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Jody
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SEE TEFL Chiang Mai Thailand- Fantastic TEFL Certification Program

I completed SEE TEFL's 120 Hour TEFL Certification program and I can't say enough good things about the program. Prior to arriving in Thailand SEE TEFL's director, John Quinn, was extremely supportive and guided me through the whole process. In fact, it was John's continual support and commitment to his program and its students, which was a big deciding factor in my decision to choose Thailand as my destination to teach English.

The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, which thoroughly prepares students for teaching in the classroom. The teaching practices were well organized and provided students a practical application of material and methodologies discussed in class. The SEE TEFL trainers were knowledgeable and very supportive. When I took the program, I was lucky enough to be trained by Shouvik and Terry. They were both outstanding and even offered to assist students outside classroom/training hours.

If you are looking for a solid TEFL certification program, which offers support, encouragement and a lot of fun, then look no further than SEE TEFL!!

Happy Teaching!!

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Kaia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quality TEFL school

I took the 4-week TEFL course back in spring 2015. Any questions or worries that I had prior to arriving in Thailand were quickly resolved by emailing the school. John (the school’s director) would promptly reply to all of my inquiries, providing lots of useful information and explaining different visa options.

Once in Thailand, the course itself far exceeded my expectations. The class size was small, which created an intimate group setting. The lessons were engaging and really prepared us for the teaching practices by going over the theory and methodology of teaching English in an EFL environment. However, that’s not to say that the teaching practices were in any way easy. We spent many days and nights labouring over those first few lessons, making our lesson plans and creating our own teaching materials, but with each of those teaching practices (and the constructive feedback that went along with them) I felt more and more confident in front of a classroom.

I had zero teaching experience prior to attending SEE TEFL, but by the end of the program I really felt ready and excited to teach English in SE Asia. Although I had originally planned to go to Vietnam once the course was over, I ended up finding a job in Chiang Mai right away thanks to this course.

In short, I cannot recommend this school enough to anyone wishing to come teach English in SE Asia. The course is intense, but John and his team are there to help and encourage you every step of the way. And a special mention for Ying’s Thai lessons, which were always funny and interesting, and served as a great introduction to the Thai language and culture.

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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SEE TEFL was a wonderful opportunity!!

Joining SEE TEFL is by far, one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made. It is such a grand opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself by moving to a new country and sharing your knowledge of a language that will open the door for all those who are capable of learning it. SEE TEFL is the eprfect organization to go through as they provide you with not only training in grammar review and classroom management but also cultural training, which really comes in handy as you are integrating yourself into a new way of life.

The internship was perfect for me because it guarantees you with a job right out of training and it is only 6 months, which was perfect for me because I wanted to travel to other countries as well within the same year. However, you always have the option to make it a year or even longer, 6 months is simply the minimum. Throughout the entire semester, the organization makes sure to email you regularly (weekly) to check in and offer assistance with visas and even lesson planning and simple encouragement! I cannot recommend this program enough. If teaching English is something that you feel called to do, absolutely go through SEE TEFL to see that dream through. You won't regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
A lot of the lesson planning that I had to do was only based on a textbook page. So I would focus a little more heavily on how to build a lesson around nothing but a textbook page.
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Brenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible value from an impressive staff!

My husband and I just finished our four week TEFL course at SEE TEFL! We were so impressed with everything about the course -- the staff, the materials, the level of care and preparation, etc. We couldn't recommend it more. As you consider teaching English overseas, a lot of people will tell you to save money and do your TEFL online -- don't listen! We are so thankful we gained the valuable experience that SEE TEFL provides through the various grammar inputs and teaching practices. You get real experience in classrooms around Chiang Mai and the trainers give you valuable feedback to take with you into your own classrooms moving forward. The course is not for the faint at heart. It's hard work but well worth it! We really couldn't recommend this program more!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing! Seriously only left a good impression on us.
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Donna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Recent Graduate January 2019

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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Edward
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great value, experience and assistance

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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Brandon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

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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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Course

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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Kevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A truly fantastic experience.

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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Nicki
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great start to a lifetime of teaching overseas

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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