Karl James Kerridge, Diploma in TESOL, 2017, from UK

January 21, 2017

Teaching English in Bangkok does have its prospect.

Hi everyone, my name is Ken. I attended TESOL courses at BEC in Singapore from February to July 2015. During the time I studied there, Alan, Mscreenshot-2016-11-05-14-40-49arven and all my fellow classmates had always inspired me with insightful thoughts and valuable feedbacks. Upon obtaining the TESOL diploma in August 2015, I successfully found an ESL teaching position at a language center in the heart of Bangkok. Again, the solid training, practice and discussion at BEC did give me an all-round knowledge. Until now, I still put the TESOL
knowledge into practice in my classroom planning everyday.

Teaching English in Bangkok does have its prospect. There is a great demand for English teaching in this international community in Bangkok. This is because students are only using English in school. Consequently, most parents will choose to send their children to English enrichment classes after school.

Most of my students are mainly Thais or Japanese from international schools. These students have already learnt English through various materials or activities at their schools. What I need to execute in my class is to creatively put their language knowledge into practice. There are quite a lot of theme-based lessons I always include in my class, for example, “Global Citizen Conference”, “Little Scientist”, “Young Yogis” or “DIY Art & Craft” etc. Such lessons will give my students more opportunities to engage English with other subjects , thus making English learning fun and engaging.

Ken Chen Chun Wei
Oct 2016

October 5, 2016

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I absolutely loved my experience of teaching in Malaysia

I have recently returned back to the UK, and so teaching English here isn’t as sought after ;). However, before I left, I taught English in Malaysia (over the border from Singapore in Johor Bahru). I focused on individual or pairs, and taught a mix of Chinese, local Malays and Europeans (age range 6-11). The Europeans tended to be expats who needed to improve their English to gain a place at the nearby British School. I found that there was a big demand for English teachers; I did not have to advertise my services as I found that word of mouth was enough to keep me very busy! The Chinese and Malays were looking for fluent/native speakers as they were particularly keen to ensure that their pronunciation and intonation were correct.

I absolutely loved my experience of teaching in Malaysia; the children were all so motivated, and seeing children gaining their entrance into the school they wanted to go to, or the great exam results they were getting as a result of practicing the language so much more was very rewarding. At first I tried to teach the way the parents expected; this was trickier for me with the Chinese parents as they had clear expectations on how lessons should be run, and it wasn’t necessarily my style. However, we found a compromise, and when the children were asking to come to my lessons because they enjoyed them, their parents quickly relented and let them learn whilst having fun. Because I taught from home, I found that I had mountains of props to use and keep things interesting: for instance I did painting with the younger children, and with the older children I did some baking with them so help practice their understanding and use of commands, numbers and vocabulary. We would also go outside, throw around a ball, and do counting, or I would ask them to label things in the house.

With one of my older students who had no English and very little concentration for writing/grammar, we spent most of a lesson where he just showed me Youtube clips of Basketball ‘fails’. But this got him talking and opening up. I think I had as much fun and learnt as much as the students!!

Malaysia is great because of the mix of nationalities; you can find yourself teaching Europeans, Chinese, Malays, Japanese, and learning so much about all the different cultures whilst you teach.

Evelyne Wilkinson
Oct 2015

November 5, 2015

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I’ve really enjoyed working in the ESL industry and am grateful for the certification and training I received from BEC that helped me land my first job in China and start me on a career in ESL.

After graduating from college in 2010, I decided to take the TESOL Diploma at the British Education Centre over the summer before moving on to a job in China. As it was my first teaching job the TESOL Diploma provided me the teaching pedagogy and the tools to work with my students. I spent a year in Shenyang, Northeast China teaching university students and then decided to take a job with Education First (EF) in Shanghai. While I was at EF I was able to develop even more as a teacher and progress up the career ladder. From 2012 to 2014, I worked as both a supervisor and an education manager for a team of 14 international and local teachers. After taking a year out of work to study Chinese full-time I will be returning to work for EF in Beijing. In short, I’ve really enjoyed working in the ESL industry and am grateful for the certification and training I received from BEC that helped me land my first job in China and start me on a career in ESL.

Alan Goodyear
October 2015

October 10, 2015