Many people relocate to Bangkok, Thailand each year with the hopes of teaching English. As most schools in Thailand now require a TEFL certificate (some people will tell you it’s not needed, but immigration is now asking for a TEFL when they process your work permit), most take a TEFL certification course in Bangkok pretty soon after they arrive. With many schools offering TEFL certification courses in Bangkok, some are better than others, but the following are the best..
Text and Talk, Bangkok – Before I moved to Thailand, I researched many TEFL certification programs and finally signed up with Text and Talk through the recommendation of a friend. The Text and Talk TEFL certification program is a 120 hour certification program (you need a 120 hour course as the shorter courses are not always recognized by Thai schools) and also offers teaching practice. The one thing I loved about the Text and Talk TEFL certification program was it was the only course in Bangkok at the time that specifically taught you how to teach Thais. Thais have specific English language problems that, if you’re not taught what to look for, you don’t always see them.
The Text and Talk TEFL certification program is also well-run, in small groups (mine had 12 people in the class), the instructors are very professional and at $1,495 is great value. (In fact, the cost has ony gone up $100 in the 10 years since I took mine!) For more information, contact Text and Talk at 089-823-7049.
Chichester College Approved Course – Run by Spencer International in Bangkok, the Chichester College Teacher Training Course for TEFL certification is well-known and quite well respected. They offer full-time and part-time TEFL courses as well as a TEFL distance-learning course. Avoid the distance-learning course though, because it doesn’t include any practical teaching experience, and many schools in Thailand require that component on a TEFL certificate.
The Chichester College course teaches you to teach adults, teenagers and children and how to teach specific skills like reading. Course instructors are very professional and classes are small with no more than 9 students at a time. Price-wise, they’re one of the more expensive TEFL certification courses at $1,595 but they do have a good reputation and name, so it might be worth the extra $200. Contact them at 0-2693-2901.
TEFL Thailand – TEFL Thailand offers 4 week and 6 week 120-hour TEFL certification programs with 6-8 hours of teaching practice and is fully accredited by Middlesex University in the UK. Instructors are professional, the school has a good reputation and they offer TEFL certification programs in Bangkok almost every month. TEFL Thailand is also in a good location on Pahonyothin Road, so it’s easy to travel around Bangkok from here. Plus with a price of only $1,495, it’s one of the cheaper TEFL courses in Bangkok. Contact them at 6.87.885.8622 for more information.
TLS Language School – TLS is a language school in Bangkok which offers a 130 hour TEFL certification program, including 30 hours teaching practice in area schools. Thirty hours is a lot of teaching practice, but if you’re new at teaching you can use all the practice you can get. Their website, at this time, is not showing the cost of the course but a quick phone call to them will give you the latest price. They also offer TEFL certification courses every month, so it should be relatively easy to get a place with them.
One quick word of advice though, TLS Language School offers to get you a job upon completion of the course, and they do a good sales promo for that on their website. It’s not always a good idea to take a job through a language agency however as almost any teaching job in Bangkok will pay more as the agency charges your prospective employer a fee to place you.
For more information about the TEFL course though, you can contact them at 02-735-0956.
There are many TEFL certification courses in Bangkok. These four language schools offers prospective TEFL certification students a TEFL course that’s licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education, professional staff, teaching practice and a fair price.
Taking a TEFL course in Bangkok is cheaper than taking one in the west and the courses are just as valid. If you’re thinking of moving to Thailand to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL), you might want to consider taking your TEFL course here too. You’ll meet people, you’ll learn a lot about Thailand before you begin working here, and you’ll end up with a TEFL certificate you can use in other places in the world too.