In order to provide the best possible training experience for our new teachers who will be taking the SWU TEFL program, we have commissioned a number of modern, fully interactive facilities to use for our training program. Below is a list of the primary sites we will use to conduct your training and provide the hands-on teaching experience that is the key feature of this program.
The initial phase of the training program will take place on the SWU campus, near the city center of Bangkok. A van will pick you at your accommodation every morning, assuming that you choose one of the accommodation packages we provide. If you opt to arrange for your own accommodation, we will do our best to help you arrive at the training facility on time, but you may have to arrange some transportation on your own. Our van will bring you to the MRT (subway) station at Hualampong, where your trainer will join you for a 10 minute subway ride to Petchaburi station, in walking distance from the SWU campus.
At the SWU facility, we have two rooms reserved for our exclusive use for the first 10 days of the program, which includes the Thai language and culture instruction provided by SWU’s expert staff. The primary training room is furnished with air-conditioning, comfortable seating, full multimedia and audio-visual capabilities, microphones for each speaker, an overhead projector, a beautiful view of Bangkok, and enough space for a wide range of teaching activities. The second room has many of the same features, but will be primarily used as a classroom for teaching practice with SWU students. In addition, we will be able to use a far larger auditorium, with a stage and seating for at least 100 people, which may be necessary for the SWU English Camp and other activities that require full class attendance as well as a student audience.
For the second phase of the program, we will be staying at Ban Grood Resort, a luxury resort located in the beautiful beachfront town of Prachuap, approximately a 4 hour drive from Bangkok. Staying in Prachuap will not only give you a taste of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, but the full experience of staying in one of Thailand’s nicest economical resorts. At the resort, we will have a meeting room available for our use, but the majority of your training will take place at actual Thai schools. Arunvithaya School will be our primary training location, because it will give our program graduates the real experience of attending a Thai private school with students ranging from K-12 (Anuban to Matayom) and the chance to observe classes by both Thai and foreign teachers. In addition we will be visiting a school, a representative Thai government school located in Prachuap, in order to provide a greater range of experience and student levels. Furthermore, we have reserved a location for our second English Camp in Prachuap at one of the schools where you will be doing your observation and substitute teaching.
Following our return from Prachuap, your training will be nearly complete. The final phase of evaluation, exit interviews, and training will take place in a variety of locations in Bangkok ranging from agency offices, to your hotel lobby, to the SWU training facility. Your trainer will provide more specific and individual information during the course of the program.