ani uk wrote:I also dont have a degree
I do have a TEFL qualification from Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
I am annoyed that I spent so much money and now can't work there.
A British person resident in the large city of Udon Thani, Thailand who very recently (Dec 2008) completed the CM course has expressed considerable disappointment at not being informed that a degree is required for teaching in Thailand. This is standard practice by most TEFL course providers in the country. Since graduating from the course he has never been unable to obtain employment within a reasonable commuting distance from the house he has built. He finally returned to his native UK in March 2010 to seek other employment in order to boost his funds for his return to his home in Thailand.
The Chiang Mai University course is apparently operated on the campus by an outside organisation and is managed on its behalf by a Western lecturer at the university. See comments on the the Alex Case blog on this tefl.net site regarding the management of the course.
Alex mentioned Jermey Harmer. Harmer is probably the most well know 'TEFFLER' on the globe and his works are the standard reference in the business. IMHO, any course that does not use at least some of his material, needs redesigning. Although TEFFLERs stand accused of a lack of professionalism in TEFL, I was humbly fortunate to take part at one of his workshops at the SAMEO international conference in Singapore a couple of years ago. I do not regret the experience. See why here: http://www.jeremy-harmer.com/biography