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Ron Federighi - May 2004

I am from San Mateo, California originally, have taught ESL since 1977 in several countries: Japan, China, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and currently in Thailand.

I am a university lecturer at Prince of Songkla University in Trang, Thailand in the south of the country. The good thing about my job is my independence in creating the course and teaching it with little or no interference. The negative thing about my job is the small salary. Yet, despite the financial gains, which are limited, I have no threatening teenage students to harass me and disrupt the class as they did when I taught high school and middle school in California, which was a living hell. Students in Asia are a genuine pleasure to teach.

Amy Starkey - July 2002

Most schools require that you have both a college degree and be TEFL certified and/or have teaching experience.

Ted Hill - November 2002

Just a note on Amy Starkey's comment on requirement on teaching subject other than English. this only applies at bilingual schools(usually private colleges) of which there are few relative to overall number.

Suggested Reading

The Bangkok Survivor's Handbook: A Guide to Living in Asia's City of Angels
Living in Thailand

Lonely Planet Thailand
Lonely Planet Thailand's Islands & Beaches
Travelers' Tales Thailand: True Stories
Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides Thailand (Dk Eyewitness Travel Gudies)
Fodor's Thailand, 8th Edition

Jake - October 2002

Please take note: All schools are not equal in other respects. Conditions will be different. Take into account timetable and accommodation factors. **Things can change quickly.**
60bht= 1.   43bht= 1$US

  SCHOOL            HOURLY RATE               MONTHLY SALARY
APM                   425                       42,000
AUA                 220-315                       N/A
Bell                   ?                    34,100 - 48,100
Bits                500 - 800               35,000 - 40,000
British American    200 - 230                   27,000 +
British Council         ?                       35,000 +
Cambridge           200 - 950               23,500 - 45,000 +
ECC                   200 +                     23,000 +
IDP                 409 - 727               37,000 - 55,000 +
Elite               300 - 400               25,000 - 40,000
Go Chulalongkorn       700                      45,000
Henley              500 - 900                     N/A
Ideal                  300                  30,000 - 37,000
Inlingua            200 - 500                   30,000 +
IEG                 300 - 500               28,000 - 37,000
Kings College           ?                       31,000 +
MELS                   600                        N/A
Nava                    ?                   26,000 - 30,000
Plan-It             500 - 800               40,000 - 50,000
Siam Computer       200 - 250               23,000 - 30,000
Text'n'Talk         350 - 450                     N/A
TS Education        300 - 400               35,000 - 40,000
Vektor Multimedia      500                  25,000 - 45,000
World Learning Sv      400                        N/A

Amy Starkey - July 2002

One thing that surprised me was that foreign teachers didn't teach English. They taught the different subjects IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. So a foreign teacher had to be a social studies teacher, or a math teacher or a science teacher. This can be rather intimidating for a teacher who is an ESL teacher only. However, it helps that this was just an elementary school so the boss hopes that a person with a college education has basic, elementary knowledge of math, science, etc. Just something to be aware of if you are interested in Thailand!


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