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.

Week 1 The language classroom
Getting to know you
Beginning lessons
Classroom atmosphere
Classroom organization
Thai cultural sensitivity
Lesson Planning
Teacher's language awareness
Using a course book
Setting objectives
Lesson structure & Timing
Presenting language
Encouraging Communication
Communication activities
Encouraging communication
Developing oral fluency
Recycling language
Giving instructions

Feedback on excursion
Language Accuracy
Peer teaching 1
Practice activities
Designing materials
Extension tasks
Week 2 Teaching vocabulary
Contextualising language
Eliciting vocabulary
Explaining meaning
Form and use of vocabulary
Children as Learners
Beliefs about Young Learners
The learning environment
Classroom management
Lesson planning
Oral accuracy
Treatment of oral errors
Drilling and pronunciation
English Phonetics
Teaching pronunciation and intonation
Teaching writing
Testing and assessment
Teaching EAP writing
Teaching ESP writing
Using writing to teach language
Peer teaching 2
Giving feedback
Mid-course consolidation
Week 3 Teaching grammar
Tenses of English
Form and use in language
The inductive approach
Checking understanding
Variety and Interest with YL
Multiple intelligences
Learning styles
Songs and games
Material design and realia
Receptive language skills
Teaching listening
Teaching reading
Using authentic materials
Assignment 2

Feedback on excursion
Peer teaching 3
Teaching ESP
Business English
One-to-one lessons
Week 4 Classroom management
Large mixed-ability classes
Roles of an educator
Classroom management and discipline
Micro skills
Grammar for young learners
Teaching reading
Preparation for final excursion
Professional development
Peer teaching 4
Reflecting on teaching
Developing as a teacher
Wrapping up courses
Excursion Excursion

Feedback on excursion

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.

Kindergarten Excursion

On this excursion, you will visit a school catering for very young learners where children from 3 to 6 years old are learning the essentials of communication and literacy, gross and fine motor skills and basic hygiene. As part of their curriculum, these Thai children study English as a foreign language with a native English speaking teacher. Watch how the teacher works with these very young learners, engages them in activities that activate their curiosity and uses techniques that children respond to as part of their natural instincts to learn. You may feel that teaching such young learners is not possible or desirable, but once you've seen the lesson and experienced this type of setting, you may come away with insights into this fun, active and vibrant world.

Primary School Excursion

Here we visit a primary school in which students study English as a foreign language. These children, aged between 6 and 12 years of age, study with native English teachers as part of their weekly schedule of classes. Working with primary school children demands patience and good classroom management, but it can be extremely rewarding. On this excursion you will see how the teachers work with the children, how they structure their lessons and how they make sure the students remain engaged in the lesson through communication activities. This excursion will also give you a good idea of how primary education is structured and how foreign language learning fits into these young learners' lives. With so much growth in this particular market in teaching English, many teachers find that this is the perfect fit for their future career as teachers.

High School Excursion

This visit to a government school will give you an insight into the difficulties and rewards of working with adolescents. Teenagers pose a specific motivational challenge to teachers, but are also going through an immense growth period and have a great deal of energy and vitality for the subjects and topics that interest them. This excursion will give you the opportunity to sit in on a few classes with students at different stages in their development and see some of the material that works to keep such students motivated. This is also a good opportunity to see a government school's facilities and the typical working day of a high school teacher in Thailand.

University Excursion

Students at tertiary level are often very aware of the importance of English for their careers and are highly motivated to develop their language skills. At this university, you will have the chance to watch a teacher working in a typical university language classroom, work with some of the students yourself and get some exposure to this kind of teaching environment. Universities spend a great deal of time and resources on giving students opportunities to learn independently, so you can inspect some of the latest advances in language learning theory, and decide for yourself if technology will ever be able to replace the teacher.

Working Adults Excursion

Teaching adult learners in the workplace is a rare privilege. These students can be demanding and critical, but are often motivated and driven. On this excursion, you will watch a teacher teaching a group of students in their working environment. We will go to their place of employment, and see how the teacher plans the lesson specifically around their working needs. You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to a teacher working in this environment and find out how this type of work is structured in Asia.

Language School Excursion

Many teachers abroad supplement their income working at language schools which focus on the needs of after-work or weekend learners. On this excursion we will visit a language school which offers a variety of language choices to students who are studying for their own specific needs. As these students are studying for a variety of purposes and with many different motivations the classes and setting differs from that of a typical school environment. On this excursion, you'll be involved in the lessons yourself, and get a chance to experience the world of foreign language learning first hand.

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.

Peer teaching

You will be required to teach four separate sessions to your classmates each of which is designed to have you demonstrate mastery over a specific teaching method covered in the course. Although your classmates are not language learners, this opportunity to teach them provides you with a safe, relatively stress free environment to try your hand at the basics of teaching practice that you will be expected to have mastered once you finish the course. For each of these peer teaching sessions, your peers and the tutor will provide you with feedback on how to develop your teaching repertoire.

Teaching Practice

Local office workers in the immediate vicinity of the training centre are offered classes at a nominal fee in the evenings after work. These classes will give you a great opportunity to practice your teaching on real learners in a typical learning environment. The learners are aware that the teachers are trainees under observation of the tutor, and are happy to enjoy the lessons as you grow as a teacher. Over the duration of the course, you will teach at least six of these lessons, scheduled in the evenings between 5pm-8pm. Support with planning and execution of these lessons will be provided by the tutor, and after each lesson you'll have the opportunity to reflect and discuss both general and specific aspects of the lesson with your supervising tutor.

One-to-one Lesson

Some time during the course you will be allocated a student who you will have to teach individually. This lesson is not observed or supervised, and you will be expected to make personal reflections on the success of this lesson based on your experience. In many cases, teachers in Asia are able to supplement their income with one-to-one lessons such as these, and this lesson will introduce you to the rewards and possible pitfalls of this kind of teaching.

Rural school visit

At the end of course, we visit a rural school in an impoverished region of the country. These children, typically young learners, love learning English and enjoy the time you spend with them. For this visit, you will teach two lessons in the school which simulate as closely as possible a teacher's first day on the job. This excursion to the rural school will give you valuable experience in working with young learners and provide a meaningful contribution to the community at the same time.

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

2016-2017 course dates

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

Early booking is very important as we only have limited places available over the next 3 courses.

Start Date End Date Recommendation
8th February 2016 4th March 2016 Book by early January
7th March 2016 1st April 2016 Book by early February
18th April 2016 13th May 2016 Book by late February
16th May 2016 10th June 2016 Book by late March
13th June 2016 8th July 2016 Book by mid May
11th July 2016 5th August 2016 Book by mid June
8th August 2016 2nd September 2016 Book by late June
5th September 2016 30th September 2016 Book by early August
3rd October 2016 28th October 2016 Book by early September
31st October 2016 25th November 2016 Book by mid October
28th November 2016 23rd December 2016 Book by mid November
9th January 2017 3rd February 2017 Book by early December
6th February 2017 3rd March 2017 Book by early January
6th March 2017 31st March 2017 Book by early 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

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

(required to reserve a seat)
(payable before the course starts)
(what you will pay altogether)

These fees include all materials, certification and excursions, but do not include accommodation. See the accommodation section for more information.

Payment Options

  • Credit Card
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  • Bank Transfer
    If you can't make it to our training centre, and you do not have a credit card, then you can make a Telegraphic Funds Transfer from any major bank. A fee will probably be payable, which can be quite expensive unless you are in Thailand. Click here for more details
  • 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

There are many different types of Thai visas and exactly which one you should apply for depends on a number of different things such as your nationality, your previous or existing Thai visa(s), as well as what else you'll be doing in Thailand (or plan to do later) other than taking the TESOL / TEFL course.

There is a huge amount of information available on the internet and from the authorities but, at best, it is an information overload. At worst, it can be a complete nightmare!

Therefore, we recommend that all questions about visas are directed to our expert team who will be able to ask you some questions about yourself and your requirements and then provide you with the best advice to proceed with your visa application.

Accommodation options

Apartment, Serviced Apartment or Hotel?

While you are busy with the four-week TESOL course, we suggest you stay as close to the training 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 for these prices, it is best to rent a month-by-month room to begin with.

We have established special 1-month deals (exclusively for people taking the full time TESOL course at Chichester College) 3 local accommodation options which are all minutes away (on foot) from the Chichester training centre.

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

Local Apartment (budget accommodation)

Room at Grand Living Place

The Grand Living Place is a clean modern building within 12 minutes walking distance of the training centre. While not fully serviced, it does include bedding. TVs and fridges can be rented at extra cost (subject to availability)

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

Standard Rate 7,500 Baht / month (approx US$230)
Special rate* US$210 / month inc free airport pickup
2nd person supplement US$50 / month
Extension of stay 7,500 Baht / month (approx US$230)

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 as well as a room cleaning service. 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$290 / 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 The Grand Living Place does not include electricity or water. Electricity is charged at 8 Baht/unit. If you use the air conditioning a lot, you may have a bill of around 2,000-3,000+ Baht per month for electricity. Water is charged at 22 Baht/unit and average usage will result in a bill of about 300-400 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 1,500-3,000+ 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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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 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.


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.