August 2011

Keep track of what's available in terms of Thailand TEFL courses

Island TEFL is offering ajarn readers a 50% discount on its upcoming TEFL courses on Koh Samui and in Khon Kaen (15th August - 10th September only) with a 100 guaranteed teaching jobs up for grabs.

Ajarn readers have the opportunity to enroll on its four-week, 120-hour TEFL/TESOL training courses from 15th August - 10th September or 12th September - 8th October in either Bangkok or Koh Samui and have a guaranteed 12 month teaching placement in government schools located throughout Thailand. You don't need a degree or prior teaching experience to qualify for this program. Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis so you should register asap to avoid future disappointment.

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

Samui TEFL is offering a reduced rate of 35000B for the two courses starting on 29 August, and 26 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. 

AYC is now offering a 10% discount off its TEFL programs for the months of July and August. AYC is also one of the largest teacher placement agencies in Thailand so if you are looking for a TEFL certificate + job package, AYC could be a very good choice. Take a look at the AYC website or alternatively send an e-mail to KD, who takes care of the TEFL programs and teaching job oppportunities.

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.

Lanna TEFL is another addition to the growing list of TEFL course providers in Chiang Mai. It's almost as if Chiang Mai is becoming the center for TEFL course activity in Thailand - and why not because it's certainly a beautiful place to live and study. Although Lanna TEFL is a new kid on the block, it has the backing of one of Thailand's longest established language school chains and offers a generous 15 hours of observed teaching practice as well as a newly-designed IT room which all trainees have access to. Full details of course dates and schedules are on the TEFL Lanna website 

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.

The Special Thai Project of American TESOL Institute has now been running for two years. Within this two-year time, ATI has trained approximately 400 students in four semesters. As part of the program. you will get a chance to work four to five months in Thailand. The Special Thai Program of American TESOL Institute takes place in three locations, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. To know more about new offer and program details visit their website 

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