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10 Questions most people ask themselves when picking a TEFL / TESOL company in Thailand

In Chiang Mai, Education, Krabi, Legal, TEFL by pat mcnaughton

As strange as that sounds, most TEFL / TESOL providers in Thailand are not legally registered businesses. They operate purely as a website and rent out conference rooms at a hotel or resort to provide the training.  If they are not a legally registered business, there will be zero legitimacy or consumer protection.  Holding a company registration should be the first basic element to look for as it sets a foundation of trust for the rest of the business. Rest assured, Entrust TEFL is a fully registered and bonded company with two permanent locations in Thailand. Being a legally registered business, does not only mean that we pay taxes and …

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Online or Onsite – The Ultimate TEFL Study Question

In Legal, TEFL by pat mcnaughton

Before you undertake teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand, you need to equip yourself with a recognised qualification.  This will empower you when searching for employment, and equip you to perform at your best once you are employed. Four main certification options are available to you in this regard: The CELTA is a standardised teaching qualification TESOL/TESL offered at universities TEFL which can take a variety of forms Online TEFL courses which are completed over the internet Although all TEFL courses end in the same qualification, the onsite courses have significantly more benefits than distance education over the internet. The main advantages of studying online are cost and …

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Teaching in Thailand – degreed or not, no problem!

In Legal, TEFL by pat mcnaughton

The debate over whether or not you need a degree to teach English in Thailand rages on.  Although the government has cracked down on issuing work permits to those without a degree, there is such a massive shortage of English teachers in the country that most schools will be happy to hire you as long as you have a recognised TEFL qualification. Apart from the shortage of teachers in Thailand, there are several factors working in your favour should you wish to join the 80% of English teachers who are gainfully employed in Thailand without a degree. Most graduates are not interested in the low salaries offered in Thailand, choosing …

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The truth – Visa scare for Thai expats

In Legal by pat mcnaughton

Hello all: We would just like to clear up the visa misunderstanding!! Summary of this post in laymans terms: So for the first 3 double entry visas you are golden, after that, it is up to the Thai embassy to give you another. There is no guarantee you will get the 4th visa, but also, no guarantee you won’t. So nothing has really changed here… Everybody be cool. In the last few days we have had a lot of people contacting us regarding the August 12th deadline. This was triggered by a letter from the Thai Consulate-General in Savannakhet (see below) dated July 3, 2014, stating that from August 12th onward that …

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Should You Teach in Thailand?

In Education, Inspiration, Legal by pat mcnaughton

Ten reasons why you should say, “YES!” The Children. Plain and simple, the students are amazing in Thailand. Teachers are highly respected in Thai culture, just below Buddhist Monks. When Thai children pass you in the hallways, they stop and Wai (bow their heads with their hands pressed together in a sign of respect and honor). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the students here really want to learn English. Through teaching you immediately become aware of their humbleness and gratitude. There is no sense of entitlement among the students you will teach in Thailand, and the parents are extremely supportive in the learning process. You’re wanted. Along with the students, …

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What does it mean to be a quality TEFL course in Thailand?

In Legal, Teach to Travel, TEFL by pat mcnaughton

How do you choose the right TEFL Program? How are they different? Aren’t they all the same? Well, not quite. In places like the United States, we have regulation entities like the Better Business Bureau to ensure high ethical standards are met for business conduct. In Thailand, the playing field is quite different, especially when it comes to TEFL teaching and training. There is currently no “license” or “approval” given by the Thai Ministry of Education for TEFL / TESOL providers in Thailand. The reason being is that generally TEFL companies consist of foreigners teaching foreigners and as there are no Thai nationals involved in this process, the Ministry does not license …