so is that a yes or a no?
can't you just leave it ZEHNER......and leave people to discuss the actual thread.
so is that a yes or a no?
Even with a B.Ed/equivalent and credential you still have to do the culture course, as things stand now. I was told recently that for those of us without a B.Ed/equivalent we have to do the culture course before we can take the exams.Originally Posted by robitusson
yup. we were supposed to do it next month but we're on hols so hopefully the thai MOE will have forgotten about it by aprilOriginally Posted by latm
As a newbie to this forum and to the teaching profession, but not to working in Thailand I have a few comments if I may:
1) There is no legal requirement to hold a TEFL certificate in order to teach.
2) Anyone with half a brain and who can do basic research on the internet has no reason to believe one word of a TEFL school claiming that a TEFL certificate legally qualifies you to teach in Thailand.
3) The EP Director of the government school in which I will be teaching (I wanted to teach here because it is in my hometown) required me to get a TEFL certificate in order to secure the position.
4) I hold a Bachelor Degree in Business, Finance and Banking, have trained thousands of people (including Thais) in an industrial setting but have no classroom teaching experience.
5) I made the decision to take a non-internet TEFL course long before it was a requirement of the EPD at my future school. This was because I am not a trained professional teacher and respect the profession enough that I, for my and my future students' benefit, felt it was the least I could do before stepping into a classroom.
You can all haggle over semantics or whatever when it comes to a TEFL course but in the end, it is in my opinion, the least a person should do before stepping into a classroom attempting to teach Thai students but does not begin to replace a formal education degree.
TEFL should be looked at as a self-preparatory (not officially mandated) exercise to become a basic teacher in Thailand, nothing more, nothing less. I am taking my class in March and am happy to spend what I am spending for some kind of training to help me perform better in the environment I am stepping into.
As far as the future requirements, I suspect that many schools across the country will face a huge shortage of native speaking teachers if the B ed or equivalent is enforced. I do however see the powers to be to listen to their school administrators and compromise to requiring a Bachelor's degree (any subject) as the basic requirement for teaching consideration. I also believe that there will, in the end, be a grandfather clause for those individuals who don't have a degree but have been continuously teaching "X" amount of years and have a formal letter(s) of declaration of good performance from past school administrators .
I have no source or special relationships that afford me that information but rather it is something I have concluded from many hours of research and having lived in Thailand many years and know how this country operates. If my suspicions are not accurate, it won't be the first or last time I am wrong but you can be sure, the students will be the one's holding the bag without native teachers to teach them.
I'll drink to that, nothing ever changes here does it?
'After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box'
Although, it was a big scare for a lot of people a year ago wasn't it?
"The dwarf lives...until we find a cock merchant."
However concerning the above two points, there is only one TEFL provider that makes this claim that I know.
From their website:
"Ours is the ONLY TEFL Certificate accepted for a teacher's license and work permit by the Thai Ministry of Education, Bangkok."
They then give you a MOBILE PHONE number to call to confirm this information. I guess MoE cut backs have led to desks and landlines being removed from MoE offices.
I don't think I would be allowed to name this company but if you cut/paste the above text and google, you'll find them.
Last edited by Loaded; 27th February 2009 at 06:42. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
Just out of curiosity, where did you take your TEFL course?