Samui TEFL

Samui TEFL

About

Samui TEFL is based on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Our 4 week, 120 hour intensive training course prepares you for teaching EFL in the real world, as we have a strong practical element to the course. You'll do not only theory and assignments, but will also benefit from plenty of classroom experience with real students, across various ages and abilities.
We keep our class sizes small to ensure you get personal attention and assistance with lesson planning, as well as any areas where you may need extra help, for example, grammar or classroom management.

Our excellent relationship with schools and agencies means we have a steady supply of jobs being offered to our graduates, with many agencies coming to us first because of the quality of our teachers. We believe in offering quality training, rather than just handing out certificates. Along with your certificate, you'll receive a letter of reference as well as a detailed report.

Founded
2011
Headquarters

10/36 Moo 2 Choeng Mon
Bophut
Choeng Mon, Koh Samui
Surat Thani 84320
Thailand

***Let 2019 be your year of adventure!***

Peak hiring season
April and May course promotion: Regular price: 43,000 baht. April/May course, less 15% for one person (36,550 baht), or book with a friend and the 2nd person is less 50% off the regular price! (64,500 baht for 2 people, or 32,250 each). Valid for the April and May 2019 courses for direct bookings only.

Reviews

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Samui TEFL provides their students with the essentials needed to succeed in a classroom setting. Prior, during and after the course has completed, the TEFL staff are there to help. Whether it be with accommodations during your stay in Samui, packing, professional clothing, cultural norms or job placement; the staff is available and willing to help. It is up to you, as a student in the course, to listen, corporate and work as a team player to gain the most from this experience.

Samui TEFL was recommended by a friend, and I would recommend this course to anyone searching for a TEFL course led by experienced professionals in the education system.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interactiveness of the course, the time spent with the students in the Thai schools and preparing the lesson plans together as a class.

The time and energy the TEFL staff put into this course is evident. It was a pleasure to be a student and learn from instructors who are so passionate about their jobs.

Good luck, and thank you Samui TEFL!

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Maggie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had never travelled, taught, or heard of a tuk-tuk before flying to Thailand to pursue my TEFL certification. Thank goodness for the exceptional team at Samui TEFL. Inside and outside of the classroom, I never had a question that went unanswered. I always felt supported and rooted for, and when you’re a world away from home – that is invaluable.

Our teachers were dedicated to preparing us for classrooms of our own. I quickly learned how much thought, strategy, and preparation goes into each and every lesson. By the end, I wanted to send fruit baskets of thanks to all the teachers I have had. (It’s a lot of work!)

But it’s rewarding work. You’ll see the smiles on the students’ faces when you bring boxes of resources for interactive, fun practice lessons. The course is so worthwhile in that it stresses bringing creative approaches to education. It’s a hustle to learn to teach in four weeks, but this program will ensure that you leave with a strong foundation which you can build upon and tailor to wherever you find yourself teaching next.

And Samui TEFL helps with the “what’s next” part, too! The team made sure that we had access to and were connected with prospective positions. They will guide you through preferences, locations, and contracts.

My experience with Samui TEFL was positive and impactful. I learned so much and made fabulous friends. Bring an open mind and a willingness to learn, and the course won’t let you down.

Thank you, Samui TEFL!

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Stuart
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hi, my name is Stuart.
I have lived in Thailand for the last eight years. For seven of these years, I have worked in most countries in Asia and in all of these countries, English is not the first language. Living in Thailand where English is a subject for all students, I have witnessed and experienced the difficulty people have had with speaking English. With my experience, I believe I can make a significant difference to help children and adults to learn English.
From contacts I have in Bangkok, I knew of the Samui TEFL school and that it had a very good reputation, and I was not disappointed
Everyone in the school was helpful. Our instructors were professional and very proficient in teaching the TEFL program.
The students came from different countries and with them their diverse backgrounds, it really helped the class dynamics.
The course takes place on Kho Samui island that immerses you in a unique and beautiful culture. The opportunity during the course to have practical experience teaching at the local schools with the Thai children was enormously beneficial.
Once the course was completed Samui TEFL was instrumental in helping all the student get jobs. I now some On-Line teaching and will continue to work helping English teach in Thailand.
The friends you will make and skills you will learn makes this a lifetime opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.

What would you improve about this program?
The course was very good, the only thing I would have wanted is more class time.
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Frank
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello, my name is Frank. After graduating with my bachelors degree in May I found myself looking for something new and challenging. I heard about Samui TEFL from a friend online. After doing some in depth research I decided that Samui TEFL was the correct choice.

Everyone in the program is so helpful and inviting. From the first day to the last day our instructors were dedicated to the success of each and every student. The course is not easy but you are given the tools to succeed. The instructors give constant support and show that they believe in you as the student. Samui TEFL is a program that works.

The course takes place on an island that emmerses you in a unique and beautiful culture that can only be found on Ko Samui.

I’ll always be grateful for the experience this program gave me. I was able to find a job and start within a month of graduating from Samui TEFL.
The friends you will make and skills you will learn makes this an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.

What would you improve about this program?
I found the most helpful thing for me as a student was being able to practice teaching in front of an audience. I would say more practicing in front of the group.
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Richard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the decision to take this TEFL course as I have always dreamt of teaching English but I was originally influenced by my parents and environment to pursue a business career (Economics & Law studies in Switzerland, followed by a BSc in Business Management in the UK, and finally five years in the “corporate world”). I recently realized I should pursue a teaching career as I have been tutoring children and (mostly) adults for over ten years and really enjoyed it, but never seriously considered making a full-time career out of teaching.
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Languages open up the world and speaking three languages myself I want to share this treasure with my future students. And once I had decided to become a teacher, and more specifically a language teacher, I realised it would take a minimum of 6 years of studies and training in my home country Switzerland to then maybe get a teacher’s assistant job for another 4 years, whilst a) competing with younger and cheaper labour, and b) following a strict and inefficient ,,way of teaching a language. I also didn’t want to stay in the same environment I had experienced for over twenty years and wanted to have some independence in my class, and teach in an area of the world where English is more “needed” than in Europe. After some research I figured that South-East Asia would be the ideal place for me, and so far I don’t regret my choice for a single minute.

On this TEFL course I expected to be taught some of the necessary tools to fill my teacher’s toolbox. I was given creative ideas on ways of explaining grammar and everyday use of the language to students, especially those from Thailand and of a young age as I have really only taught French/English speaking adults so far.

After having completed the course I feel that it matched my expectations, I had been taught which are the main problems Thai students have regarding pronouncing English words such as Consonant Clusters (CC), Final Consonant (FC) sounds, Fricatives (F), where the Stress (S) lies and the issues they have pronouncing the “l” and “r”. I have also been taught techniques on how to help them pronounce difficult English words such as Back-Chaining, which quite frankly was a revelation. Finally, I have also been given some great ideas on how to motivate or cool down a classroom full of children through pacemakers and very creative games and activities they might like.

It is an intensive course, you will have to work quite a lot and dedicate at least two or three hours after class for your homework and preparing for the next classes. Get on the island at least a week before the course starts to sunbathe and party otherwise you will just want to go to the beach everyday straight after class, it is a very beautiful and fun place to be. Secondly, make sure you get along with your fellow students, you don’t want any negative distractions because the lessons and homework involve a lot of group work. Thirdly, since you are in Thailand you should get used to the respect teachers get and how highly they are regarded so a) your behavior and appearance outside the class must be impeccable, do NOT get into any trouble and respect EVERYONE especially in the area around the school since the locals WILL recognize that you are a teacher trainee, especially if you carry the Samui TEFL branded bag with you, do NOT become an obnoxious drunk “farang” (Thai word for foreigner), b) respect and listen to your tutors, they are amazing: highly trained and give great insight on how the Thai students and culture work. Point four, sometimes you might find a few activities or ideas slightly strange, but remember that Thailand is probably on the other side of the world from your home country and the course is tailored to the Thai market and focuses mainly on how to teach children. You will likely teach kids in Thailand due to demand and for your work permit.

My expectations of the course have been met because it prepared me extremely well on how to teach children in Thailand, both in terms of the pronunciation issues they may run into, and the grammar. I have also been taught how to
I knew the course would be tailored to the Thai market regarding issues the Thai may have with learning English. However, I wish I had been informed beforehand about the strong focus on teaching children since I would have preferred to teach adults. I acknowledge now that this is wise since the demand for Young Learner Teachers is higher and makes the work permit easier to obtain. I am however very excited about my new job on the island in an international school

What would you improve about this program?
less resourcing for lessons
Response from Samui TEFL

Thank you Richard for your lovely and detailed review. We are pleased you are enjoying your job at the international school.
Best of luck,
The Samui TEFL team.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Maggie Gelon

Originally from the US, Maggie is currently teaching in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Maggie Gelon

Why did you choose this program?

I chose SamuiTEFL because of the consistent and positive reviews. The quality of the program and the teaching was raved about, and my experience confirmed the high praise. Plus, how can you beat going to school next to gorgeous beaches? I knew early on that the people running the program were committed to answering questions and providing resources, and, as a newbie to traveling, that was just what I needed.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

SamuiTEFL helped to organize our living accommodations and pick-up from the airport. They were continuously helpful with explaining visa policies and procurement. The program guided me through the job placement process after earning the TEFL certificate as well. Travel plans were independently organized.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would advise that you go into an overseas program with an open mind, and that you give yourself time to adjust. You may not acclimate overnight and that's okay. Know that simple things, like finding a bank or a good cup of coffee, are sometimes the challenge of the day. Keep water, patience and some flexibility on you wherever you go, and you'll be soaring.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Monday - Friday you will be in class from about 8-4, and then evenings and weekends are yours. There may be some times when you'll be prepping outside of class, but you will have more than enough time to enjoy the island as well. In class, there is so much to soak up, so keep yourself rested and ready to learn.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I think one of my biggest fears was navigating the language barriers. I have been lucky in that, everywhere I have been, English has been quite commonly used (at least a little). However, good manners and smiles are universal and knowing just a little useful language can get you very far. Many people are very gracious to travelers and understand that you are a fish out of water. I'm so grateful for them!

What did you like most in the program?

Travel is very humbling and not nearly as glamorous as you might think. I have sweat stains in 80 percent of my travel photos. The littlest things become the biggest victories. Finding my way from point A to point B is something to celebrate. For as much as a challenge as travel can be, it is rewarding and invigorating to know you can navigate new experiences.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Kathryn Webb

Job Title
Co-Director
Kathryn Webb is the co-director and the course trainer at Samui TEFL.

What position do you hold at Samui TEFL? What has been your career path so far?

Kathryn Webb

I am co-director and the course trainer at Samui TEFL.

I left the USA 20 years ago to move to Italy. I not only have a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but also a DELTA (Diploma of English Language Training to Adults) as well as a CELTYL (Certificate of English Language Training to Young Learners), so I’m qualified to teach both adults and children.

Prior to moving to Samui, Thailand, I owned a language school in Italy for nine years. My company, Language Studios, trained teachers, placing them in contracts to teach at Italy’s top fashion houses and other businesses. Language studios also ran classes for children and adults at our own school.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I travelled abroad, not specifically to teach English, but to do a design course in Italy as a gap semester while doing my MBA. I was approached to teach English, but I explained that I was not qualified to do so, and was told ‘it’s OK you’re a native English speaker’, so I gave it a go.

I soon realised that being a native speaker was not enough. As much as I enjoyed being in the classroom, I realised that I needed some guidance, so I decided to pursue a career in ELT and become qualified, by doing both my DELTA and CELTYL courses.

What does the future hold for Samui TEFL - any exciting new programs to share?

What makes Samui TEFL different is that we don’t want to expand to other regions – we are not a franchise, as we want to stay on top of the program that we run, and have full control. For us, it’s not about how many teachers we produce, but rather about the quality of the teachers that graduate from our course.

For this reason, we’ve forged fantastic relationships with both schools and agents who come to us first when looking for passionate and well-prepared teachers.

We have recently partnered with Bamboo Project to offer a combined TEFL/volunteer program. Many people want to take part in a volunteer-based holiday, which often involves teaching English. However, not knowing what you are doing in the classroom means you’re not particularly effective with your students and don’t enjoy the experience as much, as you may be out of your comfort zone.

Doing the TEFL course first means that you’re able to provide the most during your volunteer services. Another reason for doing the combined package would mean gaining additional valuable classroom experience (above the classroom time you have during the course) before starting your job hunting.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? How do you think education will change over the next 10 years?

Due to business globalisation and use of the internet, there’s a growing demand in the need for proficiency in English. This is particularly true in Asia with the ASEAN community taking effect from 2015, where the language chosen for communication is English. We’re already seeing in Thailand not only a demand for more teachers, but also for better teachers with proper qualifications and good references, as English is no longer seen as a benefit, but rather a necessity.

Online courses in many fields have become more and more popular, but one area where they are becoming less accepted is in the TEFL/TESOL industry, where schools have seen the benefits of face-to-face courses with a strong practical element in a real classroom environment.

Also, more and more technology is being used in the classroom, even spreading into small countryside schools, which now have access to the internet and other resources. Technology will never replace a teacher, but a teacher without technology may be replaced.

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Well, that’s a difficult question, as who is to say what makes a place good or bad? We have trainees who are eager to become part of a local community and teach in a small countryside town, and others are drawn to the city lights of Bangkok with all it has to offer. Others want to escape to the beach.

So within Thailand, you already have so many diverse options to suit whatever it is you’re looking to gain from teaching abroad, and it’s not possible to say which rates higher, as it’s a personal choice.

The same applies when comparing different countries – some pay higher salaries and others pay less, but offer a ‘better’ lifestyle – depending, of course, what it is you’re looking for. Are you looking to emerge yourself into the local culture and gain an invaluable experience, or are you looking to add a prestigious school to your CV?