Getting started as an English teacher

A quick overview of TEFL certificates, degrees, work permits and visas

If you didn’t go to university, don’t pretend that you did. You may be able to bluff your way through an interview and produce a certificate upon which the ink has just dried; however, all it takes is one phone call to immigration and you won’t just lose your job, you could lose your freedom.


February 2020

Training to be a teacher in Thailand? Here the latest news, promotions, etc from Thailand's best-known providers

Are you ready for the peak teacher hiring season to get underway? Now's the time to get that teacher training certificate under your belt if you don't already have one - and improve your job prospects!


Continuing professional development (CPD) for English language teachers

There are plenty of ways to help you improve as a teacher

In reality, there is only so much that a training course can squeeze into the time available, and there is only so much a beginner can learn about teaching before actually starting to do it.


Are TEFL teachers unambitious?

What can you do about it if you feel you're stuck in a 'teaching rut'?

So many people complain about conditions, wages and opportunities but do nothing to address these things. Some TEFL teachers seem to think this isn’t an industry or a “real” job so other aspects such as annual reviews and training aren’t relevant.


So what can you do with a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

One teacher's TEFL journey

My first introduction the TEFL/TESOL world was an online TEFL certificate. Online was chosen because I was working on a cruise ship and obviously couldn't attend physical classes. I then finished the cruise ship work and wanted to live and work in Asia.


Farewell to a TEFL legend

A larger-than-life character who wore many hats

Thailand's English teaching industry is in mourning with the sad news that James Parmelee, the owner of Text and Talk Thailand, has passed away in Bangkok.


Home or away?

Where is the best place to do a TEFL course - Thailand or your own country?

A good question that occasionally pops up on social media is “should I take a TEFL course in Thailand or in my home country (USA, England, etc)? I’ve noticed that the question never really gets a decent answer, so I turned to a dozen or so of Thailand’s TEFL course providers and asked them for their input.


Becoming a TEFL 'lifer'

Into my third year as a teacher in Myanmar

What happens in year two and three of an ESL journey is up to you, but it's probably going to include getting more serious about what you do.


A lesson for experienced teachers in surviving the CELTA

Sometimes you have to unlearn what you've learned

Do a little research or talk to people who've completed their CELTA and you'll find that experienced teachers are often the ones who have the hardest time with the rigors of the course.


Finding a job in Thailand - the basics

From one newbie to another

If you're considering coming to Thailand on your own to find work as an English teacher, I promise you can do it.


Showing 10 tagged items out of 22 total Page 1 of 3



Featured Jobs

Full and Part-time Reading/EFL Teachers

฿40,000+ / month

Thailand


Primary and EYFS Teacher(s) - Year Level Negotiable

฿100,000+ / month

Bangkok


NES Teachers for Primary Level English Program

฿45,000+ / month

Bangkok


Pre-Nursery Teacher

฿70,000+ / month

Bangkok


Full-time Filipino Teachers for December Start

฿22,000+ / month

Thailand


Part-time Filipino Teachers (Walk-in Interviews)

฿200+ / hour

Thailand


Featured Teachers

  • Anna


    Estonian, 40 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom

  • Erik


    Australian, 54 years old. Currently living in Australia

  • Paul


    American, 50 years old. Currently living in USA

  • Saeid


    Iranian, 36 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Ralph


    British, 60 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom

  • Bradley


    American, 59 years old. Currently living in South Korea

The Hot Spot


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.