Teaching has always been a rewarding profession whether the subjects being taught are English, Math, Sciences or History. Teaching English as a second language in Thailand can be particularly challenging because students will always persist in using the language they are more familiar with. There are at least 74 languages spoken in Thailand from ethnic and regional dialects to Chinese dialects although the official language is Thai.
A good teacher must be able to recognize the common problems encountered by students and work in finding an appropriate solution. Some of the challenges faced by students who are learning English as a second language include:
- If the students persist in conversing in their own dialect, it becomes important to establish a set of rules and a penalty system to discourage the students. Given the short period time that students will learn English, the teacher must encourage the students to speak only in English to ensure fluency.
- The teacher must be always be strict in instituting discipline so that the students will realize that their teacher is really serious about teaching them English. On the other hand, some teachers can also be at fault because the classroom is not managed properly particularly when the subject is boring.
- Students lack the motivation to learn but this can be remedied if the teacher will choose a juicier theme that students will enjoy and relate to. A course must be designed according to the student’s interests and needs.
- Some students who excel in class tend to steal the show. The teacher must focus on the weaker students so that they will get a chance to answer in class.
- The last thing that a teacher wants is for a student to drop out from class because of the difficulty of the learning program. Always encourage participation so that all the students are on the same page.
The goal of TEFL Thailand is to provide proper training to teachers who desire to teach the English language. The demand for English teachers is present all over world particularly in Asia where high levels of English education are a requirement.