This could be a very good time of year to take the November TEFL course at SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai. It actually starts on the 26th November and coincides with the magnificent Loy Krathong festival (or Yee Peng as it is known in North Thailand) It's a festival known for its lights and beauty and takes place from the 27th November to the 29th. They are also offering a great deal to ajarn.com readers. If you mention that you read this blog when you contact them, they will give you a $200 discount off the balance payment.
SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai also has a great YouTube video which takes you inside their school. You can view their facilities and meet John the course director plus some of their staff, And, if you want to see what SEE TEFL graduates look like, you can visit their Flickr page and take a peek at every one of their 460 graduates from 48 classes since they started running courses in 2006.
We've got a special ajarn.com deal from UniTEFL Thailand this month. If you mention that you saw the course listed on the ajarn.com website, you'll receive a 3,000 baht discount on UniTEFL's December course, which starts on the 26th November. In addition to the 120-hour course, you'll get a complimentary 3-day Uni-scribe travel writing course and have the opportunity to meet authors from well-known guidebook companies such as Insight, Frommers and Rough Guides. The UniTEFL course also includes teaching ESL classes to local Thai students in local Thai schools. Do you have what it takes to be a teacher in Thailand? Read this UniTEFL blog and find out for yourself. For more info, you can contact UniTEFL by e-mail.
OnlineTEFLExpress.com is offering ajarn readers the opportunity to undertake their 120 hour TEFL/TESOL certification program for only $395 U.S. or 12,000 Baht. If you prefer to complete the online course and then do a one week practical teaching immersion program in Bangkok you will be upgraded to an in-class TEFL/TESOL certification. OnlineTEFLexpress.com is now offering on-location, 120 hour, TEFL/TESOL certification courses throughout Thailand, Europe and the U.S.A. The OnlineTEFLexpress.com programs come with a guaranteed teaching job placement offer in schools throughout Thailand. Teaching placement programs are also available for Vietnam, China and South Korea. For more information, visit the OnlineTEFLExpress website or contact Phil Dunne by e-mail.
As part of their University Social Responsibility (USR), Chiang Mai's university-accredited TEFL certification program at CMUTEFL has now teamed up with the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University to give its graduate teachers the opportunity to become certified first aiders. Starting from January 2013, all successful CMUTEFL graduates have the opportunity to enrol for this valuable 1-day first aid course through the Faculty of Nursing, a course which has been designed exclusively for Chiang Mai University TEFL graduates. And if you're still worried about teaching grammar, CMUTEFL has now integrated an 8-hour complimentary grammar workshop for its trainees. Don't forget to check out the video testimonials on the Chiang Mai University TEFL youtube, in addition, there are now some clips of the CMUTEFL Microteaching Sessions available as well.
Samui TEFL is still offering their special course price of 35,000 baht until the end of the year. They're also offering a nice little extra for those who take the course in October and November - a free travel writing workshop with Roseanne Turner. Roseanne is a professional writer and has had articles published in many travel and in-flight magazines. The idea here is that you could take a TEFL course and then get tips and expert advice on blogging about your travels. I think it's a lovely idea.
If you're considering taking your TEFL course in 2013, don't forget to register for TEFLPlus' lucky draw. Four winners will win free hotel accommodation with its four-week advanced TEFL course in Patong Beach, Phuket in 2013. All you have to do is download your free copy of the Surviving Thailand Guide from the TEFL Plus website. The last day to enter the draw is March 31, 2013, so register today and get your name in early. You could win free accommodation with your advanced TEFL course!
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
The American TESOL Institute is offering some nice deals and discounts on its Thailand TEFL courses. Special 2012 offers include a 290 US dollar discount on the Phuket course and they are still offering the Bangkok course at 2011 prices (950 US dollars) There is also a 100% job guaranteed placement service all over the world and volunteer internships in Thailand for eligible candidates. About half a dozen locations in Thailand - check out the website
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.
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.