TEFL in Vietnam - Vung Tau

Date posted:2006-03-23 | Writer: ILA Vietnam | Email: [email protected]

Teach at the Beach in Vietnam! ILA Vung Tau needs Teachers and Management staff for 2006!

Excellent Teaching and Training Opportunities in Vung Tau City

ILA Vietnam - The leading provider of EFL programmes in Ho Chi Minh & Vung Tau Cities

402 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 4th Floor, 155 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ward 7, Vung Tau City

For more information about the school and teaching at ILA Vietnam please see: Contact us

ILA Vietnam is seeking ESL professionals for the following openings at our Vung Tau Training Centre:

1. Academic Director To oversee the running of all adult, corporate and young learners English language programmes at the ILA Vietnam ñ –µng Tau Centre *Minimum of a BA and a DELTA/ Dip. TEFLA/ MA. TESOL or equivalent; preference given to applicants with similar past experience. Projected start date is April or May of 2006.

2. Children's EFL teachers To fill positions on our Jumpstart, Juniors, Seniors & Elite ELT Programmes *Newly Certified TEFL Graduates  with BA welcome !

For further details on all the above programmes and application procedures refer to the following.

1. Academic Director Responsible for management and oversight of all English language programmes at the ILA Vietnam Vung Tau Training Centre. Vung Tau programmes are similar to the HCMC programmes.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Scheduling * Material development * Course development * Teacher observations / appraisals / quality control * Teacher development / support * Testing and assessment (designing / implementing and advising) * Placement testing * Teaching and substitute teaching * Other academic and administrative duties as requested

The successful applicant will hold a DELTA/ Dip. TEFLA/ MA. TESOL or equivalent. He / she will:

* have at least 2-3 years' full time teaching experience (experience with children preferable) * be highly organised. * have a great deal of energy, drive and enthusiasm. * have strong interpersonal skills and be able to develop a strong rapport with both students and colleagues. * be committed to a career in ELT * be available in May 2006 * be able to work in a team environment

Contract duration: 1 year, extendable Contract start: May 2006


Salary: Dependant upon qualifications and experience Holiday: 4 weeks, (20 working days), paid holiday per year plus 9 days of Vietnamese national holidays Medical insurance: Allowance of $500 US per year Bonus: The incumbent shall receive $1500 US upon successful completion of the contract Visas: All visa administration fees paid by ILA.

2. Children's EFL teachers - ILA Jumpstart/ Juniors/ Seniors/ Elite

The ILA Children's programme is the premiere English foreign language progranmme in Vietnam with more than 4000 children and teenagers currently enrolled in HCM City. In Vung Tau ILA presently has about 500 children studying on this programme, including a number of Russian students, with considerable growth expected in the future. The students are divided into the following programmes dependant upon their age and abilities.

ILA Jumpstart is a three level programme designed for children between the ages of four and-a-half and six and-a-half. The course is designed to give students a solid foundation in listening and speaking English.

ILA Juniors is a six 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 are programmes for 11-16 and 16-18 year olds respectively. Seniors consists of 5 levels from Beginner to Upper Intermediate. Elite consists of 7 levels from Beginner to Advanced. Instructor Requirements and Remuneration

We are seeking teaching professionals who:

* have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and TEFL qualifications  * are very well presented * are versatile, flexible and prepared to live in a rapidly developing country * have a strong knowledge of grammar * take a communicative approach in the classroom * are able to recognise learner needs and adapt teaching approaches accordingly * are motivated and able to motivate others and make learning enjoyable * make use of the large variety of resources available * are culturally sensitive * have the ability to develop a rapport with their students Remuneration (Dependent upon qualifications and experience)

Scale 1: $950 US per calendar month (net) For up to 1044 contact hours over a 12-month period (Average 87 hours/month - 20/week) Overtime (teaching): $12 US per hour for all contact hours taught over 1044 within the 12-month period.

Scale 2: $1050 US per calendar month (net) For up to 1044 contact hours over a 12-month period (87 hours/month - 20/week) Overtime (teaching): $13 US per hour for all contact hours taught over 1044 within the 12-month period.

Scale 3: $1100 US per calendar month (net) For up to 984 contact hours over a 12-month period (82 hours/month - 19/week) Overtime (teaching): $14 US per hour for all contact hours taught over 984 within the 12-month period.

Scale 4: $1200 US per calendar month (net) For up to 984 contact hours over a 12-month period (82 hours/month - 19/week) Overtime (teaching): $15 US per hour for all contact hours taught over 984 within the 12-month period.

Scale 5: $1300 US per calendar month (net) For up to 984 contact hours over a 12-month period (82 hours/month - 19/week) Overtime (teaching): $16 US per hour for all contact hours taught over 984 within the 12-month period.

Holiday: 4 weeks, (20 - 24 working days, depending on the teaching programme you are applying for) plus approximately 10 days of Vietnamese national holidays. All holidays are unpaid Medical insurance: Allowance of $300 USD per year Completion bonus: $1, 000 US paid upon the successful completion of the contract Visas: All visa administration fees paid by ILA.

Supplements: $2.00 US/ contact teaching hour for Vung Tau classes

ILA is committed to in-house teacher development and training and offers exciting chances for career development.


Please make it clear in your application which position you are applying for. Applicants should forward the following to Steve Baker, email: [email protected]

1. Full CV, dated and preferably with references 2. Copy of passport page with details and photograph. 3. Cover letter explaining how his/ her qualifications and experience relate to the above criteria and reasons for applying for the position. 4. Soonest start date.

As you can appreciate we receive a large number of applications from positions at ILA Vietnam, therefore we only reply to applicants who possess the stipulated qualifications.

ILA Vietnam 402 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Phone numbers: (848) 9290100 Fax number: (848) 9290070

Living in Vietnam

After more than 30 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. In general, however, the Vietnamese 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.

Vung Tau is approximately 120 km southeast of HCMC, at the mouth of the Mekong River. The town has an average temperature of 28?C and a rainy season which, like HCMC, runs from May through to November. There is some 20 km of coastline of soft-sand beaches in the immediate area, although the beaches close to the city aren't as nice as those further north, away from the city limits.

In past years Vung Tau was known as a laid back sea-side resort, famous for its fresh seafood and proximity to HCMC. These days, however, Vung Tau is better known as the focal point of the burgeoning oil and gas industry and is home to a host of ex-pat oil workers and their families. Amidst the recent development Vung Tau still retains a small town atmosphere with quiet tree-lined boulevards and seaside walk ways while dilapidated colonial villas have been taken over by foreign companies and governmental departments and restored to their former glory. It was and continues to be, an ideal weekend retreat for city dwellers.

Useful information

Although most of the following was written for HCMC, it equally applies to Vung Tau as well. Some costs in Vung Tau may be lower, however.

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

Eating 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 ñ ´²aditional Vietnamese soup). The food is generally so inexpensive and good that few people bother to eat at home. Many restaurants have a home delivery service.

Drinking 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 pool-side and roof-top bars of luxury hotels on or near the waterfront. Nightlife comes alive at the weekends when the town fills up with day trippers escaping HCMC and the whole population seems to take to the streets. The most popular nightspots close from 1 ñ ² AM. The relatively wide variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants will ensure that you are never bored and give you opportunities to meet up with fellow expats.

Travel and Transport

Around Vung Tau Vung Tau's main business district - where the bulk of foreigners live and work - is quite small and most journeys take less than 10 minutes. However, the town's beaches and other points of interest can be quite spread out, and require some travel. There is a bus system but it is somewhat dilapidated and the lack of information available in English regarding fares, timetables and routes means that few foreigners use it. Most people travel by motorbike (100cc). Taxis are very cheap. The first two kilometres cost about 12000VND (1 USD = 15, 900 VND). Motorbike taxis are even cheaper and often used by foreigners (5, 000VND for a short trip).

Although traffic is nowhere near as congested as it is in HCMC driving in town can still be dangerous. The laws of the road are not always observed and traffic can be heavy on some roads, particularly at peak periods.

Outside of the city Roads in the town 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. From HCMC flights and rail service are available to most other destinations in Vietnam.


Clothes 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.

Electricals Many large electrical companies now produce products in Vietnam. Prices of TVs, videos and Hi-fis are very good. However, it's best to buy these items in HCMC where the quality and selection is much greater.

Living Costs Costs are quoted in USD (1 USD = 15, 900 VND). "UsualÓ denotes a cost that you can expect to pay. Costs are priced at Min / Max / Usual. Where there is only one number listed it is the "usual" cost:

Restaurants 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: $0.25 / $1.5 / $0.8 Beer: (33cl. Bottle) $0.6 / $2.5 / $1.6 Bars: and nightclubs Beer: $1.5 / $3.5 / $1.7 Coke: $1 / $2 / $1.2 Gin & tonic: $3 / $4 / $3.5

Household costs Maid (cleaning, laundry, etc.) - per month, pax: $50 Rent - shared house - per month: $150 / $350 / $225 Rent - room only - per month (inc. elec.): $150 / $300 / $200 Electricity (inc. A/C) - per month, pax: $25

Getting around the city Taxi - per km: $0.8 Motorbike taxi - per ride: $0.5 Motorbike rental - per month: $70

Shopping Men's shirts - foreign brand names, made for export: $8 Casual trousers - foreign brand names, made for export: $15 Trousers - tailor-made: $20 Suit - tailor made: $80 Shirt - tailor-made: $12 Adidas/ Nike sports shoes: $25 Women's skirt/ dress - tailor made (not inc. material): $8 Women's shirt/ blouse - tailor-made (not inc. material): $7 Shoes - hand made: $35

Doctor consultations Local doctor's practice: $15 Foreign run health centre: $45

Pharmaceuticals Imported pharmaceutical products are very cheap and readily available.

Dentists Reliable, modern, clean and cheap.

General Practically everything is available in Vung Tau, and if not, it can be founs 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

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.


Teaching business english can be in a variety of settings. It can be on a one to one level or for a group of clients. It can be for a business that hires you to work at their company. Within a group-you may have all one level or multipule level of students and the lesson plans have to be planned accordingly. For multiple level students, lesson plans that accomidate all levels are necessary to address multiple levels.The unit provides information on equipment and teaching aids. It describes different types of equipment and possible ways of its usage, as well as advantages and disadvantages. A large piece of information, which represented particular interest, was about interactive whiteboards. Also the unit provides a huge list of online resources that can be used for future teaching process making it more interesting and interactive.