Welcome to the board, StarGazer. Shouldn't your friends in Hat Yai be your first point of contact?Originally Posted by StarGazer
Have you got a wicked southern accent? I just lurve that southern drawl. I think Thai kids will find you easy to understand.
Anyway, I'd wait till I'm here to do a TESOL course. There are so many programmes available now that there's at least one kicking off every month. Since you haven't taught ESOL before, it's best to do an on-site course which will also give you the time to acclimatise to Thailand.
Haven't heard anything negative about the Stamford or TEFL International programmes although I understand that Dave Hopkins, the teacher trainer extraordinare that made the Ban Phe course what it was has retired.
I did the CELTA which is probably the most widely recognised initial TESOL qualification in the world. Equally rigorous although less well known is the course run by the School of International Training (SIT). Both courses are available in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.