There is a dress code for anyone teaching a lesson at the TESOL Institute: You must dress professionally, as you would be required in a Thai school environment. You can acquire inexpensive and excellently made custom tailored shirts, slacks, shoes and jackets here in Bangkok, or be sure to bring over a couple of sets so you are “sartorially” ready to teach!

  • Buy a digital camera if you do not have one, and purchase additional picture storage cards for the camera. You will be able to keep a photo diary of your time here, use pictures in your class (see below), email them home etc. Prices for electronics are not low in Thailand, so it is generally better to buy cameras at home.
  • Unless you are going to be a backpacking traveler who does not want to burden him- or herself with the expensive equipment , consider the purchase of a laptop: It will be great to create and store your lesson plans, photos, and teaching materials plus keep your life organized in a hassle free way. There are many places with WIFI access in Bangkok and surroundings, and it is free on our premises.
  • Look at your home town through the eyes of a tourist-take pictures of anything noteworthy, picturesque, or different-in the near future you will be able to show your students where you are from and have them describe what they see on the photos etc. A great way to enhance mutual understanding!
  • Sit in on as many English lessons taught in your home town as possible: It is easy enough to do, just call volunteer agencies such as the YMCA or YWCA to find out when they offer classes for Non English speakers, and ask to observe a lesson or two. It will be very informative and will help you understand the situation English learners and teachers face in this environment. Mention your reason for wanting to do so, then interview the instructor regarding problems, benefits, disadvantages and challenges they face as teachers. See if the instructors use certain materials the students really enjoy, then determine if you want to buy a copy. Take notes, and bring them along to Bangkok, then evaluate if your experiences match those of the interviewed after some lessons. It will be an eye opening experience!
  • Read up on Thailand and its culture: we recommend the Lonely Planet guidebook series, and the “Culture Shock: Thailand” book for a good introduction to the complexities and details of cultural differences. Have a look at the Lonely Planet website and see Thailand.

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