Best TEFL courses in Asia
Before you choose your best TEFL in Asia course, here are a few things you will need to know about teaching English in Asia.
It can be very, very hot at work especially in Thailand, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and parts of China. And you can be in a classroom with over 40 children if you work at a state school teaching English. Most state schools in Asia do not use air con and you will be lucky if you have a fan in the classroom. You will also most likely be using a chalk board and possibly a microphone to use in class if you have a large group!
But if you get work teaching English in a private academy, which is where most TEFL teachers end up working, then you will no doubt have a nice clean, air con classroom for you to use with a white board.
Being a TEFL teacher in Asia is one of the best ways to get work over there. With a reputable company you can get a year work contract and a guaranteed monthly salary; some schools and companies even offer you an end of year bonus if you stay the whole year. (Most TEFL teachers in Asia can find it hard working conditions in the heat and may leave before the end of the year, which is why most places offer this end of year bonus; it can even sometimes work out at being paid twice your monthly salary at the end of the contract) A nice little earner for you to travel some more in Asia after your contract ends!
People are friendly in Asia and keen to learn English because this can allow them to get ahead in their chosen career and in the academies you will be teaching adults. Teaching adults is completely different style of teaching children and on most TEFL courses you will just learn how to teach adults.
So look out for doing a young learner TEFL course too it can help you with classroom management for kids, which is one of the most important things to learn as a TEFL teacher if you don’t have this skill you will not be able to teach children and keep the classroom calm and you won’t last long in your new job teaching English to children.
Adults come to study English for whole lot of different reasons because their boss sent them for lessons, they are at university or a bored housewife you will meet a lot of people from all walks of life and therefore be a people person because part of being a TEFL teacher is to get the students talking in class.
If you love people you will love being a TEFL teacher.
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The best TEFL in Asia courses are in the following countries;
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TEFL teacher in Bangkok, Thailand.
Teaching English in Bangkok is okay. I work at a academy in the city and all my lessons are there. I work five days a week and that includes weekends most TEFL teacher’s do this here and we get two days off during the week. I found my job by handing my CV in at my local English language schools. And I was contacted within a month by two. I work split shifts some hours in the mornings for my housewife classes and then in the evening for kids and teens groups.
There are around 10-15 teachers at my place and most of them are men married to a Thai. It’s quite hard to make friends out here but I guess that can be the same for any large city.
Bangkok has a lot of great restaurants and street markets there are plenty of interesting things and places to go. I earn 40,000 Baht per month after tax and I can live off this quite well.
I have a studio apartment which I pay 6,000 baht a month and my complex has a swimming pool. I eat from the street stalls most nights for as little as 5 baht for a bbq chicken stick and some rice.
On my days off I go to the shopping malls or a boat ride down the river and then on to Koh San Road for a bit of fun.
I did my TEFL course in Bangkok but my fellow classmates moved to a different country after the TEFL course ended. Bangkok is hot all year round with the rainy season in July and August. Thais are friendly people but you need to learn the language which I have stated to do. Kerry, South Africa.
There are many TEFL schools in Asia wanting English teachers so there is a high demand for you now. You can find plenty of work around Asia after your best TEFL course. The class sizes can vary, but in the private language schools they try and keep the class sizes down to max 12. Local government schools can have up to 50 students in a class, although usually about 20 – 40 in a class is the norm. And then you may get an assistant to join your class to keep things in order.
English schools are often open a maximum of 12 hours a day. Teaching in Asia is rewarding and the students are always willing – culturally they have great respect for teachers. They even have a Teacher’s day in most Asian countries, when you can expect to receive gifts from your students, to show their appreciation, and as a sign of respect to you.
Pay is usually high by local standards, and you can live like a king or queen. You can earn $15,00 an hour in Laos.
Teaching in Vietnam you can expect pay from $20to $30 an hour. You must have a teaching certificate either a TESOL, CELTA, or TEFL and a University degree. They offer 1 year contracts.
Teaching in Myanmar English Teachers should have an undergraduate degree (preferably in primary education) and a TEFL (or related) qualification..
We have been contacted by schools in Nepal who are in need of teachers asap!
In Malaysia schools offer teachers 4000 – 5000RM per month on average.
Accommodation is sometimes provided by the school. But if it isn’t, you will be shocked by how cheap you can rent a house/apt for. Flights are sometimes paid for, especially if you are going to be a D.O.S. Teaching in Asia you will generally need a degree and a TEFL certification. You need a degree to apply for a work visa in many Asian countries. Some schools may hire you illegally and you can work on a tourist visa for them, but that choice is yours.
Many TEFL teachers in Asia are now setting up homes all over Asia with their children, things are a lot cheaper and the way of life is slower than the West.
I loved teaching in Asia and will move back there one day. People are friendly and kind, and don’t be surprised if, by the end of your contract, you’ve made many friends and want to stay another year or three. The food, scenery, and life style is fantastic. If you want to know more about a certain country just email us and we will try and help you. John, UK.
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