November 2010

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

Island TEFL are invioting invite readers to enter a writing competition and stand a chance of winning a free 4-Week TESOL/TEFL certificate training program. And also for readers they are offering 50 % off the remaining 2 places on the December 6th -31st TESOL/TEFL training course, in Koh Samui (Accommodation is not included with this promotion)
and 25% off remaining places on the TEFL training Programs in Koh Phangan for the next two courses.

If you are an adventurous type of person, looking to complete your TEFL certification during 2011, Island TEFL has teamed up with Asian Gap Year  to provide you with the ultimate sailing, educational and volunteering experience. You can complete the first week of your 4-Week, internationally recognized, Island TEFL Certification course while sailing around beautiful islands, including Phuket and Phi Phi in a 48 foot catamaran. Weeks 2 and 3 can be completed at one of the following Island TEFL training locations; Phuket,Krabi, Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. Week 4 will be spent as a "Teaching English Volunteer" in one of the above locations. Visit the "Sailing & TEFL" page for more details on the program.
If you need more information on any of the above programs, visit the Island TEFL website  You can also email Phil Dunne or call him at 0847554968.

ECC's next 'Introduction to TESOL' course will be held on 8th November at ECC Carrefour Lardprao. The course runs for two weeks (09:00-16:30) and is recognised by the Thai ministry of education. There are still places available on the course so download the application pack here if you are interested in taking the course

In addition, ECC will be running their popular 'Teaching English to Young Learners' course at the same location from 22nd - 26th November. The course runs for 5 mornings - 09:00 - 12:30. Application packs can be downloaded here  For more information about EEC's schedule for 2011, visit the website

International House Bangkok will be running their CELTA course on a convenient part-time basis starting on Monday 24th January. This is a good option for those who are just too busy to take the regular four-week intensive program. You should also note that the course content is exactly the same for the part-time program as it is for the full-time one. If you can spare five Saturdays and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings over a ten-week period, then this could be the course for you. More info on the IH website or you can e-mail them directly.

Chiang Mai has been voted the second best city in the world by the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine (run by American Express) so it's obviously not a bad place to do a TEFL course. Apart from their regular TEFL course offering, SEE TEFL has a one-day cultural awareness program to smooth the transition of moving to Thailand. You can get a taste of it on this YouTube video

Gateway TEFL Teacher Training Centre is running a full TEFL certificate programme set up in response to enquiries for training that prepares teachers to provide a more academic style of English, often for TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses. The 120-hour course includes all the fundamentals of teaching with modules in TOEFL and IELTS preparation and a micro-MBA in Educational Management to offer new teachers a wider perspective on the industry. Those teachers with an interest in making EFL a profession and also reaping the rewards that are available in the exams prep ‘niche' market should find this course worthwhile

SIT  provides comprehensive personal support for trainees looking to learn about their TEFL course and get settled in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. This includes their free Survival Guides and Accommodation Guides, and unlimited personal support from the trainers themselves. As always, all SIT courses will run with a minimum of one full-time trainer for every four trainees accepted on to the course. The SIT Program has also been busy forging contacts with employers around the country and they are now able to assist graduates in finding teaching positions throughout the Kingdom.
For more information go to the SIT website or contact Steve: 081 646 8410. From abroad: +6681 646 8410

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 Special Thai Project of American TESOL Institute has now been running for two years. Within this two-year time, ATI has trained approximately 400 students in four semesters. As part of the program. you will get a chance to work four to five months in Thailand. The Special Thai Program of American TESOL Institute takes place in three locations, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. To know more about new offer and program details visit their website 

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