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Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Thailand
Embassy and Consulate Information for Thailand
Thailand’s school year generally begins in May and ends in March, with a three-week semester break in mid-October. Hiring for most schools is done in February and March in preparation for the first semester starting in May. July-August is the next hiring push for universities and the October term.
Public and Private School System
Public education is provided by the government from pre-school through high school. The private sector includes for-profit schools and fee paying non-profit schools often run by charitable organizations, the Catholic Church being one of the most prominent of these.
Students of all ages in the public school system, and often in the private school system as well, are required to wear school uniforms. During the primary levels, students follow eight core subjects, including Mathematics, Science, Thai, and Art, and then in high school are able to vary their subjects slightly with elective courses.
Deciphering the difference between public and private schools is often a challenge. The biggest differences tend to be class sizes, cost and accessibility.
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It is argued that private schools offer a better education and secure better quality teachers. However, many maintain that, as the government’s contribution to the Ministry of Education is very significant and focuses on teacher training, teachers in the public school system have a greater opportunity to receive ongoing training and funds are available to do so. The private sector does tend to have a lower student-teacher ratio however, which is a definite advantage. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses, and ESL teachers would need to determine in which environment they would be most effective.
Private Language Schools
Private language schools are a great place for new ESL teachers to find a teaching position. These schools conduct classes and hire throughout the calendar year.
In some cases, language schools open first thing in the morning to accommodate adult professionals taking lessons prior to starting work, and then open again mid-afternoon until mid-to-late evening to accommodate lessons for children after they have completed their studies at school.
Universities and Colleges
Universities and colleges in Thailand fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of University Affairs in both public and private sectors. With greater government focus on education in recent years, Thai universities have begun to climb in ranking, and in 2006, three universities were designated as “excellent” in Academics and Research by the Commission on Higher Education.
ESL teachers desiring to teach in a Thai university will most often find that a BA (Master's preferred), TESOL certificate and teaching experience are required.
While calendars vary between universities, a two-semester system generally begins in June and ends in May.
ESL teachers wishing to earn extra money often consider private tutoring. Some contracts specifically prohibit such activity, usually with conflict of interest as the primary reason. However, should it be permissible, ESL teachers can earn 500 - 1000 Baht/hour and sometimes more.
Graduates of Oxford Seminars receive our Job Placement Service with exclusive access to established schools and recruiters around the world, including Thailand.
Searching the internet will also yield many resources for finding ESL teaching positions in Thailand, including:
Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Thailand
Below is a sampling of the many resources available to ESL teachers living abroad.
Historically, finding a teaching position in Thailand was relatively easy. In recent years, however, the government has focused its attention on this sector, dedicating a large financial portion to teacher training and creating a new trend of higher requirements for teachers of English from outside of Thailand. Generally speaking, a College Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree with the Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate is required; however, there are some exceptions to this rule. Finding jobs without a degree is most easily done in-person or with location flexibility.
ESL teachers interested in Thailand can apply for a few different visas, the most common one being the Non-Immigrant B Visa.
The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to Thailand who are citizens of United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. Citizens of other countries may be required to produce additional documentation. It is important to consult the consular services of the Thai embassy/consulate to confirm details of each application.
Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in Thailand:
Types of Applicable Visas:
Important Visa Information:
Standard Process for Obtaining Documentation to Work Legally in Thailand:
Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with Thai embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)
American Embassy Offices in Thailand
Embassy of the United States in Thailand
120-22 Wireless Road and 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 07:00-16:00
Canadian Embassy Offices in Thailand
Embassy of Canada in Thailand
15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama IV Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Phone: +66 (0) 2646-4300
Fax: +66 (0) 2646-4336
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 09:00 -12:00
Australian Embassy Offices in Thailand
Australian Embassy in Thailand
181 Wireless Road Lumphini, Pathumwan
Phone: +66 2 344 6300
Fax: +66 2 344 6593
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 08:30-16:30
British Embassy Offices in Thailand
British Embassy in Thailand
14 Wireless Road
Phone: +66 (0) 2 305 8333
Fax: +66 (0) 2 255 9278
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs: 08:00-16:30; Fri: 08:00-13:00 (Local time)
New Zealand Embassy Offices in Thailand
Embassy of New Zealand in Thailand
M Thai Tower, 14th Floor
All Seasons Place
87 Wireless Road
Phone: +66 2 254 2530
Fax: +66 2 253 9045
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 08:30-11:30/13:00-14:30
Embassy Offices Outside Thailand
Thailand Embassy Offices in the United States
Embassy of Thailand in Washington, DC
1024 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 401
Washington D.C 20007 - 3681
City: Washington, DC
Phone: 202 944 3600
Fax: 202 944 3611
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 09:00-12:30, 14:00-17:00
Thailand Embassy Offices in Canada
Embassy of Thailand in Ottawa
180 Island Park Drive
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0A2
Phone: 1 (613) 722-4444
Fax: 1 (613) 722-6624
General Enquiries: email@example.com
Consular Enquiries (Visa & Passport): firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 12:00/ 13:00 - 17:00
Visa and Passport Enquries: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 11:30/ 13:30 - 15:00