March 2012

All the latest news and promotions from Thailand's main TEFL courses



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 24,900 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 are looking for 300 teachers for schools throughout Thailand. All teaching positions on offer as part of the TEFL course package will start on May 7th and training must be completed before that date. 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 or call him on +66(0)84 942 9769 . You can also Skype him at islandtefl


UniTEFL Thailand are promoting a limited Songkran accelerated TEFL course and they're inviting you to come and join in the Chiang Mai Songkran fun! Firstly, they are offering a two-week UniTEFL certificate course for 'employed teachers only' for just 22,500 baht. You can join this 'turbo-charged' course and still have plenty of time to join in the Songkran celebrations - and Chiang Mai does Songkran like probably no other place in Thailand.

Especially around the moat area, you'll be able to join in fun-filled water fights and experience something totally unique. The course itself will run from March 26th to April 6th and fees includecourse materials and a complimentary water gun. Participants must provide verification of work covering one full term of ESL teaching to qualify. Spaces will be limited. Contact UniTEFL via their website.


If you are interested in the SEE TEFL course up in Chiang Mai, you can join the SEE TEFL community before you enroll. Go to their Facebook page and meet their graduates. To view every trainee and every course they have run since 2006, visit their photo albums on Flickr. In addition, their 'Typical TEFL Teaching Practice Day' YouTube video has hit 6,400 views. It's well worth a look and really gives you a flavor of what goes on in the teaching practice sessions.


TEFLPlus Phuket is offering a 50% "bring a friend" discount off its four-week, 120-hour TEFL training course in Patong Beach, Phuket. Sign up for any of the June 4, July 16 or August 27, 2012 120-hour advanced TEFL courses and you can bring a friend for 50% off. Be sure to mention that you saw this offer on ajarn.com when you fill out the enrollment form. If you would like to see what others have said about TEFLPlus teacher training in Phuket, have a look at its YouTube channel. New reviews are posted regularly, so check back when you can.


Chiang Mai University TEFL has just published its photos for its February course on its CMUTEFL Facebook page. For Ajarn readers interested in hearing all about the experiences of former trainees, you can visit the CMUTEFL YouTube page If you would like to speak to anyone of the trainees directly, CMUTEFL can put you in touch via email. CMUTEFL now accepting applications for their post  Songkran (Thai New Year) program starting on 30th April and running until 25th May. You can email them for more info and take advantage of their free 20-hour Thai Language and Culture certificate course, which is exclusive for CMUTEFL grads.


If you fancy taking your TEFL course in Pattaya, then ajarn.com welcomes the Pattaya School of Languages and Computers onto its growing list of website sponsors. Pattaya needs no introduction of course so if you want to combine teacher training with being in one of the liveliest hotspots in Asia, then PLC might be the choice for you. Visit their website to see what's going on. 


Established TEFL course providers Text and Talk have a good 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 April 1st and mention ajarn.com 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.


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 TEFL for more information.

As the Thai schools are closing soon, teacher practicals at the usual schools will be in the form of summer camps that Samui TEFL is hosting. The International School of Samui runs on different school terms to the Thai schools, so teacher practicals continue as normal at this school, as well as with the groups of adults and children that attend the training centre for free English lessons. The Samui TEFL March course which starts on Monday has one last minute place available at the rate of 35,000B. The April course is full, but they do have availability for May.


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.


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.


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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