September 2015

All the latest info from Thailand's major TEFL courses


 


SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for over nine years and can boast over 800 graduates. In addition to this very popular 4-week certification program, they now offer a teacher training and paid internship opportunity twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand.

The SEE TEFL internship program is a great way to experience Thailand as a paid teacher, but also ideal for those who aren't ready to commit to a 4-week TEFL course program or a teaching commitment longer than five months. Internship includes pre-arrival classroom familiarization training, two weeks face-to-face classroom skills and cultural awareness induction training in Chiang Mai. Then a paid one-semester teaching job of four to five months in a rural or provincial Thai school. Interns are paid a minimum of 25,000 baht a month. More information here

SEE TEFL is also licensed by The Thailand Ministry of Education, which means they can help you with a non-immigrant visa. They have a webpage dedicated to all your visa options and how they can help you in each case. Well worth a look. 


TEFL Campus Phuket - TEFL Campus is currently offering 30% off its last onsite TEFL training course of 2015. The course starts on November 16th and comes with a free online certification course as well.

Thailand's schools start their second term in later October and there will be plenty of teaching vacancies by the time these courses are finished. This means you can transition from training to teaching without worrying about lack of income.

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.


Chichester College - One of the unique benefits of the Chichester College TESOL / TEFL course are the excursions they arrange to local schools during the course. 

The excursions (essentially field trips) give trainees the opportunity to see real teaching situations in progress from the sidelines. Chichester graduates often comment on the usefulness of this as it helps them to overcome the fear of standing in front of their first group of students during the teaching practice which comes later in the course.

In a recent blog entry by Steve (the principal trainer) wrote: "In the 2-3 years that we've been running excursions as part of the TESOL course, I've seen a noticeable increase in the level of confidence of our graduates upon completion of the course. The prospect of entering that dreaded "first classroom" is no longer a worry since everyone has already shared in the experience together and drawn strength from each other. We're glad we made this important addition to the course!"


UEC TEFL Thai  - 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 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.

One of UEC TEFL's recent grads has also written a very nice article on the topic of volunteer work beyond the TEFL 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.


Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University TEFL are now offering a TEFL plus Thai Language Combo package which offers a full 1-year Education visa in Thailand. The cost is 60,000 Baht for a full year program with includes a full 4-week on campus TEFL and a 216 hour Thai language course (thats a saving of $400 USD). This promotion is valid until the end of 2015.

CMUTEFL is also rolling out its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners. Finally, 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)


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 - UniTEFL is looking for 30 teachers for the November semester and the recruiter is willing to subsidise most of the cost of the training for the ‘right' kind of candidate. Native speaking applicants under 45, with a degree who are accepted will have their TEFL course paid for them, so that all they pay is $600 towards accommodation and administration.

These are well-paid jobs in the provinces with a total remuneration package of $1,000 a month, with everything taken care of for you from point of airport arrival. You can learn more about the Training and Placement (TAP) program here 

In addition, there has been a great deal of interest in the Certificate in Professional Teaching (CPT) from New Era University, a teaching diploma awarded by CHED (Higher Education Department in the Philippines) and therefore recognised by Khurusapa. This is in fact the first year of the MA in Education, an affordable such program available to Thailand teachers.

A dozen students are presently enrolled, and the first of them will gain their permanent teacher's licence in November when they graduate. Some students have been given temporary licence extensions while studying. UniTEFL is the sole administrator in Thailand for this program. A similar program through Philippine Women's University has now been discontinued.


TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus Phuket has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher in 2015. They have extended their $999 early bird special giving you a further chance to take advantage of this great deal.

Reserve your space on any of their 4-week TEFL courses in 2015 or 2016 by October 31st and you can earn your 120-hour TEFL certificate in Phuket for just $999. Simply mention this blog post on ajarn.com to receive your instant discount. Spaces at this price are limited so contact them soon.

What do TEFLplus' trainees think of the course? David just completed his 4-week advanced TEFL course and you can see his video review 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 licence to operate in Phuket and has been one of the island's leading language schools for over 30 years. Their training center is just two minutes from the beach and Patong is a good location to combine training with a holiday.


Global TESOL Thailand - Global TESOL has trained over 55,000 graduates worldwide so check out their website to get more information on the courses offered and their TEFL job placements. With their November Early Bird offer you'll get 10% off all certificate and diploma programs & 15% off if you join with a friend (monthly payment plans are also available). They offer free accommodation for their programs in Bangkok and Suratthani and a free airport pick up service is available for Suratthani courses.

Global TESOL Thailand's Buddy Up! option allows TESOL graduates to put their skills to immediate use in the classroom. Graduates work closely with an expert mentor teacher for 5 days and experience what life is like for an ESL teacher day to day.

Graduates pursuing longer TESOL Diploma programs can benefit from staying in Thailand on a Non-Ed visa and Global TESOL Thailand can apply for a 6 or 12 month Non - Ed visa on your behalf. You can read what other Global TESOL graduates are saying about the program here. You can also request a callback and get a free teach & travel guide.


The Language Centre of Chanthaburi - LCC offer to meet you at the airport in Bangkok and then take you by a private car direct to their centre and to your housing in Chanthaburi - all for free! You just have to apply and pay the first down payment before October 31st 2015. In addition, if you enrol on the course with another person, you will get the course for $899 instead of the regular price of $999 - so it's a saving of $200 for two people. Visit the LCC 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.

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