March 2014

All the latest deals and promotions from Thailand's TEFL course providers

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for over eight years and can boast over 700 graduates. In addition to this very popular 4-week certification program, 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 commitment 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

Special Promotion for Ajarn readers: Anyone signing up for their 4-week May 26th - June 20th, 2014, will recieve a 30-hour Thai language course completely free if they mention 'ajarn offer' on their registration. You can register here. - Island TEFL Thailand have been making some good connections. They have partnered with the University of San Diego (USD), Invasion Jobs in the U.K. and Oxford Seminars (with over 5,000 TEFL graduates a year) On this 125-hour program - which is taught by The USD faculty - not only are you getting a respected certificate but should you decide to further your teaching career, the USD TEFL offers you the chance to earn credits towards their online M.A in Education or TESOL programs.

The Island TEFL/USD course comes with a twice-a-year guaranteed job placement designed to coincide with the Thai school terms that begin in May and November. For the remaining 10 months of the year, Island TEFL offers a three-week in-house, 120-hour TEFL/TESOL in great Thailand locations such as Phuket. Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Bang Seray and Bangkok all with guaranteed job placement.

The program includes 35,000 baht a month salary, 70,000 THB completion bonus, work permit, insurance. & accommodation allowance. There are also placement programs for those who don't have a degree.

Finally as a special offer for readers - do the 120-hour course in Phuket commencing March 6th or March 24th, or Koh Samui (April 6th) or Bangkok (April 19th) for only 15,000 THB ($495 USD). Contact Phil Dunne for further information.

Text and Talk - One of Thailand's longest-established TEFL courses, Text and Talk offers a $95.00 discount off their regular course price if two people enrol on the course at the same time - so find a friend to study with you and you could be saving yourself some cash. Text and Talk has three locations in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.

The Text and Talk website has an FAQ, a full overview of the courses and the opportunity to contact the staff directly by phone and talk about your requirements.

TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus is celebrating its 30th year in the training industry. 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 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 TEFLChiang Mai University TEFL is now working with a recruiter in Bangkok to place teachers into 25 full-time teaching positions before the start of the next academic semester and CMUTEFL graduates are in high demand for these positions. Next month, CMUTEFL has signed an agreement to train 20+ 2nd year undergraduate university students from the United States during the Songkran holiday, as a result the April program is now full. The next available program will be 5th May 2014. To celebrate the Thai New Year (Songkran), CMUTEFL is giving readers a special discount for anyone who enrolls for the program in May. Mention when signing up for the May program and receive a 10% discount (140 USD/80 GBP) from the program fees.As always check out the CMUTEFL facebook page to see the latest photos or their youtube page for student testimonials.

UniTEFL Chiang Mai - UniTEFL has a few places left on their 'April course' beginning on March 31st, 2014 at the Chiang Mai location.  Note that this course has a week off in the middle for Thailand's Songkran Festival. Chiang Mai is known to hold some of the most popular and colourful Songkran celebrations, which can run for up to six days. It's a great place to be for Songkran! Enroll now and you will receive "free accommodations" for the duration of the course, including the Songkran week. Rooms will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and there is a limited supply. For ajarn readers, bring a friend and you'll receive 50% discount off tuition for the second enrollment. All course participants will have access to UniTEFL's International Job Placement Network with over 30 worldwide locations. 

Take a look at UniTEFL's latest blog on the subject of Thai culture and tips for living in Thailand.  You can also check out three of their alumni from the United States, Germany and Hungary talking about why they chose Thailand, teaching Thai kids and the UniTEFL course. On the UniTEFL program, you'll experience teaching in local schools and gain some insights into the Thai education system. Visit the UniTEFL website for more details or send an e-mail.

Samui TEFL - You may remember a competition for a free place on a course at Samui TEFL? Well, Robert Ross was the lucky winner, and he's currently busy with his course on Samui. Samui TEFL has a Facebook Group Page This group is for all past, present and potential future students. Feel free to ask each other questions, stay in touch after the course, post pics of your teaching and new surroundings and generally stay in touch!

For anyone that's considering the course, it's a great way to see what past and present groups are up to, with up to date pictures of teacher practice and other activities, to help you make up your mind and see if it's the right course for you. Visit the Samui TEFL website for all the info, course dates, etc

AYC TESOL - 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.

Chichester College - 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 Centre of Chanthaburi - LCC are offering a good promotion for couples and buddies. If you enrol on the course with another person, you will get the course for $599 instead of the regular price of $699 - so it's a saving of $200 for two people.This offer will be valid for the whole of 2014. In addition, if you enrol and pay the first downpayment before March 31st, you will have the opportunity to rent a motorcycle for free during the course weekends so you can get out and do some exploring! All course dates and other info are on the LCC website

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