Samui TEFL 4-week 120-hour intensive TEFL course

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About

Our 4-week, 120-hour intensive TEFL 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 meainingful 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

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 107 reviews
  • Benefits 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Facilities 9.3
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.4
  • Difficulty 7.9
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Chanell
10/10

Samui TEFL course

TEFL Koh Samui teaching school has really met all my expectations and so much more, not just does this course help you find your feet in teaching but being taught and guided by the right people Kathryn Webb and Rosanne Turner is with out a doubt one of the best choices I have ever made. From day one they have the best choices at heart for you and helps you even after the course is done keeping in contact with the students. This course by far is an experience on its own,run by the teachers.
I would recommend this course to any one I know, because I know this course will not just change you in seeing different cultures but this course will change your future.
We take gambles in life with the choices we make, and I would always bet on Koh Samui TEFL Rosanne and Kathryn. Everyday you walk out with more knowledge then the previous day and you become more confident.
Thank you Rosanne and Kathryn.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Chanell
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course, and we wish you all the best for your future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend
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Megan
10/10

Amazing experience with Samui TEFL

An impulse decision to sign up for Samui TEFL turned into one of the most incredible experiences!

The course is action packed and offers so much. We were armed with teaching techniques, classroom management skills, lesson planning and English Fundamentals (I definitely needed a refresher). This made stepping into a classroom a lot less daunting, and with the constant support I never felt unprepared.

I can't commend Kathryn and Rosanne highly enough! They are so encouraging and the TEFL lessons are both challenging and engaging. We had many opportunities to practice teaching with students of all ages. One of my favourite aspects of the course is how much it includes about Thai culture and language in order to help us overcome potential barriers with teaching English.

Overall this course is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to become a ESL teacher or looking to learn something new, make new friends, and explore a beautiful island with the friendliest locals.

How can this program be improved?
More peanut M&M's :P
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Megan
Thank you so much for your lovely words. It was a pleasure having you on the course. We wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend
Gwyneth
10/10

A fantastic experience

Studying abroad.

Years come and years go. Time blows your hair back when you sit in quiet reflection and contemplate your dreams and your journeys. Realisation creeps in like the cold North wind creeps into your bones.

About a year and a half ago, I found myself having a few of these reflective moments, not by choice, but by Universal strategy. It was like the Universe (which I understand to be my higher self) conspired against my perception.

I had just moved to a new country, for love. Everything was marvellous, except for the fact that I couldn't find a job. The worst thing was, that I couldn't find a job because I couldn't speak the native language of the country I had moved to.
The plus side was that I finally managed to do everything I never the had time to do. I attacked my hobbies, art, dancing, exploring and everything else I never thought I would do. This was great and all, but somewhere along the line you need that piece of paper we all receive in exchange for our time and effort.
One morning whilst I was having another late pyjama/yoga morning I found myself in pigeon pose feeling rather despondent.
All my life I had been an independent workaholic. Now I was stuck at home in a new country, with nothing to do. How unsettling!
I Yin posed it out until I found the right question. What do you really want to do with your life? What is your career dream?
I pigeon posed the other leg for an answer… Nothing.
It was then in strong bandha downward facing dog where the idea entered my being like a Universal electric shock.
They say, that when you die, your life flashes in front of your eyes. When I rolled over and surrendered into corpse pose, my ignored dreams flashed in front of me like a movie.

I always wanted to teach English. I have always deeply loved the language.

It was a dream I had already put off for 10 years by then.
The funny thing is that I had saved the information about the TEFL course all those years. It's something that always found me somehow, I just never had the time or money to pursue it.

I got up at that point grabbed the inspiration by the hand and ran to my PC.
I researched, pulled up all the information and compared notes and courses.
There was so much room for activity. So many possibilities. I was thrilled.
That evening I laid out all the information on the dinner table. My confused husband sat quietly and listened to me. Once I had pitched my idea, he patiently smiled and with full support worked out the best option for me.
My choice was simple. If I was going to be an English language teacher, I wanted to have as much experience as possible. I wanted to experience another culture. I wanted to explore phonetic challenges and solutions, and a change of scenery was absolutely necessary for focus. ;)

Destination: Koh Samui, Thailand. TEFL course, September.

I contacted TEFL, Koh Samui. Rosanne Turner was absolutely amazing. She was so helpful and incredibly thorough with all the information. Even though I was getting on an aeroplane, all on my own and embarking on a journey to a place I had never been to, for 4 weeks, I felt at ease because of the detailed information and support.

Upon arrival, I felt like an adventurer on a fascinating journey. Especially considering that I arrived empty handed as my luggage got lost in Bankok.
It was warm and messy and the locals were so friendly and full of peace.
I arrived at my bungalow which was also organised by Rosanne. It was comfortably situated across the street from the school. How convenient. It had air-conditioning, wooden floors, bugs, frogs, birds, a wildish garden with beautiful flowers and a very helpful owner. It was perfect.

The next day I arrived for the first day of the course. We met our mentor Kathryn Webb.
From the very beginning, this woman blew my mind. She is a fountain of knowledge and inspiration. Her crystal blue eyes put you in your place, but her kindness and professionalism are in perfect balance with her easy going island vibe. There was honestly not one day where I felt that I couldn't ask her anything. She was very supportive and intensely thorough within this super intensive course. When I say that this course was intensive, I really mean it. It's a lot of information and a lot of hard work. The thing is, however when you love what you're doing and you're working towards a dream, the work becomes a dance, and as you know, dancing can make your feet hurt from time to time. I loved every minute of it.

This journey was truly full of surprises, challenges and so much more. Most people do something like this to travel or to meet new people etc. I showed up with only one thing in mind, and that was to learn, expectation was not on my list. What I experienced in return was connection, not only with amazing people but connection with myself, my dreams and connection with a magical island called Koh Samui.

I would recommend it to anyone.

Point your perception towards your dreams. What are your needs?
Live them and be inspired.

How can this program be improved?
I'd add an extra week for more teaching experience.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Gwyneth

Thank you so much for your beautifully written review. You are very creative, and your students in Switzerland are lucky to have you!

All the best.
Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Kristin
10/10

The absolute best!

I am so happy that of all the courses I could have chosen I picked this one.

The course isn't easy. You'll spend many of your sunny afternoons making lesson plans instead of on the beach. You'll spend many evenings studying or practicing instead of being at that local dive bar you love. The course isn't really made to be a "blow off" course to just obtain a piece of paper. It's designed to educate you on how to be a great teacher in another country. The course covers way more than I ever could have imagined and really prepared me to be on my own.

You'll have several teaching practices where you and a partner totally plan and execute a lesson at a local school. Thai kids will immediately adore you and it's quite rewarding. These give you real, hands-on experience that is invaluable to learning how to improve your teaching skills.

Kathryn and Rosanne are absolutely wonderful. You'll be blessed to have Kathryn as your instructor! She has so much experience and really knows what she's talking about. She helps you with anything you may need help with during the course. She'll challenge you and you'll be grateful for it! Rosanne is equally as wonderful and helpful. She, too, has many years of experience and gives very helpful feedback. She is a huge help and goes out of her way to help you connect to schools and people to find a job.

I'd suggest spending some free time, even if it's just a lunch break, with your classmates. You'll find you're surrounded by some amazing like-minded people. It really makes the whole experience that much better.

The course is amazing and I would recommend it 100% to anyone thinking of taking a TEFL course. It will well prepare you for a TEFL career as it has me!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Kristin

Thank you for your lovely review, and also for putting in so much effort on the course. Your hard work most certainly paid off.
All the best.

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Kelly
9/10

Amazing course

This course is life changing. When I first got to Koh Samui I was so nervous and excited about my new journey. After meeting everyone you bond and pretty much become a family.The first week is intense and trust me when I say this is the best. You start teaching pracs the next week and it is so much better knowing everything than just bits. Teaching pracs are so much fun and you fall in love wth the school and the students. Having Kathryn as your lecturer you know your work and she is there whenever you need her. It's not all work and no play , you have some down time and this is spent on the beach and with friends. I would recommend this course to anyone. having previously done a TEFL I feel 100 times more ready to take on teaching and changing lives after this course. The hands on method really does make such a difference. If you aren't sure where to do your Tefl I recommend this course , you won't regret it.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Kelly

Thank you for your great review, and all the best with your new job. Your students are lucky to have you.

All the best

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Gabriella
10/10

Samui TEFL course

This course, is intense, but amazing. You will learn more that you could ever expect in 1 month. This is not a holiday, there's no time for beaching on a daily basis and going out to party, you'll just regret it the next day and be sorry that you didn't plan that lesson well enough! At times it will feel like your brain is literally going to pop! In the end, it is all worth it, putting your knowledge that these lovely people have passed down to you, to create a fun and safe learning environment for your very own group of students.
You will learn everything you need to know about teaching learners in Thailand, and if you're going somewhere else, they'll help you with that too (even giving you direction and contacts to find a job inside and outside of Thailand).
In this course, you will actually get to spend time with children giving you and them the opportunity to put into practice what you have been taught.
You will make friends from all different walks of life, doing the same course, for different reasons. They are your rock for the month that you will be on this course, so keep in contact once it is over, they will be able to give you advise and information on their travels and experiences, and also a place where you can share yours.
Keep an open mind at all times and always expect the unexpected!

I highly recommend this course, it will get you places, not just in Thailand, but all over the world!

How can this program be improved?
I don't think i would change anything about the course. I think I would personally just liked to have had a degree as it is a whole lot easier to find a job with a degree! So I would definitely recommend doing this course if you have a degree! Although it is not impossible with no degree so do not let that discourage you, I did it without one.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Gabby

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed the course, and thank you for being a participative student.

All the best.

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Julia
10/10

Samui TEFL- a great intro to ESL!

In January 2016 I came to Koh Samui, Thailand to do a TEFL course- something I imagined would be fun, easy and not too time consuming. It certainly is fun but this course really is "intensive", it is not just a morning of class and the rest of the day day lazing on the beach. It is challenging, but also very rewarding.
From week one you will be spending time in the classroom, getting great practical teaching experience along side the theory that the (very) capable instructor gives over the duration of the course.
Because of all the time I spent in front of a class I feel like I graduated more ready to take on a class of my own with confidence, and the experience of teaching such enthusiastic students that were so eager to learn really made me keen to keep on teaching English as a second language- which I will be doing, as through Samui TEFL I have had a job offer. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to become an ESL teacher and work in Thailand.

How can this program be improved?
I don't think I'd change anything- but I would encourage people to foster friendships with their course-mates, it really does enrich the experience!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Julia

Thank you so much for your great review, and all the best for your new job in Europe!

Kind regards

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
10/10

highly recommended!

After a few months of research, my boyfriend and I decided to enroll in the Samui TEFL 4-week 120-hour intensive course. The decision quickly became a no brainer - prime location, comparatively low cost, quick and detailed responses to any emails we sent in the months preceding our arrival (and there were a lot - thanks Rosanne!), and assistance with anything from transport to housing on arrival.

The course is not difficult, but it's definitely not easy. You can get as much or as little out of it as you wish, but know that the amount of time, effort, and energy put in (both in and out of the classroom) is reflected not only in your grades/feedback, but in your job placement as you complete the course.

The teacher practices are probably the most useful part of the course, as they are the most hands on and an excellent opportunity to gain the confidence and experience needed to step into the world of teaching English as a second language.

Kathryn is lovely - absolutely wonderful. She teaches you what you need to know and provides you with the techniques and experiences that let you sore from TEFL student to confident ESL teacher, ready to take on any teaching position, if you so choose. Thanks to Kathryn's encouragement and eagerness to help her students, my boyfriend and I were set up with (amazing) teaching positions before the course was even over.

Moral of the story, Samui TEFL is the way to go!

How can this program be improved?
more craft materials for the teacher practices?
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Liz

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher, and your hard work during the course paid off.

All the best.

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Chelsea
10/10

Highly recommended

Had a great time on this course and learned a lot! Kathryn and Rosanne are fantastic- they help you get on your feet in Thailand. They both provide great support, and Kathryn taught us way more than we thought we could learn in a 4 week period.

The hands on experience with the schools really prepare you for the real thing, and the support doesn't end once you graduate. Kathryn keeps In touch, checks how we're doing and always offers guidance and any additional support we may need.
I'd highly recommend the course. It's more than just a classroom!

How can this program be improved?
Notebooks fell apart? Haha! Can't think of anything more.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Chelsea

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review.
All the best with your teaching, and do stay in touch.

Kind regards

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Ash
10/10

An excellent TEFL course with high job opportunities

There was so much to learn during my four weeks at Samui TEFL but I believe that the intense training prepares you well for teaching in a Thai school. Sometimes I was planning for two or three lessons as well as revising for tests and job hunting near the end. Organisational skills are very important and the sooner a task is finished the sooner you can move on to the next one.

I taught 8 hour lessons with a partner in a nursery, primary, and adults in an international school. The way a nursery or primary lesson is taught is very different to how adults are taught and this knowledge is very useful in helping you decide which age you would like to teach.

The time during the course went very quickly and before I knew it it was the end of the course. Kathryn is an excellent and very helpful teacher, she will explain things in different ways and many times if needed to ensure that the students understand the concept or topic.

It would have been great to have more teaching experience at a secondary school and at a resort too, however understandably 4 weeks is not a very long time to cover all age groups.

There are laptops and printers on site, however it would be very useful to bring your own, as if you need to do lesson plans in the evening the centre will not be open.

Kathryn and Rosanne also have very good relationships with schools all over Thailand so the chances of you finding a job is very high if you are willing to put in the effort and do well in the practicals and theory side of the course.

Koh Samui is an excellent place to do your course as you are just minutes away from the amazing beaches and there are lots to see and do! It also gives you the opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Ash

Thank you so much for your great and honest review, and for being such a diligent student. Your efforts paid off. All the best for the future, and please do stay in touch.

Kind regards

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Nigel
10/10

Samui TEFL - A fantastic experience and one I will never forget!!!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to become an English teacher in Southeast Asia. From the moment I got in touch with Rosanne, her response was almost immediate. She answered all my questions and provided me with all the information I needed. The school will put everything in place for you before you even arrive on the island to make your transition as smooth as possible.

The course itself is brilliantly run and it will give you all the skills you need to be a successful teacher. Katherine’s experience really shows and her methods of teaching are excellent. You will be provided with all the tools you need to create fun and exciting lessons for all age groups. The practical experience you will gain from doing this course will benefit you hugely in the long run.

I would recommend to anyone doing the course to bring a laptop as it will make life so much easier when it comes to lesson planning, and you will more than likely need one when you start working.

I met some fantastic people on the course who I am now working with in Bangkok and this is all thanks to Samui TEFL! I would like to say a big thank you to Katherine and Rosanne for making the whole experience so enjoyable and worthwhile

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Nigel

Thanks so much for your great review. I hope you're enjoying your teaching job - the students are lucky to have you as their teacher.

All the best.

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Tanya
10/10

Simply the best!

Choosing to do your TEFL course with Samui TEFL will be one of the best decisions of your life. From the time you send your first email, to graduation and even after that, Rosanne and Kathryn are there to help you.

Rosanne does a great job of providing you with all the necessary information before arriving on Koh Samui and even helps with booking accommodation, as well as transport once you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the course or the island, don't hesitate to ask her. She also helps you with your job search and is a good resource for any travel related Thailand questions you may have.

The course itself can be a bit intense at times, especially during the first week. However, it is very well organized and you are known what's expected of you from the start. The first lesson plan may seem stressful, but I promise it gets better. You'll have help from your classmates too, as the teaching practices are done in pairs. The more creative you get, the funner your lessons will be. The Thai children absolutely love it when you bring new activities to the classroom, so don't be afraid to create something new.

Kathryn, the trainer, is extremely knowledgeable and fun! She wants you to understand the material and she will do whatever it takes to make sure you do. Grammar is definitely not my strong suit and we reviewed it many times before it started to sink in. She's also super helpful when it comes to lesson planning, and a great motivator before all of your teacher practices.

Choeng Mon is a perfect location for the course. Many restaurants and shops are only a short walk away from the school. It's quiet and relaxing during the day with just the right amount of night life at night. If it's not crazy enough for you, Chaweng is only a cheap songthaew away.

I would highly recommend this course to any individual that is looking to teach English as a foreign language. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Tanya

Thank you so much for your lovely review. Glad that you found a job on Samui and are still enjoying island life!

All the best.

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
10/10

February 2015 Course - AWESOME!

From the moment you show an interest in the course Rosanne is there to help you through every step, including finding accommodation and answering those random questions.
The island is just beautiful and a fantastic location for the course (far better than an online course).
The course itself is fantastically run, Kathryn, the teacher is extremely knowledgeable and will not continue onto the next area of study unless the whole class has understood fully. It covers everything you could need to know to get started as a successful TEFL teacher, all you have to do is take the advice on board. The practicals were held at a local primary school where the children just loved having their English lessons taught by the TEFLers. You also have a chance to teach some adults incase that's the area you wish to go in to. You don't just get thrown into teaching alone either which I found very reassuring. After each practical you get written feedback which is in-depth and extremely helpful.

The course really is wonderful! If you're even considering it, just go for it!

How can this program be improved?
I couldn't think of any improvements. It was fantastic the way it was.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Alex

Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time on the island and the course.
We wish you the best of luck for your new job!

Keep well and stay in touch.

Best wishes

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend
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Lisa
10/10

Do it!

I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to do a TEFL course in South East Asia. Koh Samui is a very nice island and the school is located in the rather quiet area Choeng Mon. This definintely benefits to not partying too much and hence neglecting the course ;) Kathryn is an excellent teacher and the years and years of experience definitely contribute to the high level of teaching in the course. Rosanne is extremely dedicated and helps with the job hunt, paper work, lesson planning and much more. Both of them work great as a team. The school facilities are perfect, including a students lounge, classroom and a pool. The course is a lot of work, but it definitely pays off, as it prepares sou for the world of teaching.
A big thank you to Rosanne and Kathryn for making the stay on Koh Samui so pleasant and enjoyable!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Lisa

Thank you for your lovely review. You were a pleasure to have on the course, and we wish you all the best for your new job. We are glad you made such great friends and that you are all going to be working together!

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend
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Heather
10/10

Samui TEFL April 2014 Course

I had just moved to Thailand from the U.S and was looking to obtain a teaching position on the island. Since Samui TEFL was recommended by a reliable source who teaches here on Koh Samui, I felt more than comfortable trusting the recommendation. My confidence was further solidified once I met Kathryn, the course instructor, and Rosanne, her business partner. I was impressed by both their presence and their professionalism.

The course is four weeks long with classes held Monday through Friday from 9 am to around 3 pm. It's run out of a home in Choeng Mon from a small intimate (air-conditioned!) classroom downstairs. There's a comfortable sala to relax in during break times, a pool right out back and a kitchen for student use. It's best to bring your own computer but the course does provide computers and printers in the sala area. Accommodations with reasonable prices are available right next door.

The days were filled with lessons on grammar, teaching tips, Thai culture, demo lessons, and lesson planning for teaching practicums (done outside the course at local schools). Although you may find yourself quite busy with coursework, you can still find time to enjoy the beach and local attractions. Make sure you make an effort to do so, as there's so much to see and experience on this beautiful island.

If you're expecting this experience to be a cakewalk, you've signed up for the wrong course. You definitely earn the certification and you paid for it, so be thankful. Overall, the course exceeded my expectations. I found the instructor Kathryn had a wealth of knowledge that she was eager to share with her students, which made for a productive learning environment. It was professionally run and ultimately beneficial to my new careers as an ESL teacher. Highly recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
More printers, computers for student use.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Heather

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are also pleased you stayed on the island to teach.

You'll be pleased to know that we have in fact, bought new computers and printers. We have also swopped around the classroom and student lounge areas (adding air-con to the bigger room) which allows more space for the trainees. We still have the outside sala and pool area for the students to use.

Thanks once again for the feedback.

Kind regards

Rosanne

Yes, I recommend

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Samui TEFL is based on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Our 4 week, 120 hour intensive training course prepares you for teaching EFL in the real world, as we have a strong practical element to the course. You'll do not only theory and...