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TESOL Bangkok | TESOL Thailand
Named as one of the world’s Top Ten Cities by Travel + Leisure and the number one visited city by Global Destination Cities Index Bangkok is one of the most exciting places to visit in Asia if not the world.
The city is a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary styles with exquisite Buddhist temples and soaring modern shopping malls existing side-by-side in the maelstrom of everyday life on the streets. You can sweat it out in a hectic local market buying fresh tropical fruits one minute then cool off in the air-conditioned atmosphere of a luxury shopping mall the next.
Home to 14 million people from all over the country and the world, it is the ideal place to experience the cultures of Thailand’s different regions in one place as well as the latest trends and fashions from other countries in the region.
Our Bangkok based TESOL training centre is a working English school that teaches young learners and business professionals. The school is an authorized Cambridge English Test Centre with online computer-based assessment facilities.
Our TESOL trainers are all highly experienced with several years in the EFL industry and backgrounds in curriculum development, customized course creation, and eLearning as well as extensive experience in teaching business English. Our classes are kept small so that you are able to receive all the individual attention you could need throughout the course.
As a graduate of our course in Bangkok you will receive on-going job placement guidance throughout your career whether you decide to stay in Bangkok and Thailand or move on to another country.
If you decide to stay on and teach in thailand after you graduate, you couldn’t be better placed than the capital Bangkok. As the largest city in the country it is naturally the largest market for teaching jobs and the centre of the TESOL industry in Thailand. More than two thousand private language centres hire teachers throughout the year and there are many more state and private schools that hire teachers on a seasonal basis. There are also plenty of opportunities for arranging private tutoring classes.
ITTT’s TESOL training centre in Bangkok is located in the north of the city close to Kasetsart University, the country’s largest and third oldest university. We are also near to Bangkok’s famous “Elephant Building” a thirty-two storey building in the shape of an elephant.
Our training centre is based in a pleasant open air shopping mall that is also home to a stationary store and supermarket. Just two minutes walk away you will find a couple of pharmacies that are able to fill prescriptions and sell over-the-counter medication. We have all you’ll need at the centre to complete your TESOL training including Wi-Fi throughout the school.
The local area is dotted with traditional businesses and modern upscale shops. There is the Major Cineplex cinema showing international and local movies and The Avenue Ratchayothin, a shopping centre with a selection of boutique restaurants as well a number of fast food outlets plus banks and other services. A short ride away are stations for the Bangkok underground (MRT) and the Skytrain (BTS) which makes getting to other parts of the city such as Siam Square very easy.
We are also in the vicinity of the world famous Chatuchak Weekend Market; a must see for any visitor to Bangkok with more than 8,000 stalls over 35 acres selling everything under the sun. Behind the weekend market is the Or Tor Kor market. This fresh market was ranked the fourth best in the world by CNNGo. As well as selling myriad fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, there is a food court where you can sample delicious local dishes.Apply Now!
There are plenty of accommodation options available to you in Bangkok and these options go beyond the usual hotels and guesthouses with studio apartments and condos widely available.
The facilities available depend on the price of the apartment or condo you decide to rent but a reasonably priced unit will usually have air conditioning, refrigerator and Wi-Fi.
We have developed good working relationships with accommodation providers near our Bangkok TESOL training centre to offer our trainees special monthly rates on rents. When you have confirmed your seat on the course by making the initial deposit payment, we will send you further information about the options that are available to you. If you have any special requirements or questions, please feel free to let us know and we will try our best to help.
Please note that you do not have to choose your accommodation through us and are free to make your own arrangements. There are plenty of websites out there advertising hotel and guesthouse rooms as well as apartments and house for rent.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
The course deposit must be paid to our administrative centre. Credit/debit card payments are the quickest and least expensive way to pay, but we also accept payments via Pay Pal and bank transfer. Bear in mind that 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 Bangkok itself.
The balance of your course fees is payable in cash, by credit/debit card or traveller’s check on the day your course begins. Our 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 and accreditation fees, lifetime job assistance and all our basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
For our TEFL course in Bangkok we have developed a good working relationship with local accommodation providers who offer special monthly deals for our course students. All our recommended options are located close to the school and are safe, clean and comfortable.
Once you have confirmed your place on a course by paying the relevant deposit, we will send you further details of the available options. If you have any questions, special requests or require any other help in making a booking, we will be glad to provide all the assistance we can. You are also free to arrange your own accommodation if you prefer.
What travel documents will I need for Thailand?Expand
Your passport will need to have at least six month’s validity left before you enter Thailand.
To enter the country there are two easy options (and other not so easy options). The first is a Visa Exemption (VE). Visitors from most countries entering thought an international airport will get a VE for 30 days. There is no paperwork required and the VE is free. However, you do need to enter Thailand through an airport, which means a major port like Bangkok. (You won’t get a 30 day VE if you come overland through a neighbouring country.)
VEs can be extended for an additional 30 days for a THB 1,900 fee.
Your other easy option is to enter Thailand on a 60 day Tourist Visa, which can be obtained from your local Thai embassy.
The advantage of a Tourist Visa over the VE approach is that a Tourist Visa can be changed into a visa that can be used for work. If you enter the country on a VE, you will eventually have to leave Thailand to secure the appropriate visa to work under.
* Please note visa information is subject to change at any time. Please contact your local Thai consulate or embassy for updated information and the latest requirements.
What is the course schedule?Expand
Classes start at 10:00 a.m. Monday to Friday. During the day trainees will learn classroom management, grammar, language and culture and other practical aspects of the course.
Lunch is between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The hours between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. are spent preparing lessons with the assistance of the instructors and then afterward in the afternoon or early evening - from either 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. trainees teach their lessons to Thai students.
You will receive immediate feedback from the instructors after your observed lesson. You will not be teaching every afternoon, but you will teach six to eight hours of observed teaching practice over the 4-week course.
On Friday, trainees are free after 1:00 p.m. and your weekend is also free.
This course is demanding. You will need to spend time after class and on weekends preparing teaching materials and completing various assignments.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Our class lessons are typically delivered to students aged 12 years and older. These can vary from one-to-one tutoring sessions to classes of some twenty students. Lessons are based upon real courses and we use resources well known with the ELT industry.
In general, Thai students are usually very friendly, but a bit shy. They can be keen and enthusiastic to learn English and our student teachers usually walk away with a very positive experience.
You will also have the opportunity to select and/or create your own teaching materials. You will have a lot of help in doing this and receive continuous input from your course trainer. You also get immediate feedback on your lesson after you deliver it. Your “practicum” will be assessed and documented. A satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who can attend the TEFL course? Do I need to be native English speaker?Expand
You need to be at least 18 years old to enrol in our course. There is no maximum age, but do keep in mind that some institutions – such as public schools – may not employ teachers beyond a certain age.
While you don’t need to be a native speaker to attend, you do need to be fluent in English.
We define fluency as having at least a C1 level on the CEFR scale of language proficiency.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, casual attire is allowed.
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, a tie is recommended. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
No visible tattoos or facial piercings are allowed.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
The only things you need to bring are a notebook and a pen. We recommend you also bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training centre.
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
While not a requirement by all schools in a new employment situation, it’s a good idea to bring your degree, course transcripts and any other relevant qualifications particularly if they relate to teaching.
Originals are better than copies, but copies usually work in most situations. You may wish to have access to the originals, so they can be obtained without you having to go home to get them.
You will receive your original TEFL Certificate from us upon successful completion of the course.
Do I need a degree to teach in Thailand?Expand
Sometimes “Yes” and sometimes “No”.
There are many different types of employers of English teachers in Thailand. Universities, public and private schools, private tutoring schools and language institutes and private situations between a teacher and a student(s).
The Ministry of Education (MoE) does require foreign teachers to have degrees. Primary and secondary schools, both public and private, will require a bachelor’s degree in any major and your TEFL certificate.
Having said, that, there are many situation that don’t fall under the MoE’s jurisdiction. Teaching in one of Bangkok’s thousands of language schools does not require a degree. That’s a decision that will depend on the hiring authority.
Keep in mind that if you don’t have a degree, your TEFL certification becomes even more important because it demonstrates that you have the necessary training to be effective in the classroom.