Teaching English in Thailand
Even on a lowly teacher’s salary however, teaching English in Thailand provides most teachers with a better standard of living than they would get back home. Food, accommodation, transportation and day to day expenses are a fraction of the cost the US and most European countries.
The average teacher’s salary of around 30,000 baht per month, ( higher in Bangkok Thailand ) is enough to lead a comfortable but not luxurious lifestyle, provided you find reasonably priced accommodation and do not party every night.
Add to that the constant sunshine, tropical beaches, travel opportunities and relaxed lifestyle and it is not hard to see why teaching English in Thailand remains such a popular option for many foreign language teachers.
Job Opportunities in Thailand
Whilst most employers prefer native English speakers, it is also possible for non-native speakers to find work, especially in Bangkok or provinces off the beaten track, away from the main tourist resorts.
When to Look for a Job
The best time of year for job opportunities of year for job opportunities is from late February to early May. The Thai academic year runs from mid May through to March of the following year and every year more English Programs open up, so the demand for teachers just keeps on growing.
Visa and Work Permit Regulations
The catch, however, is that teaching English in Thailand legally means having a Non Immigrant B visa, a teacher’s license and a Thai work permit. All these documents are all inter-dependent on one another. To be granted a teachers license you are required by the Ministry of Education to have a first degree, and ideally a recognized TEFL certificate. Without this you cannot get a license and without the license to teach you cannot get a work permit.
Visa application rules for teachers also changed in October 2006 to require proof of a work permit application (a WP3) before being issued with a Non Immigrant B visa.
Consequently unqualified teachers are finding it harder to get jobs teaching English in Thailand, whilst the demand for degree qualified teachers, holding a TEFL certificate is increasing.
Teaching Thai Students
Thai students in the main are a joy to teach. They have a natural curiosity, a zest for life and are very respectful. They may be shy at first due to years of rote learning but once the ice has been broken you will soon discover that they thrive on the more modern communicative teaching approaches so ingrained in any TEFL qualified teacher.
Songs and jazz chants are especially popular in order to present or practice target language and aid pronunciation. The most successful type of English teacher in Thailand is one who is both an educator and entertainer.
Dress Code in Thailand
It is very important that, as a teacher, you dress professionally and your conduct outside the classroom reflects your status in Thai society. Teaching English in Thailand means that teachers are held in high esteem and are expected to look the part as well as being competent.
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