Overview of the course

A standard 120+ hour TESOL course in TEFL/TESL aimed at those with no previous teaching experience.

For millions of people, English knowledge is important in their jobs, personal lives or their studies, but learning English is difficult and stressful if attempted without proper guidance.

The acronym TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages which is a simple way to refer the standard qualification needed for teaching English to non-English speakers.

TESOL is a general term used to cover two types of English Language Teaching (also referred to as ELT):

  • TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - is a term used to describe the teaching of the English language in countries where access to English is very limited, and English is considered a foreign language. In these cases, English language teaching begins at a very basic level. Thailand, Cambodia, China and Vietnam, are examples of countries using the TEFL methodology.
  • TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language - is used in countries where English is a second language, and students need the language in order to prepare for examinations or to use at work. India, Singapore and Malaysia are good examples, but TESL is also commonly used in English-speaking western countries with foreign immigrants, such as the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

About the Dual-Award Certificate

The Chichester College TESOL Course covers TEFL and TESL, and this is reflected in the certificate you will earn (120 Hour TESOL Dual Award in TEFL/TESL) which will allow you to teach the English language to non-native English speakers, anywhere in the world.

As a teacher with this qualification, you will know how to choose the right material for your lessons and teach English to all learners of English, both adults and children. A good English teacher understands how to make English accessible through fun, focused and relevant classes.

What will I learn during the course?

The Full Time Course covers all the essential aspects you will need for teaching English. During the course, you will learn much of the theory relating to teaching English to speakers of other languages and have opportunities to see how this theory is put into action in a variety of language teaching environments.

The Full Time Course has several components: in-class sessions where you will learn most of the theories and pedagogy related to teaching; workshops which will give you opportunities to practice and analyse some of these theories in a practical way; field trips and excursions during which you will observe other teachers at work and try your hand at working with English language students; and individual consultation time with the course trainers before and after your specific teaching tasks.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice your teaching skills during the course. This is done in many different ways: through peer teaching where you will teach your classmates; through teaching practice with a group of adult language learners; by joining in on experienced teachers' lessons; and by designing and using your own material with a group of younger learners.

What can I do with the qualification?

Once you are qualified, the world of teaching English opens up to you. Teach English to young learners in primary schools or kindergartens, to teenagers in high schools, at universities or even to businessmen and women in the corporate world. Jobs in English language teaching will be available to you in countries all around the world. In Thailand, we offer a careers advice service which comes with the guarantee of a job teaching English.



How the course is structured

The Full Time Course is run over a 4 week period from Monday-Friday. We begin each day at 8 a.m. with either a classroom session or an excursion. After lunch, individual study time with the course trainers is scheduled and some afternoons or evenings will be taken up with teaching practice.

The Classroom Sessions

Classroom sessions are taught by qualified teacher trainers and typically last for five hours. These classroom sessions will give you the tools and theory you need for your teaching practice. They take the form of workshops and interactive discussions around focused topics like lesson planning and teaching pronunciation.

See a sample course outline

Field trips and excursions

An important part of any teacher training course is a healthy practical element. The excursions form an integral part of the course and are also organised to a number of different locations and, in some cases, may take the entire day. These visits will be to schools, universities or companies where classes are taking place and you will get to see not only how students and teachers interact in a real classroom setting, but also get an invaluable look into the teaching possibilities that will suit your personal style. Each excursion focuses on a particular kind of teaching experience and is accompanied by a task relating to the teaching styles and methods involved. The full cost of these excursions is included in the course fees.

Read about how excursions work

Teaching Practice

Over the course, you will practice teaching under supervision of the tutors. These practical teaching sessions are invaluable to your training as a teacher and give you the opportunity to get feedback on your teaching from the tutor and try your hand at a variety of different styles and approaches to teaching. There are four different kinds of teaching practice opportunities you will have over the course from teaching groups of professional adults to very young learners.

Read more about teaching practice

Assessment & Certificate

In order to pass the course and receive your certificate, there are certain criteria which must be met. In addition to attending all of the input sessions, you will be required to submit written assignments over the period of the course, and to teach a minimum of 6 supervised lessons. Receiving the certificate and passing the course is also subject to the Terms of Study.



Entry requirements

Applicants for the Full Time Course are required to have a high school qualification and be fluent in English. Applicants should be able to exhibit the ability to write and speak English clearly, and use English coherently in expressing thoughts, opinions and ideas. Applicants who are not native speakers of English are welcome to apply.

All participants on the course should have a passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid Thai visa, and must be available to attend all classes and activities scheduled for the course over the four week period. Those currently employed or seeking employment will need to make themselves available for study for the full duration of the course.

Applicants on the course should demonstrate a dedication to the art of education and the desire to live and work abroad in the field of English language teaching.

Applicants on this course should, therefore, fulfill the following criteria:

  • have a high school qualification
  • be competent at both spoken and written English as befits a teacher of English as a foreign language
  • be available for study for four weeks from Monday to Friday from the start date of the course, as described in the course outline


2014-2015 course dates

The start dates and end dates for the Full Time Course are shown below.

April-June Update: The Thai summer break began early March, meaning that there are lots of new opportunities to be hired for temporary (yet full time) summer school jobs during and April and May. Those working on summer programs are often given preferential opportunities to apply for permanent positions when the new school year begins in May / June.

Early booking is very important as we only have limited places available between now and June.

Start Date End Date Recommendation
19th May 2014 13th June 2014 Only 3 places left!
16th June 2014 11th July 2014 Only 5 places left!
14th July 2014 8th August 2014 Only 6 places left!
11th August 2014 5th September 2014 Book by mid June
8th September 2014 3rd October 2014 Book by mid July
6th October 2014 31st October 2014 Book by mid August
3rd November 2014 28th November 2014 Book by mid September
1st December 2014 26th December 2014 Book by mid October
12th January 2015 6th February 2015 Book by mid December
9th February 2015 6th March 2015 Book by mid January
9th March 2015 3rd April 2015 Book by mid February

Note: Courses at different times of the year fill up at different speeds. The advice given above is based on our experience over the last 10 years of running courses. Please check this page often as it is instantly updated if unexpected changes occur.



Application procedure

Applying for, and enrolling on, the Full Time Course is a 5-step process. Applicants are not required to pay a deposit until they have been offered a place on the course.

  1. Submit an initial application for the course.
  2. Wait approximately 12-24 hours to receive a response from us. You may receive an offer of a place straight away. However, in most cases we will have some additional questions for you based on your application.
  3. If you receive clarifying questions from us, answer them to the best of your ability and wait for our response. Please take your time in answering these questions.
  4. There may now be a need for a telephone-based or in-person interview but this is not necessary in all cases. If we need to do this, we will inform you accordingly.
  5. Assuming that we offer you a place, you may then go ahead and pay a deposit to secure your place on the course.

This entire process usually takes 3-5 working days.



Course fees & payment

The cost of the Full Time Course is US$1,595. These fees include all materials, certification and excursions, but do not include accommodation, details of which can be viewed here.

A US$300 deposit is required to book a place on any course. Courses are usually fully booked a few months in advance, so the deposit should be paid well in advance in order to avoid disappointment. The balance of the course fees is not due until after you arrive, unless you wish to book accommodation or require visa assistance.

Please note that it is not possible to pay a deposit until you have been offered a place on one of our programmes.

Payment Options

  • Credit Card
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  • Bank Transfer
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  • Cash Payment
    A cash payment can be made at the training centre in Bangkok with Thai Baht or equivalent currency, valued at the day's exchange rate. This option is usually only realistic if you are in Bangkok at least 1-2 months before your course starts.


Living & working in Thailand

Thailand's reputation as a world-class tourism destination is well known, and there is no shortage of information on the internet, and in guide books, about how to rent hotels, tuk tuks and even elephants.

However, when it comes to long-term residence and working in The Kingdom, information is much more limited and it can be difficult to get a straight answer about a lot of things. Our support team will be with you every step of the way, but there is some additional information on this page that you may find of use while you are making your plans.

Making Yourself at Home

Aside from finding a place to stay, which we have covered in the accommodation options section, you will find that there are a number of other exciting challenges waiting to greet you as you make yourself a part of the Thai way of life.

Although English is widely understood in the tourist-circuit, you will often find yourself in areas of Bangkok where you'll find a few Thai phrases easier than sign language when you want to buy a bottle of water or a bag of freshly cut tropical fruit. As the latest addition to Bangkok's melting-pot of diversity, you will quickly pick up these phrases and just a few short weeks later, you will be able to impress new arrivals with your ability to say a few short words at a roadside food-stall and, 5 minutes later, be enjoying a huge meal for less than 50 Baht!

A newcomer's initial impression of Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is that the roads are chaotic and getting from A to B can sometimes seem like an impossible task. However, it won't take you long to figure out the secrets of navigation which come so naturally to the Thai people. This is a country where a trip can involve using either a bus, taxi, motorcycle taxi, tuk tuk, river barge, underground train, overhead train or even just a quick walk.

You will never be alone. In Thailand, people are everywhere and the Thai people -- world renowned for their hospitality -- are always eager to help a foreigner to integrate into their culture. No matter whether you are trying to take a bus or buy some food, there will always be a warm, smiling face nearby to help you. A few gestures, the odd word of English, the odd word of Thai and you'll have done what you wanted to do and feel that little bit more like a member of Thailand's extended family.

Finding Work

All graduates on the Full Time Course are entitled to make use of our unique Careers Advice service free of charge. Through this service, your future employment as a teacher in Asia is guaranteed.

There is a consistently high demand for qualified English language instructors in Thailand, and the surrounding regions, including Cambodia, Vietnam, China and beyond. Much of the work available in Asia is in primary and secondary schools, both private and government. In addition, there are also job opportunities in private language centres, colleges and universities. Pay scales are reasonable and the standard of living is generally quite high for foreigners working as English teachers.

Because of this, a typical Careers Advice session consists of general tips about applying for jobs and resume writing/interview techniques. Most course graduates find that this is more than enough to obtain the paid teaching job they are looking for. However, for those who are having difficulty in obtaining interviews, our Careers Advice service extends even further. Our Careers Advice staff do not stop helping you until you have secured a job you are happy with.



Visa requirements

In the past, the Thai Embassies and Consulates in selected native-English-speaking countries were willing to issue Non Immigrant B visas to people enrolling in TESOL / TEFL courses, even though they did not have an official job offer or a signed employment contract.

As of January 2014, most of the Thai Embassies and Consulates started to withdraw this service. There are still a few places where it can be done, but the Thai Immigration department now recommend different methods for obtaining longer term visas for English teachers.

As per the new regulations, it is now advisable for individuals to obtain a single-entry or double-entry tourist visa from their closest Thai Embassy or Consulate prior to arriving in Thailand. This type of visa can be converted into a Non Immigrant B visa in Thailand before you start work. It is also possible to change to an education visa if you are planning to continue studying rather than work.

It is important that the "Tourist Visa" available from Thai Embassies and Consulates is not confused with the 15-30 day "Tourist Stamp" that is available to most inbound visitors to Thailand free of charge upon arrival in Thailand. The "Tourist Stamp" is not recommended because it not possible to convert it to another visa type.

If you do not plan to work immediately after the course and have no further plans to study, but you wish to remain in Thailand, then you have the option of taking advantage of the services of a visa agent who will be able to help you to extend your stay in Thailand.



Accommodation options

Guest House, Hotel or Apartment?

While you are busy with the four-week TESOL course, we suggest you stay as close to the centre as possible to minimise your travel time and avoid the possibility of missing important activities because of unexpected traffic snarls. Although the training centre is conveniently located on the Bangkok metro system (MRT), adding long travel hours to your already busy schedule will create unwelcome demands.

Apartments in Thailand are cheap and it will cost something in the range of 4,000 - 8,000 Baht/month + utility bills for a studio apartment with cable TV, fridge, air conditioning, hot shower and other amenities. However, as most apartments insist on a 6-12 month contract, it is best to rent a month-by-month room to begin with.

Many hotels, serviced apartments and guest houses provide competitive monthly rates and we have established special 1-month deals (exclusively for people taking the full time TESOL course at Chichester College) with a local guest house, serviced apartment and hotel which are all minutes away (on foot) from the Chichester training centre.

Please note the important Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page!


Guest House (budget accommodation)

Suite room at Discovery Lodge

The Discovery Lodge Guest House is only 5 minutes on foot from the Training Centre, which makes it a popular place for course participants to stay. The Lodge provides basic amenities: a small living area, a separate bedroom with a double bed and a private bathroom. Rooms are sparsely but adequately furnished and have private entrances. Internet is available, but sporadic.

The prices shown below are based on one person staying in a suite. A free airport pickup is included in the price. Electricity is an additional charge, metered according to your personal usage.*

Standard Rate 8,000 Baht / month (approx US$270)
Special rate* US$150 / month + free airport pickup
2nd person supplement US$50 / month
Extension of stay 700 Baht / night (approx US$25)
More info (external website) discoverylodge.net

To book at the special rate: Contact Chichester College directly.


Serviced Apartment (mid-range accommodation)

Standard Room at Diamond Residence

The most popular option for most people on the course, Diamond Ratchada apartments are about 5 minutes on foot from the Training Centre. Diamond provides modern amenities and well-appointed single rooms. Rooms are air-conditioned, and have hot water. Internet is available. There is a gym, facilities for laundry and a restaurant on the premises. Diamond apartments are close to a vibrant shopping area and the underground station.

A free airport pickup is included in the price. Electricity is an additional charge, metered according to your personal usage.**

Standard Rate 12,000 Baht / month (approx US$400)
Special rate** US$250 / month + free airport pickup
2nd person supplement free
Extension of stay 700 Baht / night (approx US$25)
More info (external website) diamond-ratchada.in.th

To book at the special rate: Contact Chichester College directly.


Hotel (high end accommodation)

Room at Pietra

Literally on the doorstep of the Training Centre, just a 3 minute walk away! This is a beautiful boutique hotel with large, well-appointed suites. Pietra has two restaurants and a fully equipped gym, spa and sauna. Internet access is included and a full business centre is available to guests.

Prices include water and electricity. An airport pickup can be arranged at extra cost.

Standard Rate 2,700 Baht / night (approx US$90)
Special rate US$1,160 / month
2nd person supplement free
Extension of stay 2,700 Baht / night (approx US$90)
More info (external website) pietrabangkok.com

To book at the special rate: Contact Chichester College directly.


Terms & Conditions

  • The 'Special rate' is only available when paying the full balance of the course fees plus the full amount of the accommodation fees at least 30 days in advance of arrival. Cancellation is not permitted.
  • A 'month' means 1 calendar month except in the case of the Discovery Lodge where a 'month' means 28 days.
  • In the case that a pre-booked room suddenly becomes unavailable, you will be notified and issued a full and immediate refund or, depending on your preference, offered alternative accommodation.

Accommodation-specific notes

* The rate for Discovery Lodge does not include electricity or water. Electricity is charged at 6 Baht/unit. If you use the air conditioning a lot, you may have a bill of around 1,500-3,500 Baht per month for electricity. Water is charged at a flat rate of 150 Baht/month

** The rate for Diamond Ratchada does not include electricity or water. Electricity is charged at 7 Baht/unit. If you use the air conditioning a lot, you may have a bill of around 1,500-3,500 Baht per month for electricity. Water is charged at 17 Baht/unit and average usage will result in a bill of about 150-300 Baht/month.



Training centre facilities

Everybody knows that a school or college is only as good as its teachers and tutors. However, the available resources and facilities also play a key part in learning.

At the training centre, we've tried to strikes up a perfect balance between the nature and beauty of Thailand and the benefit of modern technology. Not only does this give course participants a relaxed and beneficial environment to study in, but it also provides the perfect isolation from the tourist-orientated aspects of the city; although they are just a stones-throw away for those who crave it.

Study area

Computer Room

Outside of classroom sessions, you'll have plenty of time to explore the city and surrounding areas, but you'll also need to set aside some time to complete written assignments, prepare lesson plans and do research. Your own living accommodation may be suitable, but there are times when a desk in our purpose built, air-conditioned Study Area is just what you need.

Whether you need to check some facts, download some materials for a practice lesson, need some information for an assignment, or just want to check your email or social media accounts to keep in touch with friends and family back home, the Study Area contains state-of-the-art computer terminals allowing you to access the internet at blazingly fast speeds. You can even create and store documents under your own private username and print out work at no charge when you're done.

WiFi and 3G Availability

As well as the internet connectivity available on the training centre compters (which is available for you to use at any time the centre open) WiFi internet is also available free of charge at the training centre. Outside of the training centre, a very good prepaid WiFi service is provided throughout the complex and you'll find it easy to get a 3G signal on your mobile device literally anywhere in the surrounding area. Local SIM cards are easy to acquire and both voice and data rates are very reasonable.

Recreation

Taking a teacher training course isn't all about study! During your free time, you'll want to relax. This might mean sitting in the park in front of the training centre while drinking a cup of iced tea, or it might be taking advantage of some of the recreational facilities that the complex and the surrounding area has to offer:

Food & Drink

Within the complex that houses the Chichester College training centre, you'll find several western style coffee shops as well as many different Thai and Japanese restaurants, vegetarian snacks, smoothie bars and even a bakery. Within 2 minutes walking-distance of the complex there is a also a very good restaurant serving western favourites in large portions at great prices.

If you're feeling adverturous, walk around the corner and you'll find a host of open-air stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to spicy curries and a range of different desserts and drinks. You'll quickly find that the only problem with food in Thailand is that it's always so cheap and so easy to find, so watch your waist-line!

Shopping

Central Rama 9

Because we're located on Ratchadaphisek Road, which is Thailand's newly designated emerging CBD (Central Business District) you will discover that are a host of shopping malls just a short train or taxi ride away. Whether you're looking for electronic gadgets and computer hardware or high-end, brand-name clothing you'll find them in all the immediate area. For those looking for the more interesting side of shopping, the famous Chatuchak weekend market, home to practically anything and everything, is just a few more stops away on the train.

Movies

There are several cinemas in the area showing both local films with English subtitles and the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

Ice-skating

Although in the midst of a tropical region there are ice-skating rinks nearby where you can show off your moves and cool yourself from the Bangkok heat.

Swimming

Several local hotels and condominium complexes have indoor or outdoor pools as well as spas and saunas that are open to non-guests on per-visit rates.

Gym

Gym on Ratchada

Gym-rats will be impressed with the variety of weight training, aerobics and yoga facilities available. A short train ride from the centre are two international brand fitness centres with free weights and classes in yoga, aerobics and spinning. Smaller, more personal fitness centres are also available at international hotels in the area for monthly memberships, and these include access to swimming pool facilities. There are several gyms in the area that cater to both long term residents and those simply wishing for a daily, weekly or monthly membership.

Massage

Right next door to the training centre is traditional Thai massage. A great way to work out the stress of a long day. There is also a popular reflexology centre located nearby.

Getting Around

Bangkok MRT

The Training Centre is just 4 minutes, on foot, from the MRT -- the underground/subway train system -- which offers rapid, comfortable and affordable transportation most parts of the city, and also links with the BTS SkyTrain system.

Bangkok has come a long way in recent years and it is now possible to enjoy your stay in the city without having to use busses or taxis at all unless you really want to.