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Monday, 23 November 2015

TEFL Course Phuket - Want to join a TEFL Course?

TEFL Course In Phuket, Thailand

Before leaving for Thailand I booked myself onto a TEFL Course (Teach English as a Foreign Language). I didn't know much about TEFL apart from it would be good to have and to get work. Once more, it would be at a Phuket resort, so I had the chance to do a course in a lovely part of Thailand. The course was to be a three week intensive guide to teaching with teaching practice, brilliant, all booked and ready to go.

Once I had done my pre-travelling in Thailand, I headed to Phuket ready for my course. I'd never been here before and it was great to see a new place. I booked my accommodation before I arrived, and it was on the doorstep of the TEFL training center, so it meant I could have a sneaky lie-in before class. I also had internet and air-con, which made for a perfect abode.

Length of TEFL Course

The course ran from Monday to Fridays 8am until 3pm. With lunch in between. I weren't sure how I was going handle sitting down and listening for long periods of time, after all, I was the King of Sleeping in classes at University. But it was overall a great experience. Lasted 3 consecutive weeks.

Tefl Training Phuket

About The TEFL Course

The course: The course was great, full of information you needed to get started, and very intense. We had to do a presentation in front of the group on the second day, so I whacked out a PGL repeat after me song, which i had in my repertoire, I think the group liked it. They taught us the basics of getting in front of the class, and there was never any real pressure to be perfect. The group was small, we had 8 people on it, all destined to teach - all very strange too. The tutor and owner both knew what they were talking about, and made the nervous one's feel relaxed about it all.

All the people on the course were great accept one! Total B****! But the less said about that the better! Made some interesting friends all out here for different reasons. Some were finding new lives, some were taking gap years! And one didn't want to do it and mooooaanned about everything! I'm glad I met them all, I think!

The Best Part Of The TEFL Course

The Children: Best thing about the course going into school to practice! Thai kids are awesome, the boys punch and kick you the girls hug you! And the teacher, me, chase them around like i'm a monster, and hit the slides for a bit of fun! They loved it teacher on slide! Played games with them in classroom, taught them letters and numbers, and had a whole lot of fun! I'll write more about my school I went to work with at another time.

Teaching Course Recommendation

Was it worth it? The TEFL Course was 1 million per cent worth it, training in the classroom and school. Meeting so many people, teaching English to bar girls! Without a TEFL certificate it is a little harder to get a job in a Asian school, they want to see you have experience, and a TEFL gives you this! Would I do it again? Yes, I would. Interested?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers And Ajarns

Thai Foreign Education System Update - 2015

What's Going On With The Teachers?

Planning to cull English Foreign Language Teachers by replacing them with the Thai English Language Teachers. In a perfect world, this would be a great idea, to get rid of all the rabble that calls themselves a 'teacher'.

This isn't a perfect world, the students need a native teacher, so they can understand the tonnes and intonations of the English language – and for fun! Asian teachers are often criticized for their tough approach on students, take China for example, work work work, no play! Thailand follows China's lead, they only care about the grades. The number 1 job of an TEFL teacher, is to provide a class based on language skills rather than grammar. But, apparently the ministry of Education (Thailand) doesn't believe in this.

Great Students need Great Teachers

Thailand's plan is to Recruit the British Council trainers/teachers to teach up to 500 thai teachers that are proficient in English. This scheme is aptly named 'train-the-teachers'. These 'trained teachers' then will go back to the local government schools and 'train-the-teachers' on how to teach English language. This in itself would be poorly ran as they are planning to train these teachers in a small amount of time.

Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has stated the following:

"A group of teachers [will] join the programme [and] will be selected from all over the country. They have to be very good in English because after the six-week training programme, they must be role models and trainers for other English teachers in their schools or schools near their area."

Why are the Government doing this you may ask?

...well to Save money. Foreign Teacher earns sometimes triple the amount of a Thai teacher. For example a native English teachers salary (starting) could be 33,000thb and compare that to the 6000thb that young Thai teachers receive, then you can understand their reasoning.

As Thai teachers get older, their salaries rise until they are on the same amount as the foreign teacher. One of the reasons the foreign teachers salary is so high, is because otherwise 'teachers' wouldn't come to Thailand and teach the students.
Realistically – would teachers engage in this? Probably not, Thailand has a culture of 'losing face' and this happens quite easily. If another Thai teacher, tries to teach the Thai-English teacher spoken English, then the Thai-English teacher won't be happy and won't bother learning.

What can they do to improve the standard of teachers that they receive?

Many of the teachers from native countries give the English Teaching Community a bad name, through laziness, and bad behavior. They show lack of respect by not showing up to work, and create havoc in the small towns that they inhabit, or quite cruelly use the local girls, to make themselves feel better.

There are genuine foreign language teachers out there, the one's who go the extra mile. But sadly, as is the case at the moment. The decent teachers will stop working in Thailand, the students will then be left with some degenerate.

How Can They Improve The Quality of Ajarns?

Thailand could employ the same system as China, whereas, all Native English Teachers, need to have a degree and at least 2 years work experience. They also need to be a lot tougher on Visa regulations, for example in Isaan (north east Thailand), there are many teachers working illegally. This year they changed the working visa regulations, and made it more difficult to obtain double entry tourist visa's, hopefully this will not satisfy the young-hippy-traveller brigade that only teach with the means to earn money for beer.

Thailand really do need the native teachers, and we hope that this plan to train-the-teacher will be somewhat effective, even if it only proves that this whole strategy is wrong. Time will only tell, and with the implantation of ASEAN, Thailand might just realize how important native teachers are.