Updated April 23rd, 2018.
Samui TEFL’s 4-week intensive TEFL/TESOL course on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, offers both practical training and classroom sessions to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to teach English to non-native speakers.
The course is 120 hours, 4 weeks, Mon to Fri, and additional hours will need to be done in your own time for resourcing, studying and planning. Your certificate is for the standard 120-hour course, including observed practical lessons.
This is the preferred requirement for schools worldwide, and they are now reluctant to accept online courses or the shorter 60-hour courses. You will get your certificate on the last day of the course, along with a letter of recommendation and a detailed report to show prospective employers.
All of the learning is done hands-on through games and interactive activities. You will never just be lectured to, but will always be involved in every lesson. The theory in the TEFL course is presented by the trainer using games, activities and strategies that you will then be able to use in your own teaching, allowing you to build your portfolio of activities and teaching tools from day one. Your observed teacher practises will start from week two, when you’ll be able to apply these techniques yourself.
We limit our numbers in our TEFL course to small groups, so that we can offer personal assistance with lesson planning and any area that you may need help with such as grammar etc. Our practical training includes both youth and adult lessons, at various schools and businesses around the island. Should your course be over a school holiday, we’ll use the same children, but teach them in the form of a summer camp.
What will I learn on the TEFL Course?
The following areas/subjects are covered during your 4 weeks of TEFL/TESOL training at Samui TEFL:
- An introduction to Thai culture – to help your transition into the Thai classroom and community.
- Teaching techniques – we provide you with models to teach beginners as well as advanced students, young learners and adults.
- Teaching the four skills of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Planning a course for special purposes (such as for a business).
- Grammar – brushing up yours as a teacher, and techniques to teach grammar.
- Creating materials for lessons.
- Lesson planning.
- Suitable activities for the language classroom.
- Discipline in the classroom.
- Building rapport with your students, including warmers and coolers in the classroom.
- Classroom management, covering all aspects.
- Teaching one-to-one, as well as larger classes.
- Teaching vocabulary.
- Understanding problems for Asian learners (understanding the differences between their language and English) as well as for other key languages.
- Error correction techniques.
- Preparing your CV/resumé, and tips for the interview process.
- Teaching business English.
Teaching practices and assignments:
- During the course, you will have the opportunity to conduct several full lessons (teacher practices). These are observed by a trainer, and detailed and constructive feedback is given to you after each lesson, to help you improve for your next lesson, and your career to follow. (You will get an opportunity to teach both young learners and adults). Our qualified trainers will assist you with the lesson planning process.
- Materials project: Here you will present the materials used for lessons, to the class.
- A journal entry assignment.
- Various lesson planning and group work assignments.
- Various tests and tasks over the 4-week course, covering grammar, punctuation and a few other aspects covered in class. We work with our teachers to adequately prepare them for these tests. All content of the tests is covered during the course.
- There is no final examination that determines your pass grade. Your final course result is determined by the combined marks of the assignments above, as well as on your participation and teamwork in class, attendance and behaviour.
- A grade of at least 70% is required in order to pass the course. More than 50% of this grade is made up of marks for teacher practices.
- Trainees are awarded with either a ‘pass’, ‘merit’, ‘high merit’ or ‘distinction’ on their certificates. All graduates also receive a report, and those who obtain a merit or higher, are also presented with a personalised letter of reference.