SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for over ten years and can boast over 1000 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.
SEE TEFL is also licensed by The Thailand Ministry of Education, which means they can help you with a non-immigrant visa. They have a webpage dedicated to all your visa options and how they can help you in each case. Well worth a look.
TEFL Campus Phuket - TEFL Campus Phuket's next course starts on March 14th and they offer an exclusive discount for Ajarn.com readers. Also, everyone who enrolls gets a free online course (US$ 250 value).
March is a great time of the year to take a course. You'll finish in mid-April and many employers on Phuket have already contacted TEFL Campus hoping to find teachers for positions that start in May. This course often fills up so it's best to contact them sooner rather than later.
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.
Text and Talk Academy - Text-and-Talk Academy has been conducting a full-time 120-hour TEFL Course for over 17 years, and has graduated more than 3,000 professional teachers working in Thailand and other countries. They have now developed a self-study MoE accredited TEFL training course aimed at teachers who are currently working and have no time for an in-house course, and those who simply want to learn how to teach and get a job, but maybe looking for a cheaper option to a full-time course.
For about half the fee of the in-house course, currently $1,495.00 USD (about 54,000 Thai baht), Text-and-Talk Academy is offering a course that can be completed at one's own pace for 27,500 Thai baht - including a bag of seven course modules, a CD, trainer-graded homework and module exams, six hours of teaching practice observed by helpful professional teachers - and the course completion certificate itself, which is the same certificate as the one earned for the full-time course.
Finally, for those who are interested in the full-time course starting up again around Songkran, have a look at the Text-and-Talk web site: But if you are in Thailand, contact Parmelee before enrolling, as there may be a discount available for persons currently already living here.
The excursions (essentially field trips) give trainees the opportunity to see real teaching situations in progress from the sidelines. Chichester graduates often comment on the usefulness of this as it helps them to overcome the fear of standing in front of their first group of students during the teaching practice which comes later in the course.
In a recent blog entry by Steve (the principal trainer) wrote: "In the 2-3 years that we've been running excursions as part of the TESOL course, I've seen a noticeable increase in the level of confidence of our graduates upon completion of the course. The prospect of entering that dreaded "first classroom" is no longer a worry since everyone has already shared in the experience together and drawn strength from each other. We're glad we made this important addition to the course!"
UEC TEFL Thai - 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.
Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University will be offering a special post Songkran Refresher TEFL course for those in need of topping up their skills. This Refresher Program will start on 18th April and will finish on 29th April. CMUTEFL is offering a special fee for ajarn.com readers - normally, 15,000 baht reduced to 10,000 baht per person. Program strictly limited to 15 people. To apply, either visit CMUTEFL on campus or send an email.
CMUTEFL still offers its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners. Finally, 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)
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 email@example.com.
TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus Phuket has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher in 2016. They have extended their $999 early bird special giving you the chance to take advantage of this deal. Reserve your space on any of their 4-week TEFL courses in 2016 by May 31st and you can earn your 120-hour TEFL certificate in Phuket for just $999. Or, bring a friend and you can both save 20% when you book together! Simply mention this blog post on ajarn.com to receive your instant discount. Spaces at this price are limited so contact them soon.
What do TEFLplus' trainees think of the course? Lauren, Madeline, and Pedro share their experience at TEFLplus in this video 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 licence to operate in Phuket and has been one of the island's leading language schools for over 30 years. Their training center is just two minutes from the beach and Patong is a good location to combine training with a holiday.
Global TESOL Thailand - Global TESOL is an internationally recognized TESOL program provider and they offer students some good flexible study options. If you bring a friend to the course, you'll both receive a 15% discount!
You can read testimonials from other Global TESOL graduates to find out about their experiences of TESOL and teaching in Thailand. You can also download FREE eBooks: Teach English Overseas & Amazing Thailand Facts.
Global TESOL Thailand's Buddy Up! mentorship program allows TESOL trainees to put their skills to immediate use in the classroom. Trainees work closely with an expert mentor teacher and experience what life is really like day to day as an ESL teacher.
Global TESOL also offers pick up on arrival, cultural induction, orientation, jobs workshop and a helpful customer care team on hand 24/7
The Language Centre of Chantaburi - LCC is now providing accommodation with their TEFL course. You pay for just the water and electricity consumption and also a refundable deposit. A laundry service is available in the apartment building and it's in the city center but quiet and safe. The building is just about fifteen minutes by motorbike taxi from the LCC centre. If you are not happy with the accommodation, or you want to book your own, LCC will refund you 4,000 Thai baht cash. Visit the LCC website.