TEFL Course News

December 2016

Thinking of taking your teacher training course in Thailand?


SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour TEFL course for over ten years, and can boast over 1,000 graduates. In addition to this popular 4-week certification program, they now offer paid teaching internships with teacher training twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand. Both the 4-week TEFL and the Paid Internship (which includes 2 weeks of training and 15 days of accommodation) cost $1,295 with early bird specials.

The SEE TEFL 4-week course is comprehensive and includes grammar review, lesson planning, 6 observed teaching practices in a variety of schools with real students, cultural awareness training, classroom management, survival Thai language lessons, and job seeking advice. They offer visa support and they have a webpage dedicated to all your visa options and how they can help in each case. Well worth a look. 

In April, 2016 SEE TEFL moved into a new, modern, purpose-built school just a short distance from their previous location. SEE TEFL has a job guarantee, and most TEFL grads find work within a few weeks. SEE TEFL is licensed by the Thailand Ministry of Education, has achieved ISO 9001 quality certification, and is a TQUK approved training centre.

Stamford International University CELTA - Stamford International University (a network of 80 higher education institutions, including Stamford) launched its Stamford Professional Development Center (SPDC) on September 12th 2016 at a great Central Bangkok location on Soi Asoke (near the skytrain and subway interchange stations)

The SPDC will offer a CELTA online course (a 120-hour blended learning course for teachers of adult English learners), CELT-S and CELT-P (120-hour blended learning courses for secondary and primary school English teachers) to enhance the classroom skills of ELT practitioners. All three certificates are highly practical qualifications that provide essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a competent teacher of English.

What about post CELTA job prospects? They will also offer the Stamford Apprenticeship Scheme, which means potential employment at Stamford International University for highly successful candidates or an apprenticeship with the Laureate English Program in Bangkok or Hua Hin.

Here are all the details you need on one convenient webpage - course fees, entry requirements, course information, location map and contact form, etc.

David Valente is the very experienced Director of Professional Development at Stamford and David will be overseeing the new SPDC operation. In the official press release, David says ""Employers around the world welcome English language teachers with Cambridge English teaching qualifications - and those qualifications are essential for anyone wanting to work in our English language department"

TEFL Campus Phuket - Due to full enrollment, TEFL Campus Phuket has closed enrollment for their remaining 2016 courses. However, they offer an exclusive discount for Ajarn.com readers for those who enroll in any 2017 course before the end of the year. Also, everyone who enrolls gets a free online course (US$ 250 value).

If you're interested in reading first-hand experience from a recent trainee, check out the TEFL diary series on their blog page. Graduates of TEFL Campus routinely state the course was a challenge but one that prepared them for the classroom through meaningful teaching practice.

TEFL Campus has been operating in Phuket Town since 2002. Their TEFL certification is validated by Fort Hays State University and the center itself is licensed by Thailand's Ministry of Education. They offer meaningful assistance with employment, visas and accommodation. Contact TEFL Campus for more details.

Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University still offers its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners. CMUTEFL is running its TED (Teacher Employment Discount) campaign for all applicants who are currently employed as a teacher or those who have been offered a contract to start teaching in a foreign country. To be eligible, applicant must show proof of employment upon enrolment to qualify for a 20% discount off the program fees (saving of $280 USD)

Chichester College TESOL - To combat the rise in prices Brits are facing across the board due to the fall in Sterling, the popular Chichester College TESOL / TEFL programme in Bangkok is offering pre-Brexit exchange rates to people from the UK enrolling on their full time courses in December this year.

The full course fees are $1,595 which now equals a whopping £1,300 in Pounds Sterling! Prior to the Brexit vote, $1,595 was exchanging at just £1,070, so it's basically a saving of £230.

According to the Chichester fees section, you don't even need to be a British citizen to benefit from the offer: You just need to have been living in the UK for the majority of 2016 to be eligible.

This makes sense in a way, since most people living in the UK at the moment will have accumulated most of their savings when the pound was much higher, so it's a nice gesture from Chichester to recognise this and give Brits intent on coming to teach English in Thailand a helping hand to get here.

Applications can be made on the website.

UEC TEFL Thai Bangkok  - UEC TEFL Thai offers a 120-hour training course in Central Bangkok and are committed to empowering trainees to become competent and enthusiastic teachers in an international training environment. Check out the current list of course dates. They also offer up to a 10% discount for student cardholders.

Courses are licensed by The Thai Ministry of Education and teaching practice is done with 'less fortunate' Thai students (which is a nice touch). UEC Thai TEFL also assists trainees in finding accommodation and employment and offers as much support as needed. Why not read what recent graduates have said about the course.

One of UEC TEFL's recent grads has also written a very nice article about their experience teaching in a government school in Ratchaburi.

If you are in Bangkok, you are very welcome to drop by the UEC TEFL Thai office, chat with current trainees and even sit in on a lesson. Telephone or send an e-mail for more information.

ITTT On-line TEFL / TESOL Courses - With in-class courses offered in over 20 locations worldwide, International TEFL and TESOL Training's centres are ideally placed to provide up-to-date local information on the region you wish to teach in. All of ITTT's four-week in-class TEFL courses are accredited by Fort Hays State University in the United States and FHSU validates all in-class certificates issued worldwide. Graduates of the four-week in-class courses also have the opportunity to earn three credits plus a transcript from Fort Hays State University.

ITTT also offers a wide range of online TEFL/TESOL courses including the popular 120-hour certificate course and more advanced specialised courses in teaching young learners and teaching business English. All online courses are available with or without tutor support and come with lifetime job placement assistance for graduates. To see what past trainees thought about their experience with ITTT view their video testimonials here.

As a special offer to ajarn.com readers, ITTT is offering a 20% discount on all online courses and the deposit payment for their in-class and combined courses. They also run a partnership program giving anyone with a teaching blog, page, website, or interested friends the opportunity to earn commission on any TEFL course bought through them. For more information email web@tesol-tefl.net.

UniTEFL Chiang Mai - The Training and Placement program is proving popular, with dozens of new teachers hired and trained for free as part of their job package. Meanwhile monthly courses of this university accredited course continue. Go to the UniTEFL website for full details.

TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLplus Phuket in Patong Beach has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher. Ajarn.com readers can mention this blog post and receive an 8,000 Baht (£170/$227) discount on any of their upcoming 4-week advanced TEFL courses. Spaces are limited so contact them soon

Their training center is in a convenient area of the beach resort town of Patong, the center of Phuket's shopping, dining and nightlife. You will never be far from the Andaman Sea. It is a good choice to combine training with a holiday. What do TEFLplus graduates think of the course? Lauren, Madeline, and Pedro share their experience at TEFLplus on YouTube.

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. Patong Language School has been granted a license to operate in Phuket and has been one of the island's leading language schools for over 30 years.

WECI Hua Hin - WECI's TEFL course is held in the Thai beach resort town of Hua Hin, which about 2.5 hours south of Bangkok. The course meets the requirements to issue a TEFL certificate that is valid worldwide as it takes 120 hours and includes at least 6 hours of teaching practicum at local Thai schools.

WECI keeps their classes to a reasonable size so each student receives as much personal attention from the trainer as possible during the course. WECI also provides job placement assistance to all their students which includes help with producing professional resumes and advice on interviews. They have successfully found English teaching jobs for all their previous students.

Apartment accommodation during the course is included in the price, which is $1400 USD, and they have a driver that meets students at Bangkok airports and takes them to their accommodation in Hua Hin. WECI's training centre has wifi, computers, printers and scanners that students can all use. You can read what WECI's previous students have said about the course on the testimonial page 

International House - CELTA provider, International House, offers the globally renowned University of Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications. IH Bangkok and IH Chiang Mai have training centres in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, each with their own unique character so you can choose from city, countryside or beach? IH Bangkok is also happy to offer part-time CELTA courses over 10 weeks which take place in Bangkok. You can find information and program dates, etc by visiting either the Bangkok website or the Chiang Mai website

Vantage TEFL certification - Santa just left his stocking stuffers for big savings on TELF courses for 2017. Check out his "White Christmas Specials"

Vantage TEFL Certification offers an American accredited 120 hour in-class course with 6 hours of observed teacher practice. Their in-class certificates are validated in the USA and graduates can earn three college credits from their course.

Established in 2007, Vantage is also a Cambridge English Authorized Test Centre. Their course will also include basic assessment methods as they advocate that testing is one of the essential skills good teachers should know.

Vantage is currently providing the proficiency assessment for the major 2016-17 English Research Project which will examine teacher training and curriculum development for Thailand's secondary schools. They also create their own digital content in eLearning and mLearning platforms and deliver courses through blending learning.  They'll introduce emerging teaching technologies to their TEFL trainees for them to use in the classroom.

This TEFL course is certainly innovative and one that prepares teachers through traditional training, teaching practice and forward-thinking technologies. They also provide expert resume and interview coaching and job placement assistance as Vantage prepares its graduates for teaching jobs in public schools, universities and private institutions.

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