Online TESOL course


At AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), we’ve been delivering our ‘signature’ in-class (attendance), Australian Government accredited TESOL programme for more than ten years. We’ve been delivering the same TESOL programme in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) for the past five years. What AVSE-TESOL has achieved in HanoiHo Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh is good news by any measure. Here’s some more good news: if you’re determined to teach English abroad, but are unable to travel right now, we have a solution. Do the Australian Government accredited online TESOL course at AVSE. Complete your TESOL training online now – and travel abroad later. Simple!


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As the name suggests, ‘online TESOL’ involves working your way through the requirements of AVSE’s Australian Government accredited TESOL programme – online. You’ll complete the TESOL course in a manner and timeframe that’s best for you, from the comfort of your own home, from your favourite coffee shop or elsewhere. Sure, there are boundaries, including a 6-month time limit to complete all the course related content, but you control the schedule.

Online TESOL at AVSE-TESOL is suitable for professionally minded people of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll mostly work independently, but your designated support person – an accredited TESOL trainer employed by AVSE-TESOL – will only be an email or WhatsApp message away. The key to successfully completing an online study programme of any sort, is self-discipline. Chip away on a regular basis and you’ll be ‘done and dusted’ in no time.


Everything you need to get cracking with AVSE’s online TESOL course is available via our ‘user friendly’ online portal. You’ll be given access to the portal immediately after you’ve completed the straight-forward enrolment process – enrolment form submitted, offer made, offer accepted and payment cleared. Typically, the enrolment process takes no longer than a couple of days and then you can truly say that your preparation work for teaching English abroad, online or in your home country is underway. Importantly, you don’t need to be an information technology genius to find your way around AVSE’s online portal. Regardless, the friendly folks at AVSE-TESOL will be pleased to extend a helping hand when it’s needed.


The course material and units of competency that are covered in the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, mirror what’s offered in our ‘signature’ in-class programmes in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. Similarly, the trainers who are engaged by AVSE-TESOL to support you throughout the online TESOL course, are the same highly qualified people who deliver our in-class programme. The emphasis on working independently is where online TESOL at AVSE-TESOL differs from our in-class course.

At the end of your online TESOL course, all being well, you’ll receive TESOL certification that’s accredited by the Australian Government. This alone provides insight into the quality of the study programme. The online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is not a cheap online ‘thing’. It’s a serious academic qualification that requires a high level of commitment.

Here’s a snapshot of the online TESOL course: 14 hours of teaching practice (observation classes and ‘hands-on’ teaching experience with actual ESL students); building a substantial portfolio of teaching and testing resources; developing targeted and comprehensive teaching and learning plans; engage in academic research – and a lot more.

The core requirements of the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL unashamedly have an emphasis on practical teaching. Our TESOL students can opt to complete the ‘physical’ teaching practice hours (14 in total) in their local community or at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh. Regardless of where our online students choose to complete the practical part of their course, locally or abroad, the fee remains the same. The practical dimension of the online TESOL course at AVSE is a distinguishing factor in a competitive market. Employers (schools) want substantive proof  that you know your way around a classroom and can keep students engaged for the duration of a lesson.


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Advantages of online TESOL

So, after a lot of research and scrolling you’ve reached the conclusion that AVSE’s Australian Government accredited TESOL programme offers the best preparation for a job as an ESL teacher – your ultimate goal – but, you’re still unsure if the online training mode is right for you. There’s a lot to think about. Let’s look at some of the benefits of the online option at AVSE-TESOL. It might help with your decision-making.


‘Convenience’ is the most obvious advantage with online training. Are you a ‘night owl’? “Yes”, I hear you say. Okay, work on your TESOL requirements then. Do you hold a ‘fly in’, ‘fly out’ job where every second week you’re scratching your head looking for something to do? Okay, now you’re sorted, preparing yourself for the next phase of your life. Online study allows you to fulfill course-related commitments at a time and place that’s good for you with a caveat about reliable internet access. You can always deal with problematic internet access by having a low-cost internet stick attached to your key ring.


The fee for the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is less than the fee for our in-class course, but the Australian Government accreditation and certification are the same, the content is the same, the qualified trainers are the same – and ‘hands-on’ support is only a message or a phone call away. In short, you’ll pay less for the same product. We’re able to offer the online study mode at a much cheaper price than our in-class course by passing on cost savings attributable to, among other things, lower rent, lower utility charges and better use of resources.


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Caters for all comers

The research is emphatic; people learn in different ways. This presents ongoing challenges for trainers presiding over in-class study programmes. There are students who learn best by reading about the subject matter, others need to see it in action, others need to hear it and the list goes go. The online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is responsive to individual learning needs. The student controls the way they learn, which undoubtedly will be consistent with how they learn best. If you’re following a pathway that’s consistent with how you learn best, it’s reasonable to assume the learning outcomes will be more positive than they would otherwise be.

Direct connection with market leader

By enrolling in the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, you become part of the AVSE family, which includes 5,000+ former TESOL students who were once where you are right now. The networking opportunities are huge. The ‘hands on’ support from AVSE-TESOL is substantial. AVSE-TESOL is the market leader in Southeast Asia with preparing folks for teaching jobs in Vietnam, Cambodia and other destinations. We are physically on the ground in HanoiHo Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh and know the region well. As a member of the AVSE-TESOL family, you will be a direct beneficiary of our market position.


It’s true to say that online learning is not for everyone, but it’s a perfect fit for many people. With the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL you’ll receive all the benefits of investing in quality ESL teacher training at a lower upfront cost. You’ll be able to study at a time and place that’s good for you and in a manner that’s consistent with how you learn best. Importantly, you’ll have AVSE-TESOL in your corner moving forward.

You will find an Enrolment Form for the online TESOL programme at AVSE below. After completing the Enrolment Form, follow the instructions to send it electronically to Peter Goudge at AVSE-TESOL. Peter does his best to get back to applicants within three business days. 

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Blog Post: Online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL


What exactly is an ‘online TESOL course’?

Let’s deal with the ‘online course’ part first. In a vocational context, put succinctly, an ‘online course’ is job-specific training directed at acquiring skills and knowledge, using an internet-based platform as the study mode. You don’t need to be an ‘information technology geek’ to complete most online study programmes. You do need a desktop or laptop computer with basic Microsoft Office software and a reliable internet connection. Self-discipline to keep chipping away at your course is paramount.


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‘TESOL’ is one of those annoying acronyms that characterise the teaching English as a second language (ESL) industry. You could give yourself a headache counting all the acronyms in this line of work, but here are a few that you’ll frequently come across throughout your teaching journey: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language); IELTS (International English Language Testing System); TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults); AVSE (Australian Vocational Skills and Education); AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) and OFqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

The ‘TESOL’ acronym means ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’. While purists may argue that the acronyms TESOL and TEFL are not interchangeable, I disagree. Crudely, the TESOL acronym is commonly used is the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries and TEFL is typically used elsewhere.

What to expect

The online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is suitable for professionally minded people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in teaching ESL at one of AVSE’s partner schools in Vietnam and Cambodia, in their home country or online. The study programme is intensive, but it’s also immensely rewarding. There’s a lot of material to cover directed at equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to be a great ESL educator. At the end of the study programme, you’ll hold an internationally recognised teaching qualification, signed off by the Australian Government. To draw on the words of that great man William Shakespeare, you’ll be able to say with your hand on your heart, ‘the world is my oyster’, certainly in the context of ESL teaching and learning. 

Online TESOL students at AVSE-TESOL have up to six months to complete the course related requirements, but we’ve found that most students are done and dusted in six to ten weeks. Racing through the course is actively discouraged. Why? TESOL at AVSE-TESOL is all about equipping aspiring ESL teachers with the tools they need to be brilliant educators. This is not something that can happen overnight. It’s a process that takes time and commitment in abundance. By doing a bit of work, when you have free time, five or six days a week, there’s a good chance that you will have nailed the course related requirements in a couple of months. You can start the online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL on any one of the 365 days in a calendar year.

Importantly, the content of AVSE’s online TESOL programme is exactly the same as our ‘signature’ in-class TESOL course, that we’ve been delivering in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for more than a decade and in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) for the past five years. Moreover, the trainers who are engaged by AVSE-TESOL to facilitate our online TESOL course are the same, highly qualified people who deliver our in-class programme. In a nutshell, with the online TESOL programme at AVSE-TESOL you will have the same course content, the same assessment tasks and the same highly qualified TESOL trainers as if you were doing our in-class programme. The key difference is, ‘the heavy lifting’ – the training – takes place in the comfort of your own home, saving time and money.


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The content of AVSE-TESOL’s online TESOL course includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • TESOL methodologies
  • Lesson planning
  • Presenting information
  • Presenting vocabulary
  • Presenting grammar
  • Concept checking and questioning
  • Feedback
  • Classroom management and safety
  • Practicing the four skills
  • Presenting pronunciation and phonemes
  • Activity based learning for children (and adults)
  • Motivation
  • ESL testing
  • Culture in ESL
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Practical teaching experience

By definition, the online TESOL programme at AVSE-TESOL draws on simulated learning experiences, but the emphasis on the practical aspect of teaching English that’s the hallmark of our in-class programme remains intact. To illustrate this point, students who are enrolled in the online TESOL programme at AVSE-TESOL must, amongst other things, complete 14 hours of ‘hands on’ teaching practice, build a portfolio of teaching and testing resources and develop a learning plan for a single ESL student. All these core requirements have a practical teaching dimension. The ‘physical’ teaching practice component of the online TESOL course – where the TESOL student delivers ESL lessons to actual ESL students – can take place in the student’s own local community – or at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh with no additional charge. The choice is yours to make.


In this blog post we’ve turned our mind to what an online TESOL course is all about and touched on some acronyms that you’ll encounter while working as an English language educator. We’ve also had a good look at the Australian Government accredited online TESOL course that’s offered by AVSE-TESOL. Regardless of whether you see yourself as being an online or in-class person, by completing a TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and quality certification you need to live that lifelong dream of teaching English as a Second Language. 


About the blogger: Peter Goudge is the Managing Director and owner of AVSE-TESOL in Vietnam and Cambodia. AVSE delivers an Australian Government accredited TESOL programme in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh – and online. Originally from Australia, Peter has been living and working in Southeast Asia since 2006. Check out the AVSE website:



Five compelling reasons why an online TESOL Course is the way to go


Let’s assume that you’ve decided to do the Australian Government-accredited TESOL Course at AVSE-TESOL, but you’re undecided on which study mode, online or in-class, is best for you. In this blog post, I’ll discuss five compelling reasons why an online TESOL course is preferable. Equally, I can pull together five compelling reasons why an in-class TESOL course is preferable. That will be a blog post for another day. Why five compelling reasons for an online course and not eight, ten or another number? Good question. The answer is twofold: 1. for the time being anyway, five is my lucky number, and 2. I have to draw the line somewhere; otherwise, you’ll vote with your feet.

Here are five reasons you should choose the online study mode to complete your TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL: flexibility, price, freebies, technical skills, and ponder time. Let’s deal with each point individually.

  1. Flexibility

Doing a study programme online, TESOL or otherwise provides flexibility that simply doesn’t exist with an in-class programme. Other than scheduled webinars, and even with those, you can likely obtain a recorded version of the event; when and where you choose to study online is entirely up to you. If you’re an early bird by nature, doing an hour or two before you head off to work Monday to Friday might be a good fit.  If you’re free most weekends, you might choose to do a couple of hours every Saturday and Sunday. The flexibility with ‘the where’ is when things can get interesting. ‘Where’ is limited only by your imagination. 

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  1. Price

True, a quality online TESOL course that’s a product of nationally recognised training (government-regulated), like the one offered by AVSE-TESOL, is not cheap. There are cost factors that don’t exist with a ‘Diploma Mill’ course. Best not to get me started about Diploma Mills in TESOL training. The good news is that every legitimate (government-regulated) online TESOL course I could find while researching this blog post is cheaper than the in-class version of the same course. At AVSE-TESOL, for example, an online Australian Government accredited TESOL course costs US $998.00. The in-class version of the same course costs US $1,798.00. There are valid reasons for the price difference, but the reality is you can get the same qualification for less money by doing it online.

  1. Freebies

This is my favourite point! Everyone loves freebies, especially me. When freebies come with a purchase, it helps to ease the pain of parting with your hard-earned money. With a much-lower cost factor, the chance of getting your hands on some freebies with an online TESOL course is greater than with an in-class course. Here’s some hard evidence. The online TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL comes with a bunch of freebies – 9 nights of hotel accommodation in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh to do the practical part of your online course in Vietnam or Cambodia, hands-on job support in Vietnam or Cambodia and a lot more. Of course, it’s possible to score some freebies with an in-class TESOL course, but they tend to come with ‘personal value’ – pre-class support, for instance – rather than monetary value.  

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  1. Technical skills

With every ‘negative’ in life, if you look hard enough, you’ll find a ‘positive’ somewhere. It might not be immediately apparent, but the upside will be there for you to see at some stage. If you’re not confident with technology, the idea of sitting in front of a keyboard, using computers, navigating different software programmes, uploading, downloading, Skyping, Zooming, chat rooms and suchlike will be daunting. In your mind, it might even be justification for not going down the online path. I get it. Technology isn’t going away anytime soon. These days, ESL students of all ages and backgrounds expect their teachers to use technology in the classroom. I’d argue that an online TESOL course provides an excellent opportunity to build computer-related skills and confidence in parallel – in a safe and supportive environment – and at zero cost. Building ‘techie’ skills is essentially another freebie that comes with an online study programme.

  1. Ponder time

‘Ponder’ means to think carefully. By completing your TESOL course online, over two to six months, rather than as an intensive, one-month in-class programme, you’ll have more time to think carefully about where you want your TESOL qualification to take you. Can you make a living teaching ESL in your home country? Will you take up the offer from AVSE-TESOL to teach ESL in Vietnam or Cambodia? Will teaching ESL in Thailand, South Korea, China, the Philippines or another exotic location be a good fit? There’s a lot to think about, and having the time to do precisely that can only be a good thing.


We’ve quickly looked at five compelling reasons why you should go down the online TESOL course path. Flexibility, price, accessing freebies, building techie skills and plenty of ponder time – individually and collectively – are strong arguments for an online study programme over an in-class programme. Personal preference and circumstances will undoubtedly dictate your choice – an online TESOL course or an in-class TESOL course. However, regardless of your study mode, if you do the Australian Government-accredited TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, you’ll hold the same quality certification that’s a product of nationally-recognised training and is government-regulated.  The best of the best.


About the writer: Peter Goudge is the Managing Director and owner of AVSE-TESOL in Australia, Vietnam and Cambodia. He’s passionate about quality ESL teacher training and has written extensively on the subject for the past 15+ years. Check out the AVSE-TESOL website:



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