English Teaching Jobs in Thailand
ESL Jobs in Thailand are quite lucrative and the demand for the teachers in
this country is very high. A TEFL certified teacher in Thailand can expect
to teach at the most twenty four classes in a week. Each and every class in
Thailand continues for 50 to 60 minutes and the duration mostly depends on
The schools of Thailand operate from Monday to Friday and the time period is from 8 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. But it is possible that the timings might change with the individual schools. There are holidays on Saturdays, Sundays and on Thai National Holidays. The native English teachers in Thailand are expected to monthly schedule and submit lesson plans like their Thai counter parts.
The ESL teachers in Thailand are expected to abide by the rules of the schools. They are required to attend a morning assembly very day at eight in the morning, make lesson plans for each class and asses the students every week.
The teachers are expected to be very professional and dutiful to their job as a lot is expected from the TEFL certified native English speaker in Thailand. The rules and regulations of the schools cannot be violated at any cost.
Significant tips for students:
- Thailand has a comparatively conservative society so the teachers have to be well dressed and wear formals to the school. The male teachers have to wear formal pants, full sleeved shirts and ties on Mondays and special occasions. Shoes should also be formal and no running shoes or sandals are allowed. The ESL teachers have to clean shaven or have a properly trimmed beard. Tattoos should not be visited and the teacher should be neat and tidy. Men having short hair are preferred, however, if one has long hair it is advisable to tie it up properly.
- Outside the schools, the male teachers can wear anything. It is however, best not to go shirtless.
- The female teachers in the Thai schools are expected to wear long skirts and a presentable top. Sport shoes or sandals are not accepted and the teachers are expected to wear formal shoes. Only one earring is allowed and rings in other places of the body are not accepted.
- Even when not in the schools it is advisable that the teachers should not wear something very revealing as Thais are very conservative and there is great respect for teachers in their society.
The ESL teachers in Thailand also have to organize an English club once in
every week. The operations of these clubs take place during the school hours
and while arranging the clubs the ESL teachers can take help from the other
ESL teachers here.
The English teachers in Thailand have to monitor every student individually, maintain their growth graph and keep a record of the attendance and grades of the pupils in a weekly basis. They should also make note of the special observations if there are any.
In the schools of Thailand, the teachers are expected to be present one day per week for the ‘greeting activity’ which involves receiving the students and the parents at the gate of the school in the morning.
Every week for once it is the duty of the English teachers to get involved in a one minute activity. A speech or a message on two to three minutes is prepared for performing in the morning assembly. The topics might be anything from news to riddles, tongue twisters, rhymes or announcements. This activity can be a combined effort of many teachers not just one.
The ESL teachers in Thailand are supposed to start with ‘Star Talk Activity’ which will go on for five minutes before the class. This is a short introduction session which will help the students in understanding the subject and also get acquainted with the teacher and their fellow mates.
Every semester an English camp is organized by most of the schools which is mandatory for the ESL teachers to attain. These camps generally take place on Saturdays, from morning to evening.
Another significant responsibility of the TESOL teachers in Thailand is that they are expected to give English tuitions to their Thai counterparts after school. This responsibility can be shared by the other native English teachers in the school.
As in Thailand there are no holidays on the western occasions, the teachers have to present in schools on days like Christmas, Easter or on Valentines Day. However, there are functions on these occasions where the involvement of the ESL teachers is expected.