TEFL Course News

September 2016

All the latest from Thailand's major training providers


SEE TEFL Chiang Mai - SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai has been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for over ten years and can boast over 1000 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.

SEE TEFL has now moved into a new, modern purpose-built school just a short distance from their previous location. Check out some photos of the new facility. SEE TEFL has also been endorsed as an ‘approved centre' by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK), an independent Ofqual approved Awarding Organization. Being an endorsed training centre means SEE TEFL has met TQUK's standards for developing and delivering quality courses in the TEFL industry."

Stamford International University CELTA - Stamford International University (a network of 80 higher education institutions, including Stamford) is launching its Stamford Professional Development Center (SPDC) on September 12th 2016 at a great Central Bangkok location on Soi Asoke (near the skytrain and subway interchange stations)

The SPDC will offer a CELTA online course (a 120-hour blended learning course for teachers of adult English learners), CELT-S and CELT-P (120-hour blended learning courses for secondary and primary school English teachers) to enhance the classroom skills of ELT practitioners. All three certificates are highly practical qualifications that provide essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a competent teacher of English.

What about post CELTA job prospects? They will also offer the Stamford Apprenticeship Scheme, which means potential employment at Stamford International University for highly successful candidates or an apprenticeship with the Laureate English Program in Bangkok or Hua Hin.

Here are all the details you need on one convenient webpage - course fees, entry requirements, course information, location map and contact form, etc.

David Valente is the very experienced Director of Professional Development at Stamford and David will be overseeing the new SPDC operation. In the official press release, David says ""Employers around the world welcome English language teachers with Cambridge English teaching qualifications - and those qualifications are essential for anyone wanting to work in our English language department"

Entrust TEFL Chiang Mai and Krabi - Entrust TEFL offers training locations in both Chiang Mai and Krabi and has also recently been awarded during the 2016 Thailand Educational Awards. Over 14 years they have been offering an intensive 3-week, full-time 120-hour course and qualified over 5000 teachers.

Entrust TEFL courses start on the first Monday of every month and they accept both native and non-native speakers of English. Degree holders are given guaranteed job placement and non-degree holders are given job placement assistance. The Entrust TEFL Facebook page has more info.

Since January 2016, they have trained and placed 53 degree holders and 102 non-degree holders in paid jobs throughout Thailand. They also maintain a 100% placement rate regardless of a teacher's educational status or nationality, but only place their own course graduates as they can guarantee the level of training with the schools.

The Entrust TEFL course curriculum covers 25 units along with three full days of observed teaching practice with students in local schools in either Chiang Mai or Krabi. More information on the TEFL curriculum here. The Entrust TEFL legal department also offers visa and work permit assistance for both degreed and non-degreed teachers regardless of which TEFL provider they came through. More information on visas and work permits here 

TEFL Campus Phuket - TEFL Campus Phuket's next available course starts on October 10th and they offer an exclusive discount for Ajarn.com readers. Also, everyone who enrolls gets a free online course (US$ 250 value).

TEFL Campus says that places on the course are filling up for the remainder of the year. The August course was full back in mid-July and there are only five more seats remaining between the October 10th and November 7th courses. It might be a good idea to apply sooner rather than later if you want to reserve a seat.

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.

Chiang Mai University TEFL - Chiang Mai University still offers its Guaranteed Job Referral Scheme for all its graduates to one of their many recruitment partners. 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)

Text and Talk Academy TEFL Courses - Text-and-Talk Academy has been a respected TEFL course provider for many years and they can guarantee you a job after your course finishes. And it won't matter what age you are or how much or how little teaching experience you have. Enrolment details here.

Text and Talk Academy also offers special savings on course fees. If you are too busy to attend the full-time class, you can take a fully-qualifying course completed at home at your own pace for just 27,500 Thai baht - including a bag of seven course modules with a CD, trainer-graded homework and module exams, six hours of teaching practice observed by professional teachers - and the course completion certificate itself, which is valued just as highly as one earned in the full-time course.

You can get full details about the home study course on the website or contact the Thailand National Director, Mr James Parmelee, by email or mobile phone: 081 847 7248 - for information and maybe even a discount on the full-time course as well.

Chichester College TESOL - 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 Bangkok  - 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 about their experience teaching in a government school in Ratchaburi.

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.

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 - The Training and Placement program is proving popular, with dozens of new teachers hired and trained for free as part of their job package. Applications are now open for the October in-take. Meanwhile monthly courses of this university accredited course continue. Go to the UniTEFL website for full details.

TEFLPlus Phuket - TEFLPlus Phuket in Patong Beach has some great news to help you become a certified English teacher in 2016. Ajarn.com readers can sign up for their October 3rd 120-hour advanced TEFL courses and take advantage of their new All-In-One package.

This includes the 4-week TEFL tuition, accommodation, and airport pick-up for just 47,700 Baht (approximately US$1,351/£1,015). Or, you can book your own accommodation and earn your 120-hour TEFL certificate in Phuket for just 36,000 Baht (approximately $1,025 USD/£785). These offers are available until the end of September. Simply mention this blog post on ajarn.com to receive your instant discount. Spaces at this price are limited so contact them soon.

If you are planning further ahead, you can book any of their 4-week courses at least six weeks in advance, and receive an 8,000 Baht (£170/$227) discount.

What do TEFLplus' trainees think of the course? Lauren, Madeline, and Pedro share their experience at TEFLplus 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.

International House - CELTA provider, International House, has been established in Bangkok for many years but they have now opened a state-of-the-art training facility up in Chiang Mai as well. Complete with on-site accommodation, modern classrooms, restaurant and a swimming pool, it's sure to be a very nice environment to study at. You can find information about the new facility and the program dates, etc by visiting either the Bangkok website or the Chiang Mai website

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