What is AEC 2015 - and why will the demand for qualified English teachers become even higher throughout the AEC in 2015?

AEC 2015, as known as ASEAN Economic Community 2015, is a uniting of 10 ASEAN countries, which are Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, and Brunei. AEC 2015 will bring a new era of economical cooperation for all 10 countries. Investors can invest anywhere in these countries. Workers can go work anywhere in these countries also with no tight restriction as laid down before. Competition will get fiercer for those who are not well-prepared.
With the 10 Asian countries coming together as a unified community the demand for English teachers is going be even higher as English is the chosen language for business and communication amongst these 10 Asian countries. English will be added to every curriculum so an accredited TEFL certificate will certainly give you an edge as less schools will request a bachelors degree for their English teaching vacancies in Asia. Of course if you have a bacherlors degree then you can generally negotiate a better wage and apply for teaching English jobs at the more top of the range schools.

Teaching English in Asia

These days, Asia is much more accessible and the contrasting difference between the countries mean that there is something out there for everyone. Teaching English can be a means for travel, a gap year from school or 'real life,' or a lifelong career. Asia is a premier destination for English teachers because of the ease of travel between countries, salaries, benefits (free flights and free housing!) and the abundance of teaching English jobs that are advertised everyday.

Do your research carefully, because things are always changing. Many schools in Thailand request a bacherlors degree or a minumum TEFL certificate and all the Asian countries accept the TEFL or TESOL certificate in its own merit and of course some experience in teaching English goes along way. Be prepared to write a covering letter as well as sending your CV-Resume when applying for an English teaching position and do some research through the internet on the school itself and location. Currently Vietnam and China has hundreds of vacancies for English teachers that do not require a degree but do ask for a TEFL certificate. Generally the more experienced you become as an English teacher the higher the wage.

When teaching English as a second language some Asian countries will pay off financially, while some countries will pay off in experience. To prioritize your search, decide which is more important to you. If you have taught English before, you'll usually be eligible for a bigger paycheck. Some jobs automatically raise your pay if you sign on for a second contract, some don't. Think about the cost of living and quality of life and weigh it against how rewarding the teaching Engish position will be for you before making your final decision.

Every English teacher will walk away with a different story to tell; it's impossible to predict which location will appeal to which teacher. Based on quality of life, ease of finding employment and culture.

How good are Thai people at English?

The average English skill level of Thai people measured by TOEFL IBT is 75 points from 120 points, as of the year 2012. When compared to other ASEAN countries, except Brunei, Thailand is only ahead of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Vietnam. Thailand lags far behind major ASEAN countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. This indicates that Thais need to learn English to compete with other countries or many will lose their jobs or find it hard to work when the AEC takes effect. Workers with better English skills will also help improve the Thai economy and make the country more competitive; it will also attract more foreign investment to benefit Thailand.

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TEFL trainee Teaching English at a local hospital in Koh Phangan

Help people Learn English and Employment Advice

Have you graduated college with an English degree? Are you at a loss at what to do with yourself for a while? One option could be to go overseas and teach people to how to speak the English language. There are many different pros and cons to be considered when it comes to traveling overseas to help people to learn English. Just to let you know many employers in Thailand and Asia may ask to see a BA Degree and a TEFL, in reality most will employ you without a BA Degree but you must hold a recognized TEFL certificate like ours.

Do You Want to Teach? Having a passion for teaching children how to learn English can be very rewarding. You would bond with them like any teacher would. You would also provide them with a more opportunities in their lives as being multilingual can really get them far no matter what type of jobs they want in the future. Expanding their horizons by introducing them to the language and giving your special twist to it will make the experience for everyone even sweeter. If you want to teach children and would absolutely love it, this would be perfect for you.

Do You Want to Travel? To have this type of job, you are going to need to be willing to travel overseas. You will likely land in an Asian country, though sometimes there are other options. You have the choice of doing one run or you can travel all over the country teaching the masses of youth an important language. It can take a toll on people that are not good without their families and friends, but there are great people that go there to do the same type of job. That means you have someone to go exploring with and simply just have a fun time all around with.

The thirst to travel will make things easier to leave. It does not have to be forever, but there are many people that fall in love with the countries they teach in and their jobs. They decide that they want to continue to teach the English language to children, because they get to live worry free and teach kids. There are also so many cool things to do and see while you have some downtime.

Do You Like to Meet New People? Meeting new people is the best part when teaching people to learn English. You get to build relationships with new people pretty much everywhere. You can also bond with other teachers, go to get dinner, hang out, and simply just have time with new friends that are in the same boat as you. It can be scary to move far away from everything, but it is a really thrilling experience for most people that decide to do this kind of job. Consider teaching overseas, it can be a very educational experience for everyone involved.


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Daniel's first of ten English teacher training lessons on the TEFL course Thailand.

Lane teaching English at the Lime n Soda resort in Koh Phangan

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 Teaching English on the TEFL course to class four at the primary school.

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ESL teaching methodology for children differs!

The ESL learning method for adults quite often includes long sessions without movement with materials that are appropriate for adults. Children however, are influenced, learn and respond differently as their brains are more delicate than those of adults. Therefore, another method with different materials should be applied to children, which better matches their characteristics. Lessons for children are more incidental, short, engaging, fun, active and interesting. It is important to tell the parents about the ESL method and their roles because they could influence children both negatively and positively, depending on how they support the kids with lesson plans that they take home to practice.

TEFL Teaching English in Thailand

Ok, so I finished my TEFL qualification and had become very good friends with the only other ‘young’ person on the course, Amy. I actually had a job guarantee in China with Paradise TEFL (good organisation for a job in China) but I riegned in on the contract to try to carve out a living in Chiang Mai after falling in love with the place so Amy and I decided to try to get a job together in a decent school, find an apartment and live the dream..
First up, sorting out accommodation. We managed to find a serviced apartment in the north of the city for around 4000 Baht per month and I guess this was the first indication of where a life in Thailand shines brighter than most other countries in the world – within a month we were good friends with all the staff, the owners, the cleaners to the extent that they wouldn’t let us leave the building on an empty stomach, insisting we eat before we go out teaching or partying. They would insist on our shirts being ironed and offer to take us out on all manner of cultural adventures such as the Visakha Bucha Festival where we trek to Doi Suthep in the middle of the night or Loy Krathong, an amazing festival where we let off fireworks and vessels down the ping river. Never would there be an event on without an invite from the very helpful staff there, the Thai people are very  special in a kind way.
Anyway, now with our $130 monthly rental sorted out at our pretty nice accommodation, we needed to find a job pretty quickly bearing in mind neither Amy or I had any significant disposable income.
After a few applications, proudly bearing our updated resume’s, and with our recent TEFL graduate certificates, the interviews came flooding in and before long we found ourselves the grateful employees of AUA Chiang Mai, one of the most famous language institutions in the country with branches in every city. The facilities, by Thai standards, were great:

– Class sizes ranging from 5-20

– Air-conditioners!! (Even in Universities this is not a given so I was delighted)

– Student ages ranging from 15-30, average around 18

– A structured syllabus with text books and workbooks (again not a given at all)

– THIS IS THE REAL HIGHLIGHT: Working hours of 5.00pm – 8.15pm every day (3 hours a day, now that’s how the world of work should be, enough of these 12 hour days in the corporate cage)

– The other teachers there were all relatively young so it gave us an automatic social group, should we need to dip into the expat life now and again.

– The pay was around 25,000 Baht a month – personally I found that more than enough to live an upper-middle class life.

Thai students are literally a pleasure to teach, it’s all smiles, light-hearted behaviour and respect. The one thing I noticed most about Thai students (and Thai people in general) in comparison with the UK, and laterally the USA, is the lack of ego. The western ego is the bane of society – having to get that bigger car to outdo your neighbour, not having fun because you are too worried about looking cool, keep yourself restrained so as to not risk humiliation. In the Thai classroom I found quite the opposite and teaching there was awesome because of this, also the students actually seem grateful for you teaching them – a notion that is very foreign to anyone who has taught in a British comprehensive school I’m sure!

Resume Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

1. Make sure that your contact information is accurate
You may have an outstanding resume and impressive qualifications, but the employers have no way of reaching you if you put in the wrong information. Include your phone number, email address and Skype ID as most initial interviews are done over Skype video calls. If you still don’t have one, make sure to download and register right away. If your name is gender neutral like Toby or Alex, it would be better if you can include “Mr.” or “Ms.” to avoid confusion from the employers.

2. Include your time zone
Include the city you are currently located in and its time zone. Since your potential employers are often on the other side of the world, they can easily arrange a reasonable time to setup an interview for you. You should also include your nationality and place of birth.

3. Prioritize your resume content
Put important information first so that your most important and relevant experience is listed on top. Sometimes your previous experience may be more relevant to the job you are applying for so you want to make sure that the employer sees that first. If you have key accomplishments, they should also be listed at the top of your job position. If you are applying for a job teaching kids, be sure to include any type of work or activities you’ve done with kids. Be sure to include the exact start and finish dates for each position.

4. Relevant skills
Think about how your previous experiences match up with what the employer is looking for and list them as skills to let them know that you fit this position perfectly, giving concrete examples and descriptions. This will also show that you properly researched the company and the job you are applying for. Emphasize your strengths and capabilities and show the employers that you are compatible with their school. There’s no need to include irrelevant information to avoid wasting precious space on your resume.

5. Cultural diversity and foreign languages
Since you are applying for a position in a foreign country, your knowledge of at least one foreign language will be definitely worth including. Your knowledge of another language indicates that you are aware of the process of acquiring a foreign language and you can empathize with your future students inside the classroom. If you have worked in an environment with cultural diversity, this is also definitely worth mentioning. Being culturally aware and comfortable working with students and colleagues from various different countries who have different ways of doing things is a very important part of any English teaching abroad job.

6. Write a customized cover letter
Using a standard resume and sending it to all available positions is a common mistake that people make. Surely, it is very convenient and can save time, but it also indicates that you didn’t do enough research about the job and what the company is really looking for. Your cover letter is a great opportunity for you to sell yourself and your skill set and to show that it is relevant to the job. It’s also a great way to inject your personality into the application process early on. If the school is based in Tianjin, China, explain why you’d like to work in that city in particular. If the school has interactive whiteboards in the classroom, articulate why you think they are useful tools for education and the teaching resources that you already have.

7. Proofread twice and PDF
There are plenty of examples of bad resume fails that are sure to end up in the rejected pile. Be sure to proofread your resume not just once, but twice and even better, ask a friend to read it over too. Make sure you check your spelling, grammar and use the appropriate fonts, spacing and text sizes. Once you are certain that it’s typo-free, save it to PDF format so it can’t be easily altered. It also keeps your resume design intact since there are many different versions of Microsoft office out there which can alter the layout.

8. Setup privacy on social networks
With the popularity of social media, employers are now looking beyond the documents you provide when short-listing candidates. It is becoming common lately for employers to check candidates’ social networks. It’s best that you set your privacy settings higher. Keep those drunken photos private and hide your work rants and complaints about your previous employer.

9. Self-introduction video or a teaching demo
Here’s your opportunity to impress the school you are applying for. This will also give the employer an idea about your English ability, teaching style, classroom presence and the command of your voice. This is commonly asked from non-native English speaking candidates but native speakers can also find it very useful especially if you have no teaching experience. Make sure you make a proper script and rehearse before recording your video introduction. This will look more professional and can attract more employers. Even after you land that job, you can still use the same video introduction to get private tutors for some extra income. Including a short video clip of you inside the classroom actually teaching is also a great way to stand out from the crowd.

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