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BKK Language Centers/Centres

Discussion in 'Schools you want to talk about' started by Farang_Ba, 28 Sep 2013.

  1. Farang_Ba

    Farang_Ba Thread Starter Active Member

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    Hi All,

    I am keeping my options open now that I will be changing schools at the end of semester and if I can't find a good FT gig in Isaan I may move to BKK. I realize there are a ton of language schools in Bangkok, but does anybody have any feedback on which ones are good and which to avoid? As a sidenote, I have worked for Inlingua (outside Bangkok) and felt the one I worked at was decent enough.

    Thanks everyonel! :thai wai:
     
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    Wangsuda Nonentity Staff Member

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    If you're young and handsome, Wall Street is one of the better paying places. Both Secon Square and Paradise Park are loaded with tutoring centers, so finding something should be easy enough. Stay away from Siam Computers and English First.
     
  3. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    Media Kids worth a try?
     
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    I'm on my last waiver so would be interested also, as a backup plan. Inlingua seem OK but the pay is very low. I've heard many tales about Siam Computer so'll give them a miss. Also, the (now defunct?) SmartKurve & their various aliases should be avoided IMO - wasn't there a thread about them recently?

    Kennedy Education seem like a nice outfit, offering 50k+ but you have to be able to teach specialist areas like IELTS, GMAT, GRE, iGSCE etc. Any reports? :wai3:

    The Bangkok EPs can't be beaten if that's an option. You're looking at 60k max but you'll work for it. :happy1:

    I know a few guys who're cashing in on corporate due to ASEAN. The pay is 400k per hour at least but you may not get the same perks as an EP.

    Hope this helps. :smile2:
     
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    ramses Well-Known Member

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    I would work 3 hours a year, and try to figure out what to do with my spare time...
     
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    I don't know about Siam Computers but I've been doing part-time work with English First for the past two years and have had no problem with them. Pay 550 an hour and 200 per class if the gig is off the beaten path.
     
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    Noted. Cheers.:thumbsup2:
     
  8. Wangsuda

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    From what I have seen here, they do prathom-level classes. Very activity-based. No idea about management or pay.

    You might want to check out Ideal English. I know someone who has done work for them for years and seems satisfied.

    If you want to try your hand at BKK corporate, Development Solutions is pretty solid. Decent pay plus travel expense allowance for many of their jobs. They've also been around for over 10 years with the same management. Link: Development Solutions (DS) | Business English Service
     
  9. Farang_Ba

    Farang_Ba Thread Starter Active Member

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    Thanks everyone, a lot of great responses! I have heard of the Wall St centers, I could give them a try, perhaps as well as the other centers people noted. I've heard bad things about MediaKids in Korat, but not sure how their BKK centers are.

    I saw one advertisment for TAE Mart Group and Insight English, not sure how they are, maybe try them too....?
     
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    Wangsuda Nonentity Staff Member

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    F_B: If you walk in to any major shopping mall and find the floor where all the tutoring centers are, chances are you'll be working within a day.
     
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    crew Faber College Member

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    my buddy, who isn't young nor overly handsome, works there and loves it. in fact, after hearing about how they do things, i'd say this one of the most meaningful language centers around.
     
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  12. Farang_Ba

    Farang_Ba Thread Starter Active Member

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    Thanks, that sounds easy enough! :righton: Also, a side note, to start out, if one lives frugally, how much is needed to get by and maybe save a bit in BKK? 35k per month? Also, is it ok to teach at more than one language school?

    Thanks! :thai wai:
     
  13. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    As long as they don't find out.

    Definitely not talking about me then. :no:
     
  14. crew

    crew Faber College Member

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    :hilarious:

    oh man, it's been too long. hoping to get up to your neck of the woods soon. i'll definitely come out to the baan nok to come see you.
     
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    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    We could do a mini marathon together. :hilarious:
     

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