Island TEFL on Koh Samui and Phuket is offering Ajarn readers the opportunity to enroll on any of its internationally accredited 120-hour courses at Koh Samui, Phuket or Bangkok for just $595 U.S. (17,900 Baht). Alternatively, you can sign up for their online 120-hour certification program for $225 (6,900 Baht) Island TEFL also offers a hybrid course where you study online followed by four days of practical experience. In addition, they now offer a 150-hour TEFL/TESOL diploma certificate (Island TEFL's equivalent of the CELTA) OK, what else? Island TEFL offers a guaranteed placement offer program to course graduates and also offers placements for teachers coming off other TEFL course programs. You can get a good taste for the courses by watching the Island TEFL YouTube videos If you would like more information on any of the programs visit the Island TEFL website or the on-line TEFL express website. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or skype 'Island TEFL' because Phil would love to answer any questions you may have.
Text and Talk Academy
Don't forget that Text and Talk Academy has a training center in Khon Kaen if you fancy doing your TEFL course somewhere a bit different to the usual offerings of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, etc. All the information you need is on the Text and Talk website. There is still time to book a place on the March course in Bangkok, which runs from the 25th March to the 12th April and then picks up again from 22nd April to 9th May. This isn't a bad time to be finishing a course in all honesty because you'll have graduated in time to start the new school term.
Entrust TEFL Thailand
Entrust TEFL provide resort accommodation, white-water rafting, elephant trekking, a Thai cultural immersion program and Thai bank accounts as part of their TEFL package. Plus a seat on the training program of course, where the teaching practice component takes place with real Thai students of English. You can get a taste for what teachers are doing on the Entrust program by checking out the videos and pics on Facebook. Because April is Songkran month in Thailand, Entrust will be providing teachers with free water guns and a barbecue party to get you all in the spirit of things. Once the training course is over, Entrust has a guaranteed job placement program. Remember the new school term starts around May so you'll be getting in at just the right time. All the info you need is on the Entrust website.
YES TESOL Thailand
The next YES TESOL Thailand course runs from 22nd April to 21st May but they advise applicants to arrive in Thailand early enough to experience the amazing Songkran festival in Bangkok. Get out there and get soaked to the skin before getting the opportunity to meet up with your course instructor. YES TESOL promise to take care of your transportation from Bangkok Airport and they will also organise on-site accommodation. And if you're the healthy, sporty type, then you'll also have full access to a swimming pool, gym and basketball court, located at the Youth Exchange School, where incidentally the observed teaching practice is carried out. There will also be plenty of time to get acquainted with YES teachers at the school. It certainly sounds like a friendly place! Visit the YES website for more details and special offers.
SEE TEFL Chiang Mai
SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai have been passing some milestones of late. They have now received over 10,000 views of their YouTube video, which shows a range of teachers going through their observed teaching practice in local Thai schools. They've also had over 4,000 Facebook 'likes' (I wish ajarn.com's Facebook page could get that many) Over the past six years, SEE TEFL has trained 539 teachers and you can see every one of them - yes every single one - in the SEE TEFL Flickr photo albums. There a few places left on the April / May course but still plenty of room if you want to join up for courses after May. SEE TEFL have now signed contracts with 13 Chiang Mai kindergartens, schools and vocational colleges to recruit and manage their foreign teachers for the coming academic year. Teachers will be employed (non-imm B visa + work permit) by SEE TEFL and sub-contracted to the school. Salary is around 25K THB per month. This means that there are 40 full-time jobs that need filling. 23 teachers have so far signed up but still another 17 needed - and SEE graduates always get first priority
Chiang Mai University TEFL
CMUTEFL is now offering a job guarantee if you complete the May 2013 program. A job which includes a 10-month teaching contract plus work permit and visa is waiting for you at the start of June when you successfully complete the CMUTEFL program. CMUTEFL has over 15 teaching vacancies which need to be filled in various schools in Lumphun province. For those of you who don't know Lumphun, it is a 45-minute drive from Chiang Mai City. The position provides a generous salary, plus free housing and accommodation in Lumphun. For more information, you can e-mail CMUTEFL directly. There are less than a handful of spaces remaining on the May program so don't leave it too late if this is a deal that appeals to you.
American TESOL Institute
For 2013 along with its regular TESOL course and guaranteed job projects, American TESOL Institute has launched a one-week specialized teaching practice course for teachers with qualifications but no teaching experience. The course will include classroom management skills pertaining to Thailand and teaching different lessons across different age groups in actual Thai schools. ATI's second offering in the New Year is a blended hybrid course comprising both online study and in-class training for freshers
Samui TEFL is offering places on their two courses starting in April and May for 30,000 baht. You must mention that you saw the offer on ajarn.com when you fill in the on-line application form. There has been a new addition to the team at Samui TEFL with Kathryn Webb joining the company as a business partner. Kathryn has a degree in psychology (good for some pointers on classroom management!) and also a DELTA (Diploma of English Language Training to Adults) as well as CELTYL, (Certificate of English Language Training to Young Learners) so she is qualified for teaching both adults and children. Kathryn owned her own English language school in Italy for eight years, before selling up to relocate to the gorgeous tropical island of Samui (sounds like a fair exchange to me) Kathryn's company, Language Studios, trained teachers, placing them in contracts with some of Italy's top companies as well as running courses for both adults and children. At Language Studios. Kathryn believes in a making classes fun, and has some brilliant ideas to share with the trainee TEFL teachers. She'll be conducting the Samui TEFL course from March 2013, and naturally many folks are excited to welcome Kathryn aboard! Visit the Samui TEFL website for more information and course dates, etc.
UniTEFL International's next course begins on April 29th at their Chiang Mai facility so if you get to Chiang Mai early, you can enjoy the Songkran Festival. There's probably no better place to get wet over Songkran than Chiang Mai - its celebration can run for up to six days! Enroll on the course now and you'll get free accommodation during the course, worth up to $250.00. Rooms will be reserved on a first come first serve basis because there is a limited supply. As a bonus for Ajarn readers only, you will also receive the Uni-scribe Travel Writing Course. This three-day introductory course to travel writing will commence after the final day of the TEFL course. It is ideal for bloggers and travellers who hope to get into the industry and make some money writing about their travels. You will also have access to several travel media companies locally! For more details contact UniTEFL directly
What's happening at AYC, TEFL course provider and one of the largest teacher recruiters in Thailand? Well, they have cut the prices of their 120-hour on-site Bangkok TESOL Course to 799 USD for the regular course and 999 USD with private accommodation (a studio apartment) AYC offers internationally recognized certification from INTESOL USA and NCFE UK and one of the aims of the course is to create a source of qualified and prepared teachers for the AYC English program in Thailand. A large number of teachers have already gained work through this channel. For more information, you can contact KD on 0892 357 356 or send an e-mail
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.
Green TEFL Chiang Mai
Nava School of English is one of the biggest teacher recuiters in the Chiang Mai area, with over 20 schools on its books. Nava recruits teachers directly from the Green TEFL program and there are already a number of job openings for the new school term in May. Take the Green TEFL course in April and come May, you're almost assured of a teaching job in the Chiang Mai area. Green TEFL offers its students a one-year ED visa, job assistance, practical teaching experience and also free transportation to and from the school. As a special deal, they are offering an early bird discount if you book your TEFL course between March and May.
With the help of some of Thailand's TEFL course providers, we list ten of the reasons why Thailand can be a good choice for your TEFL course.