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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stamp View Post
    Just reporting, hvc. ........just reporting. Not intended to take the piss.
    Sorry to say but whenever I hear the word 'change' coming from the direction of any given govt. in LOC I can't help it but

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by daneel View Post
    Then again I don't believe in subject teachers in Prathom anyway.
    a good idea. im wholly behind it.

    trick is, as i see it...to have a good person doing the hiring (and firing) of teachers. this is because if you have generalists teaching kids, they need to be dynamic and creative. if so, then they can teach young ones anything- regardless of specifics, at prathom level, its all about learning to learn.

    the downside is that if you have one teacher for all subjects (non specialist), then you live and die by that sword, so to speak. if the teacher is lazy, or doesnt care, then ALL subjects get little treatment.

    with many specialists, you can have a few bad apples, and still come out with a decent end-product.

    Quote Originally Posted by kikiat View Post
    be resistant to a lot of BS
    yes. the A#1 skill to lasting here IMHO

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    a good idea. im wholly behind it.

    trick is, as i see it...to have a good person doing the hiring (and firing) of teachers. this is because if you have generalists teaching kids, they need to be dynamic and creative. if so, then they can teach young ones anything- regardless of specifics, at prathom level, its all about learning to learn.

    the downside is that if you have one teacher for all subjects (non specialist), then you live and die by that sword, so to speak. if the teacher is lazy, or doesnt care, then ALL subjects get little treatment.

    with many specialists, you can have a few bad apples, and still come out with a decent end-product.
    in programs with quality where foreign teachers have a say in all of this that's not a problem IME. The shit starts when Thais want to keep their precious power.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    ^ yes. seen it.

    and admin will have great xenophobe stories about how unreliable teachers are when they bolt out......funny thing most cant see their stunning incompetence as THE reason why theres so much turnover.

    what you said above is to a T, my experience at st francis in bkk.

    good school. just that the thai admin couldnt get out of it's own way.

    just like kikiat said....you gotta take the crap to last eh

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    its all about learning to learn

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    a good idea. im wholly behind it.

    trick is, as i see it...to have a good person doing the hiring (and firing) of teachers. this is because if you have generalists teaching kids, they need to be dynamic and creative. if so, then they can teach young ones anything- regardless of specifics, at prathom level, its all about learning to learn.

    the downside is that if you have one teacher for all subjects (non specialist), then you live and die by that sword, so to speak. if the teacher is lazy, or doesnt care, then ALL subjects get little treatment.

    with many specialists, you can have a few bad apples, and still come out with a decent end-product.



    yes. the A#1 skill to lasting here IMHO

    I completely agree with this as my last job was in an English program. I started off with the best intentions and worked my ass off to teach science and Math to P2 and English to P4,5 and 6. I found myself in a teaching program with few resources, little if any support from my Thai co-teachers, and an unreasonable and inexperienced boss from Singapore. How do you teach science to a room of wild p2 kids without a textbook? By the last month, I didn`t give a shit anymore and while my English students learned a few things, my other subjects didn`t get much out of the classes.

    My two cents on this matter, I have a degree and nearly two years of teaching experience from the United States and as much as it pains me to admit it, the best English teachers I`ve met were people lacking degrees and more importantly, egos. It gave them the fuel to keep themselves in check and constantly aware of what they could do to stay better, whereas people with an extensive educational background already feel they know what they`re doing and thus, don`t keep track of their mistakes.

    They tend to believe their education instantly makes them a good teacher. I had a bout with Ajarnfarang over this. He seems to believe the sun shines out of his ass because he has an Oxford degree.

    I believe a criminal background check is all that`s necessary for secondary and elementry educations here.

    Especially since in most schools, the Thai staff don`t take us seriously as teachers anyhow or listen to our feedback concerning what we feel our students need. Aside from EP departments, I don`t believe higher educated teachers are going to solve the problem of inefficient native teachers.
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    more time for wastin'

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Looks like a good thread to take a pass on.
    When being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it appear like a parade.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lotuslevi View Post
    I completely agree with this as my last job was in an English program. I started off with the best intentions and worked my ass off to teach science and Math to P2 and English to P4,5 and 6. I found myself in a teaching program with few resources, little if any support from my Thai co-teachers, and an unreasonable and inexperienced boss from Singapore. How do you teach science to a room of wild p2 kids without a textbook? By the last month, I didn`t give a shit anymore and while my English students learned a few things, my other subjects didn`t get much out of the classes.

    My two cents on this matter, I have a degree and nearly two years of teaching experience from the United States and as much as it pains me to admit it, the best English teachers I`ve met were people lacking degrees and more importantly, egos. It gave them the fuel to keep themselves in check and constantly aware of what they could do to stay better. I believe a criminal background check is all that`s necessary for secondary and elementry educations here.

    Especially since in most schools, the Thai staff don`t take us seriously as teachers anyhow or listen to our feedback concerning what we feel our students need. Aside from EP departments, I don`t believe higher educated teachers are going to solve the problem of inefficient native teachers.
    And again it can be traced back to Thai administrators. An Ep without textbooks, go figure.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Thank God somebody feels my pain!

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    i think schools need 3 level of criteria for employing ferrangs. School shouuld have their own competecy tests based on the ability of their students. a high performing english in an E.P or university progrram needs a teacher who knows thir stuff. inteermdiate studens need teachrs who can develop their weakness' in reading riting and speaking and beginners need teachrs who can teach them to read, develop confidence and can teach the basics of english. Unfortunately and a huge weakness in thailand is the lack of assessment and tracking of students. schools pretend their students are intermediate or advanced level english when infact whe you assess them you see a whole load of skills that aren't there. schools need to be honest with themselves and have a plan based on reality not on passing tests.

    Criteria for Ferrang

    Pratom level: Simple course on how to teaching reading, training in behaviour management and class techniques like differentiating work and assessment. active larning inthe classroom.

    Matayom level; the teaching of grammar and applying it to the classroom. Use of drama and roleplay. the teaching of writing and use of I.T to nhance learning.

    University and advanced adults. Teaching advanced grammar and its application. Opportuniies to speak. Useful phrases and idioms. conversation.

    this is what I reckon a TEFL course should contain. a week of each of these and a week of teaching practise. Then people have least have the choice which type of students to teach. However training becomes obselete if the school insists on textbook eachingata levelway beyond that of the kids abilities.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    Criteria for Ferrang Pratom level: Simple course on how to teaching reading, training in behaviour management and class techniques like differentiating work and assessment. active larning inthe classroom. Matayom level; the teaching of grammar and applying it to the classroom. Use of drama and roleplay. the teaching of writing and use of I.T to nhance learning. University and advanced adults. Teaching advanced grammar and its application. Opportuniies to speak. Useful phrases and idioms. conversation.
    Peel, what basic education are you thinking of? High school or degree in any field?

    Quote Originally Posted by daneel View Post
    And again it can be traced back to Thai administrators. An Ep without textbooks, go figure.
    If a school doesn't care about text books, they don't care about the teacher's qualifications too.



    Books at my school. Science 350 THB and Math 180 THB.

    Quote Originally Posted by hvc View Post
    Sorry to say but whenever I hear the word 'change' coming from the direction of any given govt. in LOC I can't help it but
    The MOE criticises its own departments quiet often. One of the latest critics was that EP-students were good in English but not in Thai. Our academic director has to attend EP meetings every six weeks. One of the measures for change (sorry) is that at our school the school day for the students is extended to seven periods. In that seventh period our students get education in the Thai language.

    I do understand that many schools don't go for improvement but some do.
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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    using the same science books. it isn't compatible with the Thai curriculum at times. But in a good program this isn't a problem, just something to figure out (which my co-teacher did superbly).

    I understand the criticisms from the MOE. However most criticisms are about the Thai sections not the English sections which then gets translated into the farang is at fault (I've seen that last year).

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Why a degree for Grade 7-12 Conversation classes and no degree for Grade 1-6??? The logic escapes me. You seem as equally deluded about the requirement for the 'Holy Grail' of a degree as all those schools which require a degree but no TEFL qualification, or even experience. I am a practising lawyer without a degree (I do have a Trinity College certificate). I came up through the system of Articles where you studied while you worked. Am I a lesser EFL teacher than a spotty gap year sociology graduate? It seems so. It smacks of academic protectionism and I believe deprives the profession of some bloody good teachers. I did a summer school years ago with the British Council in Hong Kong and a colleague had just passed his Masters in Applied Linguistics. He said. "What relevance it will have in the classroom is beyond me". I think that says it all.

    I can understand the Thai Government wanting to get rid of shoddy 'backpacker' types but surely in all reasonableness the acceptable minimum qualificaton should be:
    A TEFL/TESOL certificate from an established academic organization e.g. Cambridge or Trinity College (not some money-making Californian entity with a fancy name)
    One year teaching experience.
    Suitable references from a previous employer.
    What more? There is a right way and a wrong way to teach English but it isn't rocket science.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    All I can say to that is in my experience, it all depends on personality types. Some people with nothing more than a TESOL (which I think is a joke from my own experience getting one) start off right out of highschool with no experience and turn out to be amazing teachers while other people with MA`s turn out to be shitty ones. Personality types. You sound like a guy I sat in with during an interview years ago in Bangkok.

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    Re: What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lotuslevi View Post
    All I can say to that is in my experience, it all depends on personality types. Some people with nothing more than a TESOL (which I think is a joke from my own experience getting one) start off right out of highschool with no experience and turn out to be amazing teachers while other people with MA`s turn out to be shitty ones. Personality types. You sound like a guy I sat in with during an interview years ago in Bangkok.
    Hi,
    My original scathing diatribe was addressed to STAMP but thank you for your observation. I am semi-retired and decided to return to TEFL after many years. I had no idea what a rat-race it's become. Submitting applications via Serious Teachers or other 'foreign' recruitment agents is a waste of precious life because you are just a great swathe of on-line applications. By pure luck I found a little rural 'poor' school in Thailand and I will be volunteering for three months. They feed me and put me up. No more commercial rat-race, exploitative schools, onerous contracts etc. etc. and it gets me out of the shitty UK for most of the winter. What more could you want?

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