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Singapore is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world. Once known as the “Jewel of the British Empire”, it is located on the tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its British colonial past is omnipresent with statues of Sir Thomas Raffles with his name appearing in multiple locations throughout the city. Singapore has four official languages: English, which is the language of instruction and government, as well as Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. Singapore is accessible via direct flights from hundreds of locations as well as a variety of ports by ferry from various parts of Asia. Although it is a bustling city with buildings extending as far as the eye can see, do not be surprised by the impressive greenery and national parks throughout the island. Singapore is also home to a number of world class attractions from the famous Sentosa Island, home to Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World, and one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, the S.E.A. Aquarium. Singapore’s most famous hotel, located in the centre of the city, Marina Bay Sands is the highlight of this city’s beautiful skyline.
City tours and tourist passes give people the ability to experience some of the city-state’s most exciting attractions and districts, including Little India, China Town, and more. Local parks offer bicycle rentals for those who wish to experience the beautiful natural spaces around the island. The surrounding islands of Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island offer an escape from the city life and an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.
For those interested in exciting night life, Singapore offers a second to none experience. Visit places like Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Arab Street or Sentosa and enjoy tons of restaurants, bars, and entertainment at every corner. Enjoy food from all over the world and have a drink next to the Singapore River or on the beach overlooking the ocean with views of Indonesia.
Singapore surely has something for everyone!
Our Singapore TEFL training center is situated in the heart of the city with spectacular views of the incredible Marina Bay. It is walking distance to Clarke and Boat Quay and located in the middle of the Central Business District. A bus or train from the nearby City Hall MRT station can get you anywhere in the city in no time. There are two shopping malls, an outdoor food market, bars, restaurants, and more all located within a stone’s throw. All amenities one wishes to have are conveniently located around the training centre. You will not only be receiving effective training from our experienced trainers, teaching practice, and more, but you are sure to enjoy your time in and around our centre.
Our course instructors and trainers have years of experience and love what they do for a living. They are as excited as you are for the course. On the same campus as your class, dozens of classes where students will be studying multiple different languages will be taking place. All of the teachers and trainers at the school will assist you in gaining insight into the life of an EFL teacher and will help you obtain the necessary skills needed to be an effective teacher. Throughout the course, you will gain an in depth understanding of teaching methodologies, classroom management, the phonetic alphabet, grammar, lesson planning, and more. You will enjoy our TEFL course here in Singapore and be qualified to be teaching abroad at the end of the course, allowing you to travel and work at the same time. Under the guidance of our experienced professionals and our internationally recognized certificate, you will be prepared to enter the English teaching profession!Apply Now!
We have a variety of housing options available to our TEFL course participants including local condominiums or HDB apartments as well as rooms in local hostels located in the city centre. Most of our housing options are located near the centre of Singapore and they have all been inspected to ensure that they provide everything you require for an enjoyable stay. All accommodation is conveniently located within a 15-20-minute commute to our training facility.
If you have any concerns regarding the available housing options, please let us know and we will do our best to help you!Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposit payments must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but payments by Pay Pal and bank transfer are also accepted. Although there are no deadlines for making a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Singapore itself.
The balance of course fees is payable on or before the first day of class and can be paid in cash in US or Singapore dollars or bank transfer.
Please note that bank transfers need to be made at least two weeks in advance of the course start.
Fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related services. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees, lifetime job assistance and all our basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
A list of housing options which we have worked with in the past will be provided to you upon request. These places are located near our training centre and range from backpacker hostels, budget hotels, homestays, and hotels. We are happy to work with you to find a suitable accommodation for your budget. Singapore is a convenient and easy city to travel around and there are a variety of options which are conveniently located near the school. We will do our best to take into account special requests and all that we can to make sure your housing here will be as enjoyable as the training.
What travel documents will I need for Singapore?Expand
All travelers into Singapore must follow these requirements to be allowed into the country:
- holding a passport or a travel document with a validity of more than 6 months at the time of departure,
- holding a return or onward ticket,
- possess sufficient funds to stay in Singapore,
- have valid entry documents (including a visa) to the next destination, if necessary,
- have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card, and,
- have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable).
Citizens of the following countries are permitted to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days visa-free: European Union, Australia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, United States.
* Please note visa information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your local Singapore consulate or embassy for updated information and the latest requirements.
What is the course schedule?Expand
On the first day of the course an orientation will be held. Orientation will be followed by the first class on Monday morning at 9:30 am. During the orientation, an in depth course schedule will be provided. A typical session will run between 9:30 and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday with morning and late afternoon breaks, and a lunch break also included. However, there will also be some evenings required for teaching practice.
All teacher trainees are expected to attend all of the training sessions on the schedule unless a medical condition or emergency makes it impossible in which case medical treatment is required. It is extremely important for trainees to be present at every Teaching Practice (TP). These sessions are difficult to organize and rescheduling is difficult which may result in an additional fee for the trainee.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
The teaching practice is conducted at the school and we have Japanese and Korean students. These students are usually non-native speaking expats living in Singapore who make the lessons engaging, enjoyable and consistently give constructive feedback. Most of the students have studied at our centre with trained and experienced EFL teachers. They are not required to come to the class so their presence is merely out of the desire to help the trainees to improve their teaching.
Who can attend the TEFL course? Do I need to be native English speaker?Expand
You need to be at least 18 years old to enrol in our course. There is no maximum age, but do keep in mind that some institutions may not employ teachers beyond a certain age.
While you don’t need to be a native speaker to attend, you do need to be fluent in English.
We define fluency as having at least a C1 level on the CEFR scale of language proficiency.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For most sessions at the school, there will not be a strict dress code requirement. However, the school is full of educators and professionals and we want to maintain a level of professionalism thus please dress appropriately and be mindful of others. The school is a place of work, and we would like to remind you to be respectful to those around you.
There will be a dress requirement during the Teaching Practice (TP) sessions. During the Teaching Practice the trainees will be required to dress in business attire and follow some guidelines.
Shoulders must be covered. Low-cut necklines or short skirts will not be permitted. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Flip flops, bermuda’s, or sandals are also not permitted.
Slacks or khakis must be worn, jeans are not appropriate. Either short or long sleeved shirts are acceptable so long as there is a collar. A tie is not required but if you would like to, you may. Dress shoes or loafers are required. Tennis shoes, sandals, or bermuda’s, are not acceptable. Long hair should be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
A pen, a notebook for taking notes, and a three-ring binder to organize lesson plans are essential. Forms, and other information will be given and an organized binder would help all of this remain neat and tidy.
A recording device, or cell phone to record, is not required but it is a good idea. In the past trainees at various locations have given feedback that it made the course easier. This helped in reviewing the course material, lectures, interviews, and student feedback. Although it is not a requirement we suggest doing so.
Books are provided and available to be borrowed at the school, and in the study room. However, any material leaving the campus requires permission from the staff.
All trainees are required to prepare their own materials for their Teaching Practice (TP). The training school maintains a supply of materials but the school is not responsible to provide materials. Materials such as poster board, markers, glue, paper, pens, and more for developing teaching material will have to be purchased by the trainees themselves.
The photocopy machine at the school is available for all trainees to use without charge.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Your passport. However, if you are able to secure a job in Singapore or another country, you will need original copies of your birth certificate, college degree(s), and any other certificates or diplomas you feel may be relevant, along with relevant transcripts.