Site Search:
 
TEFL International Supports Dave's ESL Cafe
TEFL Courses, TESOL Course, English Teaching Jobs - TEFL International
Job Discussion Forums Forum Index Job Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Via Lingua Anyone Heard Of Them?
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Greece
View previous topic :: View next topic  

Via Lingua a good choice?
DONT
35%
 35%  [ 5 ]
ITS OK
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
GOOD
57%
 57%  [ 8 ]
Total Votes : 14

Author Message
Preston866



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
Posts: 12

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:11 pm    Post subject: Via Lingua Anyone Heard Of Them? Reply with quote

Has anyone heard of Via Lingua? I got an email from them today & they are TEFL school. It sounds too good to be true. They are in Corinth Greece. This is what their website says:
TEFL certificate course with Via Lingua in Corinth, Greece.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

4-week, 120-hour intensive TEFL certificate course
10 hours TEFL teaching practice
Internationally experienced TEFL trainers
Internationally recognized TEFL certificate
Global TEFL employment assistance

FREE FLIGHTSFor TEFL certificate courses starting June 20th, July 25th and August 29th: we'll book and pay for your flight to Greece from London. Offer valid for all paying the TEFL certificate course fee in full by 30 April. Flights are to Athens on the Saturday before each course.

Please let me know if you've heard of them and if so are they any good???
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
crashartist1



Joined: 06 Jun 2004
Posts: 164

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Via Lingua is great!

I am a graduate of Via Lingua and let me show you something I wrote for the newsletter. Now, I am not in any way affiliated with them, I just graduated from their course in Istanbul Turkey. If it wasn't for the way the system was set up and the companies great help I would not have any of the things I have now.

After completing my certificate program through Kent English in Istanbul in late August of 2004, there was a plethora of opportunities available for me. Using my M.B.A. and my newly acquired teaching certificate I contracted work with different Law firms in Istanbul before accepting a job as a Manager of a large language school. I am currently living in Eskisehir (about 4 hours south of Istanbul). My language school is on the campus of Anadolu University, and a majority of my students are University students and professors. It is a wonderful feeling when you can walk into a room and have 8 people with Ph D.ís looking up to you to help them (this was my first class when I arrived here, yes, I felt a little inadequate).
I also have been given the privilege to start teaching classes at the University, I teach 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students in the English Faculty, teaching Colloquial English and I will start a Masters in English Language Teaching.
Along with my teaching duties at both the University and at my language school, I will also be starting an English Language television program broadcasted by the University. I brought the idea to the managers of the on-campus broadcasting station and we are currently working on the program. This program will be a once a week locally broadcasted show on the Universities channel geared to all ages and levels of English speakers.
I have been given a great apartment on the campus, with access to the pool and the gymnasium. I have a 3-minute walk to work every morning where I can see the snow covered mountains in the distance and large pines looming above me like sentries. The campus is beautiful with Japanese gardens and large outdoor fountains surrounded by grass areas for relaxing between classes.
It has been an exciting 7 months for me in Turkey, the opportunities available to us, as native speakers, are extraordinary. You will not find a more exciting place, a more wondrous, historical place then Istanbul, the Queen of cities.

I know this is geared for Turkey, but I didn't want to cut anything out. The are a wonderful company and I would suggest that you take this oppurtunity. It is worth it, the program is great very in-depth and knowledgeable.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
pirateinpanama



Joined: 04 Feb 2003
Posts: 93
Location: Panama City, Panama

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Preston; as they say, "if it walks like a duck..."
Another nebulous operation out of poor lil' ol'Corinth. The longwinded testimonial prior to this post seems to prove that.
Yeah, Greece would be ideal, but you'd be working for zip. Good luck! Cool
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
crashartist1



Joined: 06 Jun 2004
Posts: 164

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the thing about the flights is that from London to Athens you can get a flight for $4.00 on Ryan Air, so it might sound like something really expensive but actually it is not, but it can save you the trouble of getting the ticket. I don't know what kind of jobs you are going to find but I would think that it won't pay alot and probably not on the island.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NRM



Joined: 19 Jul 2005
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Preston; as they say, "if it walks like a duck..."
Another nebulous operation out of poor lil' ol'Corinth. The longwinded testimonial prior to this post seems to prove that.
Yeah, Greece would be ideal, but you'd be working for zip. Good luck!


Amazing how some poeple make comments but know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the matter! Please be careful about comments made in ignorance!

www.vialingua.org

Although the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity CTESOL are the most widely known certificate courses, there are other courses which are excellent. I am a teacher trainer on the Via Lingua course and can see some improvements which is has made on the CELTA. Via Lingua is a SERIOUS setup - and is externally moderated by the University of Birmingham, UK. which is respected in the field of TESOL.

A candidate taking the Via Lingua course will not work in the centre they study, necessarily. The flight deal is something which they have managed to work into the price of the course in certain situations. At certain times of the year there are excellent deals on flights from the UK (off peak).

One of the trainees I have this month is from the USA. She was a little worried about leaving the US and coming to Europe to take a course. She had actually signed up 2 years ago! She said to me last week that she is "SO GLAD" she came! She is learning a huge amount.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NRM



Joined: 19 Jul 2005
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the things I have appreciated in training on the Via Lingua course is the amount of time teacher trainers are given in planning their lesson practice. On the CELTA course I did many years ago we had half hour attempts at lessons. On the course we are running here in Portugal, trainees get to give a full class from beginning to end. Teaching practice is done at the end of the day (between 5 - 8 pm - in our centre).

The benefit of taking the course in one of the centres is that they are run in the types of language schools where teachers would normally find jobs afterward. Students in the teaching practice sessions are locals. In the course we are running we offer free classes at a range of levels. (Students pay a deposit of 25 Euros which they get back at the end of the course - this assures they actually come for the whole time).

This is the first year I have been a trainer with Via Lingua - and I hope it is not my last! I love it!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
CPS1116



Joined: 09 Sep 2005
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:32 pm    Post subject: Via Lingua is excellent!! Reply with quote

I did the Via Lingua course in Crete and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing their training course in Greece. It's a very professional school, but the trainers are excellent and I learned more in 4 weeks than I learned in 4 years of university!!! It's real, practical training that you get at Via Lingua- your lessons are observed and the feedback is instrumental. You take a really active role in your own learning, but at the end of the course you feel ready to teach. I've spoken with people who did other courses and we compared our TEFL courses as we started teaching together- and after hearing some stories, I was so glad that I'd chosen Via Lingua Crete for my course- I seem to have gotten a great deal!!!!

There are a lot of 'cowboy outfits' out there and I can understand people's concern for a company that's not as well known as, say, Cambridge- it's good to be cautious, but Via Lingua is a very, very good training course.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NRM



Joined: 19 Jul 2005
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.eslcafe.com/discussion/dz1/index.cgi?read=1408939076

Quote:
I got my TEFL certification with Via Lingua and would highly recommend it to anyone interested. The courses are intensive, but the trainers are professional and knowledgable and they have a really good job guidance programme. I was able to find a job within days of finishing the course! Also, they are linked with the University of Birmingham, who I contacted before I did the course- they had nothing but good things to say about the academic standards of Via Lingua.


Messages In This Thread


Via Lingua
TEFL Teacher -- Friday, 23 September 2005, at 5:08 a.m.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mark Loyd



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 517

PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



con
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
crashartist1



Joined: 06 Jun 2004
Posts: 164

PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You just the little bunny aren't you Mark? Jumping from one post to another. You have a little bit to say about everyone and everything. You seem to after something or someone, you have almost 90 posts on different threads in only one month of being a member of the forum, it has taken me a year to do that and same with a lot of others.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mark Loyd



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 517

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the via lingua ''school'' on a hill, because they certainly saw you coming.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Nickyboy



Joined: 03 Jul 2004
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the course in April/May '04 in Crete.

Nothing but praise for the course itself. Hard to know how you could improve it.

Had an issue with one of the teacher trainers, but she's long gone, the crazy *beep*!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
gamma



Joined: 16 Jan 2006
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are thinking about taking a TEFL certificate course, I would strongly recommend taking a certificate that is internationally recognised. Due to the increasing numbers of unregulated TEFL schools offering "international" TEFL certificates, many employees are now requesting that certificates are notarised in the country of origin. A marketing ploy that many teacher training centres use is the fact that they are attached to a university or college, whereas they are merely paying the named institute a high fee to moderate.
I am a qualified Cambridge trainer and believe that although these types of courses are usually cheaper, the trainers rarely have qualifications. In fact, many of the trainers are past trainees from the same course who have no real teaching experience, let alone training ability. I have a colleague now, who is working as a trainer in one of these schools who was going out with the current manager and was offered a job by him. Whatever your choice, make an informed decision.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wolfman



Joined: 18 Jan 2006
Posts: 189

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this program IS internationally recognized though, right?


sorry... total newb here.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mia2006



Joined: 21 Jan 2006
Posts: 4
Location: Greece

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there are others in Greece if you want to study there, accredited and internationally recognized. Go on Google and do some research.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Greece All times are GMT
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2011 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group

Road2Spain - TEFL and Spanish with one year student visa
EBC