TEFL Course News

March 2017

The peak teacher hiring season is here. Time to take a training course!

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour TEFL course for over ten years, and can boast over 1,000 graduates. In addition to this popular 4-week certification program, they now offer paid teaching internships with teacher training twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand. Both the 4-week TEFL and the Paid Internship (which includes 2 weeks of training and 15 days of accommodation) cost $1,295 with early bird specials.

The SEE TEFL 4-week course is comprehensive and includes 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. 

In April, 2016 SEE TEFL moved into a new, modern, purpose-built school just a short distance from their previous location. 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 cermony 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 (at the request of trainees). 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.

Vantage TEFL certification - Vantage TEFL Certification offers an American accredited 120 hour in-class course with minimum 6 hours of observed teacher practice. Their in-class certificates are validated in the USA and graduates can earn three college credits from their course. Vantage run small groups so they can give personalized attention both to individual teacher development and to the subsequent job search. They also offer a 120-hour Combined Course, which blends online study with live classroom teaching.

Vantage does its observed teaching practice at Boromrajonani College of Nursing Bangkok, Thailand's oldest and largest nursing training institute. Vantage is also a Cambridge English Authorized Test Centre. As such, their TEFL course will also include basic assessment methods as they advocate that testing is one of the essential skills good teachers should know.

Vantage is currently providing the proficiency assessment for the major 2016-17 English Research Project with a major Thai university, which will examine Thai teacher training and curriculum development for all of Thailand's secondary schools. This project is under the supervision of Thailand's Office of the Higher Education Commission of the Ministry of Education.

Vantage's TEFL Certification program combines the skill set to be an effective teacher, fully prepared for 'tomorrow's technology'. They also provide valuable resume and interview coaching and job placement assistance in public schools, universities and private institutions.  

Vantage has some attractive deals on offer. When you take a full 120-hour TEFL course, you can receive a free specialist online course. You can choose either the Certification in Teaching Business English or the Certification in Teaching English to Young Learners. 

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

IH Bangkok and IH Chiang Mai have training centres in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, each with their own unique character so you can choose from city, countryside or beach?

IH Bangkok is also happy to offer part-time CELTA courses over 10 weeks which take place in Bangkok.

You can find information and program dates, etc by visiting either the Bangkok website or the Chiang Mai website

Chichester College TESOL - This year celebrates the 16th anniversary of the Chichester College TESOL / 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!

The course dates page now lists courses running up to March 2018 and early-booking discounts of up to US$200 are available for people booking in advance as well as an offer of free accommodation for couples enrolling together.

An interesting article about the differences between TESOL, TEFL and TESL has also been added to help answer some of the questions arising from this subject.

As always, the Chichester TESOL program continues to offer their excellent job placement guarantee and exciting field trips as part of their regular course offering.

Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University still offers its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners.

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)

Check out the Chiang Mai University website for details of TEFL course dates and other information. They also have an active Facebook page.

TEFL Campus Phuket - Once again TEFL Campus will deliver their next course at full capacity. With April nearing full capacity already, you may want to contact them soon if you fancy a place on the program. Ajarn.com readers get an exclusive US$ 100 course discount and all graduates receive a free supplemental online course worth US$250.

For first-hand reflections of TEFL Campus' training, read Kathy's TEFL course diary series. It's a weekly blog that speaks to both the fun and challenging aspects of the course, as well as her travels during her free time.

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.

UEC TEFL Thai Bangkok  - 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 are offering an early bird discount for April. Sign up for the April 17th course in March and receive a 10% discount. 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.

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.

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 web@tesol-tefl.net.

UniTEFL Chiang Mai - If you are looking for your first TEFL job in Thailand, UniTEFL's services include accommodation, airport pick-up, weekend excursions, visa assistance and teacher placement.

UniTEFL boasts a 90% success rate in placing their graduates in local teaching jobs.

The Training and Placement program is proving popular, with dozens of new teachers hired and trained for free as part of their job package. 

The next Training & Placement (TAP) Program will start on March 27th. The course is the same exact contect as the UniTEFL course, but MediaKids subsidizes $600 of the course, providing a guaranteed job and 4-month contract at the end of it. Go to the UniTEFL website for full details.

TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus Phuket in Patong Beach has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher in 2017. Ajarn.com readers can mention this blog post and receive an 8,000 Baht discount on any of their upcoming 4-week advanced TEFL courses. The April 17th course is almost full, so contact them soon.

Their training center is in a convenient area of the beach resort town of Patong, the center of Phuket's shopping, dining, and nightlife and you will never be far from the Andaman Sea. It is a good choice to combine training with a holiday.

What do TEFLplus graduates think of the course? Lauren, Madeline, and Pedro share their experience at TEFLplus 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 license to operate in Phuket and has been one of the island's leading language schools for over 30 years.

WECI Hua Hin - WECI's TEFL course is held in the Thai beach resort town of Hua Hin, which about 2.5 hours south of Bangkok. The course meets the requirements to issue a TEFL certificate that is valid worldwide as it takes 120 hours and includes at least 6 hours of teaching practicum at local Thai schools.

WECI keeps their classes to a reasonable size so each student receives as much personal attention from the trainer as possible during the course. WECI also provides job placement assistance to all their students which includes help with producing professional resumes and advice on interviews. They have successfully found English teaching jobs for all their previous students.

WECI offers FREE accommodation in a comfortable twin room with private shower, aircon and WIFI in Hua Hin for the duration of the course for those who want it. The full price of the course is $1060 USD and includes all the required books and training materials, as well as a backpack.

WECI's training centre has wifi, computers, printers and scanners that students can all use. You can read what WECI's previous students have said about the course on the testimonial page.   

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