Before you sign-up for the Australian Government accredited TESOL programme at AVSE, or a course with a competitor, you should gather as much pre-course information as you can. Do you meet the entry requirements? Does the provider embrace diversity? Is the course ‘nationally recognised’ training in the country of origin? What’s in the Service Agreement? What’s the enrolment process? What kind of ‘pastoral’ care and support will you receive – and when will it happen? How much time do you have to complete the course – one month, six months, one year? I understand that questions like these are tedious, but they’re important. You need to know the full picture before parting with your hard-earned cash.
At AVSE-TESOL, we’re pretty confident that most key questions have been covered on our website, but we love being challenged. Seriously! Why? We want students to have all the pre-course information that they need to make an informed decision on the suitability of what we offer.
When gathering pre-course information, you’ll need to look at the entry requirements. Do you ‘tick all the boxes’? Here are the core requirements to join the in-class TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh – or our online TESOL course:
- You must be at least 18 years of age on the day the course starts (unless granted dispensation);
- You must be proficient in all aspects of English;
- You must have completed secondary education to pre-university level (unless granted dispensation);
- You must be able to produce a police/criminal record check from your home country that shows you haven’t been convicted of an offence; and
- You must have a clear understanding of what constitutes professional conduct, punctuality, cultural sensitivity, the ability to get along with others and suchlike.
If it happens that you don’t meet one or more of the core entry requirements for the TESOL course at AVSE, ‘all is not lost’. You should feel free to contact the Managing Director of AVSE, Peter Goudge, to discuss your personal situation. Here is Peter’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to allcomers
As much as humanly possible we want our TESOL programmes to be open to allcomers, regardless of their background. Certainly AVSE-TESOL is an ‘equal opportunity’ educational institution and we celebrate diversity. While previous teaching experience and tertiary level qualifications are valuable, it’s noteworthy that neither is a core requirement to enrol in a TESOL course at AVSE. Being a native English speaker is also not a core entry requirement. Interestingly, over the past decade, 92% of our TESOL graduates had zero teaching experience before joining the course at AVSE-TESOL, 34% were non-native English speakers and 42% didn’t hold a university or college degree. Sure, there are occasions when we decline an application. When this occurs, the communication is driven by honesty and is delivered in a sympathetic manner.
You will find a comprehensive Service Agreement publicly displayed on the AVSE-TESOL website. It’s a ‘treasure trove’ of pre-course information.
By applying to join a TESOL course at AVSE (directly or via an agent), you acknowledge acceptance of the Service Agreement that’s publicly displayed on our website. It’s vital that you read the Service Agreement before locking in your enrolment. Among other things, the AVSE Service Agreement represents a genuine attempt to provide prospective students with important pre-course information – in plain-English. It also provides guidance on course requirements, payments, cancellations, refunds, how to lodge a complaint, privacy matters, job assistance and a range of other issues. You can view the Service Agreement here.
Enrolling in a TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, regardless of the location or study mode, is straightforward. Applications are accepted 12 months of the year and it only takes 10 minutes or so to complete the plain-English, online, enrolment form.
You can access an enrolment form for the in-class TESOL course at AVSE by clicking on the burgundy tab above.
You can access an enrolment form for our online TESOL course by clicking on the burgundy tab above.
After filling out the enrolment form, follow the instructions to send it by email directly to Ms SJ, AVSE’s Admissions Officer. Ms SJ does her best to contact all applicants within three business days of receiving an enrolment form. After reviewing the enrolment form, Ms SJ will either:
- Offer you a place on your chosen course;
- Invite you to participate in a SKYPE discussion; or
- Respectfully decline your application.
If you are accepted to an in-class TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL, you must pay a deposit within seven days (as noted below) to formally reserve your place:
- US $750.00 if you hold a passport other than from the Philippines, Vietnam or Cambodia
- US $340.00 if you hold a passport from the Philippines
- US $200.00 if you hold a passport from Vietnam or Cambodia
If you are accepted to the online TESOL programme at AVSE you have the option of paying a deposit of US $98.00 or the full fee in a single payment, regardless of your passport.
The Course Coordinator will email you immediately after your deposit (or the full sum) is received, confirming that your place is locked in. You will find options to make a secure payment to AVSE-TESOL here.
In the event you choose to go with an in-class TESOL course at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh, there will be quite a few tasks that you’ll need to tick-off before departing from your home country. Here is a simple checklist, not in any particular order, that you can add to or subtract from, based on your personal circumstances.
|Passport is current||Know local exchange rates|
|Passport is free of damage||Personal medication|
|Medical / travel insurance||Pass itinerary to your family|
|Check visa requirements||Arrival: day, date, time, flight number|
|Apply for visa if necessary||Airport collection|
|Book flight + note: day, date, time, flight number||Meeting point for airport collection|
|How to travel to the airport for outbound flight||Emergency phone number for use on arrival|
|Time to arrive at the airport for outbound flight||Local sim card on arrival|
|Gadgets and comfort items||Access the internet on arrival|
|Clothes and footwear||Accommodation arrangements on arrival|
|Bag type (wheels are best)||Contact your family on arrival|
|Vaccinations, if any||Avoid airport touts on arrival|
|Organise credit cards||Brush up on your grammar via free online exercises|
|Obtain the equivalent of US $200.00 in local currency||When abroad, always remember you're a visitor|
|Passport is current|
|Passport is free of damage|
|Medical / travel insurance|
|Check visa requirements|
|Apply for visa if necessary|
|Book flight + note: day, date, time, flight number|
|How to travel to the airport for outbound flight|
|Time to arrive at the airport for outbound flight|
|Gadgets and comfort items|
|Clothes and footwear|
|Bag type (wheels are best)|
|Vaccinations, if any|
|Organise credit cards|
|Obtain the equivalent of US $200.00 in local currency|
|Know local exchange rates|
|Pass itinerary to your family|
|Arrival: day, date, time, flight number|
|Meeting point for airport collection|
|Emergency phone number for use on arrival|
|Local sim card on arrival|
|Access the internet on arrival|
|Accommodation arrangements on arrival|
|Contact your family on arrival|
|Avoid airport touts on arrival|
|Brush up on your grammar via free online exercises|
|When abroad, always remember you're a visitor|
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