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ESL Job / TEFL Job Placement in Thailand
Descriptions of most English teaching jobs in Thailand are as follows:
Teachers normally teach not more than 25 hours per week. Classes are 40-60 minutes long depending on the school. Most teachers will teach each class once per week.
The teachers will be required to hand in a lesson planning every week/ fortnight/ month depending on the school.
For Thai Schools Teachers work at the school Monday-Friday from the hours of 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. (Timing may vary for different schools but general timing is mentioned) For Language Schools, teachers have teaching sessions mostly during the evening and weekends.
Teachers will not be required to teach on Thai National holidays and Saturdays and Sundays. However, Language Schools are busier during the week ends.
Teachers are expected to attend the morning assembly which usually begins at 8:00 AM. Timings may vary depending on the school.
Teachers need to prepare creative lesson plans each week for each level/grade that they teach. The lesson plans are prepared according to the needs and requirements of the students. Teachers may have to prepare sample lessons plans for approval by the coordinator, Principal or the School Management.
Teachers are expected to be professional during school hours. Teachers who are living within close proximity of the school should maintain a code of conduct. Remember you are a teacher and a role model for your students and their parents. Moreover, you will be a representative for us, your country, and most importantly yourself.
Attendance / Punctuality
Professional /Smart / Neat Appearance
Prepare lesson plans and teaching aids
Adaptability to and respect for Thai culture
Rapport with students and Thai teachers
In schools, males are expected to wear dress pants (no jeans or cargo pants) and a button-up/collared long or short sleeve dress shirt (no golf shirts). Ties are required on Mondays and all special occasions/days/festivities (e.g. Teacher Appreciation Day). Ties may be required by some schools on a daily basis. Brown or black dress shoes are accepted (no running shoes or sandals). Males are expected to be clean shaven. Facial hair is allowed only if it is properly trimmed and is presentable on a daily basis. Earrings or visible facial rings (eyebrow, lip, nose, chin, etc) are not accepted. Visible tattoos are not accepted. Generally hair should be short and presentable. Males with long hair may be expected to wear it pulled back and presentable.
Outside schools, males are free to wear what they please, with a reminder that no matter how hot it is, it is not acceptable (in Thai society) to not wear a shirt in public (unless at a beach, etc).
In schools, ladies are expected to wear knee length or longer skirts with a presentable blouse (no low cut or revealing shirts). Shoes should be dress shoes – open toe and high heel shoes are acceptable (no sandals or running shoes). Visible facial rings (eyebrow, lip, nose, chin, etc.) are not accepted. Earrings are accepted providing that they are not worn in excessive numbers (E.g. 4 earrings in each ear). Hair should be presentable. Visible tattoos are not accepted.
Outside schools, ladies are free to wear what they please, with a reminder that revealing clothes are not considered acceptable for female teachers at any time (in Thai society).
Dress codes in Thai government schools may seem strict at first, but appearances and first impressions are extremely important in Thailand. If you are a teacher, you will be expected to dress as per the norms of the school.
Teachers will participate in an English club for students once a week. This is scheduled during school hours at the same time as various other clubs in the school. This can usually be done as a group with any other foreign teachers at the school.
Teachers will respect all rules and regulations of the school unless otherwise notified by us.
Teachers will keep organized records of student’s weekly attendance as well as grades and additional notes
Teachers will evaluate the listening and speaking skills of each student throughout the year.
Teachers will perform the greeting activity once a week. This consists of simply greeting students and parents at the school front gates from roughly 7:30AM-8:00AM. All Thai teachers share this responsibility as well.
Teachers are responsible for conducting the English 1 minute activity once a week. This consists of planning a short (2-3 minutes) speech/message to present during the morning assembly in English. Topics may include ideas such as public service type announcements, riddles, tongue twisters, idioms, slang, nursery rhymes, etc. This can be done as a group with other foreign teachers in the school.
Teachers will perform the Star Talk activity for 5 minutes before starting each class. This consists of teaching the students a short introduction and then having them introduce themselves to the class using the format you provide.
Teachers will attend one English Camp per semester. The dates will be arranged by the school. There is very little preparation required, just attend and participate. English Camps generally fall on a Saturday and run from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM.
Teachers are expected to teach an after school English class to the Thai teachers. These classes are generally conducted once per week and can usually be performed as a group with other foreign teachers or individually. These are considered to be extra classes meant for your Thai colleagues.
Teachers will be at school for all Non-Thai national holidays. This includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc. Most schools have special celebrations on these days and you will be asked to help organize the festivities as you will be the resident expert on Western holidays.
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