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Teaching in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand
(Teaching FAQ Below)

What is required to teach English in Thailand?

Generally a college degree – just bring a copy of your transcript. There have been rumors that you’ll need a police report from your home country and from Thailand clearing you before you are hired.

This is not fully implemented yet. There is a Thai culture course required now – you’ll pay for it and it’s generally not all that fun, but required.

Government primary and high schools teaching schedule.

Start teaching in May and have a break in October for up to a month, then return and finish early/mid march until mid May is the summer vacation time. University students are on a slightly different schedule.

Visa status of legal teachers in Thailand?

Your school will help you process a Non-Immigrant B visa that may require you exiting Thailand to Laos, Malaysia or Myanmar. Who pays for fees is negotiable. Government and other good schools will pay for you. You also must get a legal work permit which resembles a passport. Your school can keep this for you.

What is it like to teach Thai school children?

See our description at bottom of page. There are also some excellent articles here:

Teaching in Surat Thani 1, a Review

Teaching in Thailand (Round 4)

60+ articles of interest to teachers (Ajarn.com)

Living and Working in Bangkok, a very detailed and excellent article.

What resource can I use to find a teaching job in Thailand?

Ajarn.com has the largest list of jobs available in Thailand for teaching. However, whatever city you’re in is likely to need English teachers as there is a severe shortage made more ridiculous by recent changes in visa and teaching requirements. A lot of expats have left the country to Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and other “greener pastures”.

ECC – Provide English classes across Thailand. Part-time work is found here. In most major Thai cities.

How much money will I earn teaching full-time as an English teacher in Thailand?

Typically the salaries for full time teachers outside of Bangkok start at 28,000 to 30,000 Thai baht. Currently (9/08) this means about $950 USD. There is little or no tax taken and most expats can live comfortably on that each month. If you drink a lot, purchase women company, shop a lot and travel a lot you will need more money. Teaching English in “special class” after your regular school hours is illegal – but many English teachers supplement their income with another 5,000 to 30,000 per month this way.

How long are teaching contracts in Thailand?

Usually for one year. If there is a break at the end of the year usually you’re required to be available during the break for whatever they might come up with.

Can I teach English Part-time?

In theory, yes. In practice, there are very few schools willing to let you do it – even if they have many full-time teachers already they rarely want part-time teachers. The exception to this is “ECC” and other
hourly English schools that are OK with part-time teachers.

 
Best Cities to find English Teaching Jobs?

Bangkok, Phuket, Trang, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, (English degree usually required) Ubon Ratchathani.

How do I know what it’s like to teach in a specific geographical area of Thailand?

Ajarn.com has this great list of articles covering teaching from Chiang Mai to Hat Yai.

What is it like teaching Thai schoolchildren in Thailand?

Many teachers upon arriving in Thailand are not given much in the way of materials that help prepare them to teach the children in their classes. Schools are notorious for this. They sign you up for a job not knowing if you can teach at all, and then don’t bother to help you come up with a syllabus and course outline except to say – here’s what we did last year. If you’re the unlucky new English teacher that is a first for their new English program – you’ll need to find the Thai curriculum and get that translated by someone competent enough to do so. From there you’ll need to find books in English that will cover everything on the Thai curriculum.

If you’re in a program where you are the ONLY teacher for Math, Science, Drama, Health or whatever subject, then the entire responsibility is on you for teaching the kids what they would have learned in a Thai class. But, you’re teaching them in English.

It’s quite a challenge. So… I wanted to start putting a lot of resources for teachers to download here. Resources for English conversation, grammar, reading, spelling, games, math, science, everything. Send me whatever you have and we’ll find a way to put it up on the site in a meaningful way so that other English teachers in Thailand can download the files and get something out of them.

Send ANYTHING! Really, it will help someone down the road…

If you have lists of books that you really like – we’ll put those on a page too. I have some in mind, but it will take me a little time to get that kind of stuff online. If you want your name credited beside the links to this stuff – let me know. If you don’t – that will be the default, I won’t put your name by anything you send in unless you ask for it.

The Thailand ministry of education uses something they call, “Pink Books” to record all students grades throughout the year. They are a major task to fill out if you have 100 kids like most teachers do, but here is a free Excel spreadsheet that you can use to enter your data. The primary advantage of using this electronic Pink Book is that it will calculate the grades for you! This is a serious time saver.

Then, you just print out each section and paste them into your real Pink Book. Most schools are ok with this but get their approval first before you spend a lot of time entering the data on your computerized Pink Book sheet.

AMATH-M3.xls

Just fill in the students and their student numbers, grades, absences, and EVERYTHING else you would typically put into the very tedious PINK BOOKS. Print landscape mode and you’ll save yourself a lot of time figuring out grades – Excel does it for you. Of course you must enter the formulas for it. Someone in your office should probably know how to do it.

This sample file is free to download, pass it to others. It is set up for a 2 days per week class. There is room enough for 4 classes on this spreadsheet. If you need to do different classes – like if you have class 3 days per week or other – just copy this file once you download it. Name it something else. You’ll figure it out! If you have questions write me and I’ll try to help.

Future update:

In the future I’ll be posting the links to a web site where I found 1000 questions – that formed the basis for my English conversation courses when I taught adults in Isaan. Just choose which questions would be appropriate to the level of student you’re teaching.

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