SEE TEFL Chiang Mai
SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai have been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for seven years and can boast over 600 graduates. 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 committment 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. If you want to read an article on the topic of the 3 Ps - presentation, practice and production - then there is a great article on the SEE TEFL website.
TEFLPlus is celebrating its 30th year in the training industry with a nice offer on its 120-hour, 4-week advanced TEFL course. The first five trainees to mention they saw this blog entry on ajarn.com and confirm their places on the 13th January course in 2014 will receive a 30% discount. So sign up early and you could be earning your TEFL certificate with TEFLPlus for just 29,400 baht. That's about 939 dollars US or 579 GBP. Schools aren't the only places that hire teachers and you can read all about Meghan's life in Phuket in the fourth installment of TEFL Spotlight. She graduated from TEFLPlus in May 2012 and has ended up working at a place you probably wouldn't expect. 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.
Chiang Mai University TEFL
Chiang Mai University TEFL has now completed its final program for 2013 but after a successful last quarter of the year, the schedule for the year 2014 begins on the 6th January and applications are now being accepted. CMUTEFL is offering a special Christmas promotion to ajarn.com readers - a discount of 3,000 baht on the regular TEFL course, which is 100 US Dollars or about 62 GBP. Therefore 39,000 baht will get you the full 4-week certificate, studied at the university campus location. The promotion is valid until 26th December and please quote 'ajarn.com' with your application. Hurry though because there is limited availability. Students who enrol on the CMU TEFL courses have access to non-immigrant visa assistance and processing time to receive your supporting documentation is about 7 working days. You can check out last month's Hallowe'en TEFL program on the Facebook page and there are a number of testimonials on YouTube.
UniTEFL Chiang Mai
UniTEFL Thailand course participants have access to UniTEFL's International Job Placement Network with over 30 worldwide locations. Considering teaching? Should you become an ESL teacher? Have a read of this UniTEFL blog to see. Designing lessons that are fun for students can also be fun for the teacher. Check out this video by one of the UniTEFL alumni on that very topic. On the UniTEFL program, you'll experience teaching in local government schools and gain an insight into the Thai education system. Visit the UniTEFL website for more details or send an e-mail.
The winner of the Ajarn.com / Samui TEFL competition was Robert Ross and he will be attending the February 2014 course on Samui. Congratuations Robert! And in further news, Samui TEFL is excited to announce that they have been chosen as the course provider for Experience Teaching Abroad's (ETA) new Thailand Monthly Program ETA and their sister company, ECHO English, have provided quality teacher training and placement programs in Asia and South America for quite some time. Samui TEFL is understandably proud to partner with ETA and they are looking forward to welcoming and training ETA's candidates on Samui island. SamuiTEFL also has a good contact for teaching jobs in China should you fancy taking your course in Thailand and then moving on. If you let Samui TEFL know in advance that you would prefer to teach in China - and you are a native-English speaking degree holder - you can start the work visa process (for China) before you start your TEFL course.
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 one of the biggest teacher recruitment / placement programs 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.
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 Center of Chanthaburi
The Language Center of Chanthaburi is offering a very nice discount on their courses for October and November. If you enrol with a friend, you will get the course price for $599 - which is a $200 saving on the regular price. There are limited 'buddy packages' available, so enrol now if you want to make the saving. You can also book clean and comfortable accommodation through LCC for the duration of your course.
Thonburi Language Center has now cut the cost of their 120-hour in-house program to a very competitive $499 U.S. They also have a guaranteed job placement service for after you finish the course. TLC are also running a New Year Special - any applicants who apply before midnight, will receive a 10% discount on their selected package, Furthermore, if you mention you saw TLC's info on ajarn.com, you will get a further 10% discount added to that New Year offer. And the ajarn.com discount will still be applicable in the New Year if you miss the boat in 2013. You can get more info from the TLC website or send them an e-mail.
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.