Well, I'm 99 per cent sure that native speaker teachers are a rarity in Petchabun.
I can second that. The folks up there are very nice, but I'd be surprised if there are more than 20 farangs living in the province full time.
OP, bone up on your Thai!
"You can't HAVE everything. Where would you put it?"
- Stephen Wright
I'm about 3 months away from completing my current 5-year plan.
The plan was:
Work and save like the bejezus - Done: can now buy myself a small home.
Study enough English subjects to be able to teach that subject and complete a western teacher's qualification - apart from one assignment and a school based practicum, this is completed too.
I had a bachelor degree already.
Begin applying for teaching work in South East Asia
If all goes well over the next 12 weeks, I can begin sending out my applications in December/January.
I hope to be employed and move over for the middle of next year.
Lots and lots and lots of hard work, 37 hours at work and 20 hours study each week for virtually all of the last three years. The two years before that were purely for saving.
Nearly there...you never know though, maybe I won't like teaching, no problem, I've already got a good career going...I've been very, very lucky this life...Karma wise, I musta been a helluva good person in my last life to get what I've gotten this time around.
Any significant training to be a teacher is useless if you are just planning teaching in Thailand, I have a Trinity College Tesol and a training certificate with one of the established language training centres in Bangkok.
It has been very little use for teaching in Thailand. In fact I am concerned I have forgotten many of the skills I obtained because the student level here is so low.
Do you really think you could have done as good a job with no TESOL training right from the start?
I couldn't have.
I look back at my first day on the CELTA and I didn't have a dam clue!
And a lot of what I learned ( eg classroom management) was applicable to all levels - especially in Thailand.
Then there was getting over the stage fright of standing in front of 20 people waiting for me to say something. I was petrified!
Yeah, agreed that the CELTA adds vital elements to preping and delivering a lesson as well as bringing us up to speed with a wealth of current methodology. I would advise the course over nothing at all though I accept that some bring transferrable skills and experiences that may prepare thme for the rigours of those first few years at the game
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Anyways, let's not make this yet another TEFL course thread.
That's been done to death.
Forgive me because I haven't read all of this thread, but a point everyone seems to have missed - based on what I have read - is that none of us have a clue about the postman. We know nothing about his outlook, his characteristics, his ability to make things happen. There are people in this world who can fall off a department store roof and land in a new suit. Qualifications don't come into it; they're just people who can weigh up situations quicker than anyone else and decide whether to stick around or move on quickly. Not everyone is destined to struggle just because it's convenient to pigeon-hole them.
One of the most common questions I get e-mailed to me is "will I find work as an English teacher and be able to make a success of living in Thailand". I usually answer with a couple of polite paragraphs but the really truthful answer is "f**k knows - I've never met you"
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.