Teaching Private for English Teachers in Thailand
Teaching private is surely an attractive option for the ESL teachers in Thailand. This is not only a more lucrative offer than a full time job in any government sponsored schools in Thailand but also definitely much more comfortable than even a part time job at any language center.
Teaching privates basically involves the act of one to one teaching or teaching in groups in the students’ homes in evenings after the school hours. This kind of private tuition is imparted with the objective of brushing up the language skills of the students. An efficient teacher will look forward to an organized teaching session to meet the expectations of the students. Quality teaching is the expectation as far as teaching privates is concerned.
Private tuitions are counted as lucrative earning alternatives and wonderful supplements along with your regular income. The charge you will ask for entirely depends on you. But before charging too much keep in mind the average monthly income in Thailand is 7,000 baht. So, you can only charge high if you are teaching students from high societies. Otherwise you cannot really make fortune out of it. The average charge for private tuition in Thailand for English is 500 baht per hour. Many Thais are even willing to pay 1000 baht per hour for a native English teacher. In this case, a teacher is expected to offer guidance in conversational English, academic and business writing, grammar, TEOFL preparation, negotiation skills and so on.
Just like any other thing, private tuition is also not devoid of disadvantages. Thai students often go for the last moment cancellation and so it is bit risky to depend on teaching privates solely for your survival in Thailand. Before setting up a business you should have a convenient location and a basic communication skill in Thai language. You also need to be smart, professional and easy going with your students. The best way to get students is to grab the interests of the students of the schools and learning centers you are teaching in. Students often like to have after hour or weekend teaching sessions against a fair remuneration. So, you must know the art of fitting in the lessons in these schedules.
In order to be a successful private teacher, keep the following points in mind:
• Teach in small groups rather than teaching individuals
• Ask for one month advance payment
• Set up a comfortable setting in a convenient location
• Stick to your strict schedule from the very beginning