Introduction to TEFL Courses in Bangkok
We use a mix of personal experience and what 100’s of TEFL graduates have conveyed to us. Any TEFL course not listed here should be AVOIDED. However, from time to time, a certificate course falls through the cracks. So, if you’ve found a TEFL course that is not listed here, ask us in the comments. We will get back to you ASAP.
***TEFL, TESOL & CELTA courses in Bangkok are equivalent. As such, we’ve included all varieties in this review.
California Teachers College TEFL & TESOL Programs in Bangkok
Avoid These Bangkok TEFL Courses!
American TESOL Institute (ATI) Bangkok
It’s a real company, so it has that going for it. With that said, they are AGENTS. They are marketers & salesmen who make the sales and then split the students up amongst several schools. This means that once they have your money, their support ends there. You won’t get picked-up at the airport. You won’t get helped with your accommodation. Heck, you’ll be lucky to get the contact information for the TEFL school you’ll be going to!
AYC Bangkok, Thailand
AYC is one of the schools that ATI sends customers to. We’ve mentioned elsewhere that AYC is okay to use as an agent for finding you a job. However, we cannot recommend their TESOL course. For starters, they have horrible support because their customers come from agents like ATI, so you’re likely to get lost in the shuffle.
More importantly, for the last 2 years they have had a Thai person teaching the course. That’s not bad in and of itself, but the fact is, he was never trained to be a teacher, has no credentials in teaching, and in fact has very little (almost none) experience teaching English. He’s earnest and sincere, and he can get you in the mind of a second language learner, because he is one. However, you can get that elsewhere + a qualified teacher.
Very poorly located. On the outskirts of the north of Bangkok.
Other Reputable TEFL Courses
We haven’t heard a whole lot one way or the other about this TEFL program and the instructor. However, that’s a good thing. We have strong reasons to believe the training is solid and we are sure it’s a legitimate business.
Location is okay. You CANNOT walk to the BTS or MRT, but can get there via a taxi.
International House Bangkok (IH Bangkok)
Same boat as Text-and Talk except that it is technically a CELTA course. We don’t want to get to in-depth on the differences between TEFL and CELTA courses. Suffice it to say employers consider them to be the same level of qualification and that CELTA courses are generally much more expensive.
Not our favorite location (Silom), but near to the BTS.
Offers both CELTA and TESOL courses in Bangkok. As we’ve alluded to, the content is essentially the same. We would actually argue that the content of TEFL & TESOL courses is better than CELTA, but it’s not worth the effort.
Not a horrible location, but not very close to the BTS or MRT (skytrain and subway), so it makes getting around slightly more difficult.
Summary of TEFL in Bangkok
If it’s not listed, AVOID IT!
There’s absolutely no reason to use anybody not mentioned on this page.
However, if you have a question about a TEFL course in Bangkok, leave a comment.
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