Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Journey of a TEFL Teacher in Thailand

TEFL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and encompasses Teaching English as a Second Language. As worldwide demand for English increases, so has the demand for teachers of English. English has become ‘the language’ of international communication, which means that people from all parts of the world need English to do business with each other, travel, access internet, appreciate films and music and so on. Hence if teaching, as a profession, interests you and you also love the idea of travelling abroad and experiencing new cultures, then this is the course that you should definitely enroll for; whereby you get to have quite an influence in the lives of the students and also get well paid for it. What can be more rewarding than enjoying the profession that you are in as well as earning from it!

In order to teach abroad, you would require TEFLcertificate from a recognised institution/university. TEFL is a 120 hour course for budding teachers, which focuses on the professional development for all those candidates who are looking forward to a full time teaching career in different non English speaking parts of the world. The course not only teaches the techniques to teach English, but works at transforming the persona of a teacher – builds confidence and polishes the teacher’s presence in classroom. It will prepare you to develop a positive rapport with students of all ages and also include different learning styles with innovative teaching strategies.The course guarantees a job in countries where English is not the primary language and not spoken widely on a day to day basis like China, Russia, Brazil and Thailand among other countries. Here the demand for English teachers is huge; hence you can surely try out for teaching jobs here.

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One of the best places to enrol for the TESL course is in Thailand. The course generally costs around $1000 and you can start earning right after the completion of your course. After completion of the course you can look for a job here in Thailand itself and by doing so, you will probably be making a smart decision for your career. The salary generally starts from $1000 per month. The cost of living here being as minimal as $500, you will be able to lead quite a comfortable life.
As the Thais are so obsessed with learning English, and hence there is a high demand for English teachers in many different types of schools, from corporate training centres to small private schools to public schools, demand is high for teachers; hence it’s fairly easy to find a job with a TEFL certificate. The schools actually prefer if their non-native English teachers don't speak Thai. The goal is for the students to be completely immersed in an English-language classroom, with no choice but to speak English with their teacher. Here, your lesson plans will focus on improving conversational English skills. Although most placements are at the secondary level (grades 7 through 12), you may be assigned to teach students of all ages. Also, you should expect to work about 35 to 40 hours per week.

And when you get a break from your teaching schedule, you can explore the thick jungle, crystal-blue river waters, and rollicking city life that make Thailand the most-visited country in Southeast Asia. You can also check out Chiang Mai, the Rose of the Northor the Golden Triangle.

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If you are looking to get out of the boredom of your life and thinking of a job change or starting your career and want to make a difference in people’s lives, then TEFL is definitely the course for you. Get out and take the plunge into a new and exciting journey of your life!

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