Thailand tefl course
Our Thailand In-Class TEFL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, Thailand and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Thailand.
Comprehensive Lesson plans
The course focuses on pushing teachers to be creative in lesson plan construction with the goal of creating engaging, relevant lessons that get Thai students to speak up and express themselves in the classroom. This in turn creates greater reward for English teachers and better results in the classroom.
English “Speaking” makes up 75 % of the focus in the classroom and Thai schools employ Thai nationals to teach English Grammar. Although English Grammar is still taught to our TEFL students, the course is tailored to specifically focus more on teaching English “Speaking” in the classroom.
This will ensure that you are 100% prepared for teaching English at a school in Thailand.
The course focuses not only on teaching the four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), but we also focus on the most effective classroom management techniques, how to cater to learners of all ages, and how to plan, develop, and implement a full-semester curriculum.
- To develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts and principles of teaching English as a second language. This includes understanding the different theories of, and approaches to teaching English
- Understand how the process of second language development occurs
- Understand how to adapt your strategies, techniques, and overall role as a teacher to the different types of students you may have
- Develop the ability to plan structured lessons
- Gain confidence and familiarity with teaching TESOL through significant in-class, and hands-on practical training
- Learn the process of creating and developing a seamless curriculum that fits the needs and interests of your learners
Thai Society (4 hours)
- Overview of Thai history
- Social Institutions
- Gender relations
- Major ethnic groups and relations
- Regions of the country and distinctive local cultures
Thai Geography (2 hours)
- Neighbouring countries and relations
- Regions of the country
Thai Politics (2.5 hours)
- Political situation
- Major social movements and developments
- Political institutions (Thai Monarchy, military, political parties)
Thai Culture (4 hours)
- Cultural views on social life
- Cultural views on work life
- Do’s and Don’ts when living in Thailand
- Adapting to your new work life (building relationships with colleagues and bosses in the Thai context)
Thai Language (20 hours)
- Basic introductions
- Basic vocabulary
- Vocabulary for shopping, bargaining, communicating with students and interacting with colleagues.
Homework (4 hours for the entire week)
There are light homework assignments each evening. These include reading Thai newspapers (English version) and reporting to the class on current events in Thai politics and society and discussing the relevance to the individual’s journey as a English teacher in Thailand.
Every lesson requires a detailed lesson plan that lays out the procedures of the class, and also forces the teachers to consider the challenges, technology resources, and other factors that can have an impact on and English teacher’s success in the Thai classroom. During week two, students will also learn how to teach grammar. Grammar can be challenging to teach. One of the reasons for this is that it has been a long time since native English speakers have reviewed grammar rules, so TESOL students have their English grammar skills refreshed by the TESOL instructors.
The major assignments for week two are to:
- Create a lesson plan for teaching grammar
- Present a full lesson just as a teacher would in a classroom
It is also extremely beneficial for ESL learners for a whole host of reasons. These include being a good model for language production, increasing vocabulary, and allowing students to work at their own pace.
Believe it or not, there is actually a strategy for how to teach reading. It involves building key reading skills and practicing with students to hone and improve those skills.
The major assignments for this week are to:
- Create a lesson plan for teaching reading and
- Present a full lesson just as as a teacher would in the classroom.
Classroom management is about setting ground rules, applying them consistently, getting to know your students, and earning and maintaining their respect and commitment. Students spend several days preparing their lessons for the English camp. The camp generally lasts 2-3 days.
During the final week there will also be a multiple choice and short-answer final exam.
TESOL instructors hand out TESOL certificates to the new graduates before the graduates celebrate on the beach reminiscing about the fun times they have had together over the past month, the friendships they have made, and for the teaching and traveling which awaits them.
Practical Teacher Training
The course in Thailand also includes a 2-day real teaching experience at a non-profit English camp where teachers have to prepare lesson plans and conduct their own lessons to classes at the camp.
The one week Cultural Orientation section of the course is specifically tailored to preparing Westerners moving to Thailand to live and work.
Introduction to Thailand
The introductory phase encompasses “ice breaker” activities that will allow you to get to know your peers, put aside any cultural biases, and help realize expectations.
Thai Culture & Politics
Instructors offer valuable insights into Thai culture that comes from more than a decade of living and working in Thailand, and studying Thai politics and culture.
Classes will cover introductory greetings, ordering food, learning the numbers, asking directions, shopping and bargaining and more.
Our language classes will provide a firm foundation of helpful phrases for interacting within the local community, and in schools and classrooms throughout Thailand.
Cultural Excursions & Activities
- Volunteering at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
- Meditate with, and learn about Buddhist philosophy from a local monk
- Visit beautiful local temples
- Volunteering with RescuePaws animal rescue organization
- Visiting a local Thai market, learn bartering & get fresh produce
- Participate in Muay Thai lessons and authentic Thai cooking lessons
- Attend a beach barbecue in Hua Hin or a traditional Lanna dinner in Chiang Mai with fellow students
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