Here at English & I we seek full time native English speaking teachers for our programmes in Lopburi.
We offer a full-time, 12-MONTH CONTRACT with the salary of 37,500 baht per month*, after a 2-month “Probation Period”. Teachers will also get 4 weeks of paid holiday throughout the year (2 weeks in April, 1 week in October and at least a week around Christmas and New Year) plus Thai Buddhist and national holidays.
* Terms and conditions apply
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in order for us to apply for a work permit. As we provide extensive training you will not be excluded if you do not have a TEFL or TESOL qualification. Applicants from in and outside of Thailand are welcome to apply.
What are the benefits of working at an E&I school?- You will receive a performance related bonus on the completion of the contract (2 full school terms)
- You will get your teaching permit and work permit at the company’s expense (after probation - this will be taken back if the contract is broken)
- We will also assist you in your application for a NON-B Visa from your own country (we require all of our teachers to have a NON-B visa on arrival as this allows us to apply for the work permit immediately)
- We provide basic health insurance
- We provide ongoing support throughout your time at E&I
- We provide the curriculum, teaching guides and materials for every lesson
- You will teach as a team (one native English speaker and one Thai teacher)
- We provide 3 days lodging upon arrival for overseas applicants plus airport pickup from Bangkok to Lopburi
- We provide assistance in finding and securing accommodation
- You will get official and E&I holidays, approximately 35 per annum
- You will finish early as your average day will be from 8am to 4pm with 1 hour for lunch (gate duty will result in starting at 7.30am)
How to ApplyTo apply please, e-mail your CV along with a scan of your passport, scans of your degrees and certificates and any references you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Who are E&I?
The English & I curriculum has been written with over 12 years of experience in Thailand. Thailand has a very competitive market for English as a foreign language. We have worked over the years with many students and have provided courses to schools in Thailand. Many of our learners have passed the Cambridge Young Learners Exams at all three levels (Starters, Movers, Flyers). All of our teachers are managed by experienced staff and gain comprehensive and ongoing training in the use of professionally-developed teaching materials and procedures.
What is the E&I Programme?
The English and I curriculum has been developed by a team of experienced teachers for the specific needs of second language learners here in Thailand. We have ensured that it follows the newest guidelines laid out by the Cambridge Young Learners Exams syllabus. Our aim is to provide an approach to teaching English that is enjoyable, with relative activities and opportunities to promote language use. The curriculum also allows the students to get familiarised with English, as they absorb it naturally without inhibition or self-consciousness.
- Specifically designed curriculum for 3 – 12 year olds
- Curriculum supports the communicative approach
- Curriculum is always taught by a team consisting of a native English speaker and a Thai teacher
- Up to date and tested materials that are relative to a multitude of levels and ages
- In line and up to date with Cambridge and Oxford courses for young learners
Why is it important to learn English as a foreign language?
Studies show that children absorb language more easily at an early age. It can also be said that children have the capability to retain information and acquire skills at an amazing pace. It is important to start learning a different language during this period. If a new language is introduced at an early age with as much exposure to native speakers the children are more likely to develop their own skills to a near native level. With this approach children gain the confidence they need in order to use the language freely.
Our approach promotes enjoyment and encourages the students to participate. We use a combination of the communicative approach, task based learning and total physical response methods in order to get the language across and provide ample opportunities for participation.
The children get to interact with native speakers through verbal and physical participation and the lessons are interesting and relevant to their age and language needs. Our aim is to get the students excited about learning English and get them learning without them even realising.
Here at E&I we offer constant support for our teachers which ensures a high level of quality. In order to do this we provide our teachers with carefully graded courses that have been written by experienced course writers in Thailand, along with flashcards, activity sheets, worksheets and specifically created games.
Our teaching team
E&I use a native English speaker and a Thai national to conduct the classes. All of our teachers are well educated and, more importantly, trained specifically with the E&I content and methods. Our training staff have years of experience both in and outside of Thailand.
The foreign teacher plays an important role in the class especially when it comes to the presentation and practice of the language particularly in the modeling of pronunciation and use. They are responsible for sensitizing the students to English speaking cultures and monitor their development. The Thai teacher is there to concept check the students as they learn and ensure they understand the tasks that are set before them. They too help to monitor the students’ progression and mediate between the students, teachers and school staff.
Additional information for Lopburi
Lopburi is the capital city of Lopburi Province. It is located about 150 km north-east of Bangkok. As of 2006 it has a population of 26,500. Walkable and amiable, Lopburi is a pleasant small town which provides an engaging vantage point for Thai provincial life as well as a historical retrospective.
There are several types of accommodation to choose from in Lopburi. Basic accommodation is a room with a bed, small table, and wardrobe, with an attached bathroom with a toilet and shower. Most rooms have air conditioning and hot water, and more often than not a TV and a fridge. Basic apartments cost anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 baht per month.
Another option is to rent a house or a townhouse which are generally more spacious and range from 5,000 to 7,000 baht. Regardless of where you choose to live, you will be required to pay a security deposit (usually 2 months’ rent) plus your first month's rent in advance. Therefore, please be sure to have at least 3 month's advance rent available when you arrive.
Cost of Living
Apart from your monthly rent charges, you will need to pay for water and electricity. Depending on how much you use your air-conditioning, utility costs can range from 500 to 1,000 baht per month. As mentioned above, you may also need to rent a fridge and TV, costing about 500 baht per month. Most apartments offer laundry service to their tenants. Typically, these services cost about 600 baht each month (approximately 50-60 items of clothing).
In addition apartments do not include any bed linen or cutlery. Teachers will need to purchase pillows, sheets, a blanket, a fan, utensils, dishes, and towels. Some teachers may prefer to bring sheets and towels from home as Thai linen sets only include the flat or fitted sheet and pillow cases. Regardless of what you bring from home, expect to pay up to 5,000 baht to set up your apartment.
Most teachers tend to eat out rather than cook at home. Eating in Thailand is very cheap, especially if you choose to eat local food as opposed to Western food, which will be more expensive.
Thai meals eaten at local restaurants or food stalls cost from 30 to 80 baht. Meals eaten in the more expensive restaurants tend to cost more, ranging in price from 90 to 200 baht.
Transport around Lopburi
Transportation in Lopburi is also relatively cheap. The cheapest form of transport is a bus. Local buses cost 8 to 10 baht, while air-conditioned buses are priced according to distance. Vans (Song Thaews) and motorcycle taxis operate locally and usually take you all the way to your destination. Song Thaew prices are fixed based on distance, and motorcycle taxi prices start from 10 baht but make sure to check the price before you set off. Motorbikes can also be rented, but we recommend taking your bike test before you decide to rent. It is a straightforward test just to make sure you understand local traffic rules and bike safety. The test can be taken in Lopburi.
Teachers can reach Bangkok in approximately two hours by car or bus. An airconditioned mini-bus leaves Lopburi every half hour from 5.00am to 8.30pm and costs about 120 baht. You can also get the train which is cheaper but it takes longer. Movie theatres are popular as they are always up to date (sometimes they release movies which have not yet been released in the West!) and a ticket costs between 80 to 200 baht.
To summarise, teachers should be prepared to bring approximately 50,000 baht (less if teachers plan to live in a basic apartment) to pay for all of the initial costs until your first payday (on the first working day of each month). After apartment deposits and move-in expenses have been paid, 10,000 to 15,000 baht per month should be enough for monthly expenditure.
What should you bring?
Lopburi is a relatively wealthy provincial Thai town. Whilst it may not have all the brands and choices that Bangkok has to offer, stores such as Boots drugstore, Big C, Tesco Lotus and MAKRO supermarkets have opened in Lopburi, carrying many of the comforts from home. Most cosmetics, personal, and pharmaceutical items are readily available. If you have a favourite brand-name, however, you may want to stock up just in case it is not available in the shops.
Most clothes are cheaper to buy in Thailand. Women's clothes tend to be more suited to the smaller frames of Thai women and female teachers may want to bring their favourite casual clothes from home just to make sure. As well, women are advised to bring bras and underwear, as popular name brands (other than M&S) are not easily available in Lopburi.
It is also a good idea to bring one proper pair of shoes from home (flats are fine) as it may be difficult to find larger shoe sizes. Flip flops and sandals are extremely popular in Thailand BUT you are required to wear shoes that are not open-toed or reveal your heal both for work and for going to temples.
All of the E&I teachers are required to wear a uniform consisting of a polo shirt (each teacher will be provided with five E&I shirts), smart grey or black trousers (with belt - a requirement at the school), and proper black or brown work shoes. Again, while it may be possible to purchase the trousers in Thailand, it is recommended that teachers bring a pair from home. A pair of light-weight cotton trousers would suffice. The management request that you do not wear jeans, t-shirts or flip flops in the school.
It is a good idea to bring plenty of reading material with you, as English books will be difficult to find in Lopburi. However, it is possible to rent or buy the latest movies on DVD. Internet access is readily available throughout the town and computer repair shops are available should you have any problems with your laptop. If you don’t have a computer there are many internet shops around the area.
To process the teaching and work permits YOU MUST bring the following:
- Original or certified copies of DEGREE & TRANSCRIPTS and TEACHING CERTIFICATE(S)
- POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
- MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE or other documents that legally change the names as listed on said DEGREES, DIPLOMAS or TRANSCRIPTS
Matters of a healthy kind
We recommend having a physical check-up before moving to Thailand. At the same time, teachers are advised to have rabies, tetanus, and Hepatitis A and B inoculations before leaving their country. Unless you plan to travel to the remote parts living in Thailand doesn't require you to take Malaria tablets on a daily basis, so there is no need to bring tablets with you unless you plan to travel to Malaria-infected areas. Details of which can be provided at such a time if needed.
Although Thailand is a relatively clean and safe country to live in, there are certain precautions which must be taken when living in any hot and tropical climate. One of the most important things to remember is to only drink water that has been boiled or bottled. However, it is perfectly safe to brush one’s teeth with the tap water.
At some stage everybody is affected by some sort of stomach problem when they first arrive. Usually this is either a result of a mild bacterial infections or it is simply due to being unaccustomed to the spices that are famous in Thai cooking. When this happens, the best advice is to rest and drink plenty of liquids. If the condition persists, however, a visit to the doctor may be advisable.
Quality health care is available in Lopburi with a number of hospitals and clinics based in the town. All E&I teachers are given basic medical coverage, which pays for most outpatient expenses (up to 3,000 baht per year). In the event of more complex medical emergencies, treatment is available in any of Bangkok’s leading hospitals. It is easy to find a doctor who speaks English and most doctors will have studied abroad at some point in their careers. However, E&I has several staff members who are more than willing to give teachers any assistance with hospital visits, should it be necessary.
Excellent dental treatment is also widely available and it is considerably less expensive than you pay back home. There are also a variety of good opticians; however the cost of spectacles / glasses is not much different from home.
What makes a good teacher in Thailand?
Thailand is a fantastic place to live and work in and offers a whole new world of experience.
Thailand still regards teaching as a highly respected job. Therefore, teachers are expected to be responsible and professional. As a result, teachers should set proper examples for the students by showing respect for Thai culture and behaving in a manner that is a suitable role-model for young children.
Appearance is very important in Thai culture and teachers are expected to dress appropriately at all times. Body piercings and visible tattoos are frowned upon and not considered appropriate for teachers by most schools. This includes E&I and teachers with either visible tattoos or body piercings will not be considered for positions in our schools.
To really appreciate Thailand and enjoy your experience here you need to be patient, extremely flexible and adaptable, good mannered, enthusiastic, and energetic. Above all, you will need to be willing to embrace living within a culture that is very different from what you are used to.
Additional information about Thailand
Thailand is situated in South East Asia and is a member of the ASEAN community. It is a rapidly developing country and Bangkok is as exciting as any other city in the world. Thailand is becoming more modernised all the time with many recognisable businesses from American and European countries operating all over the country. This Westernisation lies alongside a deep-rooted culture, so always respect local customs and don’t be fooled. Thais are generally reserved in nature and conservative with their beliefs.
Confrontation and public displays of anger are frowned upon and perceived to be very negative behaviour. Thais are approachable and enjoy smooth social interaction. They are very welcoming and hospitable.
Thailand is considered to have 3 seasons: Hot, Rainy and Cool (although this is debatable). April is considered the hottest month, July and September the wettest, and November and December are the coolest.
Teaching at E&I
E&I is currently based in 2 schools: Banjongrat Kindergarten School and Banjongrat Primary School in Lopburi. Our lessons are carefully designed for 3 to 12 year olds. The language is taught through the use of songs, games, activities, books and interactive whiteboards depending on the course.
All of our teachers are given specific training for each of the courses they teach which is an ongoing process as we provide constant feedback and support.
Teachers will teach from 4 to 6 lessons in a day, 5 days a week. Each lesson is 50 minutes long with a 10 minute break between each lesson and a 1 hour lunch break (food is provided by the school for those who wish to remain in the school during their lunch). Classes consist of 20 to 30 students and lesson guidelines, teaching materials, activity sheets and worksheets are provided by E&I, allowing the teachers to focus on the delivery of the presentations and practice of the language.
In addition to the teaching hours our teachers are expected to complete reports and mark their students' work. They are also responsible for ensuring that the lessons are prepared in advance. Teachers are also expected to attend meetings, workshops and other training exercises if deemed necessary by the management.