4-WEEK TEFL COURSE on koh samui

Why Thailand TEFL Academy

  • Our TEFL course exceeds all international criteria, with emphasis placed on practical teaching experience.
  • Our course trainers are highly qualified: Read about our staff on the 'contact us' page.
  • All of the learning is done hands on through games and interactive activities. You will never just be lectured to, but will always be involved in every lesson. The theory in the course is presented by the trainer using games, activities and strategies that you will then be able to use in your own teaching, allowing you to build your portfolio of activities and teaching tools from day one. Your observed teacher pracs will start from week two, when you’ll be able to apply these techniques yourself.
  • We limit our numbers to small groups, so that we can offer personal assistance with lesson planning and any area you may need help with such as grammar etc. Our practical training includes both youth and adult lessons, at various schools and businesses around the island. Should your course be over a school holiday, we’ll use the same children, but teach them in the form of a summer camp.
  • We have a low student to instructor ratio  on our TEFL/TESOL course, which ensures that students get quality attention. This means that you will always have someone to assist with lesson planning or to give you extra attention in any areas you may need assistance.
  • Koh Samui is an ideal location to take your TEFL course in Thailand. Enjoy island life before heading out to teach in vibrant Bangkok or to experience the culture and scenery of the Thai countryside. As our training centre and the accommodation are only metres from beautiful Choeng Mon Beach, you can spend afternoons and evenings with your classmates on the beach.
  • Your trainers will provide you with the support you need to compile lesson plans. You also have access to resources such as FREE internet, a library of teaching books as well as printing and copying facilities on site.
  • Save money on travelling to teacher practices (TPs) - we will transport you there.
  • Our course package includes many extras, including airport collection, personal assistance with your CV/Resumé, stationery and supplies, an island tour, and more. 
  • We are genuinely interested in our students, and don't view them as just numbers. We stay in touch with students after each course, and get regular updates on their teaching careers and travels. Many of our teaching job leads come from past students for this reason.
  • We have a connections with many schools and agencies, not only in Thailand, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, China and other countries, as well as a private Facebook group page where job listings are posted, ONLY to our graduates. This means that you have up-to-date info on current jobs available, with many of these agents contacting us before listing the jobs elsewhere.

What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

The terms basically mean the same, with TEFL more common in the UK, and TESOL more common in America. There is a slight technical difference since TESOL refers to learners whose first language is not English, although they may speak English in their daily lives. TEFL refers to 'foreign' students, learning English as a foreign language. These students do not use English regularly and therefore have different usage and comprehension problems. The course covers both aspects.

My grammar skills aren't the best - this makes me a little nervous to do the course...

We understand that it may have been a while since you studied grammar at school. However, as a native speaker, you already know grammar quite well, it's more the terminology that you may not know.  We can send you an easy-to-use grammar workbook before you start the course, so that you can brush up in your own time prior to the course starting. During the course we work through this material to ensure that you are familiar with grammar as well as its terminology before you become a teacher. 

Do I need knowledge of other languages?

No. Thailand TEFL Academy uses the international standard communicative approach to teaching, where English is the only language used in the classroom. These methods are thoroughly explained and practiced during the course. This means that you will be able to use your new TEFL qualification to travel the world, and finance this wanderlust by teaching. 

Can a non-native speaker of English take the TEFL Course ?

Applications are welcomed regardless of first language or nationality. However, as we believe that in order to teach English well, you need to KNOW English well, the only requirements are a proficient level of both spoken and written English and an understanding of the intensive nature of the course. Please be aware that some schools will only employ NATIVE English speakers (NES). We cannot guarantee placements for non-native speakers (NNES). 

Is there an age limit to do the TEFL course?

We have no official upper age limit, but you must be 19 years of age or older for your application to be considered. If you are a person of 'more mature years', don't let this put you off applying. If you are receptive to learning, you should have no problems. We have many mature students taking 'Golden Gap Years', not quite ready to retire yet.

NOTE: Some employers may have an upper age limit, especially if the job is with younger children, due to the energy level required for this kind of teaching, therefore our job guarantee for NES with degrees has an upper limit of 55 years of age, due to restrictions at some schools.

Will my TEFL certificate be recognised around the world?

Yes. Upon successful completion of our 4-week TEFL course, you will receive a certificate which is recognised worldwide. Our course meets and exceeds the basic international criteria, as we offer 120 hours of classroom time and observed teaching practice. You will also receive a detailed report card, and those who obtain a merit or higher, will receive a personalised letter of recommendation. 

Where can I work with a TEFL certificate?

Work is available almost anywhere in the world where English is not the native language. There are many opportunities within Asia specifically, but not exclusively. Some countries require teachers to have a degree (any) as well as a TEFL qualification. A list can be provided on request. Many of our graduates choose to teach online after the course, which is a good option for those travelling - a good internet connection is required, and we supply a list of online agencies to our graduates.

Will I find work after the course?

Work is available almost anywhere in the world where English is not the native language. There are many opportunities within Asia specifically, but not exclusively. Some countries require teachers to have a degree (any) as well as a TEFL qualification. A list can be provided on request. Many of our graduates choose to teach online after the course, which is a good option for those travelling - a good internet connection is required, and we supply a list of online agencies to our graduates.


If you have a degree it will make finding work much easier for you. In fact, we GUARANTEE that you will find a job, should you meet the following criteria:

If you’re from one of the official native English-speaking countries (only UK, Ireland, USA, NZ, Aus, Canada and SA), if you have a university degree, and are under 55 years old, and if you obtain at least a high merit on the course.


Please note: Legally, to work as a teacher in a government or international school in Thailand or Vietnam, you also need to have a university degree in order to obtain a work permit. This isn’t required for language schools or to teach in a business. 

What salary can I expect to earn as a teacher in Thailand?

As a native English speaker with a degree and your TEFL course complete, you can expect to earn at least 30,000 baht a month. Most of the jobs we list are between 33,000 and 40,000 baht, and we've had some exceed 50,000 baht. If you have a PGCE or Ed degree, expect more.  

Is the TEFL Course intensive? Will I have time to see the sights?

Yes, the course is intensive, and you will need to commit yourself to some independent study and lesson planning time outside of the classroom, but we schedule quite a bit of time within the 4-week TEFL course for planning and preparation.  If you balance your workload and make good use of your time in the classroom, you will have weekends to enjoy the sights on beautiful Koh Samui. With your accommodation and the training centre being so close to the beach, it's easy to pop down and lunch time or after class - no transport needed! 

What should I bring with me to the course and to Thailand?

• An open mind and sense of humour!

• Your ORIGINAL degree and transcripts (Not required for the course, but for processing your visa and work permit once you find work. The agencies have informed us that they now require originals to process the application, as well as certified copies). 

• Your prepared CV/resumé, and we’ll assist you in tweaking it for the local job market.

• A police clearance certificate/criminal background check is now required to apply for a work permit as a teacher. Please ensure you get one before coming to Thailand, as it’s easier to get this in your home country than while here. For the police check for UK Citizens, we now recommend going through DBS Scotland, as it is easier and cheaper! Go to this website: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/basicdisclosureonline/

It will take you to the Basic Disclosure application, which is what most people from the UK use to get the visas sorted in Thailand. It costs £25 and takes around 14 days to be sent to you by post. It does not ask for any reasoning for the application, so will be much easier than the ACRO option.

For USA citizens, FBI check: 

http://www.nationalbackgroundcheck.com/FBI%20channeling%20all.pdf

• We provide all stationery. Bringing a laptop or tablet (whichever you find easier to work on) will make your time on the course, as well as afterwards as a teacher, MUCH easier. You'll need to do research and resource for lesson plans, type up lesson plans, etc. We do have 2 computers at the training centre, but these are for printing purposes only. Afterwards, you will really need one for teaching, so we strongly suggest you bring something with you.

• Everything else as per normal travel requirements and personal effects.