I was thinking of going to Bangkok in January i was going to do a TEFL but now i'm thinking i might not and maybe just look for a part time job in language schools and then when term starts in May
the experience i have from teaching in language schools might count for more than the TEFL. Is it hard to get a job at languages schools. If i go in January it seems it would be mostly language school jobs available.
I looked at most the jobs on Ajarn and nearly all of them require TEFL but then i read a post that said most the jobs are from agencies and you would be better to just walk into schools and give them your C.V. I have a degree in Biology with no teaching experience. So is it really difficult to get a job with just a degree.
that said, a) better paying will still be underwhelming and b) you really ought to consider a *real* teachering credential and not a TEFL if you're at all serious about this.... and yes, "and" is better than "or.". ...
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I'd personally check for positions at every high school I could find. Slaving away at a language school teaching bored teenagers all weekend for minimal pay will quickly kill any passion you might have for teaching.
You seem the wise one on this and the least negative so if you don't mind I would like to ask you about online TEFL's. I am also coming in January and am some what confused by all the information that is out there re TEFL's. As you will know each teachers story is different and in my case I have a lot of experience behind me. I am currently half way through my BEd and have decided to defer and take a year out in SE Asia. Before commencing my BEd I studied a BA in International Marketing French and Spanish and worked in that area for several years. I decided to make a career change from marketing and became a Primary School teacher working in a multi-denominational school. My role was as a learning support helping children with difficulties such as dyslexia and those with language issues such as children from Eastern Europe. I also worked as a class teacher during my 2 years there. I am now moving to Thailand to teach English and bring with me a good CV and glowing references from principals. I have limited funds so I took up a Groupon offer for a 120 hour online TEFL with TEFL Express and am now half way through it.
My question is will the online TEFL be sufficient on my CV when added to my previous experience? I am not looking for the TEFL to magic me into a teacher I already am passionate about teaching and and have classroom experience. I have read so many opinions re this online TEFL so I am looking for someone with teaching experience in Thailand to advise me. Thanks in advance.
I really wouldn't bother with the online TEFL in your position.
Science degree and a TEFL could open the door to a EP or Bilingual school paying around the 55k mark.
After a few years, say 2, if you're good and in the right place you could find yourself at a 70-80k Bangkok EP.
Hi. Phil is correct an onlin Tefl in your case is a complete waste of money. And anyway I would argue a complete waste of money for anyone!
Do a celta or just go as you are. Although I would invest in a wetsuit judging by reports we get in KL!
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to summarize, you're unlikely to need *any* TEFL in Thailand. but you might elsewhere... and if you want something you don't necessarily need, a TEFL qualification isn't one that makes sense to do online. the part that is the most potentally useful (and recognized widely as such by employers) is the part wherein you teach while being observed by someone who knows what they're doing. if you don't have that in your TEFL course, anything beyond "free" is way too expensive (unless a specific employer requires it in which case do whichever ridiculous bullshit task they require).