Text & Talk TEFL Academy

Text & Talk TEFL Academy

About

Text & Talk TEFL Academy, based in Bangkok, Thailand has been producing highly skilled, enthusiastic and effective English teachers for over 20 years.
Its graduates are sought after throughout South East Asia and China.

Our Thai Ministry of Education approved and accredited TEFL Course will totally immerse you in the Culture and Traditions of Thailand, whilst learning new teaching skills and methods.
You will be practicing these skills & techniques in Thai schools & universities, attend and assist at Corporate English lessons in addition to being tutored by our highly qualified Trainers over a period of 4 weeks.

If you are keen to experience the fun & excitement of being an English Teacher in this part of the world and do what you enjoy, then drop us a mail today.

We also offer a job placement assistance and a paid internship program for degreed and non-degreed applicants.

Founded
1991
Headquarters

1961 Phaholyothin Road, Lardyao, Chatuchak
Bangkok
Bangkok 10900
Thailand

Reviews

Dr. Ramil Profile
Ramil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My journey started some months back in the Philippines and was prompted by my desire to improve my teaching abilities. Getting TEFL certified in Thailand became a priority for me for many reasons. One of them is the fascinating culture, friendly people and mouthwatering cuisine in Thailand. I was set on getting my TEFL from Text & Talk because of its reputation in the region. The experience with Text & Talk from the time I started talking with their support staff to the time of my Graduation and support in finding work has been something special and made me develop a positive mindset from the time I was met at the Airport in Bangkok.

The succeeding days in the classroom-based training at Text and Talk Academy proved that the reputation Text & Talk earned over the years is well deserved. The friendly & fun learning atmosphere added to the sense of satisfaction and I now feel so much more confident in developing a lesson plan and presenting lesson than I did a month ago. The essential principles adopted for each lesson and how to apply the PPP Methodology in delivering the lesson will always remain a part of my technique for use in future.
We enjoyed Practice Teaching sessions at live classes in Thai Schools and observation at real Thai companies and the experience was invaluable. Together with the Peer Evaluation system and constant reviews ensured that we became very adept at creating lessons and making an effective presentation. Also Teaching English to Young Learners are recognized as an essential skill and Text & Talk ensures that you learn and practice these skills intensely. They even arranged practice teaching sessions at one of the top private Kindergarten schools for this purpose.

The importance of positive body language, a conservative dress code, and jovial demeanor was also highlighted during the course and I am sure overall the course was well worth it.
The Graduation ceremony was a poignant experience & full of meaning for each participant as it represented a culmination of three weeks of intensive but enjoyable study. Now, equipped with our newly minted skills we are ready to face the challenges ahead in being an effective English educator.

In conclusion, thanks to the Trainers for being so sensitive and responsive to the needs of the participants. Each of us experienced a very friendly and personalized approached in making the TEFL journey as fruitful and enjoyable as possible!

Leia Profile
Leia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Before coming to do the Text & Talk TEFL Course I was a part-time English Teacher and what I learnt during the last 3 weeks greatly expanded my understanding of teaching.

I love to teach, but I did not know how to prepare & present properly to the class. Since I enjoy teaching, I wanted to build a strong foundation by developing my skills in preparation to becoming a full-time English teacher. It is for this reason that I chose to undertake the Text & Talk’s TEFL course above all the others available.

In the TEFL course, I came to appreciate the importance of communicating effectively, through skills such as adjusting my language to the proficiency level of the students and changing my tone of voice. The TEFL course can also be applied to many jobs outside of teaching since it involves many skills like interpersonal skills, voice projection, and body language.

I think the best part of the course was the practice teaching evaluations, where we were given the opportunity to teach different levels of students from Kindergarten to High School. This really opened my eyes because I had to understand and adapt to the student's different personalities in each class I taught.

The Course Trainers coached me and helped me learn from my mistakes. Even though it was intense, it is better to make mistakes while I am studying than when I am really teaching a class full of students.
The PPP method is such a good foundation for any teacher. It helped me prepare my lessons and materials (visual aids, flashcard, and fillers) for my classes. I was also taught to be flexible since things do not always go as planned in class. Overall, I believe that the TEFL course is very practical and anyone who wants to pursue a career in teaching should take it.

I did not take the course, to get a certificate and to just find a job. I took the course to gain new knowledge that I can take with me and apply it into any situation I find myself in. The part that I valued the most about TEFL course is understanding that I must always be positive in my classes, even the words I choose to say should be on the positive side. For example, I should avoid using the word 'no' and instead find a positive, alternative word. It makes me realize that being a teacher is not the easiest job in the world. To be a teacher is not only about teaching, but it is also being responsible of what you say to your students, especially kids because the way you speak and use words defines the kind of person you are.

As a teacher, you are there to give your students the support and understanding they need. This is what the TEFL course taught me and I am happy to have taken it.

I would just want to say a big thanks to the Trainers and support staff for the most invaluable experience at Text & Talk.

Nancy Profile
Nancy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with the TEFL course was very good. I have learned a lot during this course and acquired the teaching techniques that will make me a better Teacher. The PPP (present, practice, produce) method, lesson planning, classroom activities, games, classroom control, Thai cultural rules, body language control, posture awareness, communication techniques, professional appearance, and more were taught. The Text & Talk TEFL course really comprises a number of important factors for trainees to be aware when presenting themselves as a professional teacher. The course is well organized and structured. The experience to teach in a real classroom was also a major positive point in this course, and I am very thankful for it. This opportunity was my first real-life contact with a classroom as a teacher. The course helped us realize that we were on the right path, and it was very rewarding to have that experience. I gained more confidence and motivation to proceed with this career, and it provided important feedback on what I needed to improve. In terms of the knowledge acquired I am very happy because now I feel that I can prepare any lesson plan in my future career as a teacher. So, with this course, I am now more confident to become a teacher for the long term and to present myself to schools and apply to work here in Thailand and internationally. Regarding the personal experience in this course, I am very happy and thankful for all the help and empathy that all the members from Text & Talk have shown. They helped me and gave advice on subjects related to the course and even with more personal matters. The entire team is really helpful and nice with the trainees providing important support, which is very important since we are alone and far from all our friends and family. This is a very important and positive comment that I would like to make about Text & Talk TEFL Academy. They have gone beyond my expectations, and I would recommend the course to anyone interested in acquiring a TEFL Certificate. I am very happy with this experience, and with all the knowledge that I acquired, so I would like to praise all the Text & Talk staff for being so nice and professional. Your experience as Teachers and the way you delivered this course were inspiring for an aspirant Teacher like myself. Thank you Text & Talk it was a pleasure and an honor to be your trainee.

Shawn Profile
Shawn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in the Text & Talk TEFL course was great. I learned about the Thai culture, dealing with difficult students, and teaching English to children and adults. The course broke down the important elements of teaching a lesson to non-native speakers. The PPP method is an important factor in teaching English as a second language and can be used for any lesson. PPP is an acronym for presenting, practicing and producing the target language. The TEFL course also taught us how to develop a lesson and be efficient with delivering the target language. The course assisted with understanding Thai culture and how to react to young students without embarrassing them. The Trainers also helped with how to elicit students’ answers with hand gestures, flash cards or real objects without giving away too much information. Using hand gestures, I found to be very useful because I use it when I travel to non-English speaking areas. I particularly enjoyed teaching young students because I don't have a chance to be around young kids back in the States. They were very eager to learn and happy to be in class. The TEFL course taught me different ways to have fun and still teach a lesson. The fillers are great ways to engage with students and teach the lesson at the same time. The course emphasized the need to keep the lessons simple for beginners learning English. This was difficult for me because I had to think of easier ways to get the message across. The TEFL course explained how much time needs to be presented by the teacher (TTT) and how much time the students need (STT). This is important because a lot of teachers will do most of the talking without engaging with students. The TEFL course drilled us on how to set up a proper lesson for non-native speaking students. The Trainers explained how important it is to have a lesson plan before you teach a lesson. The lesson plans can be altered depending on the class, but the overall structure is similar. Lessons should be fun and should help develop a rapport with students. Developing a rapport with students is essential because the students should respect you, not fear you. I feel much more confident in teaching a lesson than I did a month ago. I learned all the principles used for each lesson and how to use them with students. The lesson plan set up is something I will always need and something I will have to master.

Tharuka Profile
Tharuka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The experience of the TEFL course has been extremely good for me. I have researched a lot of places prior to deciding on Text & Talk as they seemed to be the most welcoming place of the lot. My first expression was created when I came and met the people who were beyond nice to me and took extra effort to bond with me to make me feel welcome. I think this is something unique about Text & Talk as they make you feel welcome and valued more than other places out there. Despite my doubts at the beginning of the course, this turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Possibly one of the most positive decisions I have made for the betterment of my quality of life since arriving in Bangkok. I did not find the course content or the lesson plan creation to be as challenging as I have hoped . However, the practical aspect of the whole experience was quite challenging to me and through that, I was able to recognize my strengths and weaknesses accordingly. I was quite terrified in the aspect of actually teaching actual kids in an actual school in a faraway country. However, once I went through that experience, I was profoundly happy in knowing my ability to teach and make at least a small difference in the life of a child. I learned that I am able to overcome any obstacle that comes my way through good preparation and by adapting to the situation. For someone who has had very little teaching experience prior to this I have to say that I am very satisfied with the level of exposure provided by the TEFL course. The key to being successful was to prepare and over prepare. These were embedded into our minds by the Trainers and I am forever grateful for that. I am not only able to have faith in my teaching now I am also capable of constructing lesson plans that will be the foundation of any good teaching session in the future. The Trainers are both extremely professional yet very friendly at the same time. I have thrived under their guidance and have come to like teaching as a long-term career. They have provided fool proof ways to attempt teaching accordingly and I am extremely grateful for that. The overall experience has helped me in meeting different people from different backgrounds as well and I am quite thrilled by that experience . Apart from the teaching I have been able to blend in with a diverse group of people whom I have become quite close to through-out the sessions. Finally, I am very grateful for the opportunity offered by the Text & Talk TEFL Academy and I will not hesitate in recommending their TEFL Course to anyone and everyone on this path. Thank you!

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Staff Interviews

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

Miki Chantawannop

Job Title
TEFL Course Developer
Miki Chantawannop

Hello. My name is Miki, and I am one of the TEFL Course Developers here at the Text-And-Talk TEFL Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. I am pleased to be a part of this fantastic team. My expertise includes public speaking, image consultation and communication skills, which I am grateful to have opportunities to share my knowledge to our fellow TEFL trainees.

What is your favorite travel memory?

In 2013, I was offered a scholarship to study a Master's degree in Real Estate Development in Reading, U.K. During the stay, I had learned so much English and experienced the life and the culture of the people there, which paved me to be able to work with 'international' people, meaning people from various parts of the world.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In my background, I have always been involved in the area of teaching or education. After having joined Text & Talk TEFL Academy, I have further developed many other skills that I would not have elsewhere, such as teaching skills, class control, soft skills and the mindset. Text & Talk Academy has made me feel like home because everybody treats each other as brother and sisters, and that is where I discovered the true meaning of "teamwork".

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One student from South Africa is a friend of mine on Facebook, and we always say "hi" or comment on each other's posts, and he always mentions about us - how we have transformed his life and how much he really appreciates our effort to make things work out for him. He usually says that teaching is so rewarding and that it is no longer difficult as long as you know how to prepare for lessons. And many of our TEFL graduates are saying similar things about us.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would definitely choose the Flexi-Time TEFL Course as it is more affordable as well as time-saving. Instead of spending 4 weeks at the TEFL school, you would stay for only 3 weeks because most of the theory part has been completed in the online-studies program, even before arriving in Bangkok. That makes our TEFL course quite unique, and it has received very positive feedback from our past trainees.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our TEFL company is super ethical and we are very caring about our trainees. We have our own "core values" that we follow and always remind ourselves of, and these are:

  • Doing the right thing.
  • Striving for excellence.
  • Creating value.

We can proudly say that we do take care of our TEFL trainees very, very well, from the visa to accommodation to the training and job placements.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that being sincere - in other words, keeping our promises - is essential to the growth of our business. When we say that we will transform you into excellent English teachers, we ensure that that happens. That is why, in our TEFL course, the trainees do get a lot of personal one-on-one coaching, which we are certain that no other TEFL course providers would be willing to commit so much effort and time like us.

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