5 tips on teaching in Thailand

Many tourists come to Thailand for a vacation and for one reason or another they decide that they’d rather not go back to their home countries. Who can blame them really? The land of smiles is a laid back, tropical paradise where people can forget about their worries and enjoy the good life. The only problem with wanting to live in Thailand permanently is that most people still need to work for a living.

There are many job opportunities around Thailand, particularly in Phuket, but the most common job that expats tend to go for is teaching. Conversational English teachers are everywhere in Phuket. It’s quite easy to get a job teaching English here but finding a good teaching job can be another story all together. Here are some tips on how to improve your chances at getting a good teaching job, as well as becoming a good teacher once you begin.

A Degree

A degree in any field at all will aid you in getting a teaching position. Degrees are needed for paper work with most teaching jobs so it’s better to have one. Some schools don’t require a degree but they’re usually not the most reputable.

Get a teaching license

Gaining a teaching license will give you a big heads up when applying for jobs. Not only will it help with all the pesky paper work, it’ll give you an advantage in the classroom.

Jai Yen

Thailand is very different to western countries when it comes to teaching. Thai culture is all about keeping your cool and this extends to the classroom, even when students get rowdy. Keep a cool heart (Jai Yen in Thai) at all times and you won’t lose face.

Play games

Thais are fun loving people. If you want to reach them in the classroom, you’ll need to make your lessons fun and engaging, otherwise your students will run wild. Turn your lessons into a simple game and things will be much easier. You’ll find it more fun for yourself too.

Be firm but fair

Even though you should never show anger in the classroom, that doesn’t mean you should let your students run wild. You need to show authority without showing anger, which can be very tricky sometimes. From your very first lesson, show the students what you’re not going to accept. It’s better to begin your teaching experience being strict and then loosening up, rather than starting soft and then getting stricter the more frustrated you become.

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