May 2017

It's the busiest month of the year for hiring teachers in Thailand!


SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour TEFL course for over eleven years, and can boast and can boast over 1,200 graduates. In addition to this popular 4-week certification program, they offer paid teaching internships twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand. Early-bird discounts are available for the 4-week program.

The SEE TEFL 4-week course is comprehensive and includes pre-arrival training materials, a grammar review, lesson planning, 6 observed teaching practices in a variety of schools with real students, cultural awareness training, classroom management, survival Thai language lessons, and job seeking advice. They offer visa support and they have a webpage dedicated to all your visa options and how they can help in each case. Well worth a look.

In April, 2016 SEE TEFL moved into a new, modern, purpose-built school just a short distance from their previous location. SEE TEFL has a job guarantee, and most TEFL grads find work within a few weeks. SEE TEFL is licensed by the Thailand Ministry of Education, has achieved ISO 9001 quality certification, and is a TQUK approved training centre. There are some great photos here of the new school opening ceremony and you can take a tour of the school in this video.

An online grammar terminology and teaching process review is now included with all 4-week TEFL courses (at the request of trainees). Grammar will still be reviewed in their course, in a standard classroom setting. However, an introductory refresh of grammar terminology, as well as a video overview of the teaching process, will help with preparation for the course. The grammar terminology and teaching process review is emailed to trainees approximately 4 weeks before the start of their on-site training course.


 

Vantage TEFL Certification - An American accredited, 120-hour, In-Class course with a minimum of 6 hours of observed teacher practice. Their certificates are validated in the USA and graduates earn three college credits from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. They also offer a 120-hour combined course, which blends online study with live classroom teaching.

Vantage run small groups so they can give personalized attention both to individual teacher development and the subsequent job search. This program employs three specialist trainers. The lead trainer will cover six key areas of teaching methodology and techniques that will give you the foundational skill set to be successful in the classroom. The jobs coach will sit with you one-on-one developing an individual ‘power resume' and job search strategy and train you on interviewing techniques. You can see how Vantage alumni have been recruited on the videos on their testimonials page. Finally, trainees do a foreign language component in Thai by a Cambridge-certified bilingual trainer.

Vantage does its observed teaching practice at Boromrajonani College of Nursing, Thailand's oldest nursing training institute. Vantage is also a Cambridge English authorized exam centre and provide testing services to Thailand's schools, universities and blue-chip corporations. They also provide the proficiency assessment - under the supervision of the Thailand's Ministry of Education for the English Research Project examining Thai English teacher training for all of the country's secondary schools.

See also Vantage's deals on free specialist online courses - either the certifications in Teaching Business English or Teaching English to Young Learners. 


 

International House - CELTA provider, International House, offers the globally renowned University of Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications.

The 4-week, 120-hour Cambridge CELTA includes significant practical experience. Candidates teach 6 hours of real lessons, including feedback and support for each lesson. Every Cambridge CELTA course is moderated by external Cambridge assessors, so you are assured that the quality of the course and the centre itself meet Cambridge's high standards.

 International House Bangkok and International House Chiang Mai have trained more than five thousand candidates over the last 13 years. Their professional trainers have years of experience first as teachers themselves, then as teacher trainers. All trainers are Delta-qualified and have undergone rigorous training moderated by Cambridge University English.

Out of more than 300 Cambridge Teacher Training centres worldwide, International House Bangkok was awarded the most compliant centre for 2015-2016 from Cambridge University. This award recognises the centre that follows all of Cambridge's many requirements most stringently.

In addition to the 4-week course, IH Bangkok also offers part-time CELTA courses over 10 weeks. You can find information and program dates, etc by visiting either the Bangkok website or the Chiang Mai website


Chichester College TESOL - This year celebrates the 16th anniversary of the Chichester College TESOL / TEFL course being run in Bangkok. How time flies! It seems like just yesterday when the first courses were advertised on ajarn.com as far back as January 2001!

The course dates page now lists courses running up to March 2018 and early-booking discounts of up to US$200 are available for people booking in advance as well as an offer of free accommodation for couples enrolling together.

An interesting article about the differences between TESOL, TEFL and TESL has also been added to help answer some of the questions arising from this subject.

As always, the Chichester TESOL program continues to offer their excellent job placement guarantee and exciting field trips as part of their regular course offering.


Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University still offers its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners.

CMUTEFL is running its TED (Teacher Employment Discount) campaign for all applicants who are currently employed as a teacher or those who have been offered a contract to start teaching in a foreign country.

To be eligible, applicant must show proof of employment upon enrolment to qualify for a 20% discount off the program fees (saving of $280 USD)

Check out the Chiang Mai University website for details of TEFL course dates and other information. They also have an active Facebook page.


TEFL Campus Phuket - TEFL Campus' May course is already full but they are running an Ajarn.com readers discount for anyone who enrolls in the June 26th course before June 1st. Also, all graduates receive a free supplemental online course worth US$250.

Read first-hand accounts of the course from Kathy and/or Stephen. Both are recent graduates who offer helpful insight about the course, Phuket, finding jobs and more.

TEFL Campus has been operating in Phuket Town since 2002. Their TEFL certification is validated by Fort Hays State University and the center itself is licensed by Thailand's Ministry of Education. They offer meaningful assistance with employment, visas and accommodation. Contact TEFL Campus for more details.


UEC TEFL Thai Bangkok  - UEC TEFL Thai offers a 120-hour training course in Central Bangkok and are committed to empowering trainees to become competent and enthusiastic teachers in an international training environment. Check out the current list of course dates. They also offer up to a 10% discount for student cardholders.

Courses are licensed by The Thai Ministry of Education and teaching practice is done with 'less fortunate' Thai students (which is a nice touch). UEC Thai TEFL also assists trainees in finding accommodation and employment and offers as much support as needed. Why not read what recent graduates have said about the course.

If you are in Bangkok, you are very welcome to drop by the UEC TEFL Thai office, chat with current trainees and even sit in on a lesson. Telephone or send an e-mail for more information.


ITTT On-line TEFL / TESOL Courses - With in-class courses offered in over 20 locations worldwide, International TEFL and TESOL Training's centres are ideally placed to provide up-to-date local information on the region you wish to teach in. All of ITTT's four-week in-class TEFL courses are accredited by Fort Hays State University in the United States and FHSU validates all in-class certificates issued worldwide. Graduates of the four-week in-class courses also have the opportunity to earn three credits plus a transcript from Fort Hays State University.

ITTT also offers a wide range of online TEFL/TESOL courses including the popular 120-hour certificate course and more advanced specialised courses in teaching young learners and teaching business English. All online courses are available with or without tutor support and come with lifetime job placement assistance for graduates. To see what past trainees thought about their experience with ITTT view their video testimonials here.

As a special offer to ajarn.com readers, ITTT is offering a 20% discount on all online courses and the deposit payment for their in-class and combined courses. They also run a partnership program giving anyone with a teaching blog, page, website, or interested friends the opportunity to earn commission on any TEFL course bought through them. For more information email web@tesol-tefl.net.


UniTEFL Chiang Mai - If you are looking for your first TEFL job in Thailand, UniTEFL's services include accommodation, airport pick-up, weekend excursions, visa assistance and teacher placement.

UniTEFL boasts a 90% success rate in placing their graduates in local teaching jobs.

The Training and Placement program is proving popular, with dozens of new teachers hired and trained for free as part of their job package. 

Go to the UniTEFL website for full details.


TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus Phuket in Patong Beach has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher in 2017. Ajarn.com readers can mention this blog post and receive an 8,000 Baht discount on any of their upcoming 4-week advanced TEFL courses so contact them soon.

Their training center is in a convenient area of the beach resort town of Patong, the center of Phuket's shopping, dining, and nightlife and you will never be far from the Andaman Sea. It is a good choice to combine training with a holiday.

What do TEFLplus graduates think of the course? Lauren, Madeline, and Pedro share their experience at TEFLplus on YouTube.

If you would like to get an insider tour of the TEFLPlus facility, take a look at this video as Li takes you on a guided tour of the training center at Patong Language School. Patong Language School has been granted a license to operate in Phuket and has been one of the island's leading language schools for over 30 years.


TEFL and Language Centre of Chantaburi - The TEFL & LCC is going to cut the price of the course by $100 US dollars for TEFL trainees who apply and pay the first instalment by 31st of May.

So the final course price will be 32,300 baht (about $899 US Dollars). You can then take the course when you want, until the end of 2017. 

Contact them with any questions you may have or for more information.


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