The tools of technology
Using the internet to improve your English
For students looking for more educational content and online courses instead of authentic materials, a myriad of websites provide free English lessons for all levels, ranging from beginner to advanced, from IELTS preparation to business English, from Pidgin English to skid row slang.
My teacher is a computer
The role of the computer in the EFL world
If someone is really eager to learn a language (any foreign language, it doesn’t necessarily have to be English), a computer is the ideal tool for self-study. Actually, a computer is nothing more than a modern combination of a notebook, a pen, a dictionary, a phone and a fax machine. Without the communicative infrastructure called the Internet or the software to make everything happen, a computer is basically worthless.
BA (1), MA (1)
Irish (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), PGCE (1), BA (1)
American (female, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 30 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 48 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Nigerian (male, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (8), BA (1), MA (1)
American (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
Spaniard (male, 46 years old, native Spanish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), BSc (1)
French (male, 32 years old, native French speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1), Diploma (1)
American (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 42 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.
The dreaded demo
Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?
Can you hear me OK?
In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?
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Hi, I’m Tony Dabbs
I was a licensed life and health agent in the USA for many years and now I'm ajarn.com's health insurance expert.