TEFL Course News

June 2020

Our monthly round-up of news from Thailand's leading TEFL courses

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL has set up a detailed Covid-19 travel advisory page on their website. Find out how their programs will run depending on various scenarios. 

SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour TEFL course for over thirteen years, and can boast over 1,800 graduates. In addition to this popular 4-week certification program, they offer paid teaching internships twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand. Early-bird discounts are available for the 4-week program.

The SEE TEFL 4-week course is comprehensive and includes pre-arrival training materials, a 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.

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. There are some great photos here of the new school opening ceremony and you can take a tour of the school in this video.

An online grammar terminology and teaching process review is now included with all 4-week TEFL courses. Grammar will still be reviewed in their course, in a standard classroom setting. However, an introductory refresh of grammar terminology, as well as a video overview of the teaching process, will help with preparation for the course. The grammar terminology and teaching process review is emailed to trainees approximately 4 weeks before the start of their on-site training course.

International House - CELTA provider, International House, offers the globally renowned University of Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications.

The 4-week, 120-hour Cambridge CELTA includes significant practical experience. Candidates teach 6 hours of real lessons, including feedback and support for each lesson. Every Cambridge CELTA course is moderated by external Cambridge assessors, so you are assured that the quality of the course and the centre itself meet Cambridge's high standards.

 International House Bangkok and International House Chiang Mai have trained more than five thousand candidates over the last 13 years. Their professional trainers have years of experience first as teachers themselves, then as teacher trainers. All trainers are Delta-qualified and have undergone rigorous training moderated by Cambridge University English.

Out of more than 300 Cambridge Teacher Training centres worldwide, International House Bangkok was awarded the most compliant centre for 2015-2016 from Cambridge University. This award recognises the centre that follows all of Cambridge's many requirements most stringently.

In addition to the 4-week course, IH Bangkok also offers part-time CELTA courses over 10 weeks. You can find information and program dates, etc by visiting either the Bangkok website or the Chiang Mai website

Chichester College TEFL  - This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Chichester College TEFL course being run in Bangkok. How time flies! It seems like just yesterday when the first courses were advertised on ajarn.com as far back as January 2001.

In line with the COVID-19 inspired state of emergency in place in Thailand at the moment, and the rules on social distancing and school closures, the Chichester College training centre in Bangkok is currently closed. They have created a COVID-19 newsfeed on their site and the team are working remotely, on hand to answer questions about the course or about living and working in Thailand. They invite you to get in touch even if it's just for a casual chat.

Their next available TEFL course is listed as July 13th 2020 on their course dates page but they do stress that this could be subject to change if the Royal Thai Government extends the state of emergency. Nonetheless, they are offering a flexible date-change policy as well as a US$200 discount to those who are able to place a booking at this time -- just mention ajarn.com!

The Chichester TEFL course is known for it's highly interactive classroom sessions, well-organised observed teaching practice sessions and exciting field trips as part of their regular course offering. Therefore, they have opted not to attempt to run the course in an online format during the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to protect the reputation of the Chichester TEFL certificate; known throughout Thailand by school owners and recruiters as a guarantee that an individual is ready to step into a Thai classroom unaided and start teaching from day one.

Be sure to check out the video testimonials page which is updated regularly as new teachers graduate from the course.

Ontesol -  Ontesol's online, internationally accredited TESOL/TEFL courses provide students with the flexibility and convenience to study at their own pace. The courses assess you through full lesson planning assignments and a personal tutor provides valuable feedback to help you become an effective TESOL teacher. Their Advanced 120-hour TESOL course  is Ontesol's most popular option for teaching in Thailand and the 140-hour TESOL + TEYL course prepares you to teach English to young learners anywhere in the world.  

In addition to comprehensive training,  OnTESOL offers lifetime job placement assistance in Thailand. Students are given exclusive access to teaching and traveling resources from course graduates who are living and teaching around the world.  They also offer information about current teaching salaries, resume and cover letter support and the tips for landing a dream teaching job. You can find out what course graduate, Ellie, has to say about teaching English with T.S.E.T.A Thailand in the Suphanburi region. OnTESOL offers free job placement assistance with T.S.E.T.A and Icon Recruit!

For more information, receive a free brochure. Ontesol's TESOL advisors use their experience teaching English abroad to support teachers with the guidance and pre-enrolment information required to enrol in courses and to succeed in the TEFL/TESOL industry.  You can connect with an advisor by e-mailing to admin@ontesol.com or by requesting information. 

ITTT On-line TEFL / TESOL Courses - All ITTT four-week in-class TEFL courses are accredited by Fairmont State University in the United States, who validate 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 Fairmont State University.

ITTT offers a wide range of online TEFL/TESOL courses including the popular 120-hour certificate course, the 250-hour TESOL diploma and more advanced specialized courses in teaching young learners and teaching business English.

For those who really want to get serious about their training, there is also the 220-hour Master Package (120-hour TEFL course + 50-hour Business and 50-hour Young Learners courses) and the 470-hour Professional Package (120-hour TEFL course + 250-hour TESOL Diploma + 50-hour Business and 50-hour Young Learners courses)

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.

TEFL Campus Phuket / Chiang Mai - TEFL Campus Phuket/Chiang Mai has just published its COVID-19 TEFL course information page, and will resume classes starting on 29 June. They’re also running a US$ 250 discount on their 4-week courses for 2020.

Their 4-week, 120-hr accredited TEFL courses are independently moderated and offer credit-bearing study, which is validated by Lamar University. Their in-class and combined (online/onsite hybrid) courses include observed teaching practice in front of real students.  TEFL Campus also offer guaranteed TEFL job support. Their staff has been helping new teachers find jobs worldwide since 2002. 

If you’d like to start a course as soon as possible, while waiting for more confirmation on int’l travel and visa regulations, TEFL Campus currently recommends considering their Combined Course format. This will allow you to study English grammar and phonology, as well as teaching methodology online before attending their center to complete your observed teaching practice with real students. With this format, you only need to attend in-class training for 10 days. Because it includes the all-important teaching practice, the certification carries the same weight as an in-class only course.

TEFL Campus offers a price-match guarantee and you can read more about their recent successes on their blog page. One of their more recent blogs answer the common question, What is TEFL, and you can read a first-hand account of the course in Jack's TEFL Course Diary. You can also check out their latest videos on their YouTube channel.

Chiang Mai University TEFL -  As Thailand starts to ease its restrictions after the coronavirus outbreak, CMUTEFL is looking to kick start its program after a short hiatus. Starting this August, they are now pleased to offer their post-coronavirus TEFL package, which will now include a 6-month Non Immigrant Education (ED) visa (valid for programs in August and September 2020).  

Chiang Mai University is also able to help those students who are stuck on a visa amnesty during the month of July to help them change their visas at Chiang Mai immigration (without the need for having to leave Thailand). Students who are interested in this new promotion, will also be required to sign up for an e-learning unpaid internship with Language Institute Chiang Mai University after the successful completion of the TEFL course. For more information on how to enrol or questions related to the visa, contact them at tefl@cmu.ac.th 

The TEFL Academy - The TEFL Academy has launched the world's first teaching practice webinar to improve your employability with schools and recruiters around the world.  Even if you have completed your TEFL course with another provider, you are still welcome to join and gain teaching experience or sharpen your skills.

The course gives you the opportunity to get real life teaching experience from your own home and is specifically tailored to students who have completed or are currently studying TEFL Academy's 168-hour level 5 TEFL course or anyone who has already completed a TEFL qualification of any description, regardless of provider.

The course involves a number of different sections. Firstly you will learn about classroom management skills. After that you will begin the peer-to-peer teaching experience component. During this six hours you will put into practice all you have learnt during your TEFL course as well as receiving feedback on your teaching from TEFL professionals. The webinar is designed to build your confidence to a level where you are really comfortable presenting to your first TEFL class. You will also receive a 10-hour Teaching Practice Course certificate (PDF), which will enhance your CV and show your commitment to developing your teaching skills.

You can find information and course dates, etc by visiting The TEFL Academy website.

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