Hey there, just wondering what English teachers there are in Chiang Mai
I have just moved with my uncle to Doi Suket, and I am currently looking around for a job!
I have already had a few offers, including one part time in Phayao and some in Chiang Mai.
I would like to know about others experience teaching in Chiang Mai and maybe even meet some fellow teachers?
Have you got a TEFL Cert.?
If not, enroll in S.E.E.
They run a well recommended course, give lots of info with regards to the area, John the main man has been a resident in CM for between 10-15 years at this stage, and they usually have jobs lined up for those who do the course and want a job around there.
If you already have a TEFL Cert. perhaps send them an email and they might know of one available.
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Thanks but I already have a 100 hour TEFL qualification that I received online from i-to-i.
Any ideas what teaching is like in Chiang Mai?
Yeah I have heard that online is not as good as a comprehensive face-to-face one, still I think I am a good independent learner and picked up some of the basics that I will need to know.
I'm also going to watch a friend who teaches in a school here to pick up their teaching style and lessons etc. Once I have landed my first job I think I will start to learn pretty fast anyway!
I taught English in Thailand for 8 months, and before that for 7 years in the US (at the university level). There is a huge difference between teaching in Thailand and teaching in the US. There are so many different cultural elements (explicit and implicit). Secondly, if one doesn't have experience teaching English as a Foreign Language, that is very different from teaching in the native spoken language (or high proficiency level) of the learner. Third, teaching is an activity and profession. One learns by doing, not by being an "independent learner" whatever that may be. Anyone who is thinking an online course which teaches "about" the topic rather than authentic training on the ground (in the foreign country), is fooling themselves. Worse, they are not showing the proper respect for their future students, who deserve to have a trained teacher who won't insult them unknowingly through cultural gaffes and teach them effectively after having practiced and learned with professional feedback.
Don't post often, but thought I'd throw my two cents in as a fellow SEE grad from a year ago... a very well run and useful course with information that I still use today. Helped me get my feet wet and over the hump of "Oh my god, I'm in front of live students...now what?..." (Kind of glad I didn't do the online thing, for that very reason - needed the live experience.) Know it sounds a bit like an advert, but really was pleasantly surprised by the amount of information I got from the course. Good people, good class.
^ I've known John for years and it's a great set up by great people, and really helps the students get settled into living and teaching in CM.