TEFL Course News

February 2012

All the latest promotions from Thailand's major TEFL course providers

Island TEFL is offering ajarn readers the chance to enrol on any of its 120-hour courses at Bangkok, Koh Phangnan, Koh Samui or Phuket from as little as 29,900 baht. Sign up with a friend and you'll both get 30% off the regular course prices. Island TEFL also has a guaranteed job placement program and has been selected by AYC Thailand to be its training partner on Koh Samui and Phuket. All teaching positions on offer as part of the TEFL course package will start on May 7th - so get cracking because your training must be completed before that date. In addition to that, you can get a taste for the program by watching the video on YouTube. If you visit the Island TEFL homepage, there is a link to an article about Island TEFL from the popular South East Backpacker website. For more info on Island TEFL courses and services, e-mail Phil Dunne. You can also Skype him at islandtefl

Boonjit TEFL include rooms and meals in the cost of their 120-hour TEFL course for those of you who want a convenient all-inclusive package. The accommodation is in a brand new building on a 50-year old school campus. Boonjit TEFL are offering a discounted rate of 40,000 baht for courses in March and April. You can experience things like school assembly for yourself and find out what goes on at a typical Thai school. Oh, and they offer free transportation into Pattaya every Friday.

SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has put together a great Flickr photo album containing all the trainees from every course they have conducted since 2006. You're welcome to contact any SEE TEFL graduate by e-mail if you fancy taking your course in Chiang Mai and would like more info. Oh and SEE TEFL has now reached over 5,400 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.

CMU TEFL is still accepting applications for the March 12th - 6th April program and as an added bonus for all Ajarn readers, they are offering a free 20-hour Thai Language and Culture Certificate for all successful graduates from the TEFL program. In addition, all TEFL certificates will be signed by the vice-president for international relations and alumni affairs. CMU TEFL has also partnered with Teach-to-Travel Thailand so course graduates will have the opportunity to be placed in a wide variety of teaching positions all across Thailand. For more info on the course, visit the CMU TEFL website or contact one of the admissions team on +66(0)53 943 755-6 or send an e-mail

In the latest Ontesol blog, you can learn how to teach English communicatively using songs! The TESOL article explains how to use songs with adult learners. After reading the article, a sample TESOL lesson plan will show you how to use a song to review grammar and integrate listening comprehension to speaking, reading and writing skills.

Teach Abroad Thailand are offering Ajarn readers a free upgrade to their advanced TEFL package, which includes the Cambridge ESOL (TKT) course & certification (Value USD$199). The certificate is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, which is part of the University of Cambridge. This is a useful addition to your TEFL/TESOL certificate course and will probably increase your confidence and job prospects. To take advantage of the offer, you must enroll before the 29th February 2012. Go to the Teach Abroad Thailand website for more details

Samui TEFL has teamed up with a swimming school on the island and now offers as an 'add-on' package, a course to qualify teachers as swim-instructors. This is a recognised certificate and students can complete their swim instructor training immediately after their TEFL course. Armed with two certificates, both the TEFL and the swimming instructor, teachers possibly increase their opportunities of finding work in schools because they have more to offer. Email Samui TEFLfor more information. Samui TEFL also offers extensive practical training at a range of schools on the island, including the International School of Samui, Oonrak private school, and Plai Laem temple school as well as groups of children and adults that attend English lessons for free at the training centre.

Established TEFL course providers Text and Talk have a nice offer included in their Bangkok course beginning on the 9th April 2012. This is an important time of the Thai academic year so course graduates should be able to walk right into a first-semester teaching position at any one of numerous children's schools. On the fun side, there will be a pleasant break in training from 13th through 17th April to celebrate the Songkran water festival.

Those who enrol on this class before 15th March and also mention ajarn.com as their source of information will each receive 10,000 baht in cash from Text and Talk to spend during that fun period! In addition, Text and Talk will help you to acquire accommodations at Poonchok Mansion, which is a luxury serviced apartment nearby. Get in there now because the holiday cash offer only holds good for that April course in Bangkok. In addition, Text and Talk guarantee good employment for any of their course graduates and include a TEFL for Young Learners course worth $660 US absolutely free as part of the regular course (very useful if you plan on teaching children)

Text and Talk TEFL courses are spread over six weeks from Monday to Thursday, giving teachers three days to relax and do other things. For more info visit the Text and Talk website or alternatively e-mail Mr James Parmelee with all your questions. You can even call him if you like on 081 847 7248. US Toll free number is 1 866 554 4438.

The American TESOL Institute is offering some nice deals and discounts on its Thailand TEFL courses. Special 2012 offers include a 290 US dollar discount on the Phuket course and they are still offering the Bangkok course at 2011 prices (950 US dollars) There is also a 100% job guaranteed placement service all over the world and volunteer internships in Thailand for eligible candidates. About half a dozen locations in Thailand - check out the website.

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.

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.


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