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Known as the cultural capital of northern thailand, the city of Chiang Mai enjoys a beautiful location surrounded by lush tropical jungle, winding rivers and spectacular waterfalls. This unique natural environment is the base for many of the most popular attractions outside of the city such as elephant treks, river rafting and visits to local hill-tribe villages. Within the city itself a rich cultural heritage is clearly evident at every turn, with over 300 Buddhist temples just waiting to be explored. The central old town area, surrounded by ancient walls and moat, is also a great place for experiencing the local culture as it is host to regular markets selling a fascinating variety of local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Another popular feature of Chiang Mai is the relaxed, friendly atmosphere that is obvious throughout the city. Visitors can comfortably wander the winding streets and explore the many shops and markets on foot or by cheap local transport. Also widely available is the delicious local cuisine which is fresh, inexpensive and served in a variety of settings including hundreds of roadside stalls that appear on every street corner. This peaceful and laid-back way of life is one of the main reasons why Chiang Mai is so popular with tourists from right across the world, as well as our TEFL certification course trainees.
The region has what can broadly be described as a tropical climate, with a distinct monsoon season from May to November where temperatures vary between 20-30ºC/70-90ºF. For the rest of the year, cool air arriving from China gives the area a dry season with generally milder weather where temperatures range between 13-36ºC/55-97ºF.
Located just outside the ancient walled city that dominates the center of Chiang Mai, our training center is based in an environmentally friendly building that provides the perfect setting for completing a TEFL certificate course. During your stay you will have access to an extensive range of teaching resources, as well as the dedicated support of our highly experienced teacher trainers. In your free time you will also be just a short distance from all the city's main attractions including colorful markets, fascinating temples and a variety of laid back bars and restaurants serving delicious Thai and international dishes.
One key part of the course is the teaching practice sessions where you get to use all the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your training. These sessions involve a variety of local schools made up of students from largely underprivileged backgrounds. Classes are generally great fun to teach as the students are friendly and very keen to learn. Throughout the practice lessons you will not only gain valuable classroom experience but also provide a positive impact on the local community.Apply Now!
The ancient city of Chiang Mai is known as the capital of northern Thailand and is therefore a very popular year round destination for visitors from right across the world. Thanks to this international popularity there is no shortage of accommodation to choose from no matter what your budget. Our TEFL center has a wide range of recommended options available that have all been chosen for their high levels of comfort and friendly service. All our recommended accommodation is conveniently located within a small radius of the training center, close to local amenities such as shops and nightlife.
Once you have secured your place on the course you will receive a detailed list of the current availability so you can choose the right accommodation to suit your personal needs. If you are on a tight budget our Chiang Mai course is a great option as comfortable accommodation is always available from as little as $150 for the whole month.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 1,090
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Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Chiang Mai itself.
The balance of course fees is payable via credit card before, or on the first day of the course. Bank transfers are also accepted but must be completed at least two weeks before the first day of the course. Participants with checking accounts in the US may pay by personal check, but payments must be cleared within two weeks of the course’s start date.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime assistance finding jobs.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Chiang Mai benefits from a wide choice of accommodation to suit all price ranges. Budget hostels can be found for as little as US$ 120 per month and more comfortable hotels, guesthouses and small condos are available from US$ 200-300 per month.
Your accommodation is available from 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the course begins through to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Chiang Mai by Saturday as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
What travel documents will I need for thailand?Expand
All visitors to Thailand are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date. Visitors to Thailand from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Thailand for a maximum of 30 days without a visa. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to obtain current travel regulations.
If you plan to arrive the day before the course begins and leave a day or two after the course finishes, then the standard 30 days would be perfect. However, most people prefer to arrive a few days early so they can settle in before the course starts and also like to relax for a while on completion of their studies. If this is the case, then you can get an extension on your original 30 days by either visiting a local immigration office or by going to the nearest border. The other alternative is to apply for a 60 or 90 day tourist visa at a Thai embassy or consulate before you leave your home country, or in any country outside Thailand (recommended).
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Thai consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
We begin at 9:30 a.m. each day with a three hour input session. This is where you are taught how to teach, we cover topics such as grammar, teaching skills, classroom management and many other areas. There is a one hour lunch break at 12:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. is guided lesson planning which is when you plan the lesson that you will teach to local students of English in the evening. At 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. you will teach the lesson that you have planned during the afternoon. After each lesson you will have a 30 minute feedback session with the trainer who has observed your lesson. We finish at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and weekends are free, although you will have some homework to complete for the following Monday.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local Thai students for the trainees’ teaching practice. Thai students are very keen and enthusiastic and because we don’t charge them to attend, all students come to classes purely because they want to.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Normally we would expect around twenty trainees per course. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. All relevant forms and instructions will be provided, as well as notes from the input sessions.
We encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
If you plan to work in Thailand without returning home before you do so, you will need to bring your original degree (if you have one) and any other teaching qualifications that you might have. While not required by all schools, it’s advisable to obtain a local criminal background check and sealed university transcripts as some schools will want to see one, or both of these documents.
Do I need a degree to teach in thailand?Expand
The short answer is no. Thailand’s Ministry of Education (MoE) does require foreign teachers to have degrees, but not all schools fall under the MoE’s jurisdiction. Primary and secondary schools, both public and private, will require degrees as your teacher’s license will need to be approved by the MoE. However, university and corporate work will not require a degree. Teaching in one of Thailand’s thousands of language schools also does not necessarily require a degree. So while some sources fail to truly explore this issue and say degrees are required, you can rest assured, they are not required for all teaching positions around the Kingdom.
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