October 2011

All the special deals and news from Thailand's main TEFL course providers



Island TEFL is offering Ajarn readers exclusively, a 50% discount off their 4-Week, 120 TEFL training course from 28th November - 28th December in Phuket. They are also offering a 25% discount on two TEFL training courses on Koh Samui, 7th November - 2nd December and 5th December - 30th December. Places are limited so respond ASAP.

Apart from their TEFL courses, it is now possible to get a 1-10 year ED visa through Island TEFL for 12,500 baht if you sign on for their on-line Thai language course. If you would like more information, visit the Island TEFL website or e-mail Phil Dunne or call him on 084 755 4968


Established TEFL course providers Text and Talk have a very interesting offer included in their Bangkok course beginning on the 3rd January 2012. Those who enrol on this course and mention ajarn.com as their source of information will receive two months free accommodation at the Poonchok Mansion, which is a luxury serviced apartment nearby. Get in there now because the accommodation offer only holds good for that January course in Bangkok. In addition, Text and Talk guarantee good employment for any of their course graduates. They also include a TEFL for Young Learners course worth $660 US absolutely free as part of the regular course (very useful if you plan on teaching children)

Text and Talk TEFL courses are spread over six weeks from Monday to Thursday, giving teachers three days to relax and do other things. For more info visit the Text and Talk website or alternatively e-mail Mr James Parmelee with all your questions. You can even call him if you like on 081 847 7248. US Toll free number is 1 866 554 4438


Teach Abroad Thailand's TEFL courses are now fully booked until March 2012 so they are increasing the number of courses at Koh Samui and Phuket in November, January and February. They still have places available on the Phuket course starting on November 14th. If you enrol for this course before October 10th, you can get a 100 US Dollar discount.  

If you sign up for a Teach Abroad Thailand course before the end of October 2012 and mention ajarn.com, you can get a free introduction scuba dive or a Thai massage if you don't fancy getting wet. The Teach Abroad Thailand course is condensed into a 2-week package and includes a personal on-line tutor.


Samui TEFL is offering a 'rainy season special' of 35,000B for TEFL courses starting on 24th October and 28th November

For these courses, the teaching practice is pretty varied. Practices are done at the International School of Samui, (ISS) and this means that you will get the chance to teach children of many nationalities, not just Asians. As ISS caters to children from kindergarten right through to high school, you will also get experience across all age levels. In addition, there is the opportunity to teach adults, including the Thai staff at ISS, as well as at local businesses in the area.

The Samui TEFL course package includes airport collection, personal assistance with your CV/Resume, 24-hour emergency support, a teacher's bag with all the stationery you will need, a loan cell phone (you keep the sim card), and a welcome dinner.

Samui TEFL's partnership with ISS (The International School of Samui) means that they are also associated with Cambridge University.


The American TESOL Institute has made things a little more simple and student friendly. They are launching a two-week training program in Bangkok starting on the 24th October 2011. The idea is that the course will cover the same content as a longer course but obviously save the teacher money on everyday living expenses. Candidates will study a 60-hour on-line course before they arrive at the class location and get a background in essential theory and principles as well as having a few assignments to complete. The main face-to-face course will include teaching practice in Thai schools. So essentially the course is a balance of on-line study and traditional TEFL course aimed at saving you time and money.


TEFL Plus is having an attractive 'end of year sale'. If you register for their advanced TEFL course, starting on January 16th 2012, you can save 50% of the course fee. So that's a four-week, 125-hour certificate for just 21,000 baht. Not a bad deal at all. You need to reserve your place because understandably seats are very limited if you want to take advantage of the special offer. Fill out the enrolment form on the TEFL Plus website and don't forget to mention that you saw the deal on ajarn.com.


SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai has now reached 3,000 views of its 'typical TEFL teaching practice day video on YouTube. It's well worth a look and really gives you a flavor of what goes on in the teaching practice sessions. During training there are 6 one-hour observed teaching practices in real schools teaching real students. This of course is when all that theory becomes reality and your classroom management and discipline skills start to develop. Also included in their TEFL certification package is free 1-year non-immigrant visa support and some cultural awareness training. SEE TEFL don't actually request course-fee balance payments until the end of the first day of training in Chiang Mai. It sounds like a brave move but they are that confident you won't be disappointed in the program they offer. Here is a list of all the benefits to the SEE program. 


With the help of some of Thailand's TEFL course providers, we've added an article to the ajarn website which lists ten of the reasons why Thailand can be a good choice for your TEFL course.


International House has now introduced a Cambridge DELTA program at their Bangkok location and the program starts on the 10th October 2011. The course is an eight-week intensive program and it's an ideal choice for those teachers looking to further their careers as a director of studies or even a teacher trainer. Full details of the course can be found on the IH website or you can e-mail Graeme for more details.


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.


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