, and I’m looking forward to landing a teaching job in Bangkok soon.

Besides the trainers, I had really lovely classmates who supported and motivated each other all the time. I was lucky to be with the right people at the right time.

Overall, Vantage’s trainers are very approachable, supportive, and knowledgeable. If there are any doubts about the course content, or visa-related concerns, or wanting to know more about a teaching career in Thailand, just talk to these amazing trainers. They gave good advice and shared interesting stories too.

On a more practical note, for those who worry about Vantage’s location and neighborhood…. their locale has got you covered. The nearest Skytrain station is Ratchayothin, only a five-minute walk away. And there’s a lot of local food and also fast-food restaurants at nearby malls.

I like to give, a huge shoutout to Vantage’s Chris, Kevin, and Ryan! You guys have been nothing but the best! If you want to be successful in the classroom, Vantage TEFL is the one!

Five stars all the way!

45 people found this review helpful.
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Alex
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

From 0% to Classroom Ready

I just graduated from my TEFL course last Friday.

A very super thank you to Chris, Kevin and Ryan for making Vantage one of the best TEFL programs out there. I’m not surprised they have won so many awards!

A month ago, I had zero teaching experience. Today I can proudly claim that I feel comfortable teaching in any classroom, I can create effective lesson plans that meet the teaching goals I want my students to achieve.

The Vantage team will believe in you, yet push your limits. They will improve your teaching skills to make you feel comfortable as a new professional.

I’m definitely more than satisfied with my experience. I recommend Vantage to anyone who wants a career teaching in the educational field. Stop thinking about it. Just do it!

53 people found this review helpful.

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I decided to do my TEFL when I was stuck in a dead end job with zero ambition. I looked at various way of traveling the world while earning some money and came across TEFL, and decided that I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I love children and that is a main reason why I decided to do the TEFL.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I sent an email asking about the course and what it would entail. The institution (Vantage TEFL) I worked with had fast responses and answers to all my questions. They made it very easy to understand the requirements with constant feedback. I never had any doubt that I could do this through the confidence they gave me. A truly professional approach and I really enjoyed the journey of doing my TEFL.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I moved to Thailand without doing any research about my surroundings and the cultural differences were the most challenging when I moved here, but people are so polite and friendly (it is contagious) that you adapt easily. I wish I knew about this earlier, as I would have loved to do this earlier in my life. Last piece of advice is to not underestimate the course as it was intense but enjoyable, and I truly believe, after this course I can teach English as a second language to anyone willing to learn.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My course was a 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays for a month long. It is long days and sometimes you had to get the the facility at 07:00 to do practice teaching. On an average day, you are guided through the English language and it is not to teach you English it is to help you to teach English. You also get exposed to practice teaching, which really helps you gain confidence as an English teacher and removes all doubt you would have (I also had a lot of doubt and anxiety, but the practice teachings ensured that I gained confidence and became comfortable in teaching).

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Biggest fear I had was that I never left my hometown for more than 6 weeks before. I always thought how would I adapt to a place I do not know and people that I do not understand? To answer that question, the answer lies within yourself. You need to decide that you want to do this. Once you open yourself up to the idea, it is strange how things just fall into place through meeting amazing people and experiencing unique cultures.

I have no doubt this is one of the biggest changes I made in my life and I have no regrets that I did it. Sometimes fear dictates our decision making, but just think of all the amazing experiences you will have and be able to share with your friends and family when they come visit.

What do I think prospective travelers would like to know?

My answer will be based on Thailand, as this is where I am currently.

Firstly, food is absolutely amazing. I have gained so much weight just by indulging in Thai cuisine.

Secondly, make sure that, if you want to work here, that your employer can speak English where both parties understand to avoid unnecessary confusion.

What would I change or do differently?

I have not been here to long and I would say there is currently nothing I would change, as the experience has been challenging and breathtaking at the same time.

Last thing that I would say: do not run from you fears. Embrace them and just do it; you will not regret it.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Chris Demetsopoullos

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Lead TEFL Trainer
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Chris, tell us about yourself.

Originally from the UK, I started my teaching career in the early 1990s where I taught a diverse range of Thai students. I then moved up to positions of corporate English assignments, which led to work as a developer of customized curriculums -- increasingly in digital eLearning materials -- for business skills courses and workshops.

Today, I specialize in one-on-one Executive Coaching for personal development programs and Leadership Coaching for Thailand’s blue chip corporations as well as being the Lead Trainer for Vantage’s TEFL program.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have many years of business English teaching and corporate training with previous companies, along with training materials development.

However, I’ve really honed that skill with Vantage, as we offer customized corporate training programs — business English and management and corporate skills on an exclusive basis.

We specialize in blended learning programs, so a new and important skill I’ve developed is eLearning instructional design.

I’ve also become a teacher trainer since working at Vantage Siam, for which my experience and varied roles have been invaluable. Vantage has given me the opportunity to grow and develop professionally, and I’m sure there’s more to come.

What is the best story you’ve heard from a return student?

We had a recent trainee who had had a rather troubled past. He decided to essentially “grow up” and better himself by getting himself a respectable career.

He contacted us and, after meeting with him, we were pretty sure he could become a good English teacher. However, he had very little confidence that he could make it.

We soon discovered he was very good at drawing out language from the students by use of questions, prompts and cueing during the first phase of the ESA methodology (Engage, Study, and Activate).

With subsequent training in the Study and Activate phases -- along with observed teaching practices -- he became highly effective in delivering a class to non-English speaking students in a live classroom. In short, this ‘raw recruit” became a highly skilled teacher. The surprise was that we had no idea in the beginning how good he would turn out to be.

We then helped get him a good teaching position at a prestigious school that is very appreciative of the way he motivates his students into successful English language acquisition.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Vantage has always embraced the cutting edge in educational technology. We were among the first to offer customized courses in English for Special Purposes. We embraced eLearning and blended instruction in our classrooms in Thailand over fifteen years ago. We have been advocating computer-adaptive proficiency testing. Later this year, we will be educating the market in the first speaking and writing tests to be scored by AI technology.

And while we teach an American accredited TFFL course, we do supplement the curriculum with an introduction to both assessment methodology and emerging teaching technologies.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think one of the key factors in being successful is the ability to re-invent yourself -- or at least being open to change. And to change yourself effectively, you need to be able to hear what’s going on in the world around.

We like to think we’re good listeners. We listen to a couple of key voices to help point the company into head winds that we lead us to future successes.

We listen what the market is telling us in terms of what skills schools need for successful teachers.

We also hear what our TEFL candidates tell us during our time with us. We look at what skills they bring on day one --
what we do throughout the course -- and what the final product turned out to be. In other words, how well can they teach in a real classroom at the end of their training.

And finally, we follow key thought leaders in the education field. People that are talking today about what may be mainstream in learning tomorrow.

About Vantage Siam (Vantage TEFL Certification)

American Accreditation | Internationally Recognized | Validated by Lamar University (Texas, USA) Established in 2007, and Thailand’s highest-rated TEFL program, Bangkok-based Vantage TEFL offers three separate TEFL certification programs. The newest program is Virtual Vantage. You do the coursebook online then teach your observed teaching practices...
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