August 2014

All the latest news and promotions from Thailand's leading TEFL courses

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for over eight years and can boast over 700 graduates. In addition to this very popular 4-week certification program, they now offer a teacher training and paid internship opportunity twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand.

The SEE TEFL internship program is a great way to experience Thailand as a paid teacher, but also ideal for those who aren't ready to commit to a 4-week TEFL course program or a teaching commitment longer than five months. Internship includes pre-arrival classroom familiarization training, two weeks face-to-face classroom skills and cultural awareness induction training in Chiang Mai. Then a paid one-semester teaching job of four to five months in a rural or provincial Thai school. Interns are paid a minimum of 25,000 baht a month. More information here

SEE TEFL is also licensed by The Thailand Ministry of Education, which means they can help you with a non-immigrant visa. They have a webpage dedicated to all your visa options and how they can help you in each case. Well worth a look. - Island TEFL has been making some good connections. They have partnered with the University of San Diego (USD), Invasion Jobs in the U.K. and Oxford Seminars (with over 5,000 TEFL graduates a year) On this 125-hour program - which is taught by The USD faculty - not only are you getting a respected certificate but should you decide to further your teaching career, the USD TEFL offers you the chance to earn credits towards their online M.A in Education or TESOL programs.

The Island TEFL/USD course comes with a twice-a-year guaranteed job placement designed to coincide with the Thai school terms that begin in May and November. For the remaining 10 months of the year, Island TEFL offers a three-week in-house, 120-hour TEFL/TESOL in great Thailand locations such as Phuket. Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Jomtien and Bangkok all with guaranteed job placement.

Finally, as a 50% off special offer for readers, do the 120-hour course in Jomtien, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket or San Diego during August or September for only 17,500 Thai Baht ($745 USD) In addition, ajarn readers can get the 12-month ED (education) visa for 18,500 baht instead of the usual price of 26,800 baht. Contact for more info. 

TEFL Campus Phuket - If you're interested in teaching English in Phuket, TEFL Campus has good connections with local employers. Many schools in the area are still hiring for the month of July and offering decent pay rates for full-time positions. If you want to work in hotels or for language centers, now is a good time also.

This is Phuket's low season for tourism but it's high season for TEFL teachers. Language centers supply hotels and other businesses with teachers, and a good number are contacting TEFL Campus to help them find quality applicants. Just be aware though that many of these employers want teachers who have TESOL certification. 

TEFL Campus's next course starts on September 8th. Visit the website for more information and for info on accreditation, job support, course curriculum and how you can save US$250 on course fees.

TEFLPlus Phuket - It's always interesting to hear about TEFL course graduates who have gone on to great things. In the fifth instalment of TEFLplus Spotlight, you can read about Luke, who moved to North-East Thailand to start his own business. 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.

Entrust TEFL - Entrust TEFL is running a flash deal for July and August 2014, which will save you $300 on their Premium Program, which includes training, internationally recognized certificate, job placement, resort accommodation, daily western breakfast, Thai bank account set-up, Thai immersion trips, Elephant trekking excursions, Thai SIM card plus more. If you want to join over 4500 Entrust certified teachers currently working worldwide, go to and book your course using the coupon code "Ajarn" to get your $300 discount.

For a brief overview of how the course is run from past and present students take a look at the Entrust TEFL Facebook page. Entrust TEFL is based in Chiang Mai and they have a 3-week, 120-hour intensive course that will prepare you for life in a Thai classroom. For a detailed overview of the various courses they run visit

ITTT On-line TEFL / TESOL Courses - International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT) has been offering TEFL courses for over 12 years at over 20 locations around the world including Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand. They also offer a range of popular online courses. For readers, they offer a 20% discount on all online courses and on the deposit payment on all 4-week in-class and combined courses. 

The ITTT 4-week in-class courses have recently gained accreditation from Fort Hays State University in the USA. FHSU validates all 4-week in-class course certificates that are issued worldwide. Graduates also have the option to gain three credits and a transcript from FHSU. 

In another development, ITTT has launched a partnership program that gives an opportunity to anyone with a teaching blog, page, website or interested friends the opportunity to earn commission on any course TEFL purchased through them. If you are interested email 

UniTEFL Chiang Mai - UniTEFL's next 120-hour course begins on September 1st and they have limited spaces at the Chiang Mai location for both the September and October courses. All courses include practical teaching sessions at local Thai government schools. As a special bonus for ajarn readers, mention you saw the course here and you can get a 3,000 baht discount off the September course.

UniTEFL has also been designated by a second university as their distance learning center for on-line programs in Thailand. New Era University and PWU University programs have been designed to address the needs of busy and active professionals with convenient access and innovative technology. If you are thinking of advancing your degree and would like to convert to a degree in education or pursue an M.A in Education or Early Childhood Development, here are the curriculum outlines. Orientation will be scheduled by the end of September. Contact UniTefl for details and dates.

AYC TESOL - AYC have been running TEFL courses in Thailand for over three years and they've had in the region of 300 graduates go through their teacher training programs, which are accredited by NFE-UK and InTESOL USA. The full-time TEFL course is currently 799 US Dollars (approx 24,000 baht)

AYC also runs a large teacher recruitment / placement program in Thailand and currently employs over 200 teachers in schools all over Thailand. AYC offers teachers the chance to qualify for a job via the TEFL program and then go straight into the classroom. Take a look at the website for more info.

Chichester College - 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 Language Centre of Chanthaburi - LCC are offering a good promotion for couples and buddies. If you enrol on the course with another person, you will get the course for $599 instead of the regular price of $699 - so it's a saving of $200 for two people.This offer will be valid for the whole of 2014.  All course dates and other info are on the LCC website

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