Samui TEFL 4-week 120-hour intensive TEFL course

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About

Our 4-week, 120-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

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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Paige
10/10

Samui TEFL 4 week course

I would highly recommend this course as a top choice for anyone looking to teach English as a foreign language. Coming from the USA, straight out of college, with a degree in political science, I had no experience teaching in an official capacity and was quite nervous about my ability to teach English to non-native speakers. Turns out there was no need to worry- Kathryn is a highly skilled and capable instructor, and through her teaching and guidance my classmates and I acquired the many skills one needs to teach ESL.

Samui TEFL is located on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, where you are never short of idyllic surroundings. There is always something to do- whether it be hiking to a waterfall, perusing the street markets, or sunbathing on the beach- and no shortage of people to meet and have fun with.

Although a month sounds like a long time, the course flies by. Before you know it you have your first teaching practicum and are in front of a class, teaching excited students who are eager to learn. In my opinion, the TP's are the most valuable aspect of the course, as they are an opportunity to apply what you have learned in a real classroom setting. After the first one, you feel much more confident about your abilities and they help in soothing some of the anxiety/nerves you may have.

Picking the right TEFL course is extremely important, and Samui TEFL is undoubtedly the only way to go.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Paige

Thank you so much for your great review.

It was a pleasure having both you and your sister on the course, and we're so glad you are enjoying your new teaching career. Please do stay in touch.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lucy
10/10

Opening up the world to you

I can highly recommend this course. Both Kathryn and Rosanne help and support you the whole way. The facilities provided are excellent and the course gives you the skills you need to be able to Teach. I had so much fun during my time at Samui TEFL. The teaching practices are great as they give you experience of what it is like in the real world. Don't be put off or concerned if you are worried about grammar. I hated grammar and by the end of my course I understood it and know how to teach it. Plus you get to study on a tropical island in Thailand! It truly is an amazing course and one that change your life and open the world up to you.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Lucy

Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was a pleasure having you on the course.

It's great that you are based on the island, and we get to see you again!

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cormac
10/10

Samui TEFL

After a lot of deliberation and research on many courses for Teaching English abroad I finally decided on starting this new challenge with Samui TEFL, a small school on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, which trains people of all ages to become proficient and creative English teachers.

There are so many schools and different programs on offer that the process of picking a school was frustrating and confusing. A real benefit to me was the honest and extremely prompt communication from Rosanne Turner, co-owner of the school and currently the course administrator. Having explained that I liked the course but had concerns about it being accepted in Vietnam as a sufficient qualification Rosanne immediately put me in touch with a contact in Vietnam who could give further guidance. Kathryn Webb, the course trainer and director, was also very helpful with advice from a different angle, having owned and run an English school in Italy prior to joining Samui TEFL. Despite several emails and many questions Rosanne was always extremely informative and even though it was potential business for her school she never came across as trying to sell the course. Her advice and opinions were unbiased and realistic and it was very comforting to get genuine, trustworthy advice from knowledgeable sources without feeling like there was an agenda or that it was seen purely as a business opportunity.

As for the course itself, day to day there was a lot of work. This involved theoretical work and learning grammar basics as well as teaching techniques, lesson planning and creating resources for the lessons. It can be quite intense at times, especially when creating resources before the teaching practices but Kathryn believes in giving students as much opportunity as is realistically possible to prepare in class and avail of her experience rather than flounder on your own after class, unsure of whether an idea will work or not. This in class preparation time makes things a lot less stressful and also means that there is less wasted time working on a flawed idea as Kathryn can quickly point out any problems and help adapt ideas so they will work better in the teaching practices.

Although there is a lot of practical time in class, work does have to be done outside of the school hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm and Kathryn is contactable via email with questions or to review lesson plans all evening and also early in the morning, I’m not sure how she is able to read and reply to everyone, but she does!

The teaching practices is a real strength for Samui TEFL as all teaching practices are with non-English speakers and no teaching practice is teaching your peers. The range of levels for the teaching practices is well organised with classes ranging from kindergarten all through primary age and even adult classes with the Thai Teaching Assistants from the International School of Samui.

There are other benefits, not necessarily educational, of doing a course on Koh Samui. Being a tropical island has it’s benefits when you do have free time with many beautiful beaches and tropical blue water to enjoy. There is also a bustling night-life scene in case you have a Saturday night free and there are walking streets and food markets in different areas of the island each night, serving delicious and very reasonably priced street food. The one downside to completing a TEFL course on a tropical island is having to do teaching practices in schools without aircon, as the combination of nerves and heat inevitably mean perspiration!

The accommodation for Samui TEFL is another bonus for this school. Most accommodation options offered are right next door to the school which is just a short walk from the village of Choeng Mon. Accommodation options range from a basic bungalow to a two-bedroom villa with a kitchen. The kitchen was great asfood could be bought from Tesco and cooked when it was convenient so relying on eating out every night was not an issue.

I think I arrived for the course quite well prepared. Suitable clothes for teaching practices is a must. Whilst there are options to purchase clothes on Ko Samui, the choice is not great. A better option, which I chose to do, is to buy clothes in Bangkok at one of the many shopping malls, Platinum is a good choice for value with wholesale options available.
I would recommend for anyone heading to do this or any similar course to bring a laptop. The school has laptops which can be used but if there are a number of students who need to use the school laptops there could be a supply problem. On my course one girl had an iPad but it seemed to be more of a hindrance to use than was worth it.

The highlight of the course for me (apart from graduating!) was seeing the children react positively and smile when they were praised, when they were involved in activities in class and when they got questions correct. This was especially nice when you knew it was one of the quieter children who took more encouragement to participate; often thier reaction would be subtle, a small smile to their friend after going back to their seat or after you give them a Hi-Five for joining in. From their little smile you could see that something had made their day, be it holding the teacher’s hand or getting a little smiley face on their worksheet, and it made my day as well.

A few further miscellaneous positives of the school are the welcome lunch provided by Kathryn and Rosanne and the close bonds formed from having a small class of no more than 10 students. Also, Rosanne and Samui TEFL really try to get all students successfully employed by the end of the course, and have dedicated jobs pages which are only accessible for past graduates.
Both Rosanne and Kathryn genuinely want to keep in touch with the students after the course and are interested to find out about their teaching experience in different schools which is nice and shows the personal aspect of this course.

The course at Samui TEFL helped me to develop new skills such as classroom management as well as improving my confidence with regard to having to stand in front of a class of 50 non-English speaking students. This was one aspect I was apprehensive of but I feel much more capable now than prior to the course. I have also improved my creative abilities thanks to having to make materials and lesson plans from scratch as well as my organisational skills, again from planning lessons in a methodical way, as taught by Kathryn.

Overall I could not have been happier with the course that Samui TEFL provide with the exception of a longer course being offered. Rosanne and Kathryn are a fantastic team who complement each other very well. I would certainly advise anyone considering a TEFL to at least get in touch with Samui TEFL and ask some questions.

I think the best way to sum up my feelings for the Samui TEFL course and the team there, in Rosanne and Kathryn, would be to say that I would happily recommend any family member or friend to undertake the course without any hesitation.

How can this program be improved?
After a lot of deliberation and research on many courses for Teaching English abroad I finally decided on starting this new challenge with Samui TEFL, a small school on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, which trains people of all ages to become proficient and creative English teachers.
It would be very hard for Samui TEFL to improve their course. Rosanne’s organisation and coordination is fantastic; Kathryn is extremely knowledgeable and encourages creativity and improvement on lesson plans available from books. She really instils an attitude of being critical of lessons and whether the material is suitable and if it will work, and if it won’t work she taught the students to be creative and to adapt what we have to make a successful and interesting lesson whilst being economical with resources.
A few more laptops could be of benefit, depending on how many students bring their own. This was not an issue when I did the course as only one student did not have their own laptop.
There is no high school level teaching practice, although this is not generally a problem as the majority of students do not intend to teach at this level, with most opting for primary level positions, however it is one possible option for improvement, though it might not be particularly necessary.
The one way I feel Samui TEFL could really improve their course is to offer a longer course, perhaps a 6 week course maybe just a few times a year. The course is intense and lots of useful information and techniques are taught, but the course is limited by the length. This is no real disadvantage compared to any other TEFL course as nearly all courses are only 4 weeks, if not shorter. However, if a 6 week course was offered, I know I would certainly have been interested in it and given what I know having completed the course, I would definitely recommend it if it were an option. A longer course would enable the teaching of a few more grammatical concepts and also enable for some more teaching practices. An extra adult lesson and a further couple of lessons with P6 level children would have been beneficial to gain more confidence.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Cormac

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and informative review!
Thank you too for your kind words, and also for the advice.

We wish you the best of luck with your teaching and hope that you'll stay in touch.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amy
10/10

A challenging but fun experience!

I am now over halfway through the course and I am very impressed with it. The first week is a bit crazy as we are given so much information. From week 2 onwards it is a lot of fun, it's amazing that we get to experience teaching so early in the course as it enables us to find our strengths and weaknesses early on so we know what to improve on straight away.
Kathryn is a really amazing teacher, she really knows her stuff! She is very good at giving constructive feedback and you can tell she really cares about all her students. Rosanne offers a lot of support as well and we are able to email with any queries we have regarding the course, our CVs, etc. I am very very happy with my decision to embark on this adventure with Samui TEFL!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Amy

We are so pleased that you are enjoying the course. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Good luck with your interviews and we wish you the best of luck with your new career.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Molly
10/10

Samui TEFL was the right choice for me!

I looked at a lot of different TEFL courses and I couldn't be happier with my decision. This course fully prepares you for your future as a teacher in Thailand or elsewhere. Though the class is intense, if you use your time wisely there is plenty of time to roam around the island and enjoy yourself. Rosanne is very helpful with everything you need before, during, and after the course. Kathryn is an amazing instructor and her knowledge of teaching went far beyond my expectations. For anyone interested in TEFL, this is the class for you.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Molly

Thank you so much for your kind words and great review. You were a pleasure having on the course and I know your classmates enjoyed your sense of humour too!
Enjoy your new teaching career.

Best wishes

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kadey
10/10

The beginning of a great adventure..

I absolutely loved the course.. I found it super intense but also exciting and nerve wrecking all at once.. The experience you gain is well needed once you step into the teaching world. I am thankful for the confidence I gained through the tefl course and friends and memories I will cherish for a lifetime!!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had known before hand to bring a laptop as we had a few pc issues BUT many hands make light work and we worked together and made it work :)
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Kadey
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure having you on the course, and we're pleased you are now enjoying your teaching in Chiang Mai.

Best wishes

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Charlotte
10/10

Choose this course, you won't regret it!

Before I decided on Samui TEFL I wasn't sure which course to choose or how beneficial a TEFL course could be for a qualified teacher... I was definitely right to choose Samui TEFL and whether you're a teacher or not I highly recommend doing this course before teaching English as a foreign language! When booking onto the course Rosanne is very helpful and responds quickly to all of your questions and our trainer Kathryn was certainly more than what I had hoped for. She is a great trainer and will look after you while you're in Samui.

I hope you make the right decision! :)

How can this program be improved?
To have more time to learn the grammar and teach more.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your wonderful review, and congratulations on securing a job on the island!

We are pleased you enjoyed the course and found it helpful, and we are thankful for your advise too.
Regarding the grammar: As you know, we only have 120hours/4 weeks, so there's only so much grammar revision we can fit in if we are to cover all the theory as well as do practicals at the schools. As native English speakers, the grammar is merely a 'brush up', as it sould have been covered this in your school curriculum. But we do understand your point as for many it's been a while since leaving school. We do have a 'pre-course reading' doc covering the grammar that we do in class and that you are tested on, and we send this to students who request it before they come on the course, if they feel they want to revise before they start with us. We will be sure to let all applicants know that they can request this in case they never saw it on the website.

Thanks again for your review, and good luck with your teaching job on Samui

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
10/10

Best Decision We Ever Made!

Myself and my boyfriend researched and pondered over many courses throughout South East Asia. We were very apprehensive about choosing a course. Now we are over the moon we chose Samui Tefl. I don't think there could be a better course out there. You will not be disappointed!

Rosanne is an amazing course coordinator and will be there for you before, during, and after the course for anything you need. Kathryn, the course trainer was just terrific! She has a wealth of teaching ideas, making sure each lesson is filled with fun activities! She can solve any solution with all her creative ideas! Kathryn will answer your questions anytime of the day.

On this course you will have a perfect balance of fun and learning. The course is intense but there is plenty of time to relax, explore the island and spend time with your new friends!

I can't fault this course in any way! It was one of the best decisions we ever made as a couple! Now we have a world of opportunities awaiting us, very exciting! Thanks Samui Tefl! :)

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Amanda and Cormac

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so pleased you decided to join us, and you contributed a lot to the group. We wish you every success with your teaching careers in SE Asia.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Katy
10/10

It's worth the risk!

Choosing a program was the hardest steps of this journey so far. I read all of these reviews and contacted many different companies before settling on Samui TEFL. I wanted a course that was engaging and fun yet pushed me and enabled me to feel comfortable in the classroom. This course did all of that and more. Kathryn is an amazing trainer with so much knowledge and patience and Rosanne answered all of my annoying questions before I arrived. I don't have anything to compare the course too, but I don't need to. This experience will be on of the best experiences of your life and if you choose Samui TEFL you can be assured that your first month here will be everything you need it to be.

If you are still unsure, take a look at the facebook page where you can see pictures from teacher practices to graduation.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Katy

Thank you for your lovely review. You were a pleasure to have on the course, and we wish you the best of luck with your teaching career. We're pleased you found the course both fun and challenging, as that is our aim.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sutiva
10/10

Great decision to join Samui TEFL!

I was checking for some TEFL school on the Island and finally I made decision to join Samui TEFL. I felt I could get what I expected since the first few days until the end of the course. Love to join their class and love teaching practice. They really help to guide you what will you meet when you out to the real world of teaching. Join them and you won't be dissapointed!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Joy
Thank you so much for your lovely review. You were a pleasure to have on the course, and you worked very hard. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course and made new friends.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marcello
9/10

The only TEFL school to consider in Thailand

Samui Tefl is the best choice any future teacher can make on their journey to Thailand. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that Rosanne and Kathryn gave myself and a friend when we were stuck, as our original plans to study at a TEFL school in Bangkok fell through. We contacted Rosanne on the Saturday morning asking her if there might be any possibility for us to join the March course as we've already started arranging everything and an unfortunate event might end our dream. Rosanne spoke to Kathryn and made additional space for us to be able to join the course and get all the needed experience. Kathryn is by far the most dynamic teacher I have ever had and I never knew it would be possible for anyone to teach that much in a month. Rosanne assisted us with well needed guidance on what the right choices would be and how we would go about starting a teaching career. I met some of the most awesome people on the course that I will call friends forever. The course is not easy and you should not expect a walk in the park, but all the hard work does pay off. You will leave Samui TEFL as a changed person.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Marcello

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and kind words. We are pleased that you found Kathryn's teaching to be dynamic, and as with everything in life you also get out what you put in, so thank you for your efforts too.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tina
10/10

Look no further!

If you're looking for a TEFL course anywhere in the World - stop here and sign up! It took me 3 days to get on board and I've had no regrets since. The course was intense and took us out of our comfort zones, but we did well, proving so much to ourselves. I still use the A/B cards that I'd made while doing the course in March 2013!

The "after course" support is what overwhelmed me the most - although they don't guarantee you a job, they won't rest until you get one - they made sure I got one! :)

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Tina

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you are using the methods and materials learnt during the course. You are a wonderful teacher, and your students are lucky to have you.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

I Highly Recommend Samui TEFL!

You will not regret taking Samui TEFL's 4-week course. I completed the course in Nov 2013 and it really was an amazing experience. I learned so much in such a short period of time. The course is quite intense, but also allows for a lot of fun with some really awesome people. Not only did I learn how to become a confident teacher, it was an experience I'll never forget. The staff is incredibly helpful on every level and so supportive. They also keep the class size small, the variety of teacher practices are great, the learning facility is nice and convenient, and Ko Samui is beautiful. You really can't go wrong!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Emily

Thank you for your lovely review, and we are so pleased that you not only enjoyed the course, but learnt a lot too!

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Colleen
10/10

A life-changing experience

The course really did change my life. Not only did it change my outlook about teaching in general, but it boosted my self-confidence in ways I never thought possible.
The lessons were always interesting and fun and we always learnt things that were 'real-world' relevant.
You get total support from staff, a thorough syllabus, constant encouragement, AND help in finding a job.
Intensive theory along with practical teaching sessions in real schools means that you graduate from this course feeling confident that you are ready for a 'proper' teaching job.

How can this program be improved?
If I look back at this course, there is honestly nothing I would change. I thoroughly enjoyed it just as it was. Just the right number of people, just the right length in total, just the right number of hours per day.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Colleen

Thank you so much for your great review of our course. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the course and gained confidence for the classroom.

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Diana
9/10

Professional, thorough and intense :)

I was looking for a course that was professional and thorough and that REALLY taught me how to teach. And that's what I got! We went through everything needed: different methods of teaching, English language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.), lesson planning, cultural awareness, all the different sources you can use to create your lessons, etc. And we had 6 teaching practices in 4 different schools with real students of different ages: the best way to experience what life as an English teacher is like! Kathryn, the trainer, is brilliant. She has so much experience and she loves sharing it with her students. I thoroughly enjoyed her classes! Rosanne takes care of everything 'backstage' and she'll do anything to answer all your questions. Yes, these 2 ladies offer an excellent TEFL course and I very much recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
Bring your own laptop! You've to spend a lot of time on the computer with preparing your lessons, but with only 2 laptops in the school it can make your planning difficult.
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Diana
Thank you so much for your fabulous review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the course and felt that it gave you the knowledge to teach in the real world. We do our best!

Kind regards

Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program

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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...