|Four Years Later……..
My experiences with Super English have been extraordinary. When I took on the job as English
Teacher four years ago I had no idea how many wonderful, challenging and resume-pampering
experiences lay ahead of me. I have compiled a list of my unique work experiences at Super English. I
want every prospective teacher to realize that if you work hard to excel and advance at Super English
you will have boundless professional opportunities.
First: the Teaching!
- Creating lesson plans and teaching Kindergarten classes. Age ranges from 3-5. The class sizes
varied from 25 students to 55.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching regular Prathom classes (Grade school: Grades 1-6). With
class sizes ranging from 12 to 55 students.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching English Program Prathom classes. With EP classes you see
the students every day for one hour.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching regular Mathyom classes. (High School: Freshman through
Senior.) With class sizes of 40 to 55 students. Government and Private schools.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching EP Mathyom classes. You see the students for one hour four
times a week.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching conversational and professional English to nursing staff at
both a government and private hospital.
- Creating lesson plans and teaching at a private language school (Super English!) Age ranges
from 4 to 18. Class sizes from 6 to 16. I taught one particular level for 3 years. I saw those kids for one
hour every day for three years. I really got to see the fruits of my labor and that felt great.
- Teaching at day camps for Prathom students held at private schools with 200 students in
- Teaching at day camps for Mathyom students held at a government school with 150 students in
- Teaching at Super English camps.
- Teaching at overnight Thai English teacher’s camps. 30 Thai teacher’s from all over Southern
Thailand in attendance.
- Teaching at an Autonomous Learning Seminar for Thai English Teachers.
- Teaching a Parent’s class to help them improve their children’s English ability.
Second: The Management!
- In my four years with S.E I have managed over 40 teachers! (An average of 11 teachers per year
is needed to teach classes. Over 95% of these teachers completed their contracts!)
- Managing teachers from countries all over the world. (Canada, America, England, Scotland,
Australia, South Africa…)
- Managing teachers in both personal and professional aspects. This management position is
unique because it is our job at Super to make sure that teachers are comfortable in a foreign country.
(From where to eat, to where to buy tampons, to how to teach a class of 55 students.)
- One of the most interesting aspects of managing at S.E is a chance to do cross cultural business
dealings. It is very interesting to learn the differences between Thai and Western concepts of
professionalism. A unique opportunity to really begin to understand Thailand.
- Super English teachers teach from the youngest of children (about 3) to adults in a professional
setting. I have trained teachers for all of these age groups and varying class sizes. Being a manager at
S.E really keeps you on your toes!
Third: The Fun Stuff!
- Organizing a Christmas show every year. We put on the performance in front of about 400 Thai
teachers. The videos are online.
- Playing teacher’s game of basketball in front of 4000 screaming Thai students. (I assume they
were screaming for me.)
- Organizing monthly cultural events. From cooking classes, to boat trips to Thai sport excursions.
- Creating themes for staff parties. And deciding what liquor goes best with the theme!
- Creating appreciation songs and skits for teachers that have done a great job. Always
entertaining and a unique bonding time with your staff team.
- Going on holidays (completely separate from work) with your staff team. It is always amazing to
be a part of a close knit group that manages to play and work together in harmony. (It is an even more
amazing feeling to know that you are the leader of this group!)
Managing and teaching in a foreign country offers many interesting and unique work experiences.
Yes, your time in Thailand will inevitably be incredibly fun, but if you are willing to give a little extra
and become a manager, then the fun is balanced out with a very educational management experience
that will prepare you for any other feasible management position. Management with Super English
gives you the opportunity to learn to balance work and fun, private and professional, in an
understanding and compassionate atmosphere. I feel much stronger as a professional and even more
importantly my management experience has helped me to become a more compassionate, patient and
understanding human being.
|Super English 4 Year Testimonial
by Victoria Biggs