TEACHbeach TEFL Academy Thailand
“Preparing you for success in the classrooms of Asia and the world”
A TEACHbeach TEFL certificate is what you need to become a successful English teacher and classroom manager. We are setting new standards in teacher training.
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“So what do I need?”
You need the TEACHbeach TEFL course, a ground-breaking practical and affordable, age-specific teacher training program in which you will be fully immersed in learning practical and useful teaching and classroom management techniques learned in an Academy setting and practised in real Thai schools, with real Thai students. You will also be fully immersed in understanding the language and culture of Thailand as well as being trained on how to conduct yourself in the classrooms of Asia. We promise you will leave the course feeling 100% ready to step in to any classroom and be an instant success. We will tell you everything you need to know to survive your gap year in teaching or your first steps in to your new career! You will also understand the academic systems and the expectations of Thai schools. You will walk in to your school on your first Monday morning and be completely ready for action. On the successful completion of our course you will also get assistance finding a job in either Thailand or Cambodia.
How TEACHbeach TEFL was born
Thousands of people want to teach for a year having finished university, thousands more want to escape the recession and start a new career. A great number of these people want to stay in Thailand. It is a beautiful country with an ever growing demand for foreign teachers. We recognized this fact and with 12 years of experience working with Thai schools we linked our experience in recruitment with our ability to train effectively and offer new teachers first class training and assistance finding suitable employment.
TEFL is an acronym: Teaching English as a Foreign Language. There is no governing body or any organization that has ownership of this well used and often abused acronym.
Having recruited and dealt first hand with a large number of teachers over the last decade who had recently completed a TEFL course it became clear to us that many of the TEFL programs running offer a largely theory based experience, but no practical real life classroom experience or preparation for the local teaching environment. A large number of the TEFL programs are online courses which offer on the whole a theory based TEFL certification which only “qualifies” you to teach without having any practical observed and assessed teaching practices. These programs attract large numbers of foreign people trying to escape the recession or start a new adventure, often entering a completely new career in unknown countries, paying large sums of money for quite frankly below standard treatment and training. We have met countless trainee teachers who have paid good amounts of money for a course, usually well in excess of 1,500 Dollars, only to arrive in Thailand with the promise of an airport pickup, paid accommodation and a guaranteed job, only to find out that all the online promises had been broken, the training well below standard, the guaranteed job teaching English by the beach is now a school in deepest north eastern Thailand.
We are not saying that all the companies are doing such a bad job, there are many high quality, reputable training programs operating in Thailand, but having recruited hundreds of newly qualified teachers and having conducted orientation training with countless TEFL graduates it became very clear to us that they have knowledge of techniques, grammar and general theory but they are far from ready to take on a real classroom full of students in which a whole new set of skills and management techniques are required. Not to mention the total lack of training received on how to conduct yourself and what to expect from a Thai school.
We strongly believe the experience and techniques we have developed will fully prepare our trainee teachers for the job that they are about to start. We also believe that these techniques will help you to survive in any classroom around the world, both culturally and professionally. We have spent countless hours working with Thai students, experimenting with new techniques and ideas, thinking out of the box and approaching the teaching of English in a completely new and unique way.
So this is how TEACHbeach TEFL was born. We are setting new standards for Thailand and the world. This is a totally fresh and inventive way to teach and manage your classrooms. We are making it practical, real and affordable.
What do I get from the TEACHbeach TEFL Academy?
Preparing you for success in the classrooms of Asia
When you have completed the TEACHbeach TEFL journey you will be fully qualified and able to teach in any environment, be it a language academy, university, private or government school. TEACHbeach TEFL prepares you for all age groups but allows you to focus on the age group you really want to teach. Our team care about you. We will assist you and help you in every way we can to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience training and teaching in Thailand or Cambodia.
Practical, affordable, age specific teacher training program
TEACHbeach TEFL is affordable, and practical. The course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for life in the classroom. Our team has many years of classroom experience in Thailand, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Ground breaking, communicative and highly effective teaching techniques
The TEACHbeach TEFL program will show you new and highly effective ways to teach English. This is a completely new look at how an ESL class flows and has been developed over a number of years. We continually strive to improve the way we teach, this keeps it fresh, innovative and exciting.
Cultural immersion and Thai language training
When in Rome! It is really important that you understand how to conduct yourself within a Thai or Cambodian school. TEACHbeach TEFL will show you how. We will also teach you how to speak Thai. Not only will this help you to settle in and communicate with the locals, but it will also help you to understand what it feels like to listen to and learn a foreign language.
Teaching practice in Thai schools with Thai students
We feel it is crucial that during your training you get to practice in real Thai schools teaching real Thai students. These classes will not be rigged nor will the number of students be reduced to make your life easy and lull you in to a false sense of security. You will teach a full class to prove to us and yourself that you can be a successful teacher and classroom manager.
TEACHbeach TEFL Certification
We have partnered with a TEFL provider that is fully licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education and the course is also recognized worldwide. Once you have successfully completed the TEACHbeach TEFL program you will be awarded a TEFL certificate, course report and a letter of recommendation which can be used at any time during your teaching career.
Assistance finding a suitable teaching placement
No false promises. Join the TEACHbeach TEFL program and we will not only make sure you are ready to teach; on successful completion of the course we will help you to find a job. If you do not want to work in one of our network of schools then we will not rest until we have found you a suitable position. That is a promise we will not break. During the TEACHbeach TEFL program you will discover through practical real time classroom experience which age group you would like to teach. This will be a huge help during the placement process. It is a requirement in Thailand for a foreign teacher to have tertiary education to BA level in order to get a work permit and teaching visa. It is however possible to find work as an English teacher in private language schools and companies. There are also schools in which you can work or volunteer but we must make it clear the educational requirements do apply. For those of you who do not wish to work in a language academy or a business environment we can offer you the option to be placed in schools in Cambodia. Cambodian schools do not require any tertiary education, however they do require culturally sensitive, flexible, hardworking qualified TEFL teachers. This is how we can confidently say that on successful completion of our course you will get an opportunity to teach English in a Thai or Cambodian school.
TEACHbeach TEFL Course Fees 2017
Option 1 – TEFL Course & Job Placement
The course fees start at 36,000 Baht (excluding accommodation) includes all course costs including study materials, text books, teachers kit, testing, certification daily pick ups to and from the training academy and assistance finding a job placement in either Thailand or Cambodia.
36,000 Thai Baht – about R 15 000 (based on the current exchange rate)
US Dollars 1,007 (based on the current exchange rate)
(15,000 Baht deposit to secure a place on the course – R. 6500)
Option 2 – VIP TEFL Course – Job Placement – Airport Pick up – Accommodation Included
VIP – Your accommodation and an airport pick up can also be included if you opt for our VIP option. The VIP course is 48,000 Baht. You will be met at Bangkok international airport and driven in comfort to your accommodation which is also included for the duration of the course and includes utilities. Also includes all course costs including study materials, text books, teachers kit, testing, certification daily pick ups to and from the training academy and assistance finding a job placement in either Thailand or Cambodia.
48,000 Thai Baht (R. 6500 deposit to secure a place on the course)
South African Rand – R. 20 000(based on the current exchange rate)
US Dollars 1,345 (based on the current exchange rate)
Welcome and Graduation Party – All on us
We will welcome you all with a lovely meal either at our training academy. You will also enjoy a delicious graduation lunch.
TEACHbeach TEFL COURSE OUTLINE
- Practical teaching techniques
- The flow and energy levels of the ESL class
- Lesson planning/flow
- Teaching techniques/language modelling, speaking and listening techniques
- Large and small classes
- How to teach pronunciation
- How to teach phonics
- How to teach vocabulary
- How to teach grammar
- How to teach speaking
- How to teach listening
- How to teach 4 skills
- Teaching young learners
- How to teach songs
- How to teach chants
- Teaching teens and adults
- How students learn (psychology of learning)
- Classroom management
- Classroom discipline
- Whiteboard management
- Teaching in Thai schools
- Teacher conduct
- Thai school expectations (academic and cultural)
- ASEAN Training (The Association of South East Asian Nations)
- Cultural Immersion and training
- How to speak Thai (survival Thai course)
TEACHbeach TEFL – TEACHER BENEFITS
What’s in it for me?
- Affordable practical and effective 4-week training program with job placement assistance
- Internationally accredited TEFL certificate on completion of the course
- Assistance finding a suitable job placement
- Visa advice and assistance prior to departure from your home country
- Skype help and advice line
- Accommodation if required
- Airport pick up if required
- Organized day trip
- Air-conditioned training academy
- Experienced teacher trainers
- Training and preparation for all age groups
- Specialist young learner program
- Cultural training
- Basic Thai language classes
- Receive a complete teacher’s starter kit
- Teaching experience and training in real Thai schools.
- Observed teaching practice
- Complete understanding of the Thai teaching environment
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOREIGN TEACHER.
Here is a taste of what daily life is like teaching English in Thai schools. Did you know that every morning at 8 o’clock sharp you will have to attend the morning flag ceremony to pay homage to the King of Thailand? Every morning, at precisely 8 o’clock, every school in Thailand will raise the Thai flag and stand to attention whilst the Thai national anthem plays.
If you are not at the flag ceremony in time then you should stop wherever you are or whatever you are doing. Stand up and stand still with your hands by your side. Never talk or laugh during the national anthem, be quiet and patient. Learning the national anthem will mean a lot to the students and your Thai colleagues.
When the song comes to an end you should bow your head and stand patiently and respectfully until the morning prayers are finished. After the ceremony you sign in for the day and head to the teachers room for final preparations.
Depending on the kind of school you are working in there are on average 30 – 50 students in each class. This can be a very daunting prospect for any new teacher who hasn’t been properly prepared for this kind of teaching environment.
How the classes start can really set the tone for the entire term. It is crucial that certain classroom management techniques are deployed immediately to ensure you get their attention, keeping it is another matter! One hour can feel like an eternity if you aren’t fully prepared and ready to teach!
Did you know that there is a class monitor in every class that should initiate and call out to the whole class to “satand up plead”! Yes (satand up plead – or translated – stand up please) Thai students have real problems blending consonants but why would you know that! If you miss this or the monitor isn’t there, it will become very clear to your students that you don’t know about this very basic and important daily ritual which usually leads to the students taking advantage of the trainee teacher which in simple terms means making your life really difficult. Once they are on their feet they should wai the teacher and a short two way greeting commences. Your students have been doing this since kindergarten; the new teacher is doing it for the first time! Once again a small part of a very big picture but it is crucial the trainee teacher fully understands what is expected at this stage of the class to ensure the first class starts well and the process of effective classroom management can begin.
This may seem like a small point but it is one of many very important elements of what is expected and what happens on a daily basis. Thai kids love to have fun but they can also run rings around the foreign teachers if they are not properly trained.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOREIGN TEACHER.
A classroom of 50 students is often compared to an audience. There is a fine line between the classroom entertainer and the effective educator. A subtle mix of the two is going to be the perfect TEFL teacher. This is a very large group of young people who don’t speak your language. You will be meeting with these guys and girls either once a week or every day, again depending on the kind of school you are teaching in. At TEACHBEACH TEFL we want to make sure you are feeling 100% ready and confident, the small details are not forgotten, in fact we believe it is the details that will help you to stand out from the rest and guarantee that you will be successful in the classroom
Thai students range from extremely shy to overly confident depending on how much exposure they have previously had with foreign teachers. On the whole Thai students are very polite and respectful but of course how you manage and interact with your new students in the first few weeks will set the tone for the term ahead. We can’t stress enough the importance of good class room management techniques and clearly demonstrating the rules and boundaries that your students must understand and follow. In theory you would think this is easy. We have told you to set rules and boundaries, but in reality it is not! When you are standing in front of a large group of boisterous teenagers or a bunch of noisy 7 year olds there must be a very detailed step by step process to ensure your students (who don’t usually speak English) understand exactly what you want from them and for them to realize this is how it is going to be for the next 8 months or so! The TEACHBEACH TEFL trainers will help you to understand and practice this process which will greatly increase your chances of starting off on the right foot and creating a relaxed and respectful learning environment.
So now the students are once again sitting down and your class can begin. “What do I do next?” I think most people would have thought about what to do and would come up with a whole list of topics to teach their new students. We all know what language we want or need to learn when we visit a foreign country. Well same rule applies in your class room. We call this the “what” or the “what to teach”. Although we focus very hard on the “what” at TEACHBEACH TEFL we believe the “how” or “how to teach” is our number one priority. However, the “how” isn’t taught purely through lectured theory, we prepare you for the “how”, using practical training methods to make sure that after your students have settled down you can start, middle and end your class confidently and successfully. Let us show the “what, why and how”. We guarantee once you have successfully completed the TEACHBEACH TEFL program you will be ready.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOREIGN TEACHER.
A foreign teacher or “farang teacher” in Thailand will usually have between 4 and 6 contact teaching hours per day. The average weekly schedule should ideally be between 20 and 24 contact hours per week. Once again depending on which school you are placed in.
Your classes will be 50, 55 or 60 minutes long. Sometimes the schedule changes to 40 minutes, this will be due to sports events or a whole host of other reason that usually we haven’t been told about! Every day at your new school you will need to practice the “mai pen rai” or translated “no problem” state of mind. Communication is generally pretty awful; everything takes three times longer than it does in the west, so remember “mai pen rai!” Actually, 40 minutes! That means less work! Bad communication can be a wonderful thing.
So you have taught your morning schedule and you are ready to eat. Most school canteens offer a huge range of freshly cooked Thai and western food. Usually there are individual booths selling different types of food at a really good price. You can fill your belly for around 40 Baht. Most schools have a room where the teachers can sit and eat quietly, however if you choose to sit with the students that is also fine. I don’t think I have ever seen a foreign or Thai teacher eating with the students, those precious minutes in a quiet (sometimes air-conditioned) sanctuary is an ideal time to relax and recharge for the afternoon classes.
In the west we nod our heads and shake hands. In Thailand people “wai”. This graceful gesture is something we all need to learn understand. The TEACHbeach TEFL cultural training course will prepare you fully so you can avoid any social faux pars. As a teacher in Thailand you are held in very high regard, but remember respect is also earned. It is not unusual for your elders and betters to wai you. This could be a greeting or just a polite and respectful acknowledgement. It is absolutely crucial that you reciprocate the gesture in an appropriate and polite manner. But we don’t wai students! Doesn’t mean we ignore the gesture, it is polite and respectful to accept the wai with a nod, a smile and a greeting.
So your afternoon classes have finished. The buzzer has sounded, and it is the end of the school day. Jump on your scooter and carefully navigate your way through the swarms of students. Don’t forget to wear your crash helmet!
The above merely scratches the surface of what it is like to teach English in Thailand. If it’s done right this job is without doubt the most fun you will have in a working day. Well managed and engaged Thai students will make you laugh until you cry and warm your heart to its core. If you want to know how to do it right then get in touch with the TEACHbeach TEFL team.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU EARN IN THAILAND.
In Southern Thailand the magic number is 30. The average monthly income of a foreign teacher is around 30,000 Thai Baht depending on qualifications and experience.
There are two kinds of people teaching in Thailand, those who are teaching to travel and those who are travelling to teach. The ideal candidate is the person who is somewhere in between. If you want to see Thailand but you are prepared to work hard then it is possible to make much more than 30,000 Baht per month. In fact 40,000 plus is easily achievable if you are prepared to work hard. Don’t forget TEACHbeach TEFL will assist you in finding a job so you will recoup your course fees within the first 2 months of work or before.
We would be delighted to set up a meeting at our Johannesburg office with you and your family to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have. We are also more than happy to set up a Skype conference call to discuss.