One of Mike Fook’s most recent helpful guides is,”The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand” that seems to be precisely that.
Mike tones down his usual hard-hitting style with this more than 100-page information-packed manual for wannabe teachers of English in the”Land of Smiles” as Thailand is frequently known.
Recent modifications have made teaching in Thailand a somewhat exclusive occupation. Gone are the times of backpackers from Europe or North America popping over to Thailand to get a year’s stay and instructing part-time as they wish.
Numerous regulations are put into place from the Thai Ministry of Education authorities that have improved the hoops one ought to jump through to be able to teach legally in Thailand. Police background checks in the hopeful teachers’ home country as well as within Thailand are essential in most cases.
There’s now a Thailand Teaching License that should be granted for those wishing to teach in Thailand’s government school system teflgap.org. This instruction license requires a Thai culture class be attended by most of teaching applicants and has set the expat teaching community reeling.
Mike covers everything prospective teachers will need to understand to begin with tasks teachers need to complete before leaving their home country. Most overseas English teachers don’t stay to educate longterm because it simply is not what they expected. Mike states he expects to give those considering teaching in Thailand that a very realistic view of what the job and cultural experience resembles, thereby cutting down on the amount of individuals that waste a year of their lives.
Mike relates that there seems to be a particular sort of person that’s cut out for the job.
Teachers who go easily with the’flow’ are going to perform best in the Thai school system because often the schedule changes at a minute’s notice.
People who match themselves having a place, a climate, a cultural pace that fits them are more likely to survive and thrive as a teacher in Thailand – or as a longterm ex-pat.
Adventurists which come to educate for the pure adventure of living in and teaching in another culture across the globe tend to perform well. Their benefit is daily that they are teaching something new for Thai children and adults, not when the school day ends at 4:30 p.m.
Before going to Thailand five decades ago, I spent thirty-dollars or so about four paperback books which were supposed to prepare me for teaching in Thailand. Not one of those books prepared me considerably for the reality of living, eating, breathing, and becoming as socially in a country so different in my own home in America. Mike’s book is very comprehensive and I could highly recommend”The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand” as the premiere source on the subject.