The massive English language market in Thailand has created a huge increase in teacher training courses available to foreigners...
Teacher Training in Thailand
Thailand’s English language market fuels a huge demand for qualified foreign teachers. As it is relatively easy for people to acquire teaching positions, many build English teaching in Thailand into their travel plans. Whether they teach for the experience (volunteering to NGOs, etc.), look to subsidize their ‘gapyear’, or want long-term involvement in the profession, all require training before entering the classroom. As a result, there has been an explosion in teacher training courses available to foreigners in Thailand; amongst them courses that lead to the , a globally recognized British-based qualification geared to teaching adults (although there is a related qualification for those who want to ). There are a number of ‘CELTA-type’ courses available on the market, some offering more recognition than others. This is training for people looking long term into the profession. Although fees are cheaper in Thailand, and some organisations offer newly qualified teachers that ultimately repay course fees, the cost of this type of training is still relatively high and entry requirements are rigorous. There are though a number of quality training courses geared for people who wish only to teach in Thailand. Recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education, offer insights into teaching Thai adults. In addition, there are courses for those who want to , and still more for people who are interested in teaching ‘’ or other specialist areas. What follows are details of some of the teacher training courses available in Thailand:
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