Enthusiastic Teacher Wanted to Teach TEFL in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date posted:2002-03-19 | Writer: ILA Vietnam | Email: [email protected]

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Excellent Teaching and Training Opportunities in Ho Chi Minh City
ILA Vietnam - the leading provider of EFL programmes in Ho Chi Minh City
Programmes at ILA Vietnam

Currently we offer the following programmes:
* ILA Juniors English courses for children (6 - 11 years)
* ILA Seniors English courses for teenagers (11 - 16 years)
* ILA Elite English courses for teenagers (16 - 18 years)
* ILA Public English courses for adults (General Public)
* ILA Corporate English, Business Skills, and Management Skills courses for companies

The ILA Vietnam Training Centres (2)
The ILA Training Centres are located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. We have 42 air-conditioned classrooms and a Virtual Independent Learning Centre (Multimedia).
At ILA Vietnam, we recognise our teachers as our greatest resource. We endeavor, to the best of our ability, to ensure their stay with us is as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Teachers have a large, well equipped room in which to prepare classes. They have access to a wide range of teaching materials, resources, photocopiers, computers, internet and visual aids.
Teaching materials / resources / facilities

ILA imports the most contemporary teaching resources available. In addition to core teaching material, teachers have access to a wide range of supplementary resources. Photocopiers and computers are available for lesson preparation. Visual aids are available for class delivery.
Teacher development

We encourage teachers to develop their skills and further their training. We run in house workshops frequently and encourage teachers to give workshops themselves (assistance is given if necessary). Many of our students sit international examinations (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, TOEIC, etc), so it is necessary to become familiar with these and in the process of doing so many of our teachers become UCLES/IELTS examiners.

ILA Vietnam is seeking teaching and training professionals for the following:
1. Children's English Teachers (ILA Juniors, Seniors & Elite)
To teach on the ILA Juniors, Seniors and Elite programmes
Fresh TEFL Cert Graduates accepted
ILA Juniors/ Seniors/ Elite (Children's Programme)
ILA Juniors is a five level programme for children between the ages of 6 and 11, taking them from absolute beginner level to pre-intermediate level. In the first two courses the children primarily focus on developing their listening and speaking skills. As they progress through the levels they are introduced to the reading and writing skills more.
ILA Seniors and Elite, these programmes are for 11-16 and 16-18 year olds respectively. Both programmes consist of 9 levels and take students from beginner level to advanced level.

Class Location
Classes generally take place in the ILA Training Centre, some are conducted outside of the Centre in Vietnamese, primary, secondary, and high schools throughout the city.
Class Schedules
Classes are conducted 6 days per week. ILA Juniors classes meet twice a week and are conducted on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:45 AM. ILA Seniors and Elite classes are conducted 2 or 3 times a week in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday. Classes are usually 1.5 - 2 hours in duration.
Instructor Requirements and Remuneration
We are seeking ELT professionals who:
* are well presented
* are versatile, flexible and prepared to live in a rapidly developing country
* are dedicated to teaching
* hold a bachelor?s degree and TEFL qualifications
* have a good knowledge of grammar
* have experience in: Teaching English to children / Teaching general English / Materials and resource development
* take a communicative approach in the classroom
* are able to recognise learner needs and adapt teaching approaches accordingly
* are versatile, flexible and creative in their teaching approach
* are motivated and able to motivate others
* make learning enjoyable
* are willing to make use of the large variety of resources available
* are culturally sensitive
* have the ability to develop a rapport with their students

Dependent upon qualifications and experience
Salary: Scale 1: USD 950 per calendar month (net)
For up to 1080 contact hours over a 12-month period (Average 90 hours/month - 21/week)
Overtime (teaching): USD 12 per hour for all contact hours taught over 1080 within the 12-month period. Paid upon successful completion of the 12-month contract
Salary: Scale 2: USD 1050 per calendar month (net)
For up to 1080 contact hours over a 12-month period (Average 90 hours/month - 21/week)
Overtime (teaching): USD 13 per hour for all contact hours taught over 1080 within the 12-month period. Paid upon successful completion of the 12-month contract
Holiday: - 3 weeks, (15 working days) plus 9 days of Vietnamese national holidays. All holidays are unpaid.
Medical insurance: Allowance of USD 300 per year
Completion bonus: 1, 000 USD paid upon the successful completion of the contract

Applicants should forward the following to Steve Baker, email: [email protected]
1. Full CV / Copy of passport with photograph.
2. Cover letter
3. Soonest start date.
4. Please make it clear in your application that you are applying to ILA Juniors/ Seniors/ Elite.
As you can appreciate we receive a large number of applications fro positions at ILA Vietnam, therefore we only reply to applicants who possess the stipulated qualifications.

Living in Ho Chi Minh City
After 26 years under communist rule, Vietnam has its sights firmly fixed on becoming the next Asian Tiger. The pace of growth is phenomenal, but not without its drawbacks. Traffic, pollution and petty theft are the major gripes of resident expatriates. Although minor on an international scale, they do exist and must be taken into account by anyone wishing to spend time here.

Located in the South of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's second city and the country's economic and commercial hub. Despite its population of 5 million people, HCMC, (also known as Saigon), is not large and maintains a small town atmosphere. Extended periods under French rule have left a city of narrow streets and tree-lined boulevards. Dilapidated colonial villas have been taken over by foreign companies and governmental departments and restored to their former glory.
The Saigonese are extremely warm and friendly people. Westerners are welcomed and integration into the community is commonplace. Teachers are particularly highly regarded and well respected by the Vietnamese.

Useful information

Accommodation here is mostly shared housing. You can expect to share with 1 - 3 people in a typical Vietnamese style house - 4-metres wide, 3-storeys. The bedrooms are likely to be air-conditioned, while the common living area will have a ceiling fan.

Eating out is a delight and many westerners find themselves rapidly expanding their waistlines. (see Keeping fit). Food from all over the world is available at excellent prices. Vietnamese cuisine is amongst the healthiest in the world and a meal costs from 40 cents upwards. (Pho - traditional Vietnamese soup).
The food is so good that few people bother to eat at home. Many restaurants have a home delivery service.

The choice of bars is nearly as great as that of eateries. From the outdoor Bia Hoi, where a litre of freshly brewed beer costs about 25 cents, to the roof-top bar of the Caravelle Hotel, with its exclusive clientele and panoramic views of the city. Nightlife comes alive at the weekends when the whole city seems to take to the streets. The most popular nightspots close from 2 - 4 AM. The wide variety of bars, discos/nightclubs and restaurants will ensure that you are never bored and give you opportunities to meet up with fellow expats.

Travel and Transport
Around the city
There is no bus system as such. The city is small and most journeys take less than 15 minutes. Driving in the city can be hazardous, as the laws of the road are not always observed. Traffic is heavy, especially at peak periods. Most people travel by motorbike (100cc). Taxis are very cheap. The first two kilometres cost about 12000VND. Motorbike taxis are even cheaper and often used by foreigners. (5, 000VND for a short trip.)
(1 USD = 15, 120 VND)

Outside of the city
Roads in the city and between major centres are generally good, but travel to smaller locations can often be time consuming and a little difficult. Cheap and relatively comfortable bus services are available between the main cities. There are flights to most cities and resorts.

Theatre and Classical Music
Live classical music and theatrical performances are also widely available.

Keeping Fit
There is a wide range of sporting activities available to foreigners in HCMC including; football, hockey, rugby, Australian Rules football, swimming, squash, tennis, softball, etc. Many foreigners study martial arts. Private instructors are available at a minimal hourly or monthly fee.

For work or leisure, men or women, brand names, (locally made under license) or made to measure. Clothes are very cheap and generally very good quality.
Many large electrical companies now produce in Vietnam. Prices of TVs, videos and Hi-fis are very good.

Living Costs
Costs are quoted in USD. ?Usual? denotes a cost that you can expect to pay (Min. Max. Usual):

Main course in Vietnamese restaurant $0.5 $4 $3
Main course in good foreign owned restaurant $3.5 $10 $5
Coffee $0.3 $1.5 $0.6
Coke $0.15 $1.5 $0.8
Beer (33cl. Bottle) $0.6 $2.5 $1.6
Bars and nightclubs
Beer $1.5 $3.50 $1.7
Coke $1 $2 $1.2
Gin and tonic $3 $4 $3.5
Household costs
Maid (cleaning, laundry, etc.) - per month $25
Rent - shared house - per month $150 $400 $250
Rent - room only - per month (inc. elec.) $150 $300 $200
Electricity (inc. air-conditioning) - per month $20 $30 $25
Getting around the city
Taxi - per km $0. 5
Motorbike taxi - per ride $0.3
Motorbike rental - per month $70
For men
Men?s shirts - foreign brand names, made for export $7
Casual trousers - foreign brand names, made for export $12
Trousers - tailor-made $12 $25
Suit - tailor made $80 80
Shirt - tailor-made $5
Adidas/ Nike sports shoes $15
For women
Skirt/ dress - tailor made (not inc. material) $6
Shirt/ blouse - tailor-made (not inc. material) $7
Shoes - hand made $20
Doctor consultations
Local doctor?s practice 1 10 $5
Foreign run health centre $65

Imported pharmaceutical products are very cheap and readily available.
Reliable, modern, clean and cheap

Practically everything is available in Ho Chi Minh City. Costs vary from with those of the West, but as a general rule of thumb, everyday products are cheaper, especially if produced in Vietnam.

Please apply to: Steve Baker - [email protected]

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


This unit about equipment and teaching aids is very similar to the unit about course books and teaching material. How I said that previous unit can be divided in two, now I think that those two upper-mentioned units can be merged into one. However, it is still very useful, and I especially liked that unit part about sources of learning, with all those websites addresses that I will be going to for sure once I start working as a teacher.Unit 7 is concerned with the teaching of new vocabulary and grammar structures. One of the greatest challenges I have faced in the classroom is selecting the right vocabulary. This unit demonstrates that it is appropriacy to the students and task as well as frequency and teachability which are the most important criteria for selecting new words.As there are hundereds of thousands of words in the English language this is very important .