Teach English in Vietnam
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The first step to teaching English in Vietnam is deciding where to go. Smaller provinces offer less when it comes to wages; however, housing, food and transportation are usually included. Better paying cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offer wages between $15-$25 USD per hour and will ask you to work 15-20 hours per week as a requirement of your contract.
English Language centers are a popular and easier place to find employment due to the large number of these schools in Vietnam. Usually the class sizes are relatively small (10-15 students per class) as opposed to teaching in a public school where you can expect classes of 30-40 students.
Many of these schools are more open to creativity and allow you to create lesson plans. The school I work at, however, does have a basic curriculum with room for creativity and improvisation.
Hours can vary, but a starting teacher will more than likely be asked to work weekends. I usually have 2 night classes during the week between 5 pm to 7:30pm and on the weekends I teach children between 7:30am and 9:30 am.
Our 250-hour TESOL Diploma graduate has over 10 years of experience teaching English in Vietnam. In his article teaching challenges, he explains about the educational system, types of students, and how the Communicative Approach fits into daily instruction.