International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Chiang Mai TEFL course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've put together a typical day in the life schedule to outline the daily grind and commitment required.
Tuesday – Day 2, Week 1
This is not a hyperbolic lesson plan. The workload here is very realistic given the requirements of the course.
7:00am: Wake up, get out of bed, grab your toothbrush and take a shower. Getting dressed is optional but highly recommended. Most accommodations are only a 5-minute motorbike, bicycle or Uber ride away from the school but coffee and breakfast are essential to get the day off to a flying start.
8:45am: Arrive at school with time to spare for another coffee - there are two excellent cafes within 100 meters of the school.
09:00am - 10:20am: Get the tough one out of the way early - your Grammar Input today contrasts the Present Continuous and Present Simple verb tenses. I am drinking a coffee at school vs I drink coffee at school.
10:20am - 10:30am: Coffee break, or perhaps tea this time - at last a chance to catch up with any gossip from the other trainees about last night's meet up at Annie's plus find out how job searches are going/starting.
10:30am - 11:00am: Return to the training room to review the 1-1 student language analysis assignment. This is how you will know the correct level to pitch your lessons when you find private students.
11:00am - 12:00pm: Roll straight into the first Teaching Input. You are going to acquire your first classroom teaching tool - presentation skills. How will you 'explain' quite complex language ideas using only English to students who are learning English? All will be revealed... and practiced.
12:00pm - 01:00pm: At last, lunch. There are a number of cheap, but delicious, Thai food restaurants within a 10-minute walk from the school - a main, a side and a drink for $2!!!!. Alternatively, Subway, Pizza Hut and McDonalds deliver.
1:00pm - 2:50pm: Continue with presentation skills. Now it's your turn to come to the front of the class and practice, or rehearse, today's new classroom skill.
2:50pm - 3:00pm: Coke break, you've had enough coffee.
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Finish the second training day with a Thai language lesson. You'll learn some basics plus you'll experience the classroom from the perspective of a language learner. You'll appreciate the difficulty of learning a new language. This is invaluable experience for when you first step into the classroom as a trainee language teacher during week 3.
4:00pm: Head for home, take a rest and then it's time to meet some of my new training buddies for food and perhaps a beer, or two.
10:00pm: Return home to get a good sleep ready for tomorrow's new training experience.