Posted by: drbrucepk | January 3, 2008

Dividing the World of International Teaching

There are really two basic categories in overseas’ teaching: teaching English to non-English speakers, and teaching in an international school as a classroom teacher or specialist. Today’s blog is just about being an English teacher.

First, despite the bad reputation that English teachers have gotten over the years in the Asia region of the world, there are many well-trained and dedicated folks who teach English for a living in less than ideal circumstances. It’s a shame that the drunks, perves, and idiots have created the negative opinion that many local people have about English teachers. I  have to say that I don’t know much about the nuts and bolts of being an English teacher as I am not trained as an ESL or EFL teacher, nor have I ever done any of that type of teaching. That being said, when things were uncertain in Pakistan just after 9/11, I began researching becoming an English teacher in Bangkok.  What follows derives from that research.

Teaching English to non-English Speakers

There are a lot of positions in this field in Bangkok and elsewhere around Asia. The pay is generally not very good in comparison to teaching in an International school, but you can make a living and do some traveling if you don’t really want to save any money. Generally schools in Taiwan, Korea and Japan pay better than teaching in Thailand, but Thailand does have its attractions. Some schools in Thailand expect candidates to have teaching experience and a credential from a school that trains ESL/EFL teachers; others hire about anybody. You can generally expect to have more luck getting a job with credentials and experience. There are many excellent web sites that discuss teaching in Thailand. These are just a few of the ones that I regularly visit just for information about Thailand and teaching:

Ajarn: This is an excellent site that has up-to-date teaching positions listed along with salaries and benefits. You’ll also find information on living in Bangkok, how to rent a house/apartment and all sorts of other neat things.

Dave’s ESL Cafe: This site calls itself the “The Internet’s Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!” Lots of information here for the aspiring ESL/EFL teacher including a job center and places to obtain a TEFL certificate. There are also forums for students and teachers.

Tomorrow the basics about teaching in an international school.



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