All the news and promotions from Thailand's major TEFL course providers
Island TEFL is offering ajarn readers a 50% discount on upcoming TEFL courses in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Koh Samui and Phuket. The dates are 3rd October to the 28th October. There are also 100 guaranteed teaching jobs up for grabs as part of the package and you'll be placed on a 12-month contract at a government school. You don't need a degree or prior teaching experience to qualify for a position either.
Apart from their TEFL courses, it is now possible to get a 1-10 year ED visa through Island TEFL for 12,500 baht if you sign on for their on-line Thai language course. If you would like more information, visit the Island TEFL website or e-mail Phil Dunne or call him on 084 755 4968
The American TESOL Institute has made things a little more simple and student friendly. They are launching a two-week training program in Bangkok starting on the 24th October 2011. The idea is that the course will cover the same content as a longer course but obviously save the teacher money on everyday living expenses. Candidates will study a 60-hour on-line course before they arrive at the class location and get a background in essential theory and principles as well as having a few assignments to complete. The main face-to-face course will include teaching practice in Thai schools. So essentially the course is a balance of on-line study and traditional TEFL course aimed at saving you time and money.
We've got a competition to win a free 4-week TEFL course on Koh Samui on our ajarn competition page.
TEFL Plus is having an attractive 'end of year sale'. If you register for their advanced TEFL course, starting on January 16th 2012, you can save 50% of the course fee. So that's a four-week, 125-hour certificate for just 21,000 baht. Not a bad deal at all. You need to reserve your place because understandably seats are very limited if you want to take advantage of the special offer. Fill out the enrolment form on the TEFL Plus website and don't forget to mention that you saw the deal on ajarn.com.
Not a TEFL course, but here's something that might be of genuine interest to ajarn readers. A Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Young Learners. The program is run out of Singapore by The University of York in the UK. You can do almost the entire course by distance learning from Thailand. You would only be required to spend 7 days in Singapore in each year of the two-year program. Check out the website for full details.
Samui TEFL is offering a reduced rate of 35000B for the TEFL course starting on 26th September.
For these courses, the teaching practice is pretty varied. Practices are done at the International School of Samui, (ISS) and this means that you will get the chance to teach children of many nationalities, not just Asians. As ISS caters to children from kindergarten right through to high school, you will also get experience across all age levels. In addition, there is the opportunity to teach adults, including the Thai staff at ISS, as well as at local businesses in the area.
The Samui TEFL course package includes airport collection, personal assistance with your CV/Resume, 24-hour emergency support, a teacher's bag with all the stationery you will need, a loan cell phone (you keep the sim card), and a welcome dinner.
Samui TEFL's partnership with ISS (The International School of Samui) means that they are also associated with Cambridge University.
SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai has now reached 3,000 views of its 'typical TEFL teaching practice day video on YouTube. It's well worth a look and really gives you a flavor of what goes on in the teaching practice sessions. During training there are 6 one-hour observed teaching practices in real schools teaching real students. This of course is when all that theory becomes reality and your classroom management and discipline skills start to develop. Also included in their TEFL certification package is free 1-year non-immigrant visa support and some cultural awareness training. SEE TEFL don't actually request course-fee balance payments until the end of the first day of training in Chiang Mai. It sounds like a brave move but they are that confident you won't be disappointed in the program they offer. Here is a list of all the benefits to the SEE program.
With the help of some of Thailand's TEFL course providers, we've added an article to the ajarn website which lists ten of the reasons why Thailand can be a good choice for your TEFL course.
SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai has an excellent 'introduction to SEE TEFL' video available on YouTube where you can meet the people behind the course and take a quick tour of the school. I think it's a fantastic idea. SEE TEFL is also listed by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute - a body that recognizes Thailand products or services that meet an international standard. SEE TEFL are 6th in the list on that TISI page under the parent company name DSS International Language Services. Check out the SEE TEFL website.
International House has now introduced a Cambridge DELTA program at their Bangkok location and the program starts on the 10th October 2011. The course is an eight-week intensive program and it's an ideal choice for those teachers looking to further their careers as a director of studies or even a teacher trainer. Full details of the course can be found on the IH website or you can e-mail Graeme for more details.
SIT provides comprehensive personal support for trainees looking to learn about their TEFL course and get settled in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. This includes their free Survival Guides and Accommodation Guides, and unlimited personal support from the trainers themselves. As always, all SIT courses will run with a minimum of one full-time trainer for every four trainees accepted on to the course. The SIT Program has also been busy forging contacts with employers around the country and they are now able to assist graduates in finding teaching positions throughout the Kingdom.
For more information go to the SIT website
Steve, from the popular Chichester College TESOL Course in Bangkok, has written an excellent blog entry entitled, "How much Thai do I need to be able to speak?". This is the question on everyones lips when they first consider teaching English in Thailand and Steve's ever-friendly writing tone makes this piece a pleasure to read.