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TEFL Courses in Ban Phe | Thailand
Ban Phe is the perfect choice for anyone looking to experience a very authentic slice of Thai culture. This quiet and relaxing fishing village sits alongside the Gulf of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, yet has somehow escaped the tourist trappings of nearby Pattaya and Bangkok. And if an island adventure is on your list of things to do, Ban Phe is the jumping off point for idyllic, Ko Samet (Samet Island) while Ko Chang (Elephant Island) is only a morning’s journey away.
Immerse yourself in Ban Phe and you immerse yourself in Thai life. Enchanting and exciting, taking a teacher training course in Ban Phe will no doubt prove to be a rewarding experience.
You’ll not only learn how to teach, you’ll witness a very real pocket of Thai culture.
TEFL International’s course in Ban Phe consists of a large office located near countless Mom-and-Pop shops as well as neighborhood restaurants and public transport links. All training facilities needed to successfully complete your course will be provided. We also offer accommodation options as well as a Thai restaurant (Western dishes also available).
TEFL International’s teacher training center in Ban Phe, Thailand is a professional facility that offers everything you need to make your stay rewarding and enjoyable. The unique and tropical fishing village’s location overlooks the lovely Gulf of Thailand and has been consistently well-received by past participants.
Comfortable and quiet, fully equipped and modern, you’ll be impressed with Ban Phe’s facilities. We offer our very own internet café, quiet study rooms, various other lounges and our affordable international restaurant that just so happens to specialize in Thai cuisine.
Outside of class, you can look forward to endless choices of restaurants, bars, food stalls and entertainment venues. Whether it’s a small snack and a coffee or a cold bottle of beer and a game of pool, Ban Phe’s locals have something to suit your needs.
If you can only stay in Ban Phe for two weeks, you ought to try our Combined course. This option allows you complete portions of our course online before you arrive. This way, you only need to be in class for two weeks of teaching practice. Upon completion, you’ll earn a TEFL International teaching certificate. Fees are US$ 1,500 including two weeks of accommodation.Apply Now!
Both school and accommodation give you extremely safe and easy access to locations such as the center of town, beaches and the pier for Koh Samet. In addition to the in-house internet café and restaurant, we offer a relaxing sitting room with television and video player.
Prices vary considerably based upon levels of service and amenities. Basic rooms (fan cooled) without a television start around US$ 130 and increase from there.
Accommodation for TEFL International’s center in Ban Phe can be arranged shortly after you reserve a seat on the course by making your deposit payment. Once you’ve done that, our administrative staff will send you detailed information regarding a number of guesthouses, hostels, bungalows and hotels in the immediate vicinity of the school.
We recommend you plan to arrive in Ban Phe by the Saturday before your TEFL course begins; this will offer you the chance to relax and get accustomed to the local area before the course starts.
As part of your tuition fees, we’ll provide one shuttle service from Bangkok’s, Suvarnabhumi Airport to your course accommodation in Ban Phe. This will be done at noon on the Saturday before your course begins.
For further details related to accommodation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Ban Phe itself.
The balance of course fees is payable via credit card before, or on the first day of the course. Bank transfers are also accepted but must be completed at least two weeks before the first day of the course. Participants with checking accounts in the US may pay by personal check, but payments must be cleared within two weeks of the course’s start date.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees, transfer from Bangkok to Ban Phe*, lifetime job assistance and daily refreshments.
* At 12:00 noon on the Saturday prior to the course start date, we will provide transportation from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to your accommodation at the school.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Local Resorts (US$ 170-330): We have a few great options for you to choose from and all locations are close to the school. Prices will depend mainly on your choice of a fan or air-conditioned room.
Local Guesthouse (US$ 140-600): Features an on-site bar, cable TV for sports and news, a Western grill and a Thai kitchen for traditional Thai food. Reservations are based on advanced bookings only.
Your accommodation is available from 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the course begins through to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Ban Phe by Saturday as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
What travel documents will I need for thailand?Expand
It is advised that you enter Thailand on a 60-day Tourist Visa. Applications are cheap and turnaround times are fairly quick. You need to apply for a tourist visa with your nearest Thai embassy. Once in Thailand, trainees can extend their visas for an additional 30 days for a small fee at a local immigration office. Alternatively, some nationals can enter the Kingdom and obtain permission to stay in Thailand for 30 days (by air) or 15 days (over land) upon arrival.
If you are from a country where visa procedures require a course invitation letter, one will be made available to you immediately after your intent to attend the course has been proven via your deposit payment.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Thai consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The initial orientation is usually on the Sunday evening prior to the course start date at 6:00 p.m. The first class will take place on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. The full course schedule will also be provided on Monday morning. Sessions generally run between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. with appropriate breaks throughout the day.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local Thai students for the trainees’ teaching practice. Thai students are very keen and enthusiastic and because we don’t charge them to attend, all students come to classes purely because they want to.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
The maximum class size on the Ban Phe course is 32, however it is split up into two groups. Normally we would expect to have around twenty trainees, with ten per group. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. All relevant forms and instructions will be provided, as well as notes from the input sessions.
You may want to bring a recording device with you, it is not required equipment but many trainees have commented that this has made the course easier for them (for preparing lessons, interviewing and listening to conversations with students etc).
We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center and in the lobby of the hotel. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
If you plan to work in Thailand without returning home before you do so, you will need to bring your original degree (if you have one) and any other teaching qualifications that you might have. While not required by all schools, it’s advisable to obtain a local criminal background check and sealed university transcripts as some schools will want to see one, or both of these documents.
Do I need a degree to teach in thailand?Expand
The short answer is no. Thailand’s Ministry of Education (MoE) does require foreign teachers to have degrees, but not all schools fall under the MoE’s jurisdiction. Primary and secondary schools, both public and private, will require degrees as your teacher’s license will need to be approved by the MoE. However, university and corporate work will not require a degree. Teaching in one of Thailand’s thousands of language schools also does not necessarily require a degree. So while some sources fail to truly explore this issue and say degrees are required, you can rest assured, they are not required for all teaching positions around the Kingdom.