BANGKOK – Filipino English teachers with TEFL Certification will soon have a better opportunity to work in Thailand teaching with the advance of bilateral talks between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Thai Ministry of Employment.
Philippines Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Friday an agreement governing the deployment of English teachers may be signed in the coming weeks to meet Thailand’s requirement under its “English for All” Project in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
“Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers,” Bello said in statement.
Under the proposed agreement, Filipino teachers will be hired by the Thailand’s Ministry of Education to teach students in primary and secondary levels in the government schools.
Bello said that Filipino teachers who will be hired under the program will receive 25,000 baht per month or P45,000, inclusive of housing allowance. Other benefits include personal accident insurance, round trip airfare, and work permit fees which will be shouldered by the Thailand government.
Aside from English teachers, Thailand also announced job opportunities to foreign professionals in the field of engineering, architecture, medicine, accounting and dental medicine.
DOLE said that there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers in Thailand, 11,848 of them are professionals which include teachers, musicians and other professional expats working in multi-national corporations.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teachers are educators who specialize in teaching the English language to non-native speakers in countries where English is not the primary language. These teachers play a crucial role in helping students develop their English language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Here are some key points about TEFL English teachers:
- Qualifications: TEFL teachers typically need a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, although requirements can vary depending on the country and institution. Many teachers also pursue TEFL certification, which provides training on teaching methods, language acquisition, and classroom management specifically tailored to teaching English to non-native speakers.
- Job Opportunities: TEFL teachers can find employment in a variety of settings, including language schools, private tutoring, public and private schools, universities, and even online platforms. Some teachers choose to work in their home country with immigrant populations, while others travel abroad to teach.
- Cultural Sensitivity: TEFL teachers often work in multicultural and diverse environments. They need to be culturally sensitive and adaptable to ensure effective communication and a positive learning experience for their students.
- Language Proficiency: While it’s not always necessary for TEFL teachers to be fluent in the local language of the country they’re teaching in, having basic language skills can be incredibly helpful for day-to-day interactions and navigating the local community.
- Teaching Methods: TEFL teachers use various teaching methods and techniques to engage students and promote language learning. These methods can include interactive activities, group discussions, role-playing, multimedia resources, and more.
- Challenges: TEFL teaching can come with challenges such as adapting to new cultures, dealing with different levels of English proficiency among students, and navigating potential language barriers. Classroom management and lesson planning can also be demanding, especially for new teachers.
- Flexibility: Many TEFL teachers enjoy the flexibility that comes with the profession. They might have the opportunity to teach different age groups, skill levels, and subjects related to English language and culture.
- Career Growth: TEFL teaching can be a starting point for a career in education, curriculum development, or language program management. Some teachers choose to advance their careers by pursuing higher degrees in education or related fields.
- Online Teaching: The rise of technology has opened up opportunities for TEFL teachers to teach English online to students around the world. Online platforms and video conferencing tools allow teachers to connect with students regardless of geographical location.
Overall, TEFL teachers have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on their students’ lives by helping them acquire a valuable skill that can enhance their personal and professional prospects in an increasingly globalized world.
By Erma Edera