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 Post subject: Please share your experience
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:32 pm 
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Teachers: When teaching in a different country, what recommendation would you give to a new English teacher going to that country?

For example, I would recommend to show humility in East Asian Countries while still being confident.

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 Post subject: Re: Please share your experience
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:58 am 
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I would recommend them to learn their local language (just for the shake of students views) so that they can catch the mindset of the students.
After that it would be better for them to teach students easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Please share your experience
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:17 pm 
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After teaching basic English conversation at several government schools here in Thailand I would say:

- don't expect any highly skilled students
- if there are a few highly skilled students ... regard them as a positive exception
- highly skilled means: above average
- average level is low
- be prepared to prepare (even with books provided ... it's up to you to use them or not)
- expect the unexpected (e.g.: cancellations without prior notice)

Be polite, respectful. It is an advantage to know basics of the Thai language.

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 Post subject: Re: Please share your experience
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:18 pm 
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Thank you for your responses. I really like "be prepared to prepare"

I completely agree that you have to prepare even though you have books. The more the teacher is prepared, the bigger impact the teacher can make.

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