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Chiang Mai is an essential destination for anyone visiting Thailand. Old Town is surrounded by ancient walls and a man-made moat marking where the old city stops and the new city begins. It is one of the few cities in Thailand that has successfully held on to its old culture and heritage while still modernizing and offering plenty of Western amenities. Chiang Mai is a great choice for anyone looking to get TEFL certification in Thailand.
It was founded in the 13th century and is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. The Lanna Kingdom might not exist in the 21st century, but shadows of its rich culture can still be seen today. The outskirts of Chiang Mai are full of small mountains, meandering rivers, gentle waterfalls and countless Buddhist monasteries.
While peaceful, quaint and often times quiet, Chiang Mai also offers loads of handicraft shops, delicious restaurants and many other treasures. The Nimmanhaemin neighborhood, with its modern shops and cafés, is a particularly good example of how the new world has complimented Chiang Mai’s ancient past.
Some of Chiang Mai’s temples date back 500 years. They reflect the skilled work and imagination of the local craftsman as well as an obvious influence from ancient Burmese and Sri Lankan styles. One of the best and most loved temples is that of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Constructed in the late 14th century, it’s elevated nearly a mile up off of Chiang Mai’s valley and overlooks the entire city. Other great temples such as Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chiang Mun were also constructed in the same period and offer some of the most beautiful craftsmanship in the entire kingdom of Thailand.
In addition to certifying trainees as TEFL teachers, we also offer worldwide lifetime job support so we can help course graduates find teaching work in Chiang Mai or anywhere else there is demand for qualified EFL teachers.
Apply now, and you could soon be living and teaching right in the heart of Thailand’s northern capital city.
The page links below will direct you to helpful information about accommodation, course fees, starting dates and more. We encourage you to read over those pages and contact us with any further questions you may have. If we’re online, please feel free to open up a chat line and we’ll answer your questions immediately.
Trainees who join our TEFL training center in Chiang Mai will complete the course in a modern, environmentally friendly facility close to the heart of the city. The center is well equipped with all the resources you will need and is staffed by highly experienced trainers who are dedicated to providing the perfect start to your new career as an EFL professional.
The observed teaching practice sessions take place in local schools that cater to mostly underprivileged children. These lessons allow you to practice your teaching skills in a genuine classroom environment, whilst also providing a valuable service to the local community. The students are great fun to teach and receptive to learning new language skills, a situation that ensures your stay with us will be both enjoyable and rewarding.Apply Now!
Due to its position as the premier tourist destination in the north of Thailand, the city of Chiang Mai has a wide range of accommodation to choose from. You are free to make your own booking or you can pick from our list of recommended options that we provide once you have confirmed your place on the course. All accommodation on our list is located within a reasonable journey of the training center, with good access to shops, bars and restaurants.
As everyone has different priorities and budgets, we do our best to offer something to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for a cheap hostel, an apartment, hotel or guest house, we will do all we can to arrange it for you. Chiang Mai is a particularly good destination for those on a tight budget as hostel rooms can be found for as little as $150 for the duration of the course.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 1,090
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
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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