Teach English in Thailand with LanguageCorps' TEFL Certification

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About

In Thailand, LanguageCorps offers TEFL Certification Programs in two locations; Chiang Mai and Krabi. Unlike most traditional TEFL Certification Programs, our TEFL Certification Programs in Thailand are three-week courses. Slightly more intensive than the regular four-week course, but it allows you to start teaching a week earlier!

The course includes 140 hours of in-class training, including 20 hours focusing on more specialized teaching disciplines such as “Teaching Business English” and “Teaching Young Learners”. For your teaching practice, you will spend 3 full days at a real school teaching different levels of English to local students. The demand for teachers in Thailand remains very high and our teachers consistently find jobs within 0-30 days after finishing the TEFL course. Jobs are available in not only in bigger cities like Bangkok, but also smaller towns and rural areas.

Highlights
  • Lifetime job-finding assistance
  • Internationally accredited TEFL certificate recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education
  • Thai Language Lesson and cultural orientation
  • Three full days of teaching practice at a real school
  • Prepare for a successful, highly rewarding teaching career anywhere in the world.

Questions & Answers

Hi Paloma, thanks for your interest in our TEFL Certification program in Thailand. Program fees vary based on the services you would prefer to add, to make sure the experience meets your specific goals. Please send us an email to admissions@languagecorps.com and we can design the program with you.

Reviews

8.31 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • Benefits 7.9
  • Support 7.3
  • Fun 6.7
  • Facilities 7.6
  • Safety 7.1
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Ben
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunity for aspiring ESL teachers!

The Language Corps staff were very accommodating and helpful! The TEFL course itself was a great experience as well! Go in with an open mind and expect a bump or two to appear on the road in front of you, but understand that the finish line is worth it all!! My class location at the last minute got moved to the other side of the country. This could have been a huge issue but Language Corps made sure I was comfortable with the sudden change and were sympathetic to my concerns. I ended up falling in love with the altered location and had a great time exploring the city and local culture. The course itself was very helpful and grounded in a ton of communication theory that I had learned about in college. It was cool being able to put what I had learned getting my degree into practice for a TEFL certification. Now that I am graduated, the Language Corps staff are helping me find a job abroad! Take the leap!!

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sisely
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LANGUAGECORPS Thailand

LanguageCorps was a great buffer into SE Asia. It made the transition from the states much easier and comfortable. You are surrounded with other people just like you that are interested in the sam journey. Everyone in our program was awesome and really had fun together. That was a great part of the experience. Our instructor, Nick, was completely amazing. He knew everything to a T and was so helpful and really cared about the material. The cost of the program was a little overpriced, especially for the accommodations that we got. The accommodations could of been nicer... but, you are in Cambodia. The weekend trips that LanguagCorps arranged for us were so much fun. They were one of my favorite things about the program. You won't be disappointed with Spiderville and Ankor Wat. Over to Pattaya, Jam, the instructor for this portion of the course was equally as awesome. My teaching practice was with a group of Korean Moms. They were so sweet and I am so lucky I got to teach them. I was proactive and applied for jobs while still in the program, so before I even arrived at the destination I wanted to settle at in Thailand I had an interview. Jam will tell you who's hiring through Ajarn.com and other sites that look for foreign teachers but its up to you to find the job. Overall the program was great and I am so glad I chose LanguageCorps. Sure there are easier, cheaper routes but for me it was a great introduction into SE Asia and I met some awesome people!

What would you improve about this program?
Better accommodations for price
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Matthew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good Experience

Overall I'd say it was a good experience. There were definitely some parts that I wasn't too keen on, but that goes with any large-scale program that has 20+ people of different ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and interests. I signed up for the volunteer plus program which tacked on an extra month of unpaid volunteer work that was set up through the Language Corps Thailand branch. That ended up being an incredible experience that was greatly rewarding.

It was also interesting to see the difference between the beginning of the program in Cambodia and the end of the program in Thailand. We got our hands held a lot in Cambodia and considering how many of us had shipped off to a completely foreign country without family or friends it was helpful. In Thailand we were very much more left to our own devices which was perfect for that point in the program.

I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to friends but I would also recommend them to do some research on their own. This program may not be the best fit for everyone. You can easily do some looking around and find cheaper programs that don't include the nice trips to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, Sihanoukville, among others.

What would you improve about this program?
I know it can be difficult to get agreements made with schools but I know that not everyone from my group was happy with their teacher practice placement. Mine worked out, although it wasn't necessarily ideal.
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth every penny!

It took me almost two years to finally commit to joining the program and moving overseas. Being from small town Texas it was a huge change. I can tell you that I don't regret it one bit. I came to SEA 23/1/2014 and today it's 22/4/2014 and I have had the time of my life. The LC Asia Program is a great way to get eased into the south east Asian culture because you are in a group of other people who are in the same boat as you. They bought a ticket, packed up there belongings and moved over here just like me; and believe me, they were just as scared as I was. So with that in common, it made things so much easier. We quickly became a huge family and I still stay in contact with most of the people in the group all over SEA.

THE STAFF: I already knew a bit about the LC because a friend of mine joined the LC a couple of years prior. She gave it great reviews and I can totally agree. The staff is awesome. They do a great job of helping you with your day to day needs. They can recommend anything from good restaurants, bars and markets. They will even tell you where to get a good haircut and they are available just about anytime during the day. They really know what they are doing.

THE CLASSES: The first two weeks are a bit tough if you haven't been in a classroom in a while. Eight hours a day of note taking and lecturing. However, the teachers make it fun by including games and other ways to make it more fun than just lectures. You learn a lot of information in a short amount of time but it definitely prepares you for teaching.

THE EXCURSIONS: The excursions were a great way to break up the classroom time. A weekend in Siem Reap visiting Angkor Wat and other temples and another weekend spent in Sihanoukville just lounging at the beach. Both very cool experiences.

STUDENT TEACHING: The second two weeks are all about applying what you've learned in the beginning to real life teaching. You're days consist of teaching in the morning, Thai language and culture lessons after that and then you lesson plan for the next day. If you haven't taught before it can be a bit challenging for the first couple of days but it gets easier and more fun as the time progresses. My students were very eager to learn and they still email me with questions they may have! The staff in Pattaya is just as helpful as the staff in Phnom Penh and they too are available at just about any time.

All in all, the LC Asia program was worth every dime I spent on it. This has definitely been a life changing experience. If you have never been to Asia (or have never left your home country, like me) I HIGHLY recommend this program. You wont regret it!

What would you improve about this program?
I would add more Thai language lessons to the course. Learning the very basics was a great start but I still felt unprepared for actually living here.
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Cory
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand

I was very pleased with the LC Asia program. Upon arrival I was expecting a course that would briefly cover what it would take to be a teacher in Southeast Asia. However, this only scratched the surface of what was provided. Everything from lesson planning to how a child's brain develops and why that affects your teaching method was covered in great detail. The instructors were also very beneficial as they were able to inform of us of what to expect in our classrooms. My favorite part of the course was the amount of practice we got with each of the different teaching techniques.

Until you actually get into a classroom it is hard to tell what you will encounter, but I do not think I could have been any more prepared than I was.

What would you improve about this program?
This program would have been better if we were able to practice teaching on students of various ages. I was only able to teach adult students in the program.
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Raul
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The point of view of a non native speaker

Yes, it is possible to go with this program and then find a teaching job even if you are not a native speaker of English.

Is it easy?

No, it is not.

Is the program helpful when you are trying to do it?

Yes, up to certain point.

It has been a whole year since I first took the program and moved from Spain to Camboya and then Thailand, aiming to teach and to enjoy a truly special experience.

The initial contact from Spain with Language Corps was satisfactory, they assessed my English and advised on the possible options. Red tape and the rest worked smoothly.

The arrival to Camboya was shocking, coming from Europe and being everything in South East Asia so different as traveling to Mars might be as well. Still, it was a good start, great memories.

If you like a healthy cultural shock and to collect very nice stories to tell your friends in the future, plus making a solid contribution matters to you, then this part of the world is for you. If you expect the rest of the world to be some sort of American town only with different people and exotic fruits, then you may want to think twice before you come here.

People here can be really nice and surprising, but they don't see things the same way you do. And that include students and Thai teachers wherever you end up working.

Sorry, digressing...

Although the location of the HQ of Language Corps in Phnom Penh can certainly be improved, I wouldn't qualify that as big deal, being the most important part (teachers and staff) rather satisfactory.

Needless to say, the visits to Angkor Wat and the beach were awesome and a must for anyone in the country. Very well done.

After 2 weeks everybody moved to their country of choice, in my case, Thailand, to the city of Pattaya for the second part of the training.

Pattaya is not exactly a centre of study and concentration, but neither is the rest of Thailand, anyway.

Accomodation there was perfect and the staff helpful, although the training focused a lot on the job that is supposed to be done in private schools and not in the government schools where many teachers have to go...and where life and expectations are wildly different. This is in my opinion the biggest but of the course, although nothing that can not be amended just as easily.

As far as finding a job is concerned, LC in Thailand provides some help, but not a lot. I was diverted to a local agency who was the one who actually landed me a job, and a second one later on, both of them in Bangkok.

When I tried to get some help from LC between the first job and the second their response was rather evasive. However, the life of the non native is always hard and that is not LC fault, so I'm not gonna blame them. You have to understand, there is only so much they can do with the job market.

Truth be told, after a year teaching here I believe the course helped in a practical way (some teaching techniques). From the resume point of view, it provided a kick start in the country and the staff in short, was supportive without promising the moon, which I am thankful for.

Still, a more realistic approach to education in Thailand and its job market could help to boost the chances of everybody, including NES.

Overall, I would recommend the LC program in Thailand to my mates without hesitation, but I would polish some aspects of it and advice to whoever may be thinking in this adventure to be very sure about their teaching goals and understand that teaching in Siam is not like teaching in your own country. It takes patiente, determination and an open mind.

If you are a professional educator as myself, though, you will also enjoy the experience and grow as a teacher immensely.

About Thailand...I am not going to explain that. You have to experience it. Some love it, some hate it, just don't expect any winters neither a highly structured context. As they say, go with the flow...

Finally, is the course expensive?

As everything, it could sure be cheaper, but unlike so many other things, it does what it says in the tin.

Any questions...just ask!

Best of luck

Raúl

What would you improve about this program?
I would include the reality of government schools and their students as part of the training, as many of the teaching techniques that are seen during the course are not workable in this particular context that is a great part of the job market in Thailand.
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soccrstud07
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You get what's advertised

They take care of you during training and make sure to show you the local sights. The training was very applicable to your day-to-day teaching responsibilities and you also get hands-on experience teaching in a classroom for two weeks. Job placement assistance was a bit weak, but thankfully jobs are plentiful in Thailand.

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Thoroughly
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Not what they say it is.

Overall, it is what it is. However, there was very little support from the main staff in Cambodia and it was not very professional. The people who go there to teach English were not treated well by the main staff nor were we assisted much in finding a job. The webpage says one thing and when you get there, you are given something else. The students who pay money to go over there are ambassadors of our own countries but the staff "promoted" partying with the cheap beer prices in Phnom Penh. If you are looking for a professional setting and a positive one, look elsewhere.

Response from LanguageCorps

Hello, I work with w/ LanguageCorps here in our US office. I am very to sorry that you found your experience with our program in Thailand to be less than satisfactory.

We take great pride in striving to ensure that each participant has a great experience living and working abroad, and the vast majority of program participants are very satisfied (as you can see from the many positive reviews here.)

If you would like to email me at Info@languagecorps.com to further discuss your experience, we would love to hear from you. We are always trying to do better and feedback from participants is the most important part of improving our programs.

Best,
Steve Patton