I've been digging like crazy to get some perspective on the American TESOL Institute; most of what I have found were other people looking for the same thing. Maybe that's a good thing, as I've seen LOTS of specific info on bad programs; maybe it's a bad thing. I'm not sure but I figured this may be a good resource. They also have a "Special Thai Program" but I have not seen evidence of it being associated with or similar to TEFL International, which in my research has almost universally been panned to death.
If someone, anyone, knows anything about American TESOL Institute...please please PLEASE let me know!!!
Last edited by gotmypassport; 7th August 2008 at 05:13.
Just do a CELTA or a Trinty TESOL, whichever is easiest and cheapest whereever you are (USA ?). TEFL International is a sound program, but has attract a lot of freaks who are a bit jelaous of the owner's success.
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I'll be leaving for Phuket in three weeks to do the ATI thing...so far, the program has been responsive to all of my needs, and it is certainly much cheaper than doing the CELTA, but I can't tell you how effective or useful the training course is at this point.
I think ATI is a fairly young program in Thailand, since there isn't much information available on them. My friend is in Thailand now, having completed the TEFL Intl. course some months ago, and she said that their training program was useless. She asked around for me and said that ATI's is considerably more intensive, so that is why I shifted. They also list the schools that you'd be assigned to, where TEFL Intl. seems to be a bit more blind faith (though I don't see this as a positive or a negative). Finally, TEFL Intl trains in Ban Phe, while ATI gives you a choice between Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai. Still, it could be a scam just like any other...like I said, I'll just have to find out upon arrival. Good luck with your decision, and let me know if I can help at all...I'm hardly a step ahead of you, really.
Hello, I have read your posts and am very much in the research phase of choosing a course. I live in the states and I am looking for a career change. I also have some Thai contacts thery have told me to come over and check them out in person.
Start by reading Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener.
Then call up some courses and ask to speak with a trainer.
Ask the trainer if they'll be covering, say, lexis, PDP lessons, and
perhaps the "phonetic" (see if they correct you and say "phonemic")
chart. What's a consonant cluster, anyway, you muse aloud....
If they know exactly what you're talking about, it's a decent course.
If not, next.
"If you're not interested in changing where you work (and thus the student population, obviously) then a) your success at applying various and sundry teaching techniques is unlikely to have anything to do with how effective they are in general, and b) your sweeping generalizations about Thai students serve no purpose but to fuel your inertia and your feeling of being an 'insider'. Sadly (for you) few who read your sweeping generalizations will perceive it that way, but hey if it makes you feel good, knock yourself out." -zeusdogg
I'm also doing the ATI program! I leave in a month for Chiang Mai...I would love to get more feedback on it as well...ATI lists quotes from past members, but those are never to be completely trusted. If you hear any more info on it, let me know! I have heard as well from some people that it's better to go over there, do a training program, and get a job yourself, but I loved the idea of having a job setup for me and not worrying about housing. Hope the program won't be a scam like some others I've heard about...
Good idea, Matt. Have you ever read The TESL Faker's Guide?
I am also looking into the ATI Chiang Mai special program. So far they have been easy to deal with and very responsive but i'm still skeptical. I would love any more info if anyone has any..
So, that's 3 posters with fewer than 20 posts between them who like what they're seein' from a three letter training school.
So do you have the B.Ed.? Without it you still need to do a semester of classes for 60,000 baht to be strictly legit in Thailand. Why not just get a home country teaching credential instead?
Last edited by Killing Me Softly 101; 22nd August 2008 at 01:35.
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Hey guys. I'm actually here in Chiang Mai and wanted to let everyone know the American TESOL Institute certainly does exist, and that I've started my training.