Samui TEFL 4-week 140-hour intensive TEFL / TESOL course

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About

Our 4-week, 140-hour intensive TEFL / TESOL course covers every aspect of EFL teaching, with a strong emphasis on practical training. All theory is learnt face-to-face, meaning that you have a tutor on hand to answer any questions and assist with lesson planning. By the end of the course, you'll be confident to teach in the real world, from lesson planning to handling a class of boisterous children. Other aspects covered include understanding how to teach grammar, how to grab and hold your students' attention, and delivering fun, interactive, yet meaningful classes, appropriate to the students' ages and abilities.
The course covers English for special purposes (such as for tourism), and the practical training will be done in a real school environment, with various age groups.
We keep our class sizes small to ensure you receive personal attention during the course.
We also offer assistance with your CV and job applications, and cover Thai culture in the course.

Highlights
  • Teacher pracs in a real classroom environment
  • Located metres from the beautiful Choeng Mon Beach
  • Highly qualified trainers
  • An island tour is included during the first week of the course
  • All of the learning is done hands on through games and interactive activities

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Questions & Answers

We have had many 'mature' trainees on the course. In fact if you read through our reviews, you'll see one of the latest ones is from Richard, who is in the age bracket you mentioned. You can also watch this video testimonial from a mature trainee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzT6MO2Qzyo&t=11s As long as you are young at heart and keen to learn, we are happy to have you on the course!

Reviews

9.91 Rating
based on 117 reviews
  • Benefits 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Facilities 9.3
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.5
  • Academic Rigor 8
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Joel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Just do it!

After a year of going back and forth deciding rather or not I should do a TEFL course I finally took the first step and found Samui TEFL. This program not only gave me the right tools to teach but the confidence as well. Teaching in a foreign country I didn’t know what to expect, but with a detailed plan and positive feedback, I found myself really enjoying this newly learned skill. The trainers Chiara, Jane and the rest of the team at Samui TEFL did an amazing job at creating a safe and fun learning environment. Making sure everyone understood the different topics and getting the whole class involved in fun activities. You learn a lot without knowing that you did. Once you step in a classroom all that information comes out and you see how it all fits together. I highly recommend taking this course if you want to teach overseas!
One of the biggest things I learned that I consider an eye-opening experience was that teaching doesn’t have to be by the books, you can have fun, creative and interactive lessons with your students that can help them learn so much more. This 4-week course is intense but if you work hard and have fun it goes by so fast. Being on the island of Koh Samui is something I will never forget. Thanks, team for helping me become a fun passionate teacher!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be and engage yourself in the NOW. Realize where you are and what you are doing, it will help you see the bigger picture and receive all this new information better. Don't stress out you are on an island! Work as a team and HAVE FUN!!
Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you so much for your lovely review Joel. Lovely to see your school posting photos of you in the classroom!
Do stay in touch.
Kind regards
Rose-Anne

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Kornel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect in every way

I am an English teacher from Hungary, you may ask me why do I need to take a TEFL course. I have some experience teaching English in Hungary but it was 20 years ago. After finishing this course I realized how boring teacher I was back then. I knew I had a lot to learn and if you want to learn about teaching English Chiara is the best teacher you can get. We had an amazing group of people in our class from every part of the world, we went to the training centre excited every day, nobody missed a class in 4 weeks, I would've stayed longer if I could. We had the chance to practice in 3 different kind of schools and it was an amazing experience, Jane, Off and Chiara helped us in every way they can in organizing and planning these teacher practices. They even helped me to find a job in Samui, and I'm really grateful for that. Why Samui? I think it's enough to say I've been living here for 8 years now. It's a beautiful tropical island where you can find countless beautiful viewpoints in the mountains, amazing beaches, or you can visit busy markets, pubs with live music and party places.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to enjoy every minute of the course, you may find it a bit overwhelming at the beginning but it's worth to give 100% all the way through because you can learn a lot from these amazing teachers.
Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you for your lovely review. It's great to hear how much you got out of the course and that you feel you are a better teacher. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course and made good friends.
Kind regards
Rose-Anne

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Shanique
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Samui TEFL - Feb 2019

"I think to travel and work abroad is something that everybody thought about sometime in their life. So many options and careers to choose from. So I decided to become a foreign teacher and what an adventure it has been since day one. Since arriving on Samui I knew exactly that my days of travelling is not even almost over. I lived my best life in Koh Samui with some life time friends I met on the Samui TEFL group. The course does not only give you an internationally accredited TEFL certificate but also a whole bunch of new best friends. Never knew that you can have so much fun while actually working really hard during the day. During this month on Samui you get to work with kindergarten up untill adults , which I think is great because then after the course you candecide the age group you want to teach. The trainers at the course also made learning very fun through constantly playing games - games which you can use in your own classroom one day - and also having little coffee breaks where it gives you enough time to quickly catch up with the other trainees. The trainers also wrote the days' agenda on the board for everybody to see so that we are always on track of what's going to happen next. The amount of work was split evenly everyday so we always worked just as hard as the previous day. The TP's looked a bit daunting at first but once you are in front of the classroom with another trainee on your side , things just go smooth sail from there. You can never be worse than the previous day because after every TP you get feedback and tips that would help you to just get better and better. Having just a TEFL certificate does not make it harder to get a job , I was surprised when I realized how many International Schools there are around Asia. And they always seek passionate teachers like the one's Samui TEFL develope. I am very fortunate for having this oppurtunity granted to me. Strange how much your life can change in just one month. THANK YOU SAMUI TEFL! " 

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Shanique
It's great to watch you grow over the last months and see you still teaching and recommending the course to others. Great to see you are still friends with so many of your classmates too!
Keep well, stay in touch.
All the best
Rose-Anne

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Paul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Samui TEFL -high standard, great experience 120 hour TEFL course

If you are looking for a very high quality, high standard and extremely well run TEFL course, then Samui TEFL is definitely the right place for you.
Samui is a beautiful island rich in Thai culture and a great place to study, I managed to go for a quick swim everyday. Our class was very multicultural and we all quickly became a community working together to help each other achieve the highest standards we could.

The training centre is simple but is well organised and provided a great environment for us to learn together, good air conditioning and all the facilities needed to put lesson plans in to action. The trainers are excellent, very experienced and passionate about teaching. Each lesson is amazingly well organised and really makes learning fun. Wisdom is in abundance so make sure you listen up and prepare for a great challenge.

The course is pretty intense but incredibly rewarding, you will definitely get good pay back if you put the effort in. We actually taught at an international school, a local Thai primary school and for those of us who wanted to do so, at an adult language school. When you graduate you really feel that you have achieved something significant and that you have gained the confidence to start the TEFL journey, especially after actually doing real teaching in real Thai schools with real kids!

Friendships made on the course will last forever and through the powers of social media we all keep in touch to discuss the next steps in our journey and the jobs we are undertaking. As I write this I am on my way to the UK for my first teaching job within 2 weeks of graduation, where to next ?

What would you improve about this program?
The classroom was bit small for a class of our size, but it was not a big issue.
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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course on Koh Samui

I chose to take a TEFL course on Samui, as the prospect of studying on a tropical island appealed to me, and it did not dissapoint! Samui is a fantastic island in the south of Thailand, and being able to relax on the beach (just a few minutes walk from the school!) after a hard day studying was brilliant. The school provided everything we needed to take the course - pens, pencils, white board pens etc as well as free wifi water and hot drinks. There is also printing facilities and so much arts and craft items to use for teaching aids. Chiara , the TEFL teacher, was superb. She made everyone comfortable and eased us into the course and before we knew it, the first week had passed - and i was amazed at how much material had been covered, and more importantly that material had been taken on board as well! Chiara is a very experienced language teacher, and included many techniques that have been tried and tested in the classroom. My coursemates on the course were also great, and we bonded well taking full advantage of being on a tropical island. We were given plenty of material, so when it came to our first teaching practice, we all felt well prepared to go and teach the kids in the school. We had the oppurtunity to teach in an international school, a government school as well as some adults who were learning english. This gave us a good overview of the different environments we could be teaching in, and the potential issues we could face. Throughout the course there was help provided in applying for jobs, as well as perfecting your CV. Overall i would reccomend this course, as Samui is a fun island to stay on for 4 weeks, and the quality of teaching and assistance offered is excellent.

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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The resource that keeps giving

This review has taken many months to write. Each time I've attempted to write one there seems to be more instances where this specific course and the tools given to me by the highly skilled and specialized teachers has come into my daily life and been a savior to teaching.

Think not the concepts are absurd or outdated (for they are) the reality is that alnodt everything you learn through this course works. You just don't understand the context yet.

If you are considering a TEFL course choose SamuiTEFL. Go in and try to absorb everything that you humanly can whether you think it relevant or not, there will be a day when use it and are thankful.

Managing your interactions with the children you teach and the students on the course with you will ensure that you get the maximum out of this course. It's predominantly about how much love and happiness you can share and the tools this course gives to ensure it.

(pro tip)
The beer is good but expensive. Get "local" whiskey and sprite for a winning evening.

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Michael

Samui TEFL provides their students with the essentials needed to succeed in a classroom setting. Prior, during and after the course has completed, the TEFL staff are there to help. Whether it be with accommodations during your stay in Samui, packing, professional clothing, cultural norms or job placement; the staff is available and willing to help. It is up to you, as a student in the course, to listen, corporate and work as a team player to gain the most from this experience.

Samui TEFL was recommended by a friend, and I would recommend this course to anyone searching for a TEFL course led by experienced professionals in the education system.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interactiveness of the course, the time spent with the students in the Thai schools and preparing the lesson plans together as a class.

The time and energy the TEFL staff put into this course is evident. It was a pleasure to be a student and learn from instructors who are so passionate about their jobs.

Good luck, and thank you Samui TEFL!

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Maggie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you, Samui TEFL

I had never travelled, taught, or heard of a tuk-tuk before flying to Thailand to pursue my TEFL certification. Thank goodness for the exceptional team at Samui TEFL. Inside and outside of the classroom, I never had a question that went unanswered. I always felt supported and rooted for, and when you’re a world away from home – that is invaluable.

Our teachers were dedicated to preparing us for classrooms of our own. I quickly learned how much thought, strategy, and preparation goes into each and every lesson. By the end, I wanted to send fruit baskets of thanks to all the teachers I have had. (It’s a lot of work!)

But it’s rewarding work. You’ll see the smiles on the students’ faces when you bring boxes of resources for interactive, fun practice lessons. The course is so worthwhile in that it stresses bringing creative approaches to education. It’s a hustle to learn to teach in four weeks, but this program will ensure that you leave with a strong foundation which you can build upon and tailor to wherever you find yourself teaching next.

And Samui TEFL helps with the “what’s next” part, too! The team made sure that we had access to and were connected with prospective positions. They will guide you through preferences, locations, and contracts.

My experience with Samui TEFL was positive and impactful. I learned so much and made fabulous friends. Bring an open mind and a willingness to learn, and the course won’t let you down.

Thank you, Samui TEFL!

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