Gain a TESOL and teach English in Thailand
Head to Hua Hin or Chiang Mai in Thailand and gain an internationally accredited 120 hour TESOL/TEFL qualification which can be used to teach abroad. Want to live and teach in Thailand? Use your qualification to gain a job in a reputable school and experience life living the beautiful ‘Land of Smiles’.
Whether you are looking to gain a TESOL course, to work as a teacher in Thailand or both, we can help you to achieve this.
Looking to gain a TESOL?
You can gain an internationally accredited TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in one of two beautiful locations: Hua Hin, a coastal resort based 2-3 hours from Bangkok, or in Chiang Mai, located in mountainous North of Thailand. Accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency (OTTSA), the course can be used internationally to teach English to those who do not speak it as their first language. During the 120 hour course, you will get 2-3 days of real experience teaching at a non-profit local English camp.
The course runs every month of the year. Please note that Thai schools are on holiday for 7 weeks across April and May. In Thailand, the school year starts at the end of May and there are two semesters. The second holiday is in October.
Oyster offer this course because we want to offer a high-quality TESOL course that provided the best possible job prospects. We are aware that there is a huge choice of TESOL/TEFL courses online and that the quality of courses varies. We gained first-hand knowledge of our provider so that we could reassure and inform potential applicants that the course would be right for them. After careful research and a visit to the course in Thailand, we believe that this course is great value for the money and the best by a long way.
What is a TESOL course?
TESOL and TEFL courses are very similar. The main difference is that typically, TEFL courses focus on teaching grammar, whereas TESOL courses predominantly look at how to improve communication and spoken English. In Thailand, students tend to be much stronger at writing English than speaking which is why a TESOL course is highly respected.
The cultural orientation week
Once you have arrived in Thailand, you will spend the first week taking part in a cultural orientation week. The aim of the week is to introduce you to Thai customs, culture and language. There is also a teacher workshop which will provide information on what life is like living and working in Thailand. On top of this, you will be taken to some of the local attractions – providing you with lots of opportunities to learn more about the country and to bond with your fellow participants. Some highlights include a Muay Thai boxing class and visiting local temples. Find out more about the excursions included in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai in the ‘more information’ section.
The TESOL course is enjoyable, sociable and exciting. Located in stunning locations with access to top quality facilities and shops, the course is a fantastic way to start your Thailand adventure.
Teaching in Thailand
If you are looking to gain a job in Thailand at the end of the course, the placement team can organise this for you so that you can start working straight after the course. Degree holders can earn between 30,000 and 40,000 Thai Baht a month ($800-1200). Typical contracts are 4-5 months. All schools are reputable and can offer assistance, helping you to find accommodation on arrival. The school will provide you with a working visa and the team are on hand throughout your time teaching to offer support.
To be eligible for teaching, you must be a native English speaker with a degree.
While working, you will get all your school holidays off, giving you plenty of time to travel and explore Thailand and surrounding countries. There are plenty of work and volunteer opportunities available for you to get involved in.
At the end of the first teaching contract, many teachers extend their time in Thailand, either staying at their school or moving to a new one. The team can help with this and will provide free lifetime placements in schools – with opportunities in other Asian countries.
Got a TEFL or TESOL already?
No problem. If you are looking just for a teaching job, get in touch. You could join the group for the orientation and then head straight to work at the end of the first week
Accommodation and Food
Comfortable air conditioned apartment accommodation close to the course. Both course centers in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai are located close to modern shopping centers, markets, restaurants and medical facilities. Shared accommodation is included in the price.
Food is not included in the program price, but delicious meals can be bought for about 50 Thai Baht.
For those heading to Hua Hin, the first night is spent in Bangkok at a hotel.
- Obtain an internationally accredited TESOL qualification from an experienced provider.
- Gain hands-on teaching experience which will improve your practice and increase your chances of success in the classroom.
- Get a fascinating insight into Thai customs and participate in amazing cultural activities during the orientation week.
- Experience the wonders of Thailand as a full-time teacher.
- Receive 24/7 support from Oyster and the in-country team throughout your time on the program.
- Gain lifetime guaranteed school placement support in destinations across Asia
Whyshould I do this?
You will not only gain a first class TESOL in Thailand’s most beautiful locations, you will also have the chance to work as a well-paid teacher in Thailand. You will meet like-minded people, join a network of teachers in Thailand and gain access to a resources database. As well as enjoying living and working in Thailand, you will also give your CV/Resume a boost. If you are looking at working abroad, you can gain lifetime school placements in destinations across Asia.
The 120 hour TESOL course includes:
A comprehensive TESOL Course Book
Helpful ESL hand outs
Thai Language lessons
Helpful tips and preparation for living in Thailand
Real teaching experience
Access to online teacher resources
The course will cover:
Lectures on understanding Thai culture, politics, history and society
Theory of teaching English as a second language
Practical training in how to plan, develop and present lessons
How to teach children of different ages
How to effectively manage a classroom
Practical experience (8-16 hours) working in a non-profit English camp for disadvantaged children in a real Thai school.
Hua Hin – Airport pick up from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. You should aim to arrive before midday on the Sunday before the course starts.
Chiang Mai – Airport pick up is from Chiang Mai International Airport. You should aim to arrive before midday on the Sunday before the course starts.
The participant coordinator is Jon, who has both completed the course and taught in Thailand. After teaching, he chose to live in Thailand and he is enthusiastic about sharing his love of the country with you. The team make sure that participants settle in during the orientation and the course. Jon will be your main contact point while you are in Thailand and is dedicated to ensuring that you have a good time while you are away.
What is provided
- Informal interview and briefing from Oyster staff with first-hand project knowledge
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
- Comfortable accommodation with AC. This is available throughout the orientation and course.
- An internationally accredited certificated TESOL training course run by a well-regarded course leader
- Practical teaching experience in a 2-3 day local non-profit English camp
- Airport pick up and transfer to course location
- Full briefing to help you understand what to expect from Thailand and the school program
- Cultural orientation week, including activities
- Comprehensive course book
- Budget guide
- Job, visa and accommodation support
- Help and advice 24/7 from our UK based office and the team in Thailand
On your return:
- Welcome home pack (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- A police check CRC or DBS check before departure
- A passport valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date with at least two clear pages
- A laptop rather than a tablet – easier to print from when on the course
- Money for food – on the course, lunch can be bought for 50 Thai Baht
- If you are teaching, you will be provided with a budget guide to help you prepare for expenses while working.
- Flights to Bangkok or Chiang Mai (Oyster can help you to organise these)
- Travel Insurance
- Any additional money for trips, snacks, entertainment
- Make sure all inoculations are up to date. Consult your doctor.