Our TESOL course

First and foremost, AVSE-TESOL (Australia) is a family owned and managed vocational, education and training business. We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia. Our RTO number is: 45373. The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the regulatory agency for vocational education and training in Australia. Following a comprehensive application and audit process, ASQA authorised AVSE-TESOL to offer an in-class Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training programme (Course code: 10773NAT) offshore, specifically in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. AVSE-TESOL also offers an online TESOL programme (same course content, same Australian Government accreditation), which can be completed in the comfort of your own home. Information about AVSE’s online TESOL course can be found here.

On this page, we’ll focus on the in-class TESOL course.

The in-class TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh involves a time commitment of 150 hours over 4 weeks including 14 hours (minimum) of practical teaching experience with ‘real’ English language students engaged in ongoing ESL classes. Students have the option of taking up to 6 months to complete the assessment tasks in the event they’re not looking to start work as an English language teacher in the short to medium term. The TESOL programme at AVSE-TESOL is suitable for professionally-minded people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in teaching in Vietnam, Cambodia or in other countries.

Our TESOL course has equivalent academic status and content to a CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL. The course has two principal aims: 1. to certify prospective teachers for a rewarding career as an ESL Educator; and 2. to provide both experienced and prospective teachers with theoretical knowledge, skills and hands-on teaching experience.




Graduates of the Australian Government accredited TESOL course at AVSE are:

  • Fully equipped to deliver interactive, fun learning experiences for students of all ages and skill levels;
  • Adept at managing a classroom;
  • Proficient in the principles of language use and analysis;
  • Knowledgeable about ‘teaching theory’ and its practical application; and
  • Skilled in identifying learning difficulties and developing & implementing responsive action plans.

The TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is certainly challenging, but it’s also rewarding. There’s a lot to learn in four weeks. You’ll be taught the skill sets that will allow you to ‘hit the ground running’ as an English language teacher. We’ll ensure you get all the support you need during the course to make your experience enriching and memorable.




The first two days of each in-class TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are dedicated to becoming familiar with the neighbourhood surrounding the training centre and socialising with the people you will spend close to a month with during the course. There is a Welcome Party (complimentary) on Saturday and a city tour (complimentary) on Sunday before the study component of the TESOL programme commences on Monday.

The maximum number of students in an in-class TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL is 16 in Hanoi, 24 in Ho Chi Minh City and 14 in Phnom Penh. Classes tend to be fully-booked a month or two before the scheduled start date, so it’s best to book early.

Our TESOL students come from all corners of the world with around 30% having English as a second (or third) language. Over the past decade, the youngest TESOL trainee at AVSE-TESOL was 17 (Australian) and our oldest was 78 (American). The 78-year-old is now 83 and still going strong teaching in Vietnam. Typically, the TESOL classes at each of AVSE’s three locations have an even split of males and females.

The theory component of the in-class TESOL course largely takes place in weeks 1, 2 & 3, Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 3.00 pm (+/-). The practical component (observation and teaching practice classes – a minimum of 14 hours) is evenly spread across the 4 weeks and involves some evenings and part of each weekend. In the final week of the study programme, the focus is on providing support with completing the necessary assessment tasks and transitioning to paid employment. Course content includes, but isn’t limited to learning styles, lesson structure, lesson planning, classroom interaction, teaching the language, motivation, designing an entire course, local and international tests, music in the classroom and art & craft.

The cornerstone of your assessment will be the 14-hour observation and teaching practicum (see above). You may begin as early as day one by observing real ESL classes and journaling your reflections as you go. Next, we’ll guide and support you as you jump, feet-first, into planning, teaching and evaluating 8 hours of real English classes with real local students. In addition, you will undertake study both in and out of class to complete a range of workbook activities. You will journal and self-evaluate your teaching experience. You’ll build a portfolio of teaching and testing resources, which you will implement, evaluate and take with you on your teaching journey post-course. To solidify your knowledge, you’ll also complete short-answer questions, a short research report and prepare a detailed learning plan for one ESL student. The assessment process is designed to draw attention to scenarios you’ll encounter as a professional ESL teacher.

AVSE-TESOL employs qualified assessors who work under strict, Australian Government compliance standards to ensure the quality and independence of the assessment process and your readiness to teach English once you have finished the course.

Interestingly, 34% of people who graduate from the TESOL course at AVSE were initially referred by alumni. While the number of referrals from previous students and substantial growth over the years suggests that AVSE is on the right path, we’re mindful of the link between continuous improvement and future success.

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1300 Quang Trung Street
Go Vap District (Ward 14)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam