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.
Starting this February, two more universities, Khon Kaen University and Prince of Songkla University, (Phuket campus), will join the growing trend toward offering fully accredited university issued TEFL training in Thailand. Now, prospective teachers who have been looking for university teacher-training courses have choices in three different areas of the country to select from.
For those in the far North East, the Khon Kaen University campus is a great place to explore the more rural side of Thailand while getting your university TEFL/TESOL certification. For those who prefer the beach and the excitement of Phuket, there is now the Prince of Songkla University TEFL/TESOL course.
SIT is now offering complete survival guides to new applicants. The Chiang Mai Survival Guide and the Bangkok Survival Guide contain all the information you need to prepare for a course in Thailand. SIT is hosted by the AUA Language Center and ensures a minimum of one full-time trainer for every four trainees accepted on to the course. The next course dates for those interested are Chiang Mai: January 7 - February 3 and Bangkok: March 11 to April 7th
IH Bangkok has introduced the part time CELTA course in Bangkok. The course is designed for people who are too busy to commit to a 4-week intensive course, but who still wish to obtain an internationally-recognised qualification. The course has exactly the same content as the full time CELTA course, and designed to be highly practical in order to equip you with the tools you need to excel at teaching English. The only difference is that the course is over 10 weeks so you can fit it in around your other commitments. Therefore if you can commit to 5 Saturdays in 10 weeks and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings every week, then this course could be for you.
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
SEE TEFL's certification course allows without additional charge, participation as a volunteer with the DSS Foundation in Chiang Mai. You can view people who have joined previous courses in their Flickr albums
SEE TEFL are currently offering an early-bird US$200 discount for people who confirm their place at least 45 days in advance of their course. More details on their website
Dates for the ECC training courses for 2010 are now up on the website. If you complete your application and are accepted on the CELTA course 45 days before course commencement, you are entitled to an early-bird discount of 10% (making the cost of the course US$1440instead of US$1600) Get your application in early!
Text and Talk has introduced the study-at-home TEFL finishing course for teachers already trained and who still have problems! This unique course helps teachers already trained overcome at their own pace the problems faced daily - whether because they have forgotten part of their initial training or because it did not contain all the information they needed to know.
If you are you bothered by being thrown into a classroom of 40 to 60 students and being expected to teach them well, then this course could be a solution.
For more information, have a look here.
You can also talk or e-mail Enrollments Director Mr Leigh Richards. Mobile: +6689 823 7049 (locally, 089 823 7049). U.S. toll free: 1 866 554 4438. Or chat online using Skype: tefl.info