Why should I get TEFL qualified?
Although there is no set standard in the ESL world for qualifications, your employability depends on your qualifications. Nowadays most recruiters will expect the 120-hour course as standard before inviting you for an interview. It’s particularly stressful, not to mention unethical, walking in on a teaching job without any proper training.
Can you find me a job after the course?
Job placement assistance is a unique part of our package, one of the few TEFL training programs in Thailand doing so. While we cannot guarantee that dream job, we have a good success rate in setting up interviews with local schools, resulting in jobs. There is also the TEFL International network which entitles you to job finding help in their 30 worldwide centres.
How important is accreditation?
Very. However, there is no central standardisation in the TEFL/TESOL world regarding certification. Accreditation is offered by a number of rival organisations with varying degrees of credibility. Ultimately it is the training that makes a good teacher, but it’s important to your employability chances to go with a TEFL certificate that has an internationally recognised accreditation agency. Our 120-hour course is accredited and moderated by TEFL International, which is present in 20 countries worldwide and well known to recruiters for its standards. CELTA is another widely known certification of similar standard. Be careful of TEFL training courses claiming accreditation without a credible basis, especially self-accreditation without any independent moderation.
Must I have a college degree to teach TEFL?
This depends entirely on each country’s education department. Some developing world school systems aren’t fussy, others such as Thailand make it a compulsory minimum requirement. We don’t require our enrolees to have a degree, but they must be capable of tertiary level study. It will be more difficult for us to find you a job in Thailand if you have no degree, but there are numerous teachers in the country who have somehow circumvented this problem.
Are there minimum requirements to join the course?
Obviously a good command of English (although not necessarily as your first language) is essential. We accept anyone on our courses, subject to a brief interview on language ability.
Is there a test at the course end?
Yes, this is part of the moderation standard enforced by our accreditation agency and a hallmark of a good TEFL. While most our trainees do past, the course does require intensive application to attain your certificate. Alarmingly several TEFLs in Thailand hand out certificates to all, regardless of their attendance and performance. Be wary of such courses.
What are the age limits?
None. We’ve had school leavers and retirees alike on courses, going on to be successful teachers. It’s better to come after you’ve finished your degree.
Do I have to be a native speaker to enroll?
No, we’ve trained many successful TEFL teachers who are not native English speakers, but your English grammar and usage does need to be very good. We can determine this in a pre-enrolment interview and let you know if we think you will struggle to pass.
Is there a best time to take the course?
The Thailand school year runs from May to February, with the mid-year hiring window of October. Traditionally the April and September courses are popular, but hiring takes place throughout the year and you’ll enjoy a more intimate course in June and July months. November through February the weather is best in Chiang Mai. Book early for the popular months. We are the only TEFL in Chiang Mai running courses year-round.
What about online courses, are they worthwhile?
The many online courses now offered in the TEFL world won’t get you very far in a career teaching English. Unfortunately many only realise this after signing up and completing these courses. Learning to be a teacher requires peer instruction and classroom practicums, which online courses cannot supply. For this reason recruiters tend to ignore online TEFL certificates unless they are really desperate for staff. The online course we offer is recommended for teachers who already have classroom experience. or those whose aim is to spend a summer doing volunteer teaching.
Can I receive university credits for this course?
For selected university programs related to teaching and ESL, these TEFL courses can count towards credits. Please enquire with us.
What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?
The ESL industry is full of acronyms. TEFL is a generic term for teaching English as a foreign language, and is unrelated to any specific organisation or controlling body. TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) is a similar generic term commonly used in the United States, but also by the Trinity College examination moderation. CELTA stands for Certificate English Language Teaching to Adults and is a specific course accredited in the UK and offered by selected TEFL training companies. There are various different TEFL certifications available, generally a one-month intensive program, each with their own pros and cons. The training centre in particular plays an important role in the type of training on any specific TEFL program or accreditation.