Language Link Viet Nam is running Trinity College’s prestigious TYLEC (Trinity Young Learner Extension Certificate) throughout 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to develop as a young learner teacher of English as well as significantly improve your CV.

  1. Achievement

The courses are designed to build knowledge, understanding and confidence in areas such as using resources, classroom management and lesson planning. Additionally, participants could also raise awareness of the context and theory of language teaching and learning to children and adolescents. The courses consist of:

  • 50 hours of input
  • Assisted lesson planning time and tutorials
  • Four assessed observations
  • Observe experienced teachers

There is the possibility of part-time or full-time employment for successful candidates after the course with Language Link Viet Nam.

  1. Schedule

The courses are scheduled to run from March until September, 2017. Each course runs for 4 weeks, from Monday to Friday at Language Link Viet Nam’s Dai Co Viet School (23 Dai Co Viet Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam)

  1. Fee

Total cost for one course is $1200

  1. Registration

For more details, please check  our website at http://llv.edu.vn/en/teacher-training/tylec/  or Trinity’s website at http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3206; or contact at tylec@languagelink.vn/ (84.4) 3974 4999/Ext.139

Since course numbers will be limited, please apply early to secure your place.

How To Bargain In Vietnam


Americans rarely bargain. It’s frowned upon in good society. Most people see it as vaguely tacky, low-class, guache.

There are a few things that Americans do bargain for, but only when the stakes are high enough to make it worthwhile, like buying a house. Then we call it Making an Offer and do it through intermediaries like lawyers. For people in third world countries, bargaining is always worthwhile, whether for five cents off a bundle of peppers or an extra handful of rice. In part this is because there is so much underemployment that most people have a great deal of time and very little money. In part it is because $300 per year income doesn’t get you very far. Continue reading

Eat Out In Saigon

Ph b ti chn


No trip to Vietnam is complete without a steaming bowl of pho. Simple yet complex at the same time, Pho is served with flat rice noodles in a beef broth that usually takes several hours to prepare. The broth is usually topped with green and white onions, coriander leaves and bean sprouts. Accompanied with the soup is an array of garnishes that consists of gia (bean sprouts), chanh (lime), rau que (basil), hanh (scallions), tuong ot (chili sauce) and ot (sliced chilies). Most pho restaurants will have a wide assortment of meats Continue reading

Vietnam – One Of The Cheapest Places to Live in Asia


Whenever people ask me where the absolute cheapest places to go as a backpacker are, I’ve been giving the same answer for more than a decade now: India, Nepal, or Indonesia. Those also happen to be some of the cheapest places to live, but none of them make it easy for you to stay long-term. In general, unless you’re from there, have a work permit, or are married to a local, you’ll find it very hard to spend a long stretch of time in the country without doing visa runs. In the case of India and Nepal, you’ll also have to stay out a while too before coming back with a fresh visa to start over. If you’re a digital nomad though or you’re fine with taking off for a few months when the monsoon hits, the payoff is that you can live a good life for under $1,000 a month in any of the three. The dollar is quite strong right now against all three currencies as well.

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