How to Select a TEFL Training Course
|Boats off an island beach in
Thailand. Photo courtesy of ITTT.
Thailand, one of Asia’s most
inviting destinations, has an array of teacher training
programs of the same standard as those offered elsewhere
in the world. And not only are courses in Thailand inexpensive,
they make it easy to find a job (in Thailand or elsewhere
in Asia) after training.
Most of the courses meet for about
120 hours and take from four to six weeks to complete. All
combine theory and practice—the typical course requires
trainees to do six hours of practice teaching. However,
the various programs, differ in their approaches, schedules,
established in 1988, offers a variety of programs, the best
known of which is the CELTA . Internationally recognized,
the CELTA is offered as a certificate worldwide. ECC also
does an introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of
Other Languages (TESOL). This relatively inexpensive course
is recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education. Finally,
ECC has short courses in Teaching English to Young Learners
(TEYL) and Teaching Business English. These specialized
subjects are designed for those who already have some classroom
Academy compares its TEFL course to ECC’s CELTA.
The very successful TEFL for Target Learner Groups Course
has been offered since 1991. Trainees learn about the
specific problems that Thais have when studying English,
and in this respect is more flexible than the standardized
CELTA. Text-and-Talk’s course is offered in four
Thai cities: Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.
Students who successfully complete the program are awarded
a numbered certificate by the Thai Ministry of Education
(certificates are numbered because many English teachers
in Bangkok forge their credentials).
One of Asia’s largest TESOL course providers
International. Classes in Thailand are held in Phuket,
locations that appeal to those who want to escape from the
pollution and congestion of Bangkok. English teachers are
in great demand in Thailand, and teacher-training programs
offer job placement assistance. Some trainees in fact manage
to secure teaching jobs before they complete their TEFL
College Thailand teacher training curriculum is accredited
by Chichester College in the U.K. Their TEFL and TEYL
courses, held in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, are
unique in that trainees can discuss ideas online—guided
by a tutor. “CyberClass” participation is
an integral part of the programs because courses meet
only on Saturdays.
A bachelor’s degree and a TEFL
qualification will enable you to get a job at a Thai university.
Language institutes hire anyone with either a degree or
a certificate. Versatile instructors who are willing to
teach children can pick and choose from a number of possibilities.
An EFL teacher in Bangkok can easily make the equivalent
of at least $1,000 a month—in Thailand, not a paltry
Although Thailand is the Asian destination
of choice for TEFL certificate-seekers, many trainees seek
employment in other countries after graduation. Teaching
posts in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan are usually more lucrative
than those in Thailand. Some schools in neighboring Vietnam
and Cambodia pay in American dollars, so many teachers prefer
to work in those countries.
Wherever you decide to teach, earning
a TEFL certificate is worthwhile. Having one will make it
easier to travel the world, and you will be able to help
people everywhere improve their lives.