Teaching English at A local School
Teach English to rural school children in the morning and environmental English to them on Saturday. Your role is that of a teaching assistant. The Thai English language education is teacher centric and students learn by rote learning. VWB assists by taking the basic curriculum and using games, role play, and other means to make the lesson more interactive, and therefore more fun, and more effective.
In almost all instances, we are advised of the lesson content 2 weeks ahead.
You will be teaching in one of the local rural schools that VWB work with, in one of the nearby villages. The backdrop will most likely be a rural scene surrounded by emerald green rice fields and swaying palms. As can been determined from the surrounding farm lands, most of the residents of these small peri-urban communities earn their living through agriculture and agriculture related occupations.
The Schools VWB work with are generally primary schools, or Prathom school, of about 100 students and 10 teachers. Depending on your specifications you will either be assisting with their English program, helping the school set up a mushroom house, vegetable garden or doing other community service projects.
In Thailand there is a hierarchical structure within institutions that the volunteer must realize. At the School expect to work with the school’s English teacher during classes, following the national curriculum. However, the teacher, and students are very open to suggested alternatives and variations to the scheduled lesson as long as it fits the theme. Learning games, songs, and other such activities offer a much needed break from the listen and repeat drills that the students are subjected to.
Keep your part of the lesson simple and concentrate on what will be useful. This might be filling in simple forms with their name and address, reading telephone numbers, timetables, prices, all kinds of signs and so on. Don’t be afraid to have a lesson that is completely oral: illiterate doesn’t mean someone can’t remember words or phrases. Practice situations in shops, on the phone, at work, at the on a bus or train, in a bank or just social conversations. Prompts don’t have to be words - they can be pictures, gestures or even real-life situations. Sometimes students don’t have to write anything down to learn something meaningful and useful. VWB staff can provide assistance with materials for lesson planning.
Remember to Smile, have fun and be enthusiastic, this will ensure a captive audience. You do not need teaching experience, just a friendly nature.