- 4 weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Monday to Friday
- 9am – 4pm
- Course Fees and Dates
- Training groups are limited to 20 trainees.
- Accommodation arrangements can be made on behalf of the student.
- See also the Volunteer option for those who wish to Volunteer Teach in Thailand
- This training will prepare the participant for English language classrooms with TEFL certification, cultural awareness training and Thai language instruction. Training takes place in a working language school in Chiang Mai: EFL Learning Centre.
A standard 4 Week TEFL teacher training course. The program fee is $1,395 USD if booked 6 weeks in advance (see below for all discounts)
We offer the 4 Week TEFL approximately every month, just before the Thai school semesters begin (see below for all training dates).
Visit our Register/Pay page to confirm a place on any SEE TEFL program.
Inclusive 4 Week TEFL Program Fee
The 4 Week TEFL Course Fee includes all course costs including study materials, reference books, testing and certification. In addition, SEE offers two completely optional accommodation options to choose from.
Optional Accommodation for 4 Week TEFL
SEE TEFL can book an optional 30-night accommodation for $ 350 USD single / $ 400 USD double occupancy. This is completely optional and most attendees find their own accommodation from among the many available in Chiang Mai. See our Accommodation page for more information. Payment of the optional accommodation fee is made at the same time as the deposit.
|4 Week TEFL Course Fees & Early Bird Discounts|
to confirm a seat
payable by the end of the first day of training
|Super Early Bird
Make a deposit payment more than 6 weeks in advance of the course start date
|$ 495 USD||$ 900 USD||$ 1,395 USD|
Make a deposit payment more than 3 weeks but less than 6 weeks in advance of the course start date
|$ 595 USD||$ 900 USD||$ 1,495 USD|
|Standard Course Fee
Make a deposit payment less than 3 weeks before the course start date
|$ 695 USD||$ 900 USD||$ 1,595 USD|
Optional Accommodation for the 4 Week TEFL
2 optional accommodation options: SEE TEFL can provide accommodation in Chiang Mai during the training period. Note: If a couple or two friends confirm places, only one accommodation fee is required.
- Note that this is completely optional, and we only offer this if the trainee wants us to make a reservation on their behalf. There is plenty of accommodation available in Chiang Mai, and most trainees select their own.
- 26 November – 21 December, 2018
- 07 January – 01 February, 2019
- 04 February – 01 March, 2019
- 04 March – 29 March, 2019
- 16 April – 10 May, 2019
- 20 May – 14 June, 2019
- 24 June – 19 July, 2019
- 29 July – 23 August, 2019
- 26 August – 20 September, 2019
- 23 September – 18 October, 2019
- 21 October – 15 November, 2019
- 25 November – 20 December, 2019
- Be an English native speaker or have strong English language skills
- Be adaptable to new and unpredictable situations
- Be of good character and possess a friendly, patient and flexible personality
- Be familiar with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer
- This program is open to all nationalities
- This program has no maximum age restriction
If you meet these requirements, you are eligible to join our 4 Week TEFL course. Please register here
- Note: A bachelor’s degree isn’t a training requirement for the 4 Week TEFL course; however, a bachelor’s degree (any major) is normally needed to obtain a non-immigrant B (Business) visa and work permit. A non-immigrant B visa and work permit is normally required to work legally as a teacher in Thailand. How to teach in Thailand without a bachelor’s degree.
- Full On-site TEFL Certification (120 hours)
- Teaching Inputs. These are the individual classroom skills an EFL teacher needs in order to be an effective EFL teacher. Each skill is looked at individually in separate practical-skills development workshops. Detailed descriptions of all Teaching Inputs are listed further down this page.
- Grammar Inputs. These inputs develop awareness of language and structure. They also show how to teach structure, language ideas and context to non-native speaking students. Detailed descriptions of all Grammar Inputs are listed further down this page.
- Six 1-hour observed teaching practices with real students at a range of levels and ages in local real schools (see caveat below, for March, April and September courses that take place during the school semester breaks)
- Cultural awareness training (1 day)
- Survival Thai language instruction (10 hours)
- Job and visa support
- Thai Ministry of Education accreditation
- ISO 9001:2008 certification ensures world-wide recognition of SEE’s TEFL program
- Approved Center of Training Qualifications UK (TQUK), which in turn is recognized by the UK Government Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
A free additional online grammar terminology and teaching process review is now included with all 4-week TEFL courses. This was something our trainees requested. Grammar will still be reviewed in our course, in a standard classroom setting. However, an introductory refresh of grammar terminology, as well as an overview of the teaching process, will help with preparation for the course.
The grammar terminology and teaching process review will be emailed to trainees approximately 4 weeks before the start of their training course.
SEE’s accredited and internationally-recognized TEFL certification teacher training enables its graduates to confidently and successfully step into the classroom and teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world. Training focuses on developing practical teaching skills while also extensively reviewing language structure and terminology.
It is assumed trainees have little, if any, previous EFL teaching experience and grammar terminology knowledge before training starts. Those with previous experience will benefit from revisiting the fundamentals.
- Onsite TEFL certification with observed teaching practices is required for many English teaching positions in Thailand and many other countries;
- SEE TEFL teacher training provides the fundamentals needed to begin teaching English as a Foreign Language, including lesson planning, classroom management, and the Presentation-Practice-Production (PPP) TEFL teaching method;
- SEE TEFL participants gain a strong foundation in teaching fundamentals, course preparation, authentic practice, grammar and Thai cultural appreciation;
- SEE TEFL has authentic observed teaching practice in a variety of settings, with real students in real schools;
- SEE TEFL achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2009 (the first TEFL training organization in Asia to do so).
- SEE TEFL is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education to teach TEFL teacher training.
- SEE TEFL is an Approved Center of Training Qualifications UK (TQUK), which in turn is recognized by the UK Government Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
- SEE TEFL provides a job guarantee
- Free Non-immigrant visa assistance
- Free Volunteer option teaching underprivileged children in Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Balance payments are not due until the end of the first day of training
- On-going job and living support from the SEE TEFL staff
- Access to the 70+ teaching-EFL jobs at 20+ schools SEE manages in and around Chiang Mai
- Free Wireless Internet throughout the training center
- 24-hour emergency Thai/English helpline
- All course materials are included in the course fee
- Many mini-tutorials and how-to advice such as how to open a bank account, where to find a dentist, buy western food, etc.
- Friendships and connections with other trainees
- Collection upon arrival (during normal office hours) is available. If requested, a SEE representative will meet participants upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport. This may be convenient if booking the optional accommodation.
Please note that March, April and October courses are good months for TEFL training (as they end just before the new academic semesters begin, and schools are hiring for the upcoming semesters). However, as many schools are closed at this time, it is not always possible to have all teaching practice with formal-school students. For a limited number of teaching practices that cannot use formal-school Thai students, we use Thai teachers and English-camp participants as students.
Foreign Language Experience
Appreciation of the difficulties involved in learning a foreign language and how this can benefit teachers. We do this by having Thai language classes that course participants take as a part of the TEFL program. This provides both some useful Thai words and phrases, as well as experiencing what it is like to learn a foreign language in a classroom environment (many have done this but, but a refresh is valuable to help the teacher more directly understand what it is like to be a foreign language student).
Language Awareness – Structure and Components of English
Trainees will receive an overview of grammar including all verb tenses and language components as well as a focused analysis of conditional sentences, passive verb forms and specific commonly used verb tenses. Stress, intonation and rhythm will be analyzed and practiced.
English Learner Student Profile
Trainees work with individual students on rapport-building, error analysis and correction and addressing individual student needs. A final report including a needs analysis, student analysis and summary will be prepared by trainees and discussed with the course trainer.
Practical and Authentic Teaching Practice
A fundamental part of any TEFL course, SEE TEFL’s trainees will teach 6 one-hour observed classes to real students using skills acquired during training. Levels will range from beginner to intermediate with an age range from primary to adult. One-to-one feedback will be given to every trainee by one of SEE TEFL’s experienced class observers.
TEFL Training Course Participants
The SEE TEFL Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to speakers of other languages is an introductory course for candidates with strong English language skills (a minimum IELTS academic module score of band 6.5 or equivalent for candidates for whom English is not their native language) who have little or no previous experience of teaching English as a foreign language. Candidates with some experience but inadequate or no training may also find the course beneficial.
TEFL Training Course Objectives
The course enables candidates to:
- Acquire essential pedagogical knowledge that is relevant to teaching English as a foreign language to a wide variety of age-groups
- Acquire essential practical skills for both assessing the level of an adult’s competency in using English as a foreign language and teaching English to Adults whose first language is not English.
- Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in real teaching contexts.
TEFL Training Course Syllabus
The following syllabus reflects the needs of potential candidates and gives outlines of both what candidates will cover during the 4 weeks course and basic teaching skills required for novice EFL teachers.
The syllabus consists of 16 specific topic areas, a course in language awareness consisting of 7 specific topic areas, 3 written assessments which are assessed (which shall be referred to as written assignment 1, writing assignment 2 and writing assignment 3 from now on) ,and are assessments of the candidate’s aptitude of the course in language awareness along with 6 one-hour, observed and assessed, classes (which shall be referred to as the 6 observed teaching practices) to real students during the final two weeks.
The 16 topic areas:
- The Teaching Process
- Teaching Pronunciation
- Teaching Vocabulary
- Teaching Grammar
- Teaching Speaking
- Teaching Listening
- Teaching Reading
- Teaching Writing
- Topics, Situations, Notions and Functions
- Classroom Interaction
- Classroom Discipline
- Teaching Children
- Large Heterogeneous Classes
- Lesson Preparation
- Assessment overview
The SEE TEFL Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to speakers of other languages is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met all the criteria for all written and practical assignments.
TEFL Training Assessment Framework
Candidates are awarded two grades at the end of the course. One is given for the mark they achieve in a formal examination of their knowledge at the end of the language awareness course. The other is given as an overall grade for the candidate’s performance during the 6 observed teaching practices and this includes an assessment of their preparation for each of the lessons.
TEFL Training Course Program
Courses run for four weeks in total. During that time, candidates will receive 120 contact hours and these will include:
- Supervised lesson planning
- Six observed teaching practices (six hours)
- Feedback on teaching
- Observation of experienced teachers
- Consultation time
- Familiarization with the role of being a second language learner
Candidates should allow around an additional 20 hours for pre-arrival familiarization materials. These include a grammar terminology review and video exercises associated with EFL teaching methodology.
Successful candidates are able to know how to do the following:
1.1 Overview of the proposed course, introduction to the methodology that trainees will look at (namely, presentation, practice and production – The 3Ps) and giving trainees an opportunity to speak publicly for the first time in a controlled and supported environment.
The Teaching Process, Part 1
2.1 Effectively presenting ideas to EFL students and the importance of this stage of the teaching process. 2.2 How EFL students will perceive both sounds and information. 2.3 A model EFL presentation by an experienced EFL teacher followed by a group discussion.
The Teaching Process, Part 2
3.1 Effective practice stage activities for EFL learners and the importance of this stage of the teaching process. 3.2 The importance of giving clear and effective instructions for a practice activity for EFL students. 3.3 How to issue clear and effective instructions for a practice activity for EFL learners. 3.4 Managing a practice activity effectively. 3.5 Effective production stage activities for EFL learners and the importance of this stage of the teaching process. 3.6 How to issue clear and effective instructions for a production activity. 3.7 Managing a production activity effectively.
4.1 Overview of paralinguistic features, phonology and phonetics of the English language. 4.2 The 44 individual phonemes used in the English language. 4.3 Effective ways to remedy EFL student’s pronunciation problems and an overview of using ‘phonics’ in an EFL classroom.
5.1 Overview and discussion of the terminology used to both describe individual words in the English language and to group them. 5.2 Teaching vocabulary using ‘3Ps’ methodology
6.1 Teaching English language structures effectively using 3Ps methodology. 6.2 A discussion of an outline of a ‘3Ps’ lesson on singular, plural countable and uncountable nouns and their associated determiners.
7.1 Overview of what constitutes a successful speaking activity for EFL students versus an unsuccessful one. 7.2 A discussion of the particular stages of a ‘3Ps’ lesson when EFL students will participate in a speaking activity. 7.3 Generating a successful speaking activity
8.1 Specific listening skills that EFL students need to acquire. 8.2 Effective listening activities for EFL students. 8.3 How listening materials can be used to present both language structures and vocabulary as part of the presentation stage of a ‘3Ps’ EFL lesson.
9.1 Specific reading skills that EFL students need to acquire. 9.2 Effective listening activities for EFL students. 9.3 How reading materials can be used to present both language structures and vocabulary as part of the presentation stage of a ‘3Ps’ EFL lesson.
10.1 Specific reading skills that EFL students need to acquire 10.2 Effective listening activities for EFL students 10.3 Effective correction techniques for EFL student’s writing and communicative activities that can be set up through writing activities.
Topics, Situations, Notions and Functions
11.1 Overview of communicative situations and their associated language structures. 11.2 How to present the associated language structures to EFL students. 11.3 Spoken practice activities using the associated language structures 11.4 Effective production activities using the associated language structures.
12.1 Establishing rapport with EFL students. 12.2 The importance of correctly graded language when speaking to EFL students. 12.3 The need for supported meta-language with EFL students.
13.1 Discussion of specific discipline problems in an EFL classroom. 13.2 The importance of correctly graded language when enforcing discipline in an EFL classroom. 13.3 Examples of discipline problems in a classroom and a discussion of what may have caused them and how they could be remedied.
14.1 Discussion of the specific needs of young children during each of the 3 stages of a ‘3Ps’ EFL lesson. 14.2 Awareness of and discussion of how we are transferring an EFL methodology that was primarily developed for adults into a classroom of young EFL learners. 14.3 Effective management of the 3 stages with very young EFL learners.
Large Heterogeneous Classes
15.1 Effective management techniques for large groups of EFL learners with multiple needs and varying levels of ability using EFL. 15.2 Effective planning of lessons for large groups of EFL learners with multiple needs and varying levels of ability using EFL.
16.1 How to generate clear aims and objectives for an EFL lesson 16.2 Planning an effective presentation stage for EFL students and creating the necessary materials. 16.3 Planning an effective practice stage for EFL students and creating the necessary materials. 16.4 Planning an effective production stage for EFL students and creating the necessary materials.
Language Awareness / Grammar Use
Successful candidates are able to do the following:
English grammar terminology
1.1 Identify the key parts of speech and parts of a sentence in the English language
Use of the present simple and present continuous verb tenses
2.1 Identify the form and structure of these two verb tenses. 2.2 Identify the contexts in which they are used. 2.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with the two verb tenses.
Use of the past simple and past continuous verb tenses
3.1 Identify the form and structure of these two verb tenses. 3.2 Identify the contexts in which they are used individually and used together. 3.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with the two verb tenses.
Use of the past simple and present perfect verb tenses
4.1 Identify the form and structure of these two verb tenses. 4.2 Identify the contexts in which they are used individually and used together. 4.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with the two verb tenses.
English verb tenses and language structures used to discuss future events.
5.1 Identify the form and structure of the associated verb tenses and language structures 5.2 Identify the contexts in which they are used. 5.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with the associated verb tenses and language structures.
The passive voice and the active voice
6.1 Identify the form and structure of the passive and the active voice in all verb tenses and structures in the English language. 6.2 Identify the contexts where we are more likely to use the passive voice as opposed to the active voice. 6.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with both the passive and the active voice.
7.1 Identify the form and structure of the four types of conditional sentences and mixed conditional sentences. 7.2 Identify the contexts in which they are used. 7.3 Identify important sounds that EFL learners will make that are associated with the four types of conditional sentences.
Summary of Course Outline
We have designed and improved our TEFL Training Course over the past 11 years. At first glance it appears a bit overwhelming. However, we have a very organized and effective course schedule and have an overwhelmingly successful completion rate. We not only provide all the basis that any in-class TEFL, CELTA, or TESOL course provides, but also include cultural awareness training throughout the course, and a culture day on the Friday of the first week.