Joe has taught in Thailand for two years and enjoys teaching middle school students.
Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?
I have taught for 2 years in Pracinratsadorn Amroong school, Prachinburi.
Q2. What age group do you prefer teaching and why?
Middle School. The students have a lot of energy and generally are open, curious and engaged in learning English from a native speaker.
Q3. What is the best thing about living and working in Thailand in your opinion?
The friendliness and understanding of the people is very important. Both students and teachers are very respectful, and this leads to a positive work atmosphere where potential can be realized.
Q4. If you had to move to teach English somewhere else, which country would be next on your list and why?
China would be interesting given it’s position in the world right now and it’s powerful position in Asia. The school culture would be interesting to see.
Q5. Of all the places you have travelled to in Thailand, which is your favourite and why?
Chiang Mai. I like the proximity of the rural to the urban. There are many interesting activities to engage in.
Q6. How do you see Thailand's TEFL landscape changing in the next five or ten years?
I think, eventually, the student to teacher ratio will fall, though I’m not sure about the timeline. When this happens, the true value of TEFL teaching will be realized, with better communication and one to one attention.
Q7. Why do you think Thailand is still a big draw for many TEFLers?
It may seem obvious, but I feel that the weather is a big factor for us pale-faced Northern Europeans! Also of course, Thailand is culturally very different to the West and new experiences are around every corner.
Q8. Have you taught in any other countries? How do they compare to Thailand?
I have not.
Q9. What advice would you give to a new teacher thinking of embarking on a teaching career in Thailand?
I would advise them to go for it! To focus on preparation and diversity of interests in the classroom with the goal of engaging students of different intelligence profiles. (See Howard Gardner.)
Q10. You are looking for a new teaching job at the moment. How can potential employers contact you?