TESOL Course

What does a TESOL course include?

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

May 23, 2018

TravelBud provide applicants with an internationally accredited TESOL course which is operated by our partners in Thailand. The course takes place over 4 weeks in the Thai beach town of Hua Hin, approximately 3 hours south from Bangkok and perfectly prepares you for Teaching English in Thailand.

Our partners are institutional members of United Kingdom College of Teachers and the TESOL course itself is internationally accredited by the Online TEFL and TESOL Standards Agency (OTTSA). (www.ottsa.org). This ensures that the course best prepares teachers for teaching English in Thailand.

Prior to job placement, applicants are required to complete the 120-hour in-class TESOL course which provides significant instruction on the theories, strategies and techniques of teaching English as a second/foreign language. The course also includes a strong cultural and linguistic foundation to prepare students to teach and live in Thailand.

The TESOL Course Components Include:

  • Information and discussion about Thai culture, history, politics and society to provide exposure and help students navigate their new environment.
  • Significant instruction in Thai language (9-12 Hours).
  • Strong grounding in the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language. This is taught in a way that emphasizes application of theory to enhance success in the classroom.
  • Significant practical training in how to teach listening, reading, speaking and writing in the classroom, including extensive lesson plan development and presentation, and feedback both from peers and instructors.
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group.
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management.
  • Practical training and assessment through participation in a non-profit English camp for disadvantaged children.

Below is a brief breakdown of what one can expect during each week of the TESOL course:

Week One

The first week of the TESOL course is an amazing, interactive orientation on Thai culture and language, as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training from different parts of the world. The TESOL is held near the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand and encompasses Thai language, culture and society. The course is taught by area experts and includes several exciting and informative cultural excursions. Previous excursions have included Thai cooking, Muay Thai, a trip to a Thai temple, and a trip to the King’s summer palace.

Cultural excurion to Hutsadin elephant sanctuary during Thai TESOL course in Hua Hin, Thailand

TESOL student volunteering at an Elephant Sanctuary in Hua Hin during the Cultural Orientation Program (no longer included due to ethical concerns with the sanctuary)

Week Two

The second week of the TESOL course is a deeper exploration of theory in the discipline of English as a second language and how to teach grammar. Students learn about the structure and key elements of a lesson plan. Every lesson requires a detailed lesson plan that lays out the procedures of the class, and encourages teachers to consider the challenges, technology resources, and other factors that can impact upon a successful lesson in the classroom.

During week two, students will also learn how to teach speaking and teach grammar. Grammar can be challenging to teach. One of the reasons for this is that it has been a long time since native English speakers have reviewed grammar rules, so applicants will be provided with a bit of a refresher. The major assignments for week two are to create a lesson plan for teaching grammar and to present a full lesson just as a teacher would in a classroom.

Thai English student smiling at the camera during an English class in Thailand

Thai English student learning how to speak English and loving every bit of it!

Week Three

The third week of the TESOL course focuses on how to teach reading and listening. The major assignments for this week are to create lesson plans for teaching reading and present full lessons just as a teacher would in the classroom.

Week Four

The final week the class is dedicated to classroom management and preparing for and conducting lessons at the non-profit English camp in Hua Hin. While classroom management may be the final topic covered, it is in fact extremely important, especially in cross-cultural contexts. Classroom management is about setting ground rules, applying them consistently, getting to know your students, and earning and maintaining their respect and commitment. Students spend several days preparing their lessons for the English camp. The camp usually lasts 2-3 days.

TESOL student practicing teaching English in Thailand

TESOL student getting real teaching experience at the non-profit English camp in Hua Hin, Thailand

Cultural orientation Program

The Cultural Orientation Program takes place over the first week of the TESOL in Thailand course and covers the following:

Introduction to Thailand

The first step to introducing TESOL students to Thailand is to introduce culture shock by investigating the underlying reasons for Westerners who come to live and work as an English teacher in Thailand. This reinforces the unique benefits of the Teach English in Thailand experience and is aimed to remind you of why you are here. The introductory phase encompasses “ice breaker” activities that will allow you to get to know your peers, put aside any cultural biases, and help realize expectations.

Thai Culture & Politics

Michael Volpe, currently completing his PhD in Thai politics and originally from the USA, will provide an interesting in-depth history of Thai society and culture and address gender relations, major ethnic groups, and local religion in Thailand. Michael will give a great account of his experience moving to live and work in Thailand as well as many great tips on navigating one’s new environment. The valuable insight into Thai culture offered by Michael will benefit you immensely an can only be learned and taught from living and working in Thailand.

Thai Language

It is always a challenging task trying to communicate to locals in a country where English literacy isn’t very high. We therefore look at Thai language and teach TESOL students how to communicate on a basic level in Thai. Our experienced Thai language instructors lay a foundation of conversational skills ranging from ordering food, learning the numbers to gain a firm understanding of shopping and bargaining, basic introductory greetings and helpful common phrases for interacting within the local community.

Cultural Excursions & Activities

  • Interact with the local farmers of a pineapple plantation that were negatively affected by floods in 2011
  • Visit a Buddhist temple and observe amazing history while receiving a blessing from a monk
  • Charter a long tail boat ride through a protected mangrove forest and visit a local fishermans’ village
  • Volunteer at a Hua Hin animal rescue centre
  • Visit the King’s Royal Palace
  • Participate in authentic cooking lessons
  • Participate in Muay Thai lessons
  • Attend a fun and social beach barbecue at the end of the week

Graduation Ceremony

After the final exam at the end of the fourth week of TESOL training , a festive graduation ceremony is held for the now TESOL graduates and qualified English teachers. TESOL instructors hand out TESOL certificates to the new graduates before the graduates celebrate on the beach reminiscing about the fun times they have had together over the past month, the friendships they have made, and excited for the teaching and traveling which awaits them!

TESOL students celebrate during their TESOL graduation ceremony with their TESOL instructor in Hua Hin, Thailand

TESOL students celebrate on Hua Hin Beach during theibeach graduation ceremony

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