Frequently Asked Questions
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TEFL (Teaching English as A foreign Language) is a comprehensive teacher training certification primarily used in foreign countries where English is not the first language or primary language and the EFL student will not have access to English within their daily lives or outside the classroom. If you plan to teach English in a foreign country where you will be your students only access to English, then a TEFL certification is the way to go.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a less comprehensive or simplified teacher training certification as it is primarily used for teaching English to students currently residing in native English-speaking countries where they will have access to English within their daily lives and outside the classroom. If you plan to teach English in a native English-Speaking country to immigrants or refugees, then a TESOL certification is the way to go, however additional certifications and educational thresholds may be required to do so.
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) The CELTA is a specific standardized teacher training course focused on adult learners exclusively by Cambridge. This course is incredibly intensive as it requires strict memorization of word by word definitions and absolute mechanics of written teaching steps. As none of the students’ work can be graded on site, but rather sent on to Cambridge for assessment is the reasoning behind definitions and other course work required to be prefect word for word. Cambridge will ensure you can recite the definition of a part of speech for example but offers very little instruction on how to physically teach it to learners of ESL. If you are gifted at memorization, willing to pay a bit more for the Cambridge name, and looking to exclusively teach adults then a CELTA certification is the way to go.
Entrust TEFL is an award winning teacher training company licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education with over 16 years of experience and has trained over 5,700 graduates now working world wide as teachers.
We’re also proud of our all-inclusive, premium course offering which gives you unrivalled value for money. In addition to the TEFL certification program, you get resort accommodation, sightseeing tours, trekking, airport pick-up, transportation, volunteer teaching opportunities – and much more – in one economical fee. We aren’t shy to say that you get all of this for about the same price that other companies are asking for only a seat in the classroom!
At Entrust TEFL we understand what schools are looking for in a teacher. Because our 120-hour accredited course and our three-day classroom experience are designed with your employment in mind, you can be confident that you’ll be equipped to teach English in Thailand – or anywhere else for that matter.
But regardless of which TEFL package you choose, you can have peace of mind with Entrust TEFL. Our professional associations and accreditation’s are noteworthy, and we’re there to support you through each step of the process – even after you’ve graduated.
There is no age limit for the course, however school prefer canidates aged between 22 – 45 years of age.
You do not need to be a native speaker to attend the course or even be placed in a teaching job upon graduation. In fact we have placed over 5,700 degree, non-degree holders, native English and non-native English speakers in paying obs across Thailand.
No, you only need to speak English while teaching in the classroom.
Immediately. Typically you would graduate on the Friday evening and start working at your school that Monday morning, however If you would like to take a short holiday before you start working, just let our placement department know so they can organize your job with the school when you are ready. During the training course our placement department will line up different potential employers for you so that you can make an informed decision about the school, where you’d like to teach so by the time you graduate, you already know exactly where you will be going, how you are getting there, who is fetching you, what your schedule looks like, what you’re salary will be as well as lots of other important facts regarding you placement.
We have a 100% placement rate!!
No, you do not need to have previous teaching experience, but a definite interest in this field goes without saying. Through our TEFL program, you’ll receive hands-on training through our 140-hour course, be immersed in the Thai culture while being supported by our staff, learn basic Thai conversational skills, and see your confidence grow through teaching observation and practice at real schools.
If you do have teaching experience or certification; a degree in Education, English, Math or Science; and other transferable skills – then we encourage you to apply as well. These are sought after by Thai schools.
We have to smile when we get asked this question, because we know from experience that once you get here, you won’t be able to imagine not taking a TEFL course in Thailand!
Thailand is a gateway to Asia – the perfect mixture of modern, western comforts and authentic, cultural experiences. Importantly, Thailand is full of opportunities for English teachers. Jobs abound and the cost of living is low, giving you the opportunity to travel and explore, or use your savings as you see fit. And, Thailand offers you unimaginable diversity, divine cuisine and friendly locals.
The final hiring decision is made by your prospective employer and their individual needs and requirements, not Entrust TEFL. You’ll be able to decide whether to accept a job position or not, based on the openings available balanced with your preferred teaching location. TEFL graduates will tell you that flexibility is key to having an enjoyable experience.
That said, early applications have a better chance of getting their preferred location, but keep in mind that we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to honor your request. Of course, if you are the adventurous sort, you are more than welcome to use your TEFL qualification to find your own employment in the city of your choice.
Most schools or recruiting agencies will, on average, ask you to sign a four-month contract. Most TEFL course graduates work as teachers for at least a year. Many stay in Thailand for much longer, some choosing only to work on a short-term basis at a school or language school during peak periods.
An Entrust TEFL certificate allows you to teach English as a foreign language practically anywhere in the world! If you want to teach English in Thailand, you’ll be happy to know that we are internationally accredited, recognized by the Ministry of Labor and have over 5,700 graduates currently working worldwide as teachers.
While all countries have their own set of rules, regulations and requirements concerning the employment of foreign labor, however with our international accreditation, and Thai Ministry of foreign affairs approved training you will be on top of any recrutters hire list. Entrust TEFL is an institutional member of IATEFL (International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and we are validated externally by leading experts in the field of ESL. This external validation keeps our TEFL course material and requirements on par with international standards.
That said, we do recommend that if you know where you’d ultimately like to teach, that you do your homework about that country’s employment requirements. Some countries may require an additional or higher qualification (like a degree), along with your Entrust TEFL Certificate. They may also have age and ethnicity requirements in order to legally employ you.
We currently have Entrust TEFL course graduates working in Thailand, Dubai, Hungry, Spain, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, Ukraine and new countries everyday.
The first few months in Thailand are an adventure in everything new – a new culture, new customs, new traditions, new surroundings, new people. Because of this, it’s always helpful to have a few familiar things handy to ground you. So pack that family photo, or bring that special trinket. In general though, we recommend packing light, because almost everything can be purchased quite inexpensively in Thailand.Here is our list of recommended items:
- Smart attire to wear for interviews, your practical teaching hours during our TEFL course, and for teaching.
- A phrase book so that you can begin to get familiar with simple local phrases.
- A phrase book so that you can begin to get familiar with simple local phrases.
- 50,000 – 60,000 Thai baht for you to use until you finish the TEFL course and start earning a salary. You can place it your Thai bank account or simply wire funds to your Thai account once you get here.
- Any original diploma or degree certificates, if you have them. The original documents are required in order to get a work permit.
- A clean police clearance certificate is required by Thai labor regulations in order to obtain a work permit in Thailand. This clearance can easily be obtained from your local police department; it’s most convenient if brought with you. It can also be obtained once you’re in Thailand, but this takes at least three weeks and is not free.
- A camera – trust us, you’ll want to take pictures of all the wonderful places and things you’ll experience during the Entrust TEFL course and the rest of your time in Thailand.
- A good pair of hiking shoes will come in handy for our explorations through the Thai mountains.
- Moisture-wicking clothes or clothes made from natural fibres – Thailand is very hot and humid.
If you sign up for the Premium Program we will provide you a non-immigrate visa for up to 6 months free as part of the course. This will give you lots of time to have your employer sort out your work permit and if you ever have any problems you can always come back to Entrust for assistance.
If on the Basic course you can simple arrive on a tourist visa and we can sort everything else out when you arrive at one of our training centers.
If you have a degree
If you are a holder of a degree in any field you will have no problem obtaining a work permit and a non-Immigrant one-year visa. The process is relatively straightforward; it takes up to three months to obtain your work permit and visa. The process has three steps:
1) The school will want the originals of your degree and any other educational documents in order to prepare your visa sponsorship documentation. Once the sponsorship package is completed, the school will ask you to do a visa run to obtain your 90-day Non-Immigrate B visa. You can do the visa trip by yourself or elect to hire a company to do it for you. Jack Total Golf (yes!) and Thai Visa Service are two such companies, but there are many to choose from in your local area.
2) Next, you’ll cross the border into a neighboring country to drop off your documents at the Thai Embassy. The Thai Embassy will collect the documents in the morning before lunch; you may return the next day after lunch to retrieve them. Keep in mind that the officer will write the name of your school on your visa.
3) Once you return to your school, you’ll need to give your passport to the school so they can start the work permit process. (They’ll take just a copy). Once the work permit is completed you’ll need to go to the local Ministry of Labor and Immigration to have your passport and work permit stamped for one year. After that, you can continue to stay in Thailand simply by extending your visa every year in the country.
If you don’t have a degree
If you do not hold a degree in any field, the process is a little more costly and time-consuming. There are various options, depending on the school and the local circumstances:
1) Some schools are able to provide you with a visa and work permit, stating “special circumstances” to the Ministry of Labor. This is usually only approved for rural areas where it is hard to obtain a Native English Teacher.
2) In most cases you will be working full-time hours and getting paid as a full-time employee, but be classified as part-time because you don’t have a degree. By being a part-time employee, the school is not compelled to file your paperwork with the Ministry of Labor. This in turn means that you won’t get a visa or work permit through the school. The advantage of this is that you have no tax obligations, but the downside is that you’ll need to leave the country every 90 days to obtain another entry visa.