Zero toleration for problems
Sent in by Doug
In theory, problems do not exist in the Thai educational system. In reality, this theory creates many real problems
How a foreigner can buy real estate in Thailand
Yes indeed, foreigners can certainly invest in the Thai property market
Foreigners have been buying real estate in Thailand regularly for the last three decades and more and more invest in Thai real estate each year. This would not be possible if foreigners were being consistently ‘cheated' out of their money by the laws of the land.
Is now the time to buy Bangkok real estate?
Why not convert those rental payments into a property investment?
Bangkok could now be a good place for you to invest in property. The main reasons for this are two-fold: Bangkok's two major public transport systems are at last being developed with more professionalism and enthusiasm than ever before, and we are drawing closer to 2015 each and every day!
Getting ready for 2015
What will be the effects of the new ASEAN community on foreign teachers?
English is clearly the key to success and opportunity in the new ASEAN community. It is not only the official language; it is also the ‘world' language which is used across the globe for nearly all international dialogue and trade. English will be used at all levels of Thai society from 2015.
Thailand’s ill-timed implementation of the ‘provisional permit’
Sent in by Ajarn Jim
When a foreign teacher's current 'waiver' letter expires, then that teacher must meet the requirements for the new 'provisional permit' if the teacher doesn't possess a teaching license.
Why can’t Thais speak English?
Some of these students have had over 2,000 hours of English.
Considering that English has been the international language of tourism and commerce for I don't know how many decades now, and there are I don't know how many thousands of English teachers all over the country, why is the general level of English so poor?
Keeping foreign teachers
Sent in by Paul
How will Thailand prevent their slide towards last place in the ASEAN economic community when they can't keep foreign teachers? The Government in Bangkok make the request, but many educators can't seem to accept the help that they are given.
Thailand so far behind
Sent in by Mr. Russell
I have very recently moved to Vietnam after four years spent teaching in Thailand. The level of English here in Vietnam as their second language is way ahead of Thailand. Thailand hasn't left first base yet.
Is Thailand taking it seriously?
Sent in by Marvin
It seems the only thing required in most schools right now is to be a young “fresh face”. Experience is not appreciated (or paid for) in most cases.
Nigerian (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 33 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
British (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (1)
British (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Cameroonian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Phd (1), MA (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 69 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Guinean (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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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.
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