Vantage TEFL Course Requirements
You Need to:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be fluent in all aspects of English.*
Have basic computer skills for creating classroom materials.
Be able to work under pressure with tight schedules and meeting deadlines.
* Non-native speakers should be at least a C1 on the CEFR level proficiency scale.
For a quick determination of your English proficiency level, you can take our free General English Test
College Degree Not Required
There are many different types of employers of English teachers in Thailand. Universities, public and private schools, tutoring schools and language institutes and private situations between a teacher and students.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) does require foreign teachers to have degrees. Primary and secondary schools, both public and private, will require a bachelor’s degree in any major and your TEFL certificate.
Having said, that, there are many situation that don’t fall under the MoE’s jurisdiction.
Teaching in one of Bangkok’s thousands of language schools does not require a degree. That’s a decision will depend on the hiring authority at a particular school.
Keep in mind that if you don’t have a degree, your TEFL certification becomes even more important because it demonstrates that you have the necessary training to be effective in the classroom.
How Much Grammar Do I Need to Know?
Before your TEFL course? None.
As an English teacher, you should have an understanding of the fundamental of grammar and Vantage’s TEFL course will cover all the basics—and then some. We’ll give you the grammatical foundation to enter a classroom with confidence.
But to understand how to teach effectively, you need to understand that a grammar-based lesson on learning rules and memorization will only take you so far. Today the communicative approach is increasingly the state-of-the-art method to language teaching.
Vantage’s TEFL course is based around teaching topic-based lessons in which the grammar is used in context, not in isolation. That is, the topics provide a context for the language, and grammar is just one of the tools students need to talk (or write) about.
You can learn more about this on our The Importance of Grammar webpage.
To successfully complete our TEFL course, what you need to ‘bring to the table’ are enthusiasm, motivation, and determination. Oh, and since you’re probably going to teach in a foreign country, a sense of adventure.
Taking a TEFL course requires considerable commitment from you, so you’ll need to be prepared to put aside some time to work through the course properly. You will need to spend significant time outside of class preparing for your TEFL course sessions.
With the right attitude, we promise you’ll learn all you need to become a great TEFL teacher and have a lot of fun along the way.
Thailand Visa Requirements
For those who are coming from outside Thailand, you'll need to consider your visa status.
The options below are the easiest way to enter Thailand and stay either 60 or 90 days...more than enough time to become TEFL certified and find a teaching job.
Permission to Stay
Technically, the VISA Exemption is NOT a visa--it's an exemption from getting a formal visa.
THE VE allows tourists from 55 countries to enter Thailand without a visa. They are granted to stay for 30 days if they are entering Thailand via an international airport. (A few, like Brazil, can get 90 days.)
VE's are your easiest option...no paperwork required...they're free.
A VE can be extended one time for a further 30 days—for a 60-day total stay—by visiting any Thai Immigration office. Extensions are THB 1,900.
While the VE can only be extended one time, you can start the whole process over by flying to a neighboring country like Cambodia or Malaysia and flying back in. Voila, you'll be stamped in with a new VE, which itself can also be renewed one time. Keep in mind, that in these days of eticket airlines, flying to Singapore, Penang or Phnom Penh is not expensive.
For the latest info on VEs, please check the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs relevant webpage.
Finally, please do not confuse the Visa Exemption with Visa on Arrival. The Visa on Arrival is an actual visa—you just get the convenience of getting it at the airport instead of a week’s long process at a Thai Embassy overseas. For the Visa on Arrival, you’ll fill out a form, pay a fee and wait at the airport until its processed. Also, it’s a different list of countries—places that are generally not on the VE eligible countries list—that can get a Visa on Arrival. More details are here.
The following countries are eligible for Visa-Exempt (VE) permission to stay:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea (90 days), Norway, Oman, Per, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Vietnam.
There are two types of Tourist Visas.
The Thai Single Entry Tourist visa, which is obtained outside Thailand, is valid for 60 days. This visa can be extended one time for a further 30 days at any Thai immigration office, thus giving you a 90-day stay option.
There is also a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV). It's good also for an initial 60 days that can be extended for 30 more days to reach a 90 day total. The METV has 3 entries, so after your 90 days are up, you can start over by leaving Thailand and re-entering the country. You could do this three times for a total of 270 days. This visa has to be obtained in the applicant's country of residence.
The rules on this visa were changed in 2015 and the METV now has more rigorous applicant process.
As all visa regulations can change without notice, we advise our students to contact their Thai embassy for the latest information.
Non-immigrant ED (Education) Visa (Not Recommended)
Sometimes this visa is called a Non-Ed where "non" refers to non-immigrant. This visa is issued to foreign Thai-language students, foreigners studying at a Thai school or university and for foreign students attending a cultural study or training course. This visa can be given for one year or as short as 3 months.
This visa requires extensive documentation and can take 5 to 8 weeks to receive. And given that it's good for only 90 days—and you can't work on this visa—it has no advantages over the VE or Tourist Visa options.
The non-ED visa is not a recommended option and as Thai embassy authorities note on their websites that a Non-Ed visa is usually not required for short courses (less than three months) and they cite programs such as Thai cooking, or boxing or meditation as examples.
Once You Start Working
You cannot legally work or do business on a VE, Tourist Visa or Non-ED visa.
To legally teach in Thailand, you will need a Non-Immigrant B (Business) Visa. This can only be obtained outside Thailand.
Usually, the school that hires you will provide the "Offer of Employment" letter and the other necessary documentation for this visa. Most apply at the Thai Embassy in a neighboring country. (In these days of eTickets, you can fly to these countries return for around $100 or less.)
Once you get your Non-B visa, you are then eligible to apply for a Work Permit, which is a separate process from your Non-Immigrant B visa. That’s because Work Permits are issued and regulated by the Ministry of Labor—not the Ministry of Immigration as are visas.
There are three basic recommendations for TEFL candidates:
Visa-Exemption on arrival at a Thai airport—up to 60 days in the country. Free...no paperwork required
Single Entry Tourist visa at a Thai consulate or embassy (in your home country or another country) Up to 90 days stay...more than enough time to become TEFL certified, interview and find a job
Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa is an option if one qualifies. This provides the longest stay and is most flexible (though it requires exiting and re-entering Thailand every 60-90 days).
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