Experience the Adventure of a Lifetime

 

Teaching English abroad has become an immensely popular way to experience foreign countries, their people, and their culture to a depth no ordinary tourist can ever reach.  You can teach around the world in formal schools, language schools, online via the internet from a beach, teach your own students privately or volunteer. You can even return to the UK or Ireland to teach English to recent non-English speaking immigrants. 

You can commit to short volunteer stints of just a few weeks or teach for months, semesters or years as a formal or language school teacher. This experience could also be a test to find out whether you wish to commit to becoming a fully licensed teacher in your home country.

What is TEFL?

TEFL is an acronym that stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is a generic term that covers teaching English to non-native students in their home country or abroad. You may come across other acronyms such as TESOL or CELTA, but they all refer to the same idea.

How to become a TEFL Teacher

There are two ways to become qualified as a TEFL teacher. You can take an onsite 4-week course with face-to-face training that includes 6 observed teaching practices at a range of local schools and age groups usually in the country, or area of the world, where you plan to teach. This is the most effective way to develop classroom skills, knowledge and gain experience and confidence. 

You will also make many new friends and have the support of your training school when looking for work and accommodation. These training schools often employ teachers straight from their courses but will always offer job support anyway for teachers looking for employment independently. An extra benefit is that you can notarise your TEFL certificate if it is issued by a licensed school. This is an employment requirement for teaching in China and Vietnam.

The second way to ‘train’ as a TEFL teacher is to take a course online. You will be sent texts and will need to research answers for tests and assignments. Very few online schools offer practical skills training or observed teaching practices. These courses are, however, a lot cheaper than a hands-on 4-week course. However, the adage that you get what you pay for could not be truer regarding these types of course. Some online courses are particularly good and give lots of support, but those ones will not be found as a special offer for 20 GBP or 22 Euros on Groupon.

How do I become a legal TEFL teacher in Thailand?

Normally to obtain a non-immigrant B (Business) visa and work permit for teaching, you will first need a recognised bachelor’s degree. The first step is to find work, then your school will prepare paperwork to support your non-immigrant B visa application. The second step is a work permit application at your local Labor Office. Schools will coordinate the paperwork and show you what to do and where to go. 

If you do not have a degree

Some schools will employ you as a classroom assistant and non-formal schools (language schools) can usually employ you through their school license. Another option is to move to Cambodia after training where a degree is not an employment requirement.

SEE TEFL School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

SEE TEFL is a 4-week onsite practical skills training course that also includes language awareness training, some Thai language training, cultural awareness training and 6 observed teaching practices at local schools. Training takes place in our purpose-built 3-floors training school in beautiful Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Since our school opened in 2006, we have trained over 2,000 effective TEFL teachers. We guarantee that if you follow our job support guidance, you will find employment quickly after training. We are licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education to provide TEFL training. Read through this website to find out more about us, what we do and how we do it.

Take a YouTube tour of our school ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqvgsU_OLaM )

How to get to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Check websites such as Skyscanner or Expedia to find great deals on flights. Prices are usually cheaper if you are prepared to have a number connecting flights or if you fly at unsociable hours. These savings add up though and will give you a bigger financial safety net when you arrive. Chiang Mai has an international airport, so it is possible to buy 1 ticket, albeit with flight changes, that brings you all the way here without unloading and loading again your luggage.

Once you arrive at Chiang Mai airport, you will see fixed rate taxi booths in the Arrivals Hall. Expect to pay around 4 GBP or 5 Euros to travel the 4 miles from the airport to the center of the city. The city is a popular traveler center so there is a lot of good quality affordable accommodation.

Most people arrive with either a 60-day Tourist Visa obtained from any Thai embassy or consulate or arrive without a visa and receive a 30-day visa exemption. Both options can be extended for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai and allow you to take a short training course and look for work.

Discover the beauty of Chiang Mai ( https://vimeo.com/104556585 )

How do I become a legal TEFL teacher in Thailand?

Normally to obtain a non-immigrant B (Business) visa and work permit for teaching, you will first need a recognised bachelor’s degree. The first step is to find work, then your school will prepare paperwork to support your non-immigrant B visa application. The second step is a work permit application at your local Labour Office. Schools will coordinate the paperwork and show you what to do and where to go. 

If you do not have a degree

Some schools will employ you as a classroom assistant and non-formal schools (language schools) can usually employ you through their school license. Another option is to move to Cambodia after training where a degree is not an employment requirement.

Do I need to speak Thai to teach English?

No, you do not. In fact, the language classroom should be an English only environment. You will be equipped with skills and techniques to explain complex ideas, such as context, grammar, and sounds. Your language will always be correct models but graded to the level of the students you are teaching.

What next?

Google ‘SEE TEFL’ for reviews and blogs written by our trainees, research our website, contact us with your questions and then when you are ready to commit, visit our Registration page, select a training date, and make a course fee deposit.

A selection of reviews:

I’ve really enjoyed the course overall and don’t think it would be possible to find another TEFL course that is as extensive in preparing people to teach abroad. I’ve found the course to be extremely well structured and all the staff are incredibly friendly and supportive. I strongly feel that SEE TEFL actually cares about you. After you complete the course they will help you in any way they can in terms of finding employment or with work-related or general problems.

Mark M. (UK)

Well presented and organised institution – friendly and extremely helpful staff at all times. Positive working environment, success for all.

Liana (UK)

1 – I appreciated John’s responsiveness during my application process. 2 – I appreciated Shouvik’s support, in particular, during the week of OTPs and the last weekend. 3 – I am grateful that observers made an effort to deliver feedback after OTPs with care.

David (UK)

This course is very good. You seem to have everything covered in a professional, friendly and caring way. The structure works very well and although it has been very challenging due to the preparation required, the outcome is wonderful. I’ve completed many courses in my mature years and can honestly say this is the best course I’ve attended. All the teachers are very good and all the Thai staff have been extremely friendly, helpful, patient and a delight to be around.

Jess (UK)