Frequently Asked Questions

120 hr TESOL/TEFL Intensive Training

1. What Visa do I need?

All you need to attend the course is a normal tourist visa. There are two options. First, the free visa available on arrival (i.e. you don’t need to do anything at an embassy before traveling) for the citizens of many countries (like the US) entitles you to stay for 30 days. And Thai immigration is strict about this! Each day that you stay over 30 days, there is a fine of 500 baht per day. So the problem with the 30-day visa is that it’s a tight squeeze for the 4-week course, but it can be done. My suggestion is option two: apply for a 60-day tourist visa at a Thai embassy or consulate before you leave home. The fee for this varies from country to country so please check with your local Thai embassy or consulate.
Also, this type of visa can be extended within Thailand for a further 30 days for another fee (currently 1,900 baht). If you want to stay on to work in Thailand, the school employing you will need to provide you with the necessary documentation to apply for a non-immigrant B visa.

Please note that to get the non-immigrant B visa you will need to have your university degree, your transcripts, your Parada Foundation TESOL certificate, and various other paperwork that your employer will help you with.
Finally, whichever visa option you choose, 30-day or 60-day, make sure that your passport has at least six months before it expires, and more than one or two blank pages for the additional stamps/visas it will acquire on your travels.

2. Can I work during the course?
We always tell people that the course is very, very intensive and probably unlike other educational experiences you’ve had. Invariably, at the end of a course someone will say, “Wow, that was a lot!” Of course, we won’t say, “I told you so.” That said, plenty of people do complete the course successfully.
3. What about other cheaper courses?
We offer the cheapest course in Thailand as we do not need to generate a lot of profit for our foundation and the expenses for running this foundation is kept as low as possible. You also support this “Children in Need” and Volunteer project.
4. Do I need a laptop?
There is a lot of writing to do on the course, including lesson plans and written reflections. In addition, there are articles to read, which are available as PDFs on the course website. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring one. The school has free Wifi, so Internet access is not an issue.
5. How is teaching practice organised?

PT is a one or two-hour block and takes place nearly every day, except for the first days of course. If there are 10 participants on the course, you can expect to teach twice a week, more or less. When you are not teaching, you will observe your peers teach, and participate in the PT feedback after the lessons. Your initial interactions with the PT students will be short activities that are led by the trainer. Later, you will give 30 or 50 -minute lessons on your own.

There is a considerable amount of lesson planning guidance from the trainers in the early stages of the course. As the course progresses however, the formal support decreases, since you are expected to be able to plan independently by the end of the course. Trainers will still make themselves available to answer questions and give advice, even at the later stages.

The students you teach are fully aware that they are being taught by teachers-in-training. Most of the students will be Thai . The minimum age of the kids is 3 (Kindergarten), 6 to 11 (Primary) and 12 to 15 (Secondary) .

6. What are the requirements to pass the TESOL/TEFL course?

Our course is pass/fail. The course competencies are divided into three main areas: planning, teaching, and reflecting.

In order to pass you must meet the following five requirements:

  • Attend all course sessions (in the event of an illness or emergency, there is an opportunity to make up no more than two full days)
  • Participate actively and respectfully in all aspects of the course
  • Successfully complete all assignments
  • Plan and teach all scheduled lesson
  • Demonstrate oral and written mastery of the English language

There is a considerable amount of lesson planning guidance from the trainers in the early stages of the course. As the course progresses however, the formal support decreases, since you are expected to be able to plan independently by the end of the course. Trainers will still make themselves available to answer questions and give advice, even at the later stages.

The students you teach are fully aware that they are being taught by teachers-in-training. Most of the students will be Thai . The minimum age of the kids is 3 (Kindergarten), 6 to 11 (Primary) and 12 to 15 (Secondary) .

7. What will I get if I pass the course?
On the last day of the course, you will receive the official Parada TESOL certificate. In addition, you will receive a letter that summarizes what was covered on the course, We will also issue a transcript of all the 8 exams you have done.
8. How to find a job?

The course includes a job panel session on how to find work after the course and how you can go on to develop your career. . In addition, our job panel includes fellow teachers and/or recruiters who can offer suggestions, advice, and possible opportunities for employment.

We are also closely linked to the Private School Associations in Thailand, who will support us in providing job opportunities.

9. What are the chances in finding a job in Thailand?
Excellent! In Thailand and most other areas of Asia, trained English teachers are needed. The fact that you will have an internationally recognized TESOL certificate will ensure that you will have many jobs to choose from.

10. Is there a dress code at the Foundation?

The Parada Foundation is part of the Paradanusorn School and is a very traditional and formal school.

All students wear their school uniforms..

When you will be teaching, you must wear a formal attire. Men will need a collared shirt and long trousers. A necktie is not necessary, but I would bring one along because some of the jobs you might find here do require one. However, teachers at the Paradanusorn School generally do not wear ties. Women need to wear shirt tops that cover their shoulders, knee-length skirts or trousers. Sandals for women and man are acceptable.

This “formal” dress code is similar to what you will encounter once you begin teaching at most schools in Asia

11. What documents do I need, to find a job in Thailand?

It’s a good idea to bring your college degree and transcript. I would suggest taking photos of these, just so you have backups somewhere, like Dropbox. While you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to have a photo of your passport and visa, and not just on your phone, because well, you know, if you lose your bag with your passport and your phone, it’s a real pain.

You will also need your original TESOL certificate, transcript and course completion letter which you will receive from us upon successful completion of the course.

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Uttaradit is approx. 200 km away from Chiang Mai and easy to get via train and bus.
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