Teaching English in Thailand: an interview with an English Teacher in Thailand

Nick Paul

June 6, 2018

Lloyd Frampton, who has been teaching English in Thailand answers some of our questions about his experiences thus far.

TravelBud: Where are you based at the moment?

Lloyd: At the moment I am based in a rural town called Ranong, in Ranong province, which borders Myanmar.

TravelBud: What is the school like where you teach? 

Lloyd: The school I teach at is called Sri-Arunothai school, it is a catholic school, and it is awesome. I teach grades 1,2,3 and kindergaten 2, with between 30-40 students per class.

The school is good, and has a great atmosphere, the students are awesome and so are the teachers. I have got an agent that communicates with the school for me as there aren’t really good English-speaking teachers.

My lesson are between 40 and 50 minutes each with 4-6 lessons per day.

TravelBud: If you had to sum up your experience in Thailand in one word, what would it be?

Lloyd: If I had to sum up my experience in a single word, it would probably be (although not technically ‘one word’!) “life-changing”.

The whole experience opened my eyes and forced me to push my boundaries and learn to accept responsibility.

TravelBud: What was it like coming straight out of school and going straight to teaching English in Thailand

Lloyd: Coming straight out of school and into teaching was quite a step, but I embraced it and learnt very quickly.

The TESOL course that I did here helped me enormously. The experience as a whole has truly broadened my horizons and inspired me! I feel that it is a really good way to experience another culture and another lifestyle in a short period of time and would really recommend it to anyone thinking about taking a gap year.

TravelBud: What stood out for you in the TESOL course?

Lloyd: The course really does just what it should do, which is get you prepared to teach English in Thailand.  What really stood out for me was the practical teaching within a real classroom environment, because its one thing to learn about teaching methods and English grammar but to physically step into a class with 40 children is a completely different ball game! So in that respect the practical classes were of great assistance.  I can highly recommend the in-class TESOL training.

TravelBud: What are your plans for the future?

Lloyd: I have to be honest here and say that I still don’t really know, I am staying in Thailand until March-April and then looking at either going to do some volunteer work in Tanzania or possibly travelling somewhere else and then applying for university.

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