How To Start Teaching English In Thai Schools

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Tourists who have visited Thailand can vow that the biggest challenge during the travel is saying goodbye to the country. There are many things that have attracted visitors to stay longer such as the landscape, the locals as well as the culture of the nation. This is why many are still in Thailand months and even years after they have first visited.

For many who wanted to stay longer in Thailand, the best way to earn a living would be to teach English. The number one industry of the country lies in tourism thus it is important for them to learn the global language. If you are planning to teach English in Thailand, here’s how to:

  • Thailand requires their English teachers to be a native speaker and to have a degree of at least four year course from a university. On top of that, a TEFL or TESOL certification is required. Majority of the schools prefer those who have experience in teaching English before but it is not an important requirement. If you plan to teach in the university, you must possess a master’s degree. For those who do not have a degree, it is unfortunate but teaching English in Thailand is not possible. It is important to know if you are qualified before deciding to move in Thailand even just for a few years.
  • One might think that Thailand would require someone who knows the language but in reality, they prefer if the English teacher does not know a single Thai word. It is to help the students fully focus on the English language knowing it is the only way they can converse to their teacher.
  • It is important to know when the best time to look for a teaching job in Thailand and where to look for them. You don’t have to be in Thailand to do this. There are many online job portals which you can use while applying. Remember that in Thailand, the school years starts in the month of May and ends in March. They have breaks during the month of October and April.

You also have to decide whether you will be teaching English in Thailand under a government or a private school. There are pros and cons to both which you have to learn more in order to decide.


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