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BA Degree in TESOL
For those who want to teach English as a foreign language abroad, some countries require teachers to have a recognized degree. Without this degree, many potential candidates are considered out of the running for potential positions before they have had the opportunity to even apply.
If this applies to you, then Thongsook College’s International Program, Bachelors Degree in TESOL, is the perfect opportunity. Thongskook College offers you the chance to work and earn money in Thailand, while working towards your degree in an educational facility fully accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education.
We offer the chance to obtain an extremely marketable BA in TESOL + Diplomas in Language Acquisition, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax and TESOL Methodology, with the following unique benefits:
- The opportunity to live in amazing Thailand, a country world renowned for its culture, natural beauty and welcoming people.
- Full job placement assistance on completion.
All of this is available for a very affordable fee.
While studying for this degree you could be earning between 35,000 and 50,000 baht every month, the typical range for native-speaking foreign teachers in Thailand. Please note that a non-immigrant ‘B’ visa is required for a work permit in Thailand. The paperwork for this visa is usually provided by your employer.
Already teaching without a degree? Not a problem! The course will not affect your work commitments. The only full-time commitment you need to give us is for three one-month intensive periods In March, April and October. This will mean you should not have to miss a day of work.
Should you need an ED visa, Thongskook College can offer the appropriate paperwork. The three-year ED visa this course provides will also save you countless time on visa runs, not to mention the added expense!
2016 Academic Schedules
- 29 Feb - 4 March Introduction to Information Technology, Sociolinguistics
- 7 March - 11 March English APA Report Writing, Teaching Writing, Systematic Design of Instruction
- 14 March - 18 March Introduction to Linguistics, English Grammar, Curriculum Development
- 21 March - 25 March Ethics and Life, Understanding Learning And Teaching, Teachers in Context
- 28 March - 1 April English I, Teaching Reading, TESOL Methods and Materials
- 4 April - 8 April Law and Society, Educational Research, Learning in the Academic Disciplines
- 11 April - 15 April Teaching English to Young Learners, Teachers in Context, Classroom Management
- 18 April - 22 April The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, Second Language Testing and Research Methods
- 25 April - 29 April Introduction to Statistics, Language Acquisition, Materials Development
- 2 May - 6 May Thai for Communication, Human Growth and Learning
- 9 May - 13 May
- 3 October - 7 October
- 10 October - 14 October
- 17 October - 21 October
- 24 October - 28 October
The total cost of the program is 120,000 Thai baht (US$ at today's rates) over three years. Additionally there is an annual administration fee of 5,000 baht (US$ today).
The breakdown of the payment is as follows:
- 5,000 baht annual admin fee.
- Tuition at 1,000 baht per credit as you study (total of 120 credits).
Tha BA TESOL degree can be completed in three (minimum) to seven (maximum) years.
How does the course work?
Thongsook College has 15 weeks of scheduled classes per year. The first ten weeks will run from the first Monday of March through to the second week of May. The remaining four weeks will take place in October.
The scheduled classes will make up 84 of the required credits for the course. These 84 credits can be obtained in 28, week long, face to face classes. As Thongsook offers 15 weeks of classes per year, over three years, this means you only have to attend two-thirds of the classes over a three year period. During the years scheduled classes, we will offer as many of the classes as possible at different times, meaning you can attend classes you may have previously missed.
To summarize, students need to attend 28 weeks of classes, and each class is one week. Thongsook offers 15 weeks per year, and this flexibility means that students can attend as many as they wish, allowing them to complete the course around their own schedule. Taking into account normal vacation times, most people will complete this degree within three years.
The remaining 36 units do not require face-to-face classes at Thongsook College. These will be obtained by the following:
- Your current 120-hour TESOL certificate and 29 units of introduction to TESOL: 6 credits
- One term of teaching practice and journals: 6 credits
- General Science: 6 credits
- Language Acquisition Research Paper: 6 credits
- Phonology, Morphology and Syntax Research Paper: 6 credits
- TESOL Methodology Research Paper: 6 credits
Candidates must have one or more of the following:
- Must be a native speaker and passport holder from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
- Have a TOEFL score of at least 550.
- Be currently employed as an English teacher in Thailand.
Candidates must also be able to live and adapt to living in a foreign country, get along with other and behave in a manner acceptable to the local way of life.
- 1. Apply by submitting your CV/resume with a cover letter using the form below.
- 2. Once you are accepted you can pay a $500 deposit to secure your place.
- 3. We will send documentation in order to receive your ED visa for Thailand. You should take this documentation to your nearest Thai embassy or consulate to acquire your visa.
- 4. Join the classes at the times given above.
Frequently Asked Questions:Expand
Q - Will this course give me a legal visa?
A – Yes. You will be in possession of an ED visa for as long as you remain a student in this program. Unlike other visas obtained through Thai language schools, you will not be required to renew your visa every 90 days, just once per year. Please note that a B visa is technically required to be employed within Thailand.
Q – Who will be my course instructors?
A – All our instructors have at least a Masters degree in TESOL or related subject and are fluent English speakers. These include Dr. Vinit (Tony) Phinit-Akson and Hemanta Raj Dahal who hold as MA TESOL from Leeds University and is the current president of NELTA (Nepalese English Language Teaching Association).
Q – How does this degree compare with US university degrees?
A – Based on the Thailand Commission of Higher Education, these degrees have fewer General Education credit hours (30) but more hours within the major (90+).
Q – Will I get any vacation time?
A – The course is very flexible. You can make up the required hours over a three-year period, longer if necessary. This means you are sure to be able to take off the time you need for vacation.
Q – Is the degree internationally recognized?
A - It most certainly is! The degree will fulfill the requirements to obtain a full work permit in Thailand to work as an English teacher. We also contact UCLA and Harvard University to enquire whether the Thongsook BA TESOL degree would be acceptable for admission to graduate school. Both schools confirmed to us that it would be accepted as a legitimate degree.
You will be proudly able to confirm to anybody who asks that you have earned a degree.
If you choose to teach English in other countries you should have no problems. The only exception to this so far is Saudi Arabia, which requires all applicants have a degree attained in their home country.
Course Module List:Expand
Introduction to Linguistics
An introduction to the study of language. This covers its structure, history, acquisitions, variability and neurological basis. This is a prerequisite for LING 110203, 110204, 120207 and 120209
110202 TESOL 3 (2-2-3)
Introduction to TESOL
This provides a fundamental is the teaching of English as a second language. This includes teaching skills, the challenges facing ESL learners and its on-going professional development. Education students with a desire to teach in the US public school system will also find this module highly beneficial.
110203 3 (3-0-6)
All aspects of phonetics and phonology are examined in this module. This includes pronunciation and they way sounds are formed, stress, rhythm and intonation. All of which will be applied in learning and teaching situations.
110204 3 (3-0-6)
This is a historical review of the approach and specific role of the English grammar system in the ESL classroom. We will also look at the major syntactic patterns of English and how they affect the way we form sentences.
120205 3 (3-0-6)
Our in-depth study of effective classroom management practices will help our students gain an understanding of the specific applications required in order to control and manage a classroom successfully. This is a prerequisite for formal admission to the Department of Education.
120206 3 (3-0-3)
This module coves how language relates to society. We will look at the relationship between communities and language (such as bilingualism and language shift) and the political and cultural impact of English language teaching worldwide.
120207 3 (3-0-3)
TESOL Methods and Materials
Here we will provide an overview of teaching techniques, activities and materials. This includes a survey of language-teaching trends, approaches and methods, with a particular emphasis on the communicative approach.
120208 3 (3-0-6)
Second Language Testing and Research Methods
This covers the theories and techniques of how to measure and evaluate within second language learning. This includes the selection, interpretation and preparation of testing and evaluating, as well as the development of fundamental statistical processes. This module also explores the basic principle of research design and methodology in TESOL and linguistics.
120209 3 (3-0-6)
This is an examination of sociolinguistic and psycholinguistics aspects of first and second language learning and specific research into the acquisition of second languages.
120210 3 (3-0-6)
Here we will look at the principles, procedures and required materials for teaching English vocabulary to learners of English as a second language.
120211 3 (3-0-3)
This module looks at the principles, procedures and required materials for teaching English grammar to learners of English as a second language.
130212 3 (3-0-6)
Teaching Listening and Speaking
Here we will look at the principles, procedures and required materials for teaching English listening and speaking skills to learners of English as a second language.
130213 3 (3-0-6)
This module looks at the principles, procedures and required materials for teaching English listening and speaking skill sto learners of English as a second language.
130214 3 (3-0-6)
Here we will look at the principles, procedures and required materials for teaching English writing skills to learners of English as a second language.
141410 24 (24-200-0)
Our student teaching module includes supervised teaching practice in Thai schools. Seminar attendance is required for this module.
130404 6 (6-0-6)
Language Acquisition Research
This is an academic research paper, approximately 8-15 pages in length which must cover the essential aspects of language acquisition. This should a look back at the recent history of second language acquisition theory and currently recognized theory and methodology.
130406 6 (6-0-6)
Language: Phonology, Morphology and Syntax
This is an academic research paper, approximately 8-15 pages in length which must cover essential points of looking at language. This includes minimalist syntax, semantics, as well as the major point of phonemics, phonology, intonation and stress, connected speech and points of articulation.
140408 6 (6-0-6)
This is an academic research paper, approximately 8-15 pages in length covering essential points of the methodology of teaching English as a second language. This must include the recent history of methodology behind language teaching, and how it has impacted previous approaches such as Audio Lingual methods and the current state of communicative language teaching.
Science and Environment
Here we will look at the development of science and the general aspects of the ecology system, the environment and scientific development of life, society and the economy. We will also take into the current problems facing society relating to population growth, environmental changes and how people are required to adapt to these changes and problems.
Introduction to Statistics
The principles and basic concepts of using statistics as an analysis tool for data, trends, probability, and parameters, as well as hypothetical tests for means, variable and ratios.
114-103 เ 3(3-0-6)
Introduction to Information Technology
This module covers basic knowledge of computers and information technology. This covers components and functions of hardware, software and multimedia technology. The functions of the internet how it is used for information research, as well as e-mail and word processing programs.
Law and Society
Here we will look at legal processes, law enforcement, legal obstructions toward changes and social development. We will look at the relationship between law and social factors such as political and economical matters, family, heritage, education, sport recreation, public health and the media.
112-109 3 (3-0-6)
The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy
This module specifically looks at the Thai economy, its development and what effects this development has had. We will look at the reasons behind the philosophy of a sufficient economy and how it can be applied to individuals, communities, institutions and the country as a whole. This also covers a study of the royal projects.
Morals and Life
This is a look at the meaning and importance of morality. This module looks and the study of the value of morality and its varying views, such as the Buddhist morality as a guidance for live and solving social situations. We will look at the past and present views of morality and how it can be developed by an individual to help live a happy life.
Eastern and Western Civilization
Here we take a look at the evolution and civilizations of the eastern and western worlds and the differences in the developments of politics, society and education. We will study the events that have affected ideas, arts, history, philosophy, religion, science, music and literature in order to compare how the differing cultures have influenced life in the past and present.
This module will give an overview of the principles of communication and the skills required for reading, listening, speaking and writing Thai efficiently. We will also look at the principle of ideas, conversations and discussion and lecturing with discretion. This also includes the analysis and understanding of ideas, how to summarize them and the principles of writing business letter and reports, training methods and giving seminars effectively.
This looks at English language skills in terms of listening, speaking, and reading and writing, pronunciation, English in daily life and the use of dictionaries. We will also look at English grammar and idiom within paragraphs and understanding main ideas for listening and reading.
This module will extend and develop the theories posed in the previous module.
To apply for the Thongsook College BA Degree in TESOL, please complete the details below. You will need to upload a copy of your CV/resume. Please tell us more about yourself and explain your reasons for applying for the BA TESOL in as much detail as possible in the ‘cover letter’ box below. You should receive a reply from us within one working day. Should you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.