— The pros and the cons of teaching English
English teachers fall into five distinct categories says Jack. They include the gap-year teacher, the career teacher, the semi-retired TEFLer, the teacher who sees TEFL as a stepping stone and those that just want to live in another country. But what are the pros and cons of each category?
— For your reading pleasure
Teacher trainer Stephen Louw is keen on helping students suffering from synonym-itis. How can you prepare yourself for when those smart students throw a vocabulary curve-ball at you?
Mark Newman has compiled a list of ten reasons why teaching English in Thailand has made you a great person - and you probably didn't even realise.
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— We all work in Bangkok
Three new cost of living surveys and all from teachers working in Bangkok. James does part time work and earns at least 45k a month. Leo pulls in 55,000 but his job leaves him too tired to do anything else. Bill is a director of studies with a salary of 60k but finds it just isn't enough to support a family. Interesting contrasts. Let's take a look at their lifestyles.
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— Are foreign teachers in Thailand underpaid? Well, actually....
Jack has done some research on the topic of teacher salaries in Thailand. Are foreign teachers really underpaid? He's analysed the ratio of salaries against the level of economic growth and average incomes in several countries. Are the results going to come as a surprise?
— "You need more stability when you have a family to care for"
James taught in Thailand for two and a half years before moving to work at a school in Italy and taking his Thai wife with him. Gary taught here for a whopping ten years but then kids came along and he felt the time was ripe to move back to England and go back into engineering. Do they regret their decisions or not?
— What now for Filipino teachers in Thailand?
For years now, Filipino teachers have been a dedicated and hardworking cornerstone of Thailand's TEFL community. They have also long been a cheaper alternative to the native English speaker. It's a sliding pay scale that Filipinos have begrudgingly tolerated. But is there suddenly a discontent in the ranks? With things improving back in The Philippines, are Filipino teachers saying enough is enough? We're going home! There was only one man to turn to for answers - Ben Vacio, our resident Filipino blogger. Ben sends this report.
— What's Ranong like for teachers?
Chrissy has sent us a completely new region guide to Ranong - a relatively quiet town that thanks to its proximity to Myanmar, is known for its border run activity more than anything else. But what are opportunities like for an English teacher who fancies living in the middle of nowhere? Thanks also to Grace who has kindly updated our region guide to Hat Yai.
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