SEE TEFL
98% Rating
(17 Reviews)

SEE TEFL

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.

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Kevin
Male
34 years old
Thailand
University of Bath

A truly fantastic experience.

10/10

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.

Nicki
Female

A great start to a lifetime of teaching overseas

10/10

SEETEFL had been recommended to me by a friend and I was so glad I chose their program over others. The two week internship allows you to receive all the training on classroom management lesson planning, grammar review etc as you would receive on the normal TEFL but you finish your training by completing a semester teaching at a Thai school instead of having as many teaching practices.
For me this suited me really well because it guaranteed a job for at least 6 months to get you started. You still do teaching practices as part of the course which help you gain confidence before starting work.
The classes received during the course are easy to follow and very informative. They're great at supporting you through every stage of the training and there for when you get nervous about your first teaching practices.
The accommodation that you stay in as a part of the program is lovely, clean and well set out rooms with a delicious buffet breakfast offering western and Thai and there's also a pool onsite. The location is a short walk to the SEETEFL building and has a lot of nice restaurants in the area. It's also not far from the city center and night market.
They also offer great support after you leave. If I had any queries I emailed and they would respond very quickly and even now nearly 4 years later I am still in contact with them.
Overall a fantastic experience which has led to some great teaching opportunities as well as uniting me with a network of SEETEFL graduates. They are a lovely team of people.

How can this program be improved?

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Rinchen
Female
11 months old
Chiang Mai
Other

Course experience

10/10

I personally feel that SEE TEFL is by far the best course that I have taken in my entire life. I like the fact that it allowed all speakers of English be it native or non native to enroll into the course. I also appreciate the staff support and services that were available for the trainees at the center. Additionally, the lessons were thoughtfully planned with information relevant to teaching. The classroom lessons and instructions came in handy during the practical hours. The course required us to complete six Observed Teaching Practices (OTPs). This opportunity to teach in real life situations with real students is what sets this program apart from the rest. As a trainee, I learned a lot from the feedback given to me by my observer during these six OTPs.

How can this program be improved?

Although job support and resume assistance were provided to us, I felt that it was really brief. It would have been better if it was a little more detailed and if the center invited few graduates to share their experiences during the job hunt.

John
John
Male
60 years old
Phitsanulok Thailand
Victoria University

SEE TEFL - You can't go wrong!

10/10

Please read Adam's review dated October 2017. This course is in no way an attendance course and you will not pass if you do not put the effort into the OTPs (Observed Teaching Practices). If you put in the effort you will see continual improvement in your abilities and confidence, assisted by the very professional staff led by John and Shouvik (Senior EFL Trainer). John and Shouvik are two of the best trainers you could ever hope to have. Professional, patient, encouraging and most of all very supportive. SEE TEFL uses a wide and impressive range of schools including kindergarten, primary, secondary and vocational. Every OTP provided different experiences which will be used when you commence teaching. There are many TEFL courses available however you will be hard pressed to find one that provides the learning environment that SEE TEFL does. There are times when nearly every person on the course questioned whether they had what it takes to complete the course - just when you are feeling that way you find the reassurance of John or Shouvik! God bless them! After a 43 year career which saw me working in some not so nice places I am excited about my next phase involving ESL and teaching in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

How can this program be improved?

Students should try and bring their own laptop as it makes it much easier to prepare lessons and material in your hotel / apartment and gives you far more flexibility. Although I did not use the IT equipment it may help if the computers at the school were 'linked' which will provide much easier access and flexibility for course students.

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Adam
Male
41 years old
Chiang Mai, Thailand
University of Denver

Exemplary TEFL Certification Program in a Magical City

10/10

One caveat emptor, strictly for those who want to come to Thailand to (first) holiday, vacation, and/or party, and only then (second) take up teaching English as a foreign language: you will find the course too demanding for a purely good-times, drinking and dancing schedule, and you may not be able to complete it with that kind of mindset. Like all worthy endeavors, you will get out of this program what you put into it. This is a rigorous, professional course designed for people who earnestly want to teach (or improve their teaching skillset). The tempo of the course is demanding (but doable by anyone willing to manage his or her time and put in the work), and you will be required to memorize relatively complex classroom practices as well as some formal English grammar — not easily done with too little sleep or a hangover. If this sounds like you, my best and most friendly advice is that you take the money you would invest in the program, have a fine party-holiday, and then pursue another line of work (the world doesn’t need more educators who are in it for the wrong reasons). If you can’t afford to travel without working at the same time — and that is your only motivation for teaching EFL — consider washing dishes instead. But if you have a passion for teaching or think you might find a passion in teaching, connecting to students, providing solid, effective instruction, you will be more than satisfied, delighted even, by the thoroughness of the program and the solid pedagogical foundation you gain from it.

One of the first things you will find out about SEE TEFL is that they are prompt, professional, and thorough in responding to any questions you may have before dedicating yourself to one of their programs — about coming to Thailand, obtaining appropriate visas, and about the program and school as well as opportunities to teach following program completion. And once you have registered, they provide clear guidance as well as the appropriate paperwork to help you (painlessly) acquire the necessary visas. This can be a rather confusing and stressful process to navigate on your own, but not with John Quinn et al on your side: you’ll be guided through a few simple steps, and you will be ready to go.

The staff at SEE TEFL will also help arrange (off-site) accommodations for your stay in Chiang Mai during the course if you like (I did not use this service, but several of my classmates did, and they were pleased with the arrangements).

On arrival, you will find a clean, inviting, well-maintained and modern school, attended by friendly and helpful staff: ample classrooms and meeting rooms (all complete with air-conditioning); work spaces; computers; office essentials for students; a comfortable and pretty outdoor break area, sheltered from the sun and rain; and a nice, inexpensive self-service coffee bar with snacks and drinks on offer.

Once you begin the classes, you will learn that SEE TEFL’s four-week training course provides intensive training for the classroom. The lion’s share of the program is devoted to (A) giving students tried and true principles and methods for teaching English as a foreign language, (B) providing students with a solid base of English grammar knowledge and terminology, and (C) instruction and practice in effective classroom management. Even as a previous English composition and literature instructor and writing tutor, I found the review of English grammar helpful.

The principles and methods that you will learn may seem rigid at first. However, as you progress through the program you will realize that the principles and methods are adaptable to any number of teaching situations, informal and formal alike, whatever your students’ abilities; and while you will go “off script” in your classes once you have a position at a school or language center, the principles will always be there to guide you in creating effective, student-centered lessons.

The classroom management skills you will acquire are simple and effective. They are designed with an awareness of Thai culture and customs in mind, but except for a few details the skills are clearly applicable to any classroom, regardless of the age or culture of the students — and they help make the classroom a fun and engaging place for students.

And you’ll learn that there is time for fun and for getting to know your classmates. The instructors are focused, but they have healthy senses of humor and are personable and friendly. SEE TEFL also arranges a night out on the first Friday of the program, and they arrange a “cultural awareness day” during which you will go to several sites around the city, including a cultural museum and Buddhist temple (where you will participate in a short ceremony if you like), all of which are discussed and explained at length.

The faculty at SEE TEFL are friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. They work hard to constantly improve the program in order to train and certify the best TESL/TEFL/EFL teachers that they can. While the classes move at a relatively quick pace, there is room for fun, the classes and instructors are always pleasant, and the instructors are very good about setting all of the students at ease.

Throughout the program, you will be required to make and produce several lessons — and teach them to actual students in actual schools. If this sounds daunting, do not fear: the SEE faculty are available (pretty much all day every day) to help with any questions or difficulties you may have while designing lessons and creating materials. The faculty of SEE TEFL are sincerely dedicated to seeing their students do well and succeed.

These “live” teaching practices are invaluable. Each time you teach in a school, a SEE TEFL faculty member will be there to observe your lessons and to provide you with constructive feedback afterwards. (And, if you listen to the suggestions and attempt to make the improvements and changes the faculty suggest, there is no two ways about it: your teaching will improve with each and every lesson.) Another upside is that at the end of the course you will have a set of lessons and materials to draw on, ranging from simple vocabulary to complex grammar, which you can showcase to prospective employers as well as use to get your classes started once you are offered a position at a school.

Also included in the program are several “survival Thai” language lessons. Following these, you’ll be able to communicate in the most necessary situations (ordering food and drinks, making polite requests, describing ailments to doctors…).

Finally, throughout, during, and even after the program the faculty and staff are prepared to help with visa issues that may arise and to help with contacting employers, resume writing, and interview skills.

This is a tremendous program, very well designed and well taught, definitely worth the investment, and worthy of its accreditations and international recognition. I could not recommend it more highly.

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