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Cambodia – a land where ancient and modern worlds collide to create a unique destination to study for your TEFL course in Siem Reap. It is the ONLY country in SE Asia where you can LEGALLY teach without a bachelor’s degree, and by coming here you’ll take the first step in an adventure that will change your life, as well as those of others!

You’ll receive 4 weeks of TEFL / TESOL training at Destination TEFL  in Siem Reap plus teaching placement assistance in Cambodia (open to degree and non-degree holders). Native English speakers who have a bachelor’s degree can also be placed in Thailand or Vietnam.

Our comprehensive 140-hour course covers the following areas/subjects:

  • An introduction to South East Asian culture – to help your transition into the local classroom and community.
  • Teaching techniques – we provide you with models to teach beginners as well as advanced students, young learners and adults
  • Teaching the four skills of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Planning a course for special purposes (such as for a business)
  • Grammar – brushing up yours as a teacher, and techniques to teach grammar
  • Creating materials for lessons
  • Lesson planning
  • Suitable activities for the language classroom
  • Discipline in the classroom
  • Building rapport with your students, including warmers and coolers in the classroom.
  • Classroom management, covering all aspects
  • Teaching one-to-one, as well as larger classes
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Understanding problems for Asian learners (understanding the differences between their language and English) as well as for other key languages, such as Spanish and Russian.
  • Error correction techniques
  • Preparing your CV/resumé, and tips for the interview process
  • Teaching business English
  • Teaching practices and assignments
  • You will have the opportunity to conduct several full lessons (teacher practices). These are observed by a trainer, and detailed and constructive feedback is given to you after each lesson, to help you improve for your next lesson, and your career to follow. (You will get an opportunity to teach both young learners and adults). Our qualified trainers will assist you with the lesson planning process.
  • Materials project: Here you will present the materials used for lessons, to the class.
  • A journal entry assignment
  • Various lesson planning and group work assignments
  • Various tests and tasks over the 4-week course, covering grammar, punctuation and a few other aspects covered in class. We work with our teachers to adequately prepare them for these tests. All content of the tests is covered during the course.

There is no final examination that determines your pass grade. Your final course result is determined by the combined marks of the assignments above, as well as on your participation and teamwork in class, attendance and behaviour.

A grade of at least 70% is required in order to pass the course. More than 50% of this grade is made up of marks for teacher practices.

Trainees are awarded with either a ‘pass’, ‘merit’, ‘high merit’ or ‘distinction’ on their certificates. All graduates also receive a report, and those who obtain a merit or higher, are also presented with a personalised letter of reference.

Teaching Placement Assistance – Placement assistance is offered as per your selected program. Job placements will be subject to the time of the year & current in-country situation. Destination TEFL will endeavour to guide you through the complete placement process, submit your CV to our network of schools and equip you the skills required to ACE your interview with your potential employer.

***Valid for native English speakers aged 20-55 years

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    The Location

    Tourism and development in Cambodia has exploded over the last two decades. The nation shares borders with Thailand and Lao on the West and the North, and Vietnam on the East and the Southeast as well as by the Gulf of Thailand. The mighty Mekong River dominates the landscape of Phnom Penh, and is the base of much of the recreational activities from boat trips to riverside restaurants. The river originates in mainland China, flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand before entering Cambodia.

    Angkor Wat, a symbol on the Cambodian flag, is one of the most amazing attractions in South East Asia, and only five kilometres from Siem Reap – home to Destination TEFL. Although a relatively new discovery to the West, the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.

    Siem Reap, just south of Angkor Wat, has blossomed from a relatively small backwater town into the fastest growing area in Cambodia. Siem Reap is a foodie haven, and has plenty of ‘non-ruin’ things to do.

    Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, is where the majority of teaching jobs can be found. Here you’ll discover temples, markets and buzzing back streets. This bustling city fuses Cambodian, Chinese and French influences.

    Cambodia is home to several islands, perhaps not as well-known neighbouring Thai islands, yet they have as much to offer – at a fraction of the price.


    So why do your TEFL course in Cambodia?

    • Super friendly locals, who are eager to learn English

    • Great value for money, from food to transport, you can’t beat Cambodia

    • Rich culture and history

    • A foodie haven! From local Khmer food to Western delights, you’ll find endless options

    • Easy to get around – from using the ‘Grab taxi app’ to out of town bus trips, transportation is easy and cheap.

    • Cambodia is centrally located to visit other countries in SE Asia

    • It’s the only country where you can LEGALLY teach in SE Asia without a degree, and Destination TEFL has links to many schools to assist with job placement.

    • Low cost of living in relation to salary earned by teachers

    • Relatively easy visa and work permit process compared to other countries



    The above prices include SHARED accommodation during the course – The rooms are spacious twin shared with a fellow teacher (double rooms available for couples – subject to availability). Each room has an en suite private bathroom, cupboard and small fridge. All rooms are air-conditioned and will be serviced once a week.

    Should you prefer a private room, there is a surcharge from $150 for the course period – and subject to availability. Breakfast is included in your package rate.


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