TEFL Course News

May 2013

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

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai

SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai have been passing some milestones of late. They have now received over 10,000 views of their YouTube video, which shows a range of teachers going through their observed teaching practice in local Thai schools. They've also had over 4,000 Facebook 'likes' (I wish ajarn.com's Facebook page could get that many) Over the past six years, SEE TEFL has trained 539 teachers and you can see every one of them - yes every single one - in the SEE TEFL Flickr photo albums. SEE TEFL have now signed contracts with 13 Chiang Mai kindergartens, schools and vocational colleges to recruit and manage their foreign teachers for the coming academic year. Teachers will be employed (non-imm B visa + work permit) by SEE TEFL and sub-contracted to the school. Salary is around 25K THB per month. This means that there are 40 full-time jobs that need filling. 23 teachers have so far signed up but still another 17 needed -  and SEE graduates always get first priority

Island TEFL

Island TEFL on Koh Samui and Phuket is offering Ajarn readers the opportunity to enroll on any of its internationally accredited 120-hour courses at Koh Samui, Phuket or Bangkok for just $595 U.S. (17,900 Baht). Alternatively, you can sign up for their online 120-hour certification program for $225 (6,900 Baht) Island TEFL also offers a hybrid course where you study online followed by four days of practical experience. In addition, they now offer a 150-hour TEFL/TESOL diploma certificate (Island TEFL's equivalent of the CELTA) OK, what else? Island TEFL offers a guaranteed placement offer program to course graduates and also offers placements for teachers coming off other TEFL course programs. You can get a good taste for the courses by watching the Island TEFL YouTube videos  If you would like more information on any of the programs visit the Island TEFL website or the on-line TEFL express website. You can also e-mail philip@islandtefl.com or skype 'Island TEFL' because Phil would love to answer any questions you may have.

Global TESOL

What's happening at Global TESOL? Well, they offer the standard 120-hour courses but also offer an interesting range of specialized courses including 'Teaching Tourism English', 'Teaching Business English' and 'Teaching Children English'. They also offer in-class, online or correspondence options for you to obtain your TESOL certificate. In-class students can take advantage of free accommodation, the opportunity to buddy up with a teacher for one day to see what it's really like as a qualified ESL teacher. And as a special offer for May, Global TESOL will provide a free specialization online course with their 5-day foundation course. If you want to find out more, you can talk personally to a Global TESOL Instructor on 088 768 4025 to find the best course for you.

TEFLPlus Phuket

We like a lucky draw on the ajarn TEFL course news blog and TEFLPlus is having its second lucky draw on 20th May. This could be your chance to win free accommodation for your TEFL course in 2013. There will be a total of four draws this year, and the first winner was announced on 1st April. To enter, simply download your free copy of the Surviving Thailand Guide from the TEFL Plus website and you could win 29 nights free accommodation with your advanced TEFL course. If you would like to get an inside look at TEFLPlus Phuket, in this video, Li takes you on a guided tour of TEFLPlus' training centre at Patong Language School. PLS in Phuket's is a well-established private language school and is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.


Entrust TEFL have a nice offer for Ajarn readers and their friends. You can benefit from a $100 discount on any of their TEFL programs. Simply punch in this coupon number: ajarn50531 in your cart, the coupon expires on June first so hurry! They'll be offering this deal to 5 Ajarn readers every month. Entrust TEFL's all-inclusive program includes resort accommodation and various activities such as a Thai massage, elephant trekking and white-water rafting. Entrust believes in fostering a kinship among students and creating a support group for graduates to grow their knowledge and make teaching fun. They also have a record of placing all of their course graduates in Thai schools. You can click the like button on Facebook or visit the Entrust TEFL website for more information, program pictures and videos. According to course management the April 2013 program was an absolute blast and they are looking forward to the May group being just as exciting.

Chiang Mai University TEFL

When completing the course with CMUTEFL, you will automatically be added to the Priority Club with Chiang Mai University. This means, as a graduate of the program you will be prioritised for any new jobs being offered at Chiang Mai University. in addition to any new positions which CMUTEFL is required to recruit for; and with over 50 applications each week being submitted to Chiang Mai University Language Institute, the Priority Club is your ticket to jumping ahead of this queue. CMUTEFL is still accepting applications for the 3rd June program. For those of you who missed Songkran and want to know what all the big fuss was about, check out the annual celebrations at Chiang Mai University via the official CMUTEFL youtube channel.

UniTEFL Chiang Mai

UniTEFL's next 120-hour course begins on the 27th May and they have just five spaces left at the Chiang Mai facility. Enroll now and you will receive free accommodation during the course, worth up to $250.00. Rooms will be reserved on a first come first serve basis - but note there is a limited supply. On a UniTEFL course, you'll have live teaching practice at local government schools. UniTEFL is also happy to announce that it has been designated as the Distance Learning Center for the Philippine Women's University online programs in Thailand. If you are thinking about advancing your degree, you can convert to a degree in Education or pursue your MA in Education or Early Childhood Development. You can view curriculum outlines here and orientation will be scheduled by the end of May. Contact UniTEFL for additional dates and details.

American TESOL Institute

For 2013 along with its regular TESOL course and guaranteed job projects, American TESOL Institute has launched a one-week specialized teaching practice course for teachers with qualifications but no teaching experience. The course will include classroom management skills pertaining to Thailand and teaching different lessons across different age groups in actual Thai schools. ATI's second offering in the New Year is a blended hybrid course comprising both online study and in-class training for freshers


What's happening at AYC, TEFL course provider and one of the largest teacher recruiters in Thailand? Well, they have cut the prices of their 120-hour on-site Bangkok TESOL Course to 799 USD for the regular course and 999 USD with private accommodation (a studio apartment) AYC offers internationally recognized certification from INTESOL USA and NCFE UK and one of the aims of the course is to create a source of qualified and prepared teachers for the AYC English program in Thailand. A large number of teachers have already gained work through this channel. For more information, you can contact KD on 0892 357 356 or send an e-mail 

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.

Green TEFL Chiang Mai

Nava School of English is one of the biggest teacher recuiters in the Chiang Mai area, with over 20 schools on its books. Nava recruits teachers directly from the Green TEFL program and there are already a number of job openings for the new school term in May. Take the Green TEFL course in April and come May, you're almost assured of a teaching job in the Chiang Mai area. Green TEFL offers its students a one-year ED visa, job assistance, practical teaching experience and also free transportation to and from the school. As a special deal, they are offering an early bird discount if you book your TEFL course between March and May.  

With the help of some of Thailand's TEFL course providers, we list ten of the reasons why Thailand can be a good choice for your TEFL course.


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