— Competition winners and Postbox debate.
British English vs American English is being debated in the ajarn postbox. Which one do you teach to your students? In other latest additions, were you one of the ten lucky winners in our ajarn.com polo shirt competition? If not, have a go at this month's competition. Finally, it's still fairly busy on the job vacancies front so don't forget to check out the ajarn.com jobs page.
— Life for an English teacher in Myanmar
When teachers get tired of working in Thailand, Myanmar is sometimes considered as the next option. But what are things like for a TEFLer in this fast-developing country? Joko Mackenna has been there for eight months now so he's in a decent position to make a list of comparisons.
— Who's up for a challenge?
Not content with wasting his free time and idling away the hours on social networks, Bangkok-based high school teacher, Derek Hopper, has taken on the challenge of learning Latin. Apparently two years of Latin study could increase your English vocabulary by up to 20,000 words. I'm just going to take Derek's word for it.
— TEFL course news blog is out!
The October TEFL course news blog is now on-line. If you are looking for a teacher training course in Thailand and perhaps discounts, special offers, videos, start dates or just general information, our monthly blog is a great place to start.
— Encouraging confidence and teaching phonics
Any phonics teachers out there? Then you will like this new blog by David Walters on the topic of teaching phonics effectively. And while we're on the subject of improving our students' English. Ajarn's Filipino blogger, Ben Vacio, discusses some of the methods he's used in the classroom for improving his students' confidence.
— Two new guest articles
Filipino teacher Jocelyn looks back on her ten years teaching in Thailand and although there have been ups and downs, there are many people who have helped her along the way. And for something completely different, Teacher Daniel considers the recent Koh Tao murders and asks the question 'what can be learnt?'
— Only young, good-looking teachers need apply
It's often said that when it comes to hiring teachers in Thailand, too many Thai schools place a teacher's 'appearance' above all else. 'Style over substance' you might say. Howard was possibly the best-looking, young teacher I'd ever interviewed. But sometimes beauty is only skin deep.
Finn, 33 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 47 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 49 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 54 years old. Currently living in Philippines
Portuguese, 36 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 27 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 39 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 28 years old. Currently living in Thailand
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