SEE TEFL is one of the most most established and respected TEFL training courses in Asia. They offer the standard 120-hour 4-week program with 6 1-hour observed teaching practices in local schools allowing graduates to teach anywhere across the world plus a 4-5 month teaching Internship which provides an opportunity for participants to live as English teachers in Thai schools in rural areas of the country; participants fully immerse in Thai culture and live as a respected 'ajarn' in their new community.

SEE's training program is accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education and its management system is ISO 9001:2008 compliant. It's also a TQUK approved training center. Courses are usually oversubscribed and there is also an early-bird $200 discount for booking early, so it's best to book early in order to guarantee a place on your preferred training date.


208/2 Kaewnawarat Road
Watkate Amphoe Muang Chang Wat , Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai 50000


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Yes, I recommend this program

Have just graduated from SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai. This was an amazing experience. The teaching and support staff at SEE TEFL were nothing short of amazing. This course challenged me in ways I frankly was not expecting. The tuition and support from staff and fellow students was second to none. The 6 practical lessons in local Chiang Mai schools enabled me to practice my skills and understand what the teaching process was like as a first time TEFL Teacher. There was tremendous variety in our teaching practices so that all classes were covered from Kindergarten to Vocational level students. The course enabled me to learn how to plan lessons, create activities to be used in the classroom, manage time effectively and critically evaluate my performance. This is a wonderful course that is highly regarded and provides international accreditation. So happy I chose SEE TEFL to complete this course.

What would you improve about this program?
I do not think it can be - no complaints from me, hard work has its advantages.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Completing the 120-hour TEFL course has been a positive life changing experience. It started me with the necessary skills, knowledge, and assistance to help secure my first teaching position. This course and staff associated with it has guided me on a career path that has been extremely satisfying. After 8 years teaching in SE Asia (Thailand and Vietnam), i can honestly say that this course helped me to develop a passion for teaching. The instructors and staff associated with SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai were polite, understanding of cultural differences, and always willing to help. The 120-hour course seemed intense at the time but all the hard work does payoff. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city that is easy to feel comfortable with great opportunities for someone to have many growing experiences.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I was recommended the SEETEFL certification course by a friend and must say it definitely lived up to my expectations. After an intense 4 week course with 6 observed teaching practices, I felt confident in my abilities to plan and teach a complete ESL lessons. SEETEFL gave me the tools needed to jump into a classroom and teach right away. I found a job within two weeks of graduating from the course and am loving my new life teaching English in Asia!

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Yes, I recommend this program

SEE TEFL is an excellent choice when thinking about taking an overseas TEFL class. The staff is professional, the coursework is highly relevant, and the preparation for in class teaching is unmatched.
The staff are really what made the experience above and beyond. Grammar preparation with Shouvik taught me things I don’t even think I learned as a student. While this section was quite tedious, it was crucial as we later learned that we could apply every lesson he taught into our own lessons in the classroom. Kelly Anne helped us to perfect our teaching skills by demonstrating lessons (particularly memorable the kindergarten lesson). You could tell her enthusiasm for teaching and it gave everyone motivation for their upcoming lessons. John and Ying are the owners and are extremely professional in running their business, yet still find the time to help the trainees through every aspect of their course.
My favorite part of the class was the preparation for the six teaching practices. I was so nervous for these practices as I thought there was no way I could be fully prepared. However standing in front of the classroom seemed natural due to all the preparation I had received.
The program prepares you for every aspect of teaching from lesson planning to making materials. Afterwards you are reviewed on your performance and given constructive criticism, which I found the most valuable part of the course. I was able to start focusing on my individual strengths as a teacher which contributed to a significant confidence boost in the classroom.
This course really helped me find a profession that I love and want to continue for years to come. I highly, highly recommend this program as this training program, I believe, is the best of the best. I am always happy to talk about my experience at SEE TEFL as it really was a very memorable and positive experience.

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Having only initially taken the course as a means of dipping my toes in the teaching waters it ended up becoming an experience that shaped my career aspirations and goals.

All of the trainers greet all trainees warmly, welcoming them to Chiang Mai, and are highly experienced in both living and working in the local area. The training inputs are insightful and engaging, in particular I enjoyed Shouvik’s grammar inputs and Ying’s fun Thai lessons. All of the teaching practices were great and the feedback provided was highly useful in helping me and other trainees quickly improve and develop our teaching skills. Each teaching practiced afforded me the chance to teach a different class, encouraging me to be flexible with my teaching preferences which would become important after graduation. In addition to all of this I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful support team that work at SEETEFL. The lengths they go to help and assist trainees and teachers is commendable and another wonderful feature of the course.

By the end of the course I had really started to get a feel for teaching ESL and decided to pursue this career avenue further and SEETEFL provide trainees with assistance and advice when looking for work. Upon entering the classroom after graduating is when I really felt the benefit of the course as I had been provided with a tool set that could be applied in a variety of different classroom situations. Further to this the support from all the staff at SEETEFL was continued, John, Shouvik and Ying were always very approachable and able to offer additional suggestions and guidance when needed.

My only real disappointment was when I eventually left Chiang Mai to move to Bangkok to study a Masters degree in Education. Once more this was also with the full support of the team at SEETEFL who assisted with references and recommendations for my application to the course and to my new school.

So, here I am 6 years later after first walking into the training room at SEETEFL having now been teaching for nearly 6 years in Thailand and having recently completed a Masters degree in Education. Still however I think back to my time on the course and invaluable training, support and guidance it provided me with. Having met and spoke with many teachers over the years who had taken different TEFL course around Thailand and Asia, none of them have been able to reflect so highly about their TEFL course as I do when I recall my time at SEETEFL. I would recommend the course to anyone, it is challenging and stimulating and provided me with an experience that I will never forget.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Nicola Ellar

Nicola has been living in Thailand for 4 years and teaching English as a foreign language since completing her internship with SEETEFL in 2014.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because SEETEFL had been recommended to me by others. I chose the internship course in particular because I liked that you were guaranteed a job at the end and for me it was also more cost effective to take the internship option.

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

They assisted me with all my paperwork, visas and a Thai bank account. They also provided course materials and equipment and introduced us to Thai culture and basic Thai language.

The accommodation was included in the price with free buffet breakfast. They also transported us to the school on the first day so we knew where to go (it's only a short walk so we walked the rest of the time).

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

One piece of advice is to take as much advantage of being around the SEETEFL course leaders and you can. They have all had years of experience teaching ESL and living in Thailand so are a great resource for any questions you might have.

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

An average day was to arrive at the SEETEFL center before 9 am and grab a quick coffee, make your way to the classroom and settle in for some lessons on classroom management, grammar exercises or teaching theory. We'd usually have a break mid-morning and put what we learned into practice with an activity. An hour for lunch and then some more lessons or a Thai language lesson, sometimes a presentation activity.

In the second week, we would spend the morning being briefed on what lesson we needed to prep, we would take notes and then prepare our lesson plans. In the afternoon we would have our teaching practices and be graded by one of the course leaders.

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

My biggest fear was standing up in front of a room full of kids and having a memory blank.

Over the course we took part in a lot of activities that involved speaking in front of others, then we had the teaching practices. By the end, I was much more confident and classroom ready.

How has this course helped you with your future plans and/or career?

This course has given me a teaching certificate that has opened a lot of doors for me. There are TEFL jobs available worldwide plus opportunities for online teaching. This certificate has helped give me the edge for a number of job opportunities and really helped get me started in my teaching career. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and learn more about Thai culture.

It was also great going into teaching with an agency like SEETEFL as they are well recognized in Thailand and it was nice knowing you had support with any problems or queries throughout your teaching placement and afterward too.

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Staff Interviews

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

John Quinn

After graduating with a technical degree, John worked as a Scientific Officer with the UK’s Ministry of Defence. However, this didn’t satisfy his need to travel and his desire to help people. After a period of short-term jobs and budget traveling, he finally found his calling: EFL teaching. Since 1999 John has gone from teacher to examiner to manager to trainer to school owner. He now owns one of the most successful TEFL training schools in Asia. According to him, the secret of his success has been hard work, customer care and then more hard work.

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

John: I am the founder, director of the managing company and the senior trainer for SEE TEFL. In addition, all email inquiries are sent to me and receive my personal response. Before I became an EFL teacher in 1999, I had always been searching for this type of career. Until that point in my life, I had mixed shoestring travel with spells of unsatisfying employment in the UK. My ‘eureka’ moment was during a bus journey in India; I met two vacationing TEFL teachers and they told me about their lives as EFL teachers in Bangkok.

I had never heard of TEFL before, and this seemed like the perfect career for me. It would allow me to continue to travel to far and exotic countries while doing something worthwhile with my life. Teaching, along with nursing, had always appealed to me as it would involve working with people and not paper or computer files.

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The first step would be to take a TEFL course and I had been instructed by my new TEFL friends that the Saturday Education supplement of The Guardian newspaper would list upcoming courses. While there were only three listed, there was one was at a college just 500m from my parents’ house (where I was staying) and it was starting in 10 days. My brother-in-law, who is a builder, asked me whether I was interested in 7 days cash-in-hand work on one of his sites. I did, and I started to believe in fate from this moment.

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

John: I started my teaching career in Chiang Mai as an hourly-paid part-time teacher. After 2 years, it was time to move on and my next step was a 2-year full-time contract at the British Council. After another year of teaching the same verb tenses to mainly elementary-level students, I felt it was time for a new challenge. I grabbed the opportunity during my time at the BC to become an IELTS examiner and start leading IELTS strategy classes.

Upon completion of this contract I took 6 months off to go traveling around SE Asia. On returning to Chiang Mai, I was offered the position of Director of Studies at a branch of EF. We taught in-house, and I also managed teachers who we contracted to formal schools.

My next move was to open my own EFL language school in Chiang Mai – SEE TEFL started running courses in 2006. Since this date, we have refined the content, developed relationships with a large number of schools, achieved ISO 9001 compliance and obtained recognition from the Thai Ministry of Education for our program. We’ve also trained close to 700 TEFL teachers.

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

John: We ran our first Internship program in September 2013. This is a program that is suitable for people who are not fully committed to a career change. It offers training and a job guarantee for a 4-5 month placement in a Thai rural school. We are also looking to work with a partner and open the SEE TEFL program in Bangkok and at a beach location. We will then have courses in the Thai cultural capital of Thailand, the business centre and one next to the sea.

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

John: Ten years ago many people predicted online courses were the future of TEFL. I was never convinced. Practical teaching skills can only be acquired through practical-skills training. Our focus is always on developing practical skills. I think most people thinking of TEFL recognize this as well. In addition, I predict ISO 9001 compliance will be adopted by more programs over the next 10 years. This is the only externally audited quality-management standard recognized around the world. It’s a guarantee of quality in teacher training courses.

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