SINE

Sine Education Co., Ltd.

Why choose Sine Education Co., Ltd.?

Teaching English in Thailand offers you a wonderful opportunity to share your skills while enjoying adventure and cultural enrichment in one of the World’s most diverse countries.
Whether you’re a new graduate or a little further on in your career, a year teaching in Thailand will be an unforgettable life experience and possibly the beginning of a new career. Over the last ten years, SINE has become the number one provider of fully supported English communication programs to government schools in Thailand. With over 220 teachers working in 50 partner schools both in Bangkok and across the center and north east of Thailand, we have something for everyone.
Work / life balance is the key to enjoying your time in Thailand and with SINE that’s what you get. With all lessons and materials provided for you, your evening and weekends are free for you to explore your local area and beyond. The cost of living in Thailand remains relatively low, so your salary goes a long way!

Founded
2011

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Susan
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

A very disappointing experience

I really would not recommend working with sine education in any capacity for a vast number of reasons. I am a qualified and experienced language teacher in my home country and I could not believe some of the things that happened during my experience with this company.

Lessons are provided for you, but you are required to teach the same lesson between 10 - 20 times each week. The lessons are of little educational value to students. The students are just required to chant words/ conversations back to the teacher. There is very little learning for students in a sine classroom. The vocab/scenarios in the lessons are not of interest or relevant to students. It’s not really English they would use in everyday situations. Students get bored of this regime very quickly and it’s hard to blame them. As a teacher I found it terribly boring so I can only imagine how children would find it. The level of English in the classes I taught was shockingly low, some students were unable to communicate with me as their teacher at all. Due to these difficulties students seemed to act out due to their frustrations in class. I noted this with my coordinator in weekly reports every week but I was never once offered support or advice. The situation was ignored. I would say that they are quite unsupportive when it comes to classroom issues. There is no discipline or consequences for any student.

I found management, in particular HR, quite difficult to deal with also. Throughout the application process, namely my online interview, there were a number of verbal guarantees made to me, namely the location I would be placed in, being placed in a school close to the person I was applying with so we could live together and also that I would be teaching older students in a specialized program with approx 12-15 students in the class. Sine did not keep their word on any of these verbal agreements. When I contacted sine regarding this they insisted that there was never a guarantee and that I had “misunderstood”. Personally I find it hard to believe that both myself and the person I applied with both misunderstood these 3 issues in our separate interviews. I did inform HR of these issues and a few other issues, including an instance of late pay, when I handed in my resignation and the reply I received through email was genuinely shocking. It was full of untruths and in all honesty it seemed like an attempt to gas light me. They put any issues I had down to me “not understanding Thai culture”, I found that quite a shocking response as the person I applied with, who is also my partner, is of Thai origin. Sine were well aware of this.

My last pay cheque was also short. Sine education underpaid me by two days.

The Thai teachers in my school were all very welcoming and very polite during any interaction I had with them. Most of the sine teachers were also polite and pleasant however there were some in my office that really contributed to making the sine office a hostile environment. There were a number of instances where mean comments would be made about another member of staff in front of the coordinator and nothing would be done. Just like the students there is no consequences for staff either.

Overall a company that should be avoided. You can get much better pay and conditions at other companies. Also worth noting a portion of the reviews below seem to be from the sine senior management team.

Cons
  • Not paid accurately
  • Lack of support
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Vikas
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Adventure

If you’re looking for something to get your teaching career started then this is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door.

A lot of the material is quite simple and Sine are very helpful in guiding you through it and assisting you in any challenges you encounter.

I would definitely recommend participating in this program if you want to experience teaching and cultural exchange, meeting people from all over and making an impact not only on your life but the students you will teach.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
It was probably my first lesson because I wasn’t really sure how I would be received by my students but I think if you just have good energy and a smile on your face, then you settle in really quickly and are received and accepted with a big smile.
Pros
  • Sine staff are really kind and helpful
  • Teaching material is given in a simple format
  • Teaching hours are quite good
Cons
  • Some of the teaching material isn’t fully relevant to the kids.
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Bria
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Start Your Teaching Journey in Thailand

Teaching language has always been something I am passionate about. Working with SINE has allowed me to follow my dreams of travel and cultural exchange all while progressing my career as an English teacher. The SINE staff are very supportive and will make sure that during your transition to Thailand you do not feel alone. If you are up for an adventure and ready to make a difference in not only your life, but also in the lives of your students, I recommend SINE as an agency to support you along the way.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate a scorpion on Khaosan road!
Pros
  • Complete lesson plans
  • Wide range of partnering schools
  • Short term contracts
Cons
  • Overhead costs including visa runs
  • Various team dynamics at different schools
  • Lack of job progression
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Neil
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

SINE Experience.

Having worked for SINE for eight years I can recommend them as an excellent employer. Their management team is extremely professional and they always provide a high level of support to their staff.
I would recommend them to anyone who wishes to experience teaching in Thailand. They have schools in two regions of Thailand. You can either work in the NE of Thailand or the Bangkok area. They have over 50 partner schools and around 200 teachers working for them. The people from the NE of Thailand are amongst some of the kindest and most hospitable people that I have met in Asia and I have worked both in China and Korea.

Pros
  • Respectful students.
  • Friendly school environment
  • Good support
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Andrew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

This is an amazing company.

I'm now 6 monthsinto my role at SINE and I have nothing but good things to say about the company. I've been helped every step of the way with visas, finding accommodations, and anything I've needed to help get settled here. My colleagues Thai and foreign and the students in Bangkok are by far the best hands down. My days are filled with constant laughter, smiles, high fives and so much love from the students. I’m glad the company gave me the opportunity to work for them. Highly recommend giving them a shot

Pros
  • Amazing working hours
  • Stress free
  • Fun lessons to teach

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