Job teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Help prepare refugees from Burma go to university

Date posted:2005-03-08 | Writer: Burma Project Education Office | Email: [email protected]

One ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER needed, with a good working knowledge of academic reading and writing, at the Intensive College Foundation Course (ICFC), Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Each year ICFC prepares a small group of displaced people from Burma for university education in Thailand and elsewhere. ICFC is a program of the Burma Project Education Office, which has operated in Thailand since 1996.

ICFC now needs a teacher to join a small team to work with a total of 24 displaced people from Burma, working in small mixed-ability groups on a 16-month course. The program is challenging, as students come from deprived educational backgrounds and need to make rapid progress if they are to move on to university within 2 years of entering the course. Stress levels can occasionally be high, but so can satisfaction levels.

The syllabus covers academic reading and writing, social studies, maths and science. Core subjects include reading, writing and speaking in an academic context, study skills, maths, combined science (biology, physics and chemistry), social studies and literature. Most teaching is in English. All students need to pass the GED test, and some students in some subjects also sit IGCSEs.

The positions are open to people of any nationality. Minimum qualifications include the following:

- a first degree in any field - a language teaching qualification - 2 years teaching experience, including reading and writing in an academic context - expert user of English.

You should also satisfy the following requirements:

- be flexible - be creative and able to improvise - be a team player - be good at individual counselling - have a basic knowledge of the politics of Burma and refugee issues - have a strong commitment to social justice - be willing to commit to more than a 9 to 5 job.

Contract - a local salary - starting salary depends on qualifications and experience and may vary widely; maximum 30, 000Bt per month - paid vacation and sick leave - local health insurance - probation 3 months.

Please note that this is a local hire and there is unfortunately no support for travel to Chiang Mai. Interviews will be by phone.

Application deadline: 18 March 2005. Start date: as soon as possible. Contact details: you should send a CV or resume, and a cover letter, including the names and contact information for two referees, to: Richard Sproat, coordinator, Intensive College Foundation Course, email [email protected], fax +66 53 216 356, postal address PO Box 8, Mae Ping, Chiang Mai 50301 Thailand. Sorry, no phone enquiries at this stage.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


Pronunciation is an integral part of teaching for a teacher to be effective. The teacher should have confidence in teaching this area to provide life in a class. Phonology provides for a detailed understanding of stress, rhythm and intonation to recognize the individual sounds of words. Various methods for teaching intonation are through nonsense words, gesture such as hand movements, humming or singing or marks on the board.The unit was very brief and condenced. I was pleased to go through it and repeat the very basic knowledge on parts of speech. Thus, the unit gave a very good base for completing this test. However, during the teaching process of more advanced students the discussed issues should be analysed and deepened with some grammar books. It will be necessary, as English, similarly to many other languages, has many exception from rules.