So, I'm in the process of getting my TEFL certificate here in the States in hopes that I'll be able to get a job teaching English in the rural region of Isaan in Thailand... however, before I dive off the deep end, I'm planning on taking Thai language courses in Bangkok, but I see so many results on Google and they all SOUND so good (but as we alllll know, not everything is how it appears!) and I just don't know which one to pick.
I'm looking specifically for something in the Sukhumvit area, but anything that's not too far away by Skytrain would also work. I'm just wondering if anybody can give me some sound advice on a good school (or a bad one, so I know where not to go), or even if you would share your Thai language school experience *even outside of Bangkok!* with me so I can have an idea what to expect.
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing your experiences!
Here are some of the international schools and their addresses and contact details.
Anglo Singapore international School
Address: 341 Sukhumvit (soi Si Yak sawatdee); Klongtan, Wattana Bangkok 10110
Tel: (662) 662 3105
Fax: (662) 662 3107
Kids` Academy International Pre-School New!
Licensed by the Ministry of Education and a member of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT)
Their objective is to: Inspire creativity , Build confidence and bolster self image, Stimulate curiosity and desire to learn, marvel in children`s creativity and create a love for learning and exploring
They accept children from 14months to 6 years old
Address: 52/1-2 Sukhumvit 63 Soi 2 Wattana District Bangkok 10110
Telephone: 02 714 3636 02 714 3737
Fax: 02 714 1212
Principal: Khun. Yanikul Suvanamas
Sukhumvit Campus (Pre-K to Grade 12**)
Address: 59-59/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi 49/3 Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel.: 66 (0) 2662 4900, 66 (0) 2261 0329, 66 (0) 2258 3931, 66 (0) 2258 7829
Fax.: 66 (0) 2261 0330
Bangna Campus (Pre-K to Grade 12)
Address: 900 Moo 3 Bangna-Trad Road Km. 15 Bangplee, Samutprakarn 10540 Thailand
Tel.: 66 (0) 2312 5660, 66 (0) 2312 5661, 66 (0) 2312 5662
Fax.: 66 (0) 2312 5795
Bangkok International Prep School
Address: 23 Sukhumvit 53, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: (662) 662 5444
Fax: (662) 662 4333
Bangkok Patana School
Address: 2/38 Soi Lasalle, Sukhumvit Soi 105, Bangkok 10260
Tel: (662) 398-0200
Fax: (662) 399-3179
Based on the UK National Curriculum, elementary, middle and high school.
Thank you for the reply... but I am 26 years old, with a teaching credential, and not exactly looking to go to an international school for children.
I don't know about teaching English in Thailand or learning Thai either, but this website may help.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Dec-2009, at 22:51 by vegasmike6 ]
Assuming I'm allowed to post this link and that you may already be aware of it - but for anything to do with teaching English abroad and many other language resources and advice, it is generally regarded as pretty much an institution amongst the traveling teacher community.
Awesome, thanks to both of you guys! I'm always looking for resources that will give me a more well-rounded understanding of what I've signed up to do Both links are very much appreciated. Thanks!