Who counts as a native English speaker?
Native speakers of any language have spent substantial parts of the childhood and adolescent years within a geographic area that is bound by that language. Native English speakers are not different in that regard.
If English has been a person’s primary means of forming concepts and communicating since childhood, then this person is a native English speaker.
Can a non-native English speaker get a teaching job in Thailand?
Many people incorrectly believe that it is impossible to land a job teaching English unless it is your first language. So you may have asked the question, can non native speakers teach English? This could not be further from the truth. Each year a massive number of non-native English speakers consider teaching English in Thailand. This is a viable option for many for the ones in this group who meet certain qualifications. The requirements for becoming a teacher are different for native speakers and non-native speakers of English.
Qualifications That Help a Non-native English Speaker Get Teacher Jobs in Thailand
• Have a university degree.
A university degree is required to teach in Thailand. Although it is preferred, your degree does not have to be a degree in English or even education for that matter. Any university degree will suffice.
• Hold a TEFL/TESOL or CELTA Certificate.
You should earn a TEFL/TESOL or CELTA Certificate. These are all English language teaching certifications that increase your chances of landing an English teaching job. With TEFL/TESOL or CELTA programs, you will spend hours to gain first-hand experience working with real students. Those are all relevant teaching experience that can give you a better chance at getting an English teaching job.
• Have a proof of your level of English proficiency.
It is required that you have a proven level of English. You must also pass a TOEIC exam and score at least 600. This exam can be taken in Thailand.
• Be passionate about teaching.
You have to show your passion for teaching and helping students and being prepared. There are many qualities to be an effective and memorable teacher: they are keen to spread positivity, and they genuinely enjoy teaching and engaging with students. Enthusiasm is important. Anyone can probably recall the candidates who brought their special brand of enthusiasm to the interview.
• Be in Thailand when looking for a job.
You need to be in Thailand while looking for your job. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is attempting to land the job via email and telephone. Other than for international schools, Thailand rarely hires candidates that currently live outside of the country.
This is why you will need to have your qualifications in order, hop on a plane, find somewhere to stay, and start reaching out to schools. Most qualified non-native English speakers who aim to become teachers have a higher chance of landing a job within the first couple of weeks.
• Be prepared and ready to teach other subjects.
You can broaden your opportunities by being open to teaching other subjects in addition to English. If a school needs an interim math teacher, for example, you can accept the position so you’ll be on the inside. Likewise, if you believe that you have the skills to teach other subjects you definitely should apply for those positions. There are usually fewer applicants for math or science. This could be a great benefit for you. There are often positions other than English teaching jobs for non native speakers in Thailand.
• Dress well.
How you dress for the interview is essential so dress exceptionally well. Some of the people that you will be competing with for the teaching position will be native English speakers. You want to be well dressed and dressed conservatively so that you look the part. If a western candidate shows up in less conservative attire, you will already be ahead of the game. Appearance in Thailand is very important.
You should not find it very difficult to get a job teaching English as a non-native English speaker. If you haven’t already, research the TEFL/TESOL and CELTA. Our programs are available for teaching children as well as adults. Also, research the TOEIC exam. Again, you can take this one in Thailand. As long as you meet the qualifications before you book that flight.