— Has the busy recruitment season started early?
I always say that the busy hiring season for teachers in Thailand starts once Chinese New Year is over. It's certainly looking that way at the moment! We posted 15% more job vacancies this January than we did in January the previous year - and February looks like being even better. Plenty of teaching jobs around for sure.
— A great new book on Thailand!
I don't think I've ever enjoyed reading a book on Thailand as much as I did with 'A Geek in Thailand' by British journalist Jody Houton. Here's my review.
— The latest Thailand teacher and TEFL blogs
Daniel Maxwell loves the Thai winter up in Chiang Mai. Just a shame it doesn't last long enough I suppose. But reasons to be cheerful?
Thinking of taking a TEFL course in Thailand? Then there's only one place to start for news, promotions and deals - the February TEFL course news blog!
Sam Thompson puts his serious academic head on and wonders if standardized tests (TOEFL, TOEIC, etc) are a true indication of whether a student can handle themselves in an English-speaking environment.
Joko is back. He's just entering his third year as a teacher in Myanmar but he takes the time out to reflect on his TEFL career so far. Compared to the time spent in Thailand and Indonesia, how has the Myanmar experience panned out differently?
Take a look at our list of regular ajarn bloggers. Fancy becoming one yourself?
— My first six months at a rural government school
Nigel Quinn is a qualified teacher from England with over twenty years classroom experience. He recently decided to pursue a dream, move to rural Thailand and teach at a government school. Here's a report on how the first six months have gone.
— More great advice for older teachers
Mark Newman calls it 'acculturalization' - how older teachers - despite perhaps being set in their ways - have to adopt some of the beliefs and behaviours of the native population otherwise they will go bonkers!
This is Mark's follow-up to his article on older teachers moving to Thailand to teach English - and how they should go about it.
— "Find some cheap accommodation and focus all your efforts on finding a job"
Katy is next up in our 'Great Escape' section. She returned to England after a couple of terms at a Thai government school. Does she look back on her Thailand experience with good or bad memories?
Did YOU teach in Thailand but have now moved on? Perhaps to another country or maybe back home? We would love to hear your story. Submit your Great Escape.
— Tales from the private language school
I worked at private language schools in Bangkok for well over ten years. You were part-time business professional and part-time entertainer (there to keep everyone happy and amused) Very often you were the agony aunt. There was rarely a dull moment. It's a tale of drunken students, Thai staff on power trips and oddball teachers.
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Get off to a good start...
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Discovering the Land of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai and Kickboxing
Getting students to enjoy using dictionaries in class
All the latest info from Thailand's main TEFL course providers
What do these standardized tests actually prove?
Into my third year as a teacher in Myanmar
Are things equal for men and women in the Thailand TEFL profession?
There are some battles you will never win
A selection of blog links that will be of interest to teachers in Thailand
Going vegan for 10 days in Thailand