TEFL Course News

April 2012

All the latest news from Thailand's TEFL courses

Chiang Mai University TEFL has just published its photos for its March course on its CMUTEFL Facebook page. For Ajarn readers interested in hearing all about the experiences of former trainees, you can visit the CMUTEFL YouTube page If you would like to speak to anyone of the trainees directly, CMUTEFL can put you in touch via email. CMUTEFL is now accepting applications for their June course, which runs from the 4th to the 29th. There is limited availability so hurry and book a place. You can email them for more info and take advantage of their free 20-hour Thai Language and Culture certificate course, which is exclusive for CMUTEFL grads. Oh, and CMUTEFL also has a live chat service on their website, so you can get instant answers to your questions.

UniTEFL Thailand are offering a special promotion to Ajarn readers for the month of May at their Chiang Mai location. Send in your application deposit, mention you saw them on Ajarn.com and you will receive a discount of 3,000 baht. In addition to theories of ESL, the UniTEFL course is focused on practical, hands-on experience. Beginning in the first week of the course, trainees teach ESL classes to local students in local Thai schools and have the opportunity to complete eight x 50-minute teaching practices. They have also put together a blog on great reasons to do a TEFL course in Chiang Mai. For more information on locations and course dates, it's all at the UniTEFL website

International TESOL and TEFL Training (ITTT) has three Thailand locations at Phuket, Ban Phe and Chiang Mai. They also have on-line study options (with a money-back guarantee) Regardless of which course you take, anyone can take advantage of ITTT's job placement service. As a special ajarn offer, if you sign up for one of their on-line courses before the end of April, you'll recieve a free course - either a specialized course in teaching business English or teaching English to young learners (valued at US$ 250 each). ITTT also have generous discounts when two or more people sign up together, and for those wishing to sign up for multiple courses.

For more information about ITTT's courses and special offers, go to their homepage. If you'd like to speak with someone about your options, you can call them at 081 979 9128. Or you can always e-mail

Island TEFL is offering ajarn readers the chance to enrol on any of its 120-hour courses at Bangkok, Koh Phangnan, Koh Samui or Phuket from as little as 24,900 baht. Sign up with a friend and you'll both get 30% off the regular course prices. Island TEFL also has a guaranteed job placement program and are looking for 300 teachers for schools throughout Thailand. All teaching positions on offer as part of the TEFL course package will start on May 7th and training must be completed before that date. You can get a taste for the program by watching the video on YouTube. If you visit the Island TEFL homepage, there is a link to an article about Island TEFL from the popular South East Backpacker website. For more info on Island TEFL courses and services, e-mail Phil Dunne or call him on +66(0)84 942 9769 . You can also Skype him at islandtefl

If you are interested in the SEE TEFL course up in Chiang Mai, you can join the SEE TEFL community before you enroll. Go to their Facebook page and meet their graduates. To view every trainee and every course they have run since 2006, visit their photo albums on Flickr. In addition, their 'Typical TEFL Teaching Practice Day' YouTube video has hit 6,400 views. It's well worth a look and really gives you a flavor of what goes on in the teaching practice sessions.

TEFLPlus Phuket is offering a 50% "bring a friend" discount off its four-week, 120-hour TEFL training course in Patong Beach, Phuket. Sign up for any of the June 4, July 16 or August 27, 2012 120-hour advanced TEFL courses and you can bring a friend for 50% off. Be sure to mention that you saw this offer on ajarn.com when you fill out the enrollment form. If you would like to see what others have said about TEFLPlus teacher training in Phuket, have a look at its YouTube channel. New reviews are posted regularly, so check back when you can.

If you fancy taking your TEFL course in Pattaya, then ajarn.com welcomes the Pattaya School of Languages and Computers onto its growing list of website sponsors. Pattaya needs no introduction of course so if you want to combine teacher training with being in one of the liveliest hotspots in Asia, then PLC might be the choice for you. Visit their website to see what's going on. 

Established TEFL course providers Text and Talk have a good offer included in their Bangkok course beginning on the 9th April 2012. This is an important time of the Thai academic year so course graduates should be able to walk right into a first-semester teaching position at any one of numerous children's schools. On the fun side, there will be a pleasant break in training from 13th through 17th April to celebrate the Songkran water festival.

Text and Talk TEFL courses are spread over six weeks from Monday to Thursday, giving teachers three days to relax and do other things. For more info visit the Text and Talk website or alternatively e-mail Mr James Parmelee with all your questions. You can even call him if you like on 081 847 7248. US Toll free number is 1 866 554 4438.

Samui TEFL has teamed up with a swimming school on the island and now offers as an 'add-on' package, a course to qualify teachers as swim-instructors. This is a recognised certificate and students can complete their swim instructor training immediately after their TEFL course. Armed with two certificates, both the TEFL and the swimming instructor, teachers possibly increase their opportunities of finding work in schools because they have more to offer. Email Samui TEFL for more information.

Boonjit TEFL include rooms and meals in the cost of their 120-hour TEFL course for those of you who want a convenient all-inclusive package. The accommodation is in a brand new building on a 50-year old school campus. Boonjit TEFL are offering a discounted rate of 40,000 baht for courses in April. You can experience things like school assembly for yourself and find out what goes on at a typical Thai school. Oh, and they offer free transportation into Pattaya every Friday.

In the latest Ontesol blog, you can learn how to teach English communicatively using songs! The TESOL article explains how to use songs with adult learners. After reading the article, a sample TESOL lesson plan will show you how to use a song to review grammar and integrate listening comprehension to speaking, reading and writing skills.

The American TESOL Institute is offering some nice deals and discounts on its Thailand TEFL courses. Special 2012 offers include a 290 US dollar discount on the Phuket course and they are still offering the Bangkok course at 2011 prices (950 US dollars) There is also a 100% job guaranteed placement service all over the world and volunteer internships in Thailand for eligible candidates. About half a dozen locations in Thailand - check out the website.

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.

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.


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