School Details - Chiang Mai
The school belongs to the largest private language school in Thailand, which has other branches all over Thailand.
Students range in age from young children to retirement age adult learners, and in ability from absolute beginners to advanced. The school is firmly committed to providing professional, affordable tuition to their students, and are proud of the fact that almost all urban Thais with a regular job can afford to take our courses. They also offer regular scholarships.
The schools are open every day of the week - you do not have to work every day of course - from about 8.30 in the morning until 9 in the evening, although we close earlier at weekends. All schools are air-conditioned, and the classrooms are clean, bright and well ventilated. Each room has a whiteboard, desks and chairs, a cassette recorder, and VCRs and OHPs are also available.
The average class size is 10 to 12 students, with a maximum of 16. The teachers' room contains a full range of textbooks including accompanying teachers' books, reference books, cassettes, supplementary teaching activities and games. There is also access to photocopiers. The school has a no smoking policy, which includes the teachers' room and coffee bars.
The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is designed for both native speakers and non-native speakers with a near native-speaker competence, who are aged over 18 and have a high level of formal education.
Previous teaching experience is not required. During the course, candidates develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. The course includes teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and completion of a range of practically focussed written assignments.
The course is highly practical in nature and aims to provide a thorough grounding in the teaching methodology and language analysis necessary for effective English teaching. Internationally recognized, the CELTA is run in over 100 centres world-wide and is widely regarded as one of the most important and valuable forms of training in TEFL. Please look at the Cactus site, for more general information about the course content.
Can I find accommodation nearby?
Yes, there are a variety of different types of accommodation within walking distance of the centre, from 4 star hotels to comfortable guest houses. Another alternative would be to rent a small apartment for 1 month this will entail a 2-month deposit (refundable) plus 1 month’s rent in advance. Comfortable accommodation begins at around 6,000 Baht per month.
The school doesn't have an accommodation officer but can provide you with a few recommendations.
Very intensive but comprehensive, very professional and to a high standard. The trainers are brilliant, passionate dedicated staff who will assist you to a standard of true excellence throughout the course.
- Ion Prins -
Help for Jobs
There is a considerable demand for English teachers within Thailand but the money varies greatly geographically and within language schools.The school has 50 schools around the country and usually has approx. 10 vacancies every month.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.