For people over the age of 50, it is relatively easy to obtain a retirement visa to stay in Thailand. Many international residents work in the Kingdom with business visas and work permits. Then for tourists who have found that they want to explore living longer in the country, getting an education visa is often a way to achieve this.
Added to this, there is always a need for qualified English teachers in Thailand, especially now. The Nation reported that Thailand’s proficiency in the English language has slipped in world rankings: “Education First has released its annual global ranking of English proficiency, placing Thailand in 64th position globally, a drop from last year’s 53rd place, and 16th out of 21 in Asia”. So indeed becoming a qualified English teacher may be a wise career choice. Luckily, there are many language schools in Pattaya to help achieve this, and here are 5 of the most well regarded.
TLS & CTLS Language School
Established in 2008 the TLS Language School and its sister CTLS Language School have both been approved by the Ministry of Education. They, therefore, have the correct licenses to be able to offer ED Visas to their students. The main focus of learning at these schools is primarily the TEFL courses (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). This can then help successful participants get teaching jobs in the Kingdom either at schools or by teaching English to employees of private companies. They also provide Thai language courses that include instruction on Thai Culture as well.
Pro Language School
Pro Language Schools can be found throughout Thailand. The one in Pattaya opened in 2006 on Pattaya Klang and offered lessons in Thai, English, Russian, German and Japanese. Students can enrol as beginners, and there are also many levels of proficiency through to those who wish to pass the Thai Competency Test. The lessons are fun and friendly, which certainly helps when you are trying to learn a new language and are available at the school or online.
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In Soi Paniad Chang, commonly known as Soi Yume, you will find the Walen International School. Students can choose from courses in Thai, English, French, Chinese, and Russian. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee stating on their website: “We give a guarantee on our teaching if you have a good reason why you think that the lesson was not worth your money we will not charge you for that lesson”.
Progress Language School
Progress Language School is located on North Pattaya Road and is another of the well-regarded schools. It is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 6 p.m. on Saturdays (closed Sundays). They offer classes in Thai, English, German, Russian and Japanese and generally appeal to a wide range of people of all abilities.
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Easy ABC Language Schools
Easy ABC has schools in Naklua and Jomtien. With a german founder, these schools focus on teaching German nationals the Thai language, and therefore lessons are primarily conducted in German although some are available in English. The emphasis here is on fun, social learning and is a place to make new friends whilst you are learning.
Maybe you want to learn a language to help with your profession or simply understand the Thai culture by getting to grips with the fascinating Thai language, and there are plenty of places here in Pattaya in which to do so. You can either go to the schools mentioned above or enrol in their online courses.