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

Video and Photos

Graduation!
Graduation!
The course group out for dinner.
The course group out for dinner.
Teacher pracs.
Teacher pracs.
Samui trip.
Samui trip.
Buzzing
Buzzing
Little helpers
Little helpers
First day
First day
Samui TEFL classroom experience
Samui TEFL classroom experience

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

Black Friday deal!

Don't waste your hard-earned money on useless 'stuff' that will just gather dust. Rather spend it on EXPERIENCES and a lifestyle change!
We have 2 spots available per course date in each location
Ts & Cs:
- May not be used in conjunction with any other promotions
- 1st to pay deposits secure spots
- Subject to approval on the course based on our standard acceptance conditions
- Discount on course only, not placement or accommodation.

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

99%
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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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Beginning of a New Adventure in Paradise

I had not heard a lot about TEFL courses at all before I stumbled across Samui TEFL, in fact, I had never even considering teaching English abroad until the day I decided I wanted to make a change, find a new path. Low and behold I was blessed to come across this course! Not only was I excited to spend 2 months in Thailand but once I arrived and started the course I knew in my heart that I had made one of the BIGGEST and BEST decisions of my life. Kathryn and Ashleigh taught me so much, every day was a chance to absorb new information - classroom management, grammar, classroom presence, lesson planning, Thai culture and many other things I had not expected to learn before arriving. I gained a confidence over the course that I would never have gotten without the teaching practices that came along. I will be honest when I say there were days where I felt I had bitten off more than I could chew but whenever I felt overwhelmed or like I was potentially falling behind I had wonderful teachers and amazing peers to ask for help, without hesitation it was given. 4 weeks may seem like a long time but the time flew by faster than I ever could have imagined! I have suggested to many to take the course and I will continue to do so as it has enriched my life. My experience with Samui TEFL will be one I carry with me around the world and I hope so many more people get the opportunity to do the same!

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Taylor
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time on the course and gained confidence to teach.
Best of luck with your career and travels.
The Samui TEFL team

Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

October course review

I enjoyed the course and thought that it provided tools for teaching esl in the classroom. Catherine and Ashleigh have extensive knowledge in this industry and truest care about each student. Their goal is to provide each student with tools to teach English effectively. You will learn techniques that help teach pronunciation and grammar effectively. Also if are friendly and outgoing this course can provide you with friends for life and have colleagues all over the world. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants a challenging yet rewarding tefl experience that helps them teach effectively. You will need to work hard bit it will pay off at the end of the course.

What would you improve about this program?
Tell students to bring supplies from home. I understand these are proved but there are supplies that can be brought from home for cheaper and can be used when they teach in the classroom. Also better understanding of proper dress for teacher pracs. Warn people with tattoos and piercing that Thailand is very conservitave and isn't as accepting towards teachers with these things. This needs to be put in bold before they purchase this course. Also warn about wifi and the living conditions of the hotel.
Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Rachel
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course and made good friends.
Best of luck with your future.
The Samui TEFL team

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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience

SamuiTEFL has been an experience unlike any other. This program has given me the knowledge and confidence to effectively teach students. The course is very rigorous, but worth every bit of the hard work it takes. The classroom experience, both with adult and young learners, was invaluable. Kathryn and Ashleigh are knowledgeable, helpful, and humorous. They give you opportunities to work individually as well as in groups, which has lead to many new friendships for me. I’d recommend this course to anyone who is serious about teaching English.

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Allison
Thank you so much for your lovely words.
Wishing you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

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Cody
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best TEFL Program in Thailand

Like many of you, I was in a bit of transition when I discovered Samui TEFL. After quitting my lucrative engineering job and gallivanting across Europe for a year, I thought, "Hey, I want to be a teacher in Thailand. How do I make that happen? Oh, look! Samui TEFL has great reviews! Let's send them an email and buy a ticket to Thailand! Then, after surviving the rigor of this course, I can live in paradise with a beach-view, two pools, saving thousands of dollars a month and have health insurance."
And that's how it happened. Sort of. But really, the real story, if you're willing to believe it, involves a buddy from college, a Panamanian rain forest, a spiral into depression from the stress and boredom of entering adulthood in an American Midwest rustbelt city, a bit of jealousy, a massive exodus from my company (started by me), a chance trip to Slovenia with that same college buddy, and a flight to Thailand. It was this buddy's recommendation to go to Samui TEFL that changed my life. A one month, rigorous TEFL course to prepare one for a teaching job. That's what you're promised and that's what you'll receive with Samui TEFL. Don't go in thinking that this will be easy and that you'll be spending every day on the beach, drinking out of a coconut. You have only one month to learn how to excel in the classroom and that month will require a good bit of work out of you. It's worth it. Do it. Simple.

Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you Cody for your lovely words. We wish you all the best in your adventure.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh.

Beverly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fabulous!

If you are looking for a great experience, learn from one of the very best and make great new friendships, look no further than Samui TEFL. All the ladies at Samui TEFL are extremely reliable, friendly and helpful, and have definitely set the standards very high for any other TEFL institute. I would highly recommend Samui TEFL to anyone wanting to become a EFL teacher. The environment is fantastic and the island lifestyle makes learning an enjoyable experience.

Kathryn and Ashleigh are truly fabulous people who make you feel confident in every part of the course. They were so supportive to me and really made a huge difference in my experience. They boosted my confidence where I lacked it and made me feel like part of the family. They really are lovely ladies and make the course extra special!

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Beverly
Thank you so much for your lovely words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time on Samui and at the course, and we wish you all the best with your new career.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

Jason
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommended

Samui TEFL was a great experience for me and I would advise anyone who is looking for a new adventure to give Samui TEFL a look at. The Samui TEFL team not once made us feel as if we had bitten off more than we could chew.
They taught us more than just how to be teachers; they taught us how to become more aware of cultures around us, how to be more confident in ourselves and our objectives, as well as how to make every situation we are in a fun and enjoyable experience. They gave us the opportunity to work as a team, and guided us well by always leading by example.

If you are considering a TEFL course, Samui TEFL should be at the top of your list!

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Jason
Thank you so much for your lovely review! Best of luck with your new career and your travels.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

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Zachary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do it NOW!

There's a reason you're reading this review right now. Either you're really bored at work or you're interested in earning your TEFL certification and travelling the world. Regardless of why you're reading this, you know that there is something telling you to do it. Well, I'm here to tell you to listen to that little voice and do it! I waited a year from when I first read about SamuiTEFL to when I finally arrived on the island. I spent too long second guessing myself, when really I should've taken the plunge when I started researching. Let me tell you, I am so happy I did it!
I won't sugar coat it, this course is super challenging. Kathryn fits so much into four weeks, but you're better off for it. Unlike some other TEFL courses, Kathryn prepares you for the real world of teaching. Sure, teaching is extremely rewarding, but it's challenging. She will push you, but you will succeed. This course isn't set up for you to fail, it's set up to prepare you to become the best teacher. Kathryn is amazing at what she does, and she will help you become amazing too! Ashleigh is also there to help and support you, which she does an outstanding job with!
Now, while all of this learning is taking place always remember that you're on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand! You will wake up every morning with the sun shining, birds chirping, and beautiful blue water to swim in! I'm not sure why anyone would choose to earn their TEFL certification anywhere else. I actually decided to stay on the island and teach at a local school, and I couldn't be any happier! So, throw all of your excuses out the window and get yourself on a plane to Thailand! You won't regret it.

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Zachary
Thank you so much for your lovely review. Best of luck with your new job on Samui, and stay in touch.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

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Ashlee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

JUST DO IT

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

I am so happy that I made the decision to choose Samui Tefl to be my springboard into the world of teaching English as a second language.
Kathryn, Ashleigh and Rosanne make a fantastic team and help you with every aspect of the course.
Kathryn is a fantastic trainer and mentor with vast reserves of knowledge, experience and encouragement. You will be left more than prepared for where ever you decide to teach. The education around Thai culture is a very helpful bonus if you decide to teach in Thailand.
Despite the hard work involved, the mere sight of a student's face light up during a well planned lesson is such an amazing experience. Never mind all the exciting tourist and cultural experiences studying on the island of Samui affords you.

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Ashlee
Thank you so much for your kind words. You were a pleasure to have on the course, and we wish you all the best with your new career and travels.
Best wishes
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

Richmond
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

excellence in teaching

It´s not about the beautiful beaches and overwhelming nature. It is not about the friendly people or the great food. It is not about the scooter rider or bar hopping nightlife. It´s about making a life changing decision that will give you tools to touch people's lives.
You will have to study hard and practice harder. Give all the attention to the teacher in the classroom and you will be able to enjoy your afternoons at the beach or having a great meal with your classmates. Get to know your classmates and you will become friends for life. This is an experience that brings people together and you will share so many memories.
Kathryn has so much experience and will be able to anticipate your needs as a future teacher and the skills you should get to shine. Ashleigh will be your greatest support to orientate and motivate you to get things going.
So if you are just finishing university or if you already have experience as a professional like myself, be sure to come with an open mind and give yourself into the experience of your life! - Ricardo Simon - Chile

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Ricardo
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We loved having you on the course and wish you the best of luck with your new career.
Kathryn, Ashleigh and Rosanne

Sigrid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So grateful we´ve found samuiTEFL

I am so grateful I ve found and picked this tefl course in Koh Samui - as there are various other options in many different places .
I am not talking about the gorgeous nature, stunning beaches, delicious Thai dishes or friendly people on this island (although these details add to the beautiful overall impression).
I am talking about being a teacher and a student at the same time, about getting tools for teaching successfully, having access to a large pool of tips and tricks for classroom management, games, warmers, pacemakers. About being able to adapt every topic for every learner level. Becoming confident enough to teach in a foreign country, in a foreign language (as I am not an English native speaker).
Days are pretty intense and packed with preparing lesson plans, reviewing grammar, searching for resources, making game boards, having your teacher practices in local schools and language centers. But there is always time to jump into the pool or treat yourself with a massage to relax and enjoy this whole, new experience.
And you are not alone. You are part of a lovely bunch of people, who like you are looking for something new and special in their life. You have all the support and encouragement from Kathryn and Ashleigh, heart and soul of Samui TEFL.
I would like to thank everyonee for being part of my unforgettable experience . (Thank you Jennifer for your yoga classes at the pool on Sunday morning!)
Follow your feet and follow your heart! - Sigrid Kreuzwirth - Austria

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Sigrid
Thank you so much for your lovely review!
We wish you all the best in your travels, and best of luck with the new career.
Best wishes,
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

Kate in Colombia in February 2017
Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In-Person TEFL Certification vs Online Version

I just finished my first proper day of teaching in Vietnam and I must say I am so happy that I went with Samui TEFL for my teaching certification. I can’t imagine what teaching must be like for those teachers that didn’t do their teaching certification in person and instead opted for an online version. From classroom management tactics to lesson planning to real time feedback about your teaching style (with real students) - I feel that Samui TEFL gave me all the right tools to make me a confident teacher and ensure that my classes are fun and engaging. Kathryn’s approach to teaching was certainly a new experience for me but by the end I could see the value and appreciated it immensely. A highlight of the course was Kathryn’s Italian lesson where we got to experience first hand what it is like to be learning a new language that you don’t know anything about. It certainly gave us perspective for just how much care and attention goes into every little detail to make your students comfortable, engaged, and using the language. Ashleigh was a HUGE help to our course as well with prepping for the practice lessons we taught at the various institutions on the island. I can’t recommend Samui TEFL enough if you’re considering teaching English abroad - plus the connections they have to help you find a job (sometimes even before the course is over) are fantastic!

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Kate

Thank you so much for the lovely review, and to you and the class for the great video! So pleased you are enjoying teaching.
All the best
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

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Tatiana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

THE best TEFL course out there . Book your place today !

Before deciding to go and booking my place , I have done an extensive research and talked to many people online and face to face about all the possible options and places in Thailand to do this . Then I have come across few who mentioned TEFL Samui and it piqued my interest as this course sounded way more interesting than all the others.
So I took a dive and booked it . I cannot reiterate enough how much fun that month in Thailand with the professional teachers from Samui TEFL and my fellow students had been . I will never ever forget it . The classes were fun and interactive , confidence building and extremely educational . We had plenty of help and assistance during and after the course and Kathryn , our teacher was super fun and very knowledgeable . We learnt a lot through game play , and the actual in - class teaching where we had to teach the class of primary school students . Oh how we much fun that was !
Sadly I couldn't remain in Thailand and had to return back to England but I'm planning to go back there next year to put all that I learnt on this brilliant course into practice and hoping to stay for longer .
Thanks TEFL Samui for all that you taught me !

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly could not think of anything that I would improve . Everything was just perfect !
Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Tatiana

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We hope to see you back in Thailand soon!
All the best of luck with your future.
Rosanne and Kathryn

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Brooks
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

10/10 would recommend

I wasn't sure what to expect when starting the course at Samui TEFL but it exceeded any expectations I could have had. By the end of the course I felt as though I was thoroughly prepared to start teaching!Kathryn is an amazing teacher and ensured that we all were comfortable and well versed with the various skills that were needed for classroom management, lesson planning, resourcing and more. Ashleigh made sure we stayed on top of things and helped us in any way she could. The course is definitely a lot of work but the atmosphere that Kathryn, Ashleigh and your class creates makes it a very enjoyable experience and most of the time it doesn't even fill like work! Also, it doesn't hurt that it is located on an island that has some amazing beaches!

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Brooks
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time on the course and Samui.
Best of luck with your future plans.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good Vibes

A spectacular experience in terms of both personal and professional development. After finishing university, and being engulfed by the usual graduate malaise of wondering what to do with my life, I decided to take the plunge and enrol in the Samui TEFL Course. I have not looked back since. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and has not only provided me with great memories and friendships but has also provided me with the skills and confidence to go out and make new ones too. You receive the greatest levels of support in all aspects of your personal and educational journey. I urge you to embark on this course and embrace all the good vibes this course has to offer.

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Jack
Thank you so much for your lovely words.
Wishing you all the best for your future career and travels.
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh

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Bobbie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do it, do it now!

Pretty much just reinforcing what everybody else seems to have said about this course. It is superbly run, a great deal of fun was had by all, the levels of support given are second to none and everything these ladies (Kathryn and Ashleigh) do is designed to help you succeed as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Having said that though, it is still up to you as an individual to put in the effort to ensure your own success. At times it may seem overwhelming and slightly confusing but that is normal and by the end of the course it will become clear as to why things are done the way they are. Once you get up in front of all those kids in the classroom and see the smiles on their faces and just how keen they are to learn and have fun, you'll realise then that you have made the right choice. This has been an extremely rewarding, not to mention a life changing experience, and by far the best decision I have made in my life up to this point. So what are you waiting for? Save your pennies, book your flights and your spot on the course and get your bum over here. You will not regret it!!

Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you for your lovely words Bobbie. Best of luck with your new career.
Kind regards
Rosanne, Kathryn and Ashleigh