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Indian teachers of English in Vietnam

If you are Indian and you are looking for an English teaching job in Vietnam then this article might be interesting for you. I have just got an email from a person from India who is interested in teaching English in Vietnam. The mail says:

Hello! I am from Shillong, India. I recently saw a video of yours “Indian looking for a teaching ESL job in Vietnam”. It was very helpful. Thank you! I have been disappointed because I looked up for jobs in Vietnam but they have mentioned that they want native speakers or Vietnamese with TESOL or IELTS. I don’t have those certificates but I have completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Literature. I also have a Post graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English (PGDTE) from The English and Foreign Languages University. There are many Vietnamese in my University studying English. Do I stand a chance with these qualifications to teach in Vietnam?

First of all I would be curious to know where you have looked for an English teaching job in Vietnam. Probably you have searched online. There is no job advertisement that says “we accept non-native speakers of English too”. You will never see such a statement! Looking online for an English teaching job in Vietnam is not a very good idea.

I have said it before and now I am going to repeat; you have to be here and apply for a job in person. Dress very formal, have your resume and the other documents printed, and personally go to the schools you want to apply for a job and talk to them.

If a school doesn’t want to hire a female teacher with your qualifications then they must be crazy. Who cares about TESOL or other teaching certificates or “native speakers” when there is a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Literature and a Post graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English.

Regarding your main question “Do I stand a chance with these qualifications to teach in Vietnam?” my answer is “Yes, you do!” and I am telling you why I think so.

My wife has a friend who has a 16 year old son. He studies English at ILA, a well known language school in Saigon. Guess what, his teacher is from India. My wife told me that just two days ago. Yesterday, I met an Indian who lives on the 7th floor in the same building I live and he is an English teacher at a well known private high school in Saigon. I am pretty sure that there are many other Indian teachers of English in Saigon. So, you do stand a chance!

If I were you, I would come to Vietnam and look for an English teaching job here, not online. I am pretty sure you have more than good chances to find a good well paid English teaching job in Vietnam.


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