— Happy Christmas!
We would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year. See you again in 2015.
— Latest ajarn blogs
Joko Mackenna, a teacher in Myanmar, has been chatting with taxi drivers and thinking there must definitely be a call for 'taxi driver English'
David Walters looks at a huge building project going on in Bangkok and how projects like this are a necessary step towards a sustainable future.
Sam Thompson does his first ever field trip in Thailand and takes his students to a space exhibition. But who enjoyed the day out most?
Benito Vacio discusses the joys of working with a Thai teacher and how it can lighten your workload.
William Puttnam goes in search of Bangkok's perfect cup of coffee.
Julia Knight has found a fantastic new teaching job but the daily commute to and from work is a nightmare.
Lydya Belete compiles a list of the ten things she's learned as a new English teacher in Thailand.
— TEFL course news blog is out!
If you're thinking of taking a TEFL course in 2015, then check out our monthly TEFL course news blog, which contains news, promotions and deals - some of them exclusive to ajarn.com readers.
— The joys of Rangsit
Looking for a location that's near Bangkok but with a slower pace of life? A good choice of schools and a great place to pick up plenty of private students? You could do a lot worse than Rangsit, just 40 kms north of the capital. Teacher Seb takes us on a tour in this latest region guide.
— Competitions galore!
Why not try your luck in one of our ajarn monthly competitions? We've got walking tours and night-time tuk-tuk tours from Bangkok Walking Adventures and Expique. In other competitions, you can also win a one-year's subscription to English Attack! - not to mention textbooks and polo shirts.
— "Japanese students are great!"
Matt taught in Thailand for three years but got a great job offer to work as a primary school teacher in Japan. Now well settled in his new country, he loves it there. And so does his Thai wife! Matt is our latest escapee.
— Burning questions
Each month we'll kick around two 'teaching in Thailand' questions and see what people have to say. This month, is it important that a teacher knows how to speak some Thai language in the classroom? How does teaching in Thailand for a year or two look on your resume when you return to your homeland to look for work?
American, 48 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 38 years old. Currently living in Philippines
American, 56 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Dane, 42 years old. Currently living in Thailand
South African, 20 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Philippines
British, 25 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 59 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 42 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand
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