140-hour TEFL/TESOL course, in a student-centred learning environment and observed teacher practicums in Koh Samui, Thailand.
The following areas/subjects are covered during your 4 weeks of TEFL / TESOL training in Koh Samui at Destination TEFL / TESOL:
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
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
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. Read our blog on making the most of your observed lesson
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.
Koh Samui – Island of Coconuts
Back in the 1970s the word ‘Samui’ was a known only to a few of the most adventurous backpackers eager to explore this little known and tricky to reach island. Then, a basic thatched bungalow with generator power and running water was considered luxury. Nowadays, 5-star resorts, that rival any world-class destination, occupy the prime beachfront and cliff-top locations bringing the jetsetter crowd to this now well-known and easily accessible island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Samui is Thailand’s third largest island, yet measures just 21 kilometres at its widest point and 25 kilometres in maximum length. A ring-road runs around the island for approximately 50 kilometres and links the many beaches and bays, so hiring a car or scooter is recommended, as it’s the best way to explore. Don’t be afraid to venture down an unmarked palm-lined track – this is how you come across some of Samui’s best kept secret beaches.
And it’s the beaches, after all, that draw a visitor to a tropical island. Each person has his own idea of what makes a good beach. To some, this may be a secluded stretch of sand with nothing more than a hammock strung between two palms to enjoy a good book while listening to the sea gently lapping on the shore. To others, it may involve ample deck chairs, a barman on hand to keep the mojitos flowing and adjust the shade umbrella, and rubbing shoulders with the hip crowd as they tap feet to the latest tunes playing in the background. Perhaps you’re after a family-friendly beach with plenty of water-sports and activities, or shallow water for the little ones to play in. Whichever is your ideal, Samui won’t disappoint with its offering of beaches – from long strips of powdery white sand that stretch on for kilometres, to small boulder-lined coves, ideal for snorkelling.