Teacher employer etiquette
All we're asking for is a reply
I feel it is just unprofessional that if someone well qualified for an advertised job takes the time to research the job and your school, then you as an employer should have the courtesy (manners) to acknowledge that application even if the applicant may not be right person for the job.
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?
Dancing with coordinators
Sometimes it's better to keep teaching colleagues at arm's length
The next term is fast approaching and many schools have job openings. Have you decided to apply to another school and look for a new teaching job because you have some conflict with your coordinator? If you don't plan to leave then how do you handle the conflict?
Thank you for calling your ISP hotline
My ISP's customer service guide to dealing with irate customers
After calling a well-known ISP's customer service number for the fifth time in a week, I was beginning to see a pattern develop with the responses.
The big black hole
Thais and e-mailing
I have one customer – God bless her – who checks her email between 8.30 and 8.45am every morning. If you send her an e-mail at 8.46, she won’t actually read it until the following business day. Send it at 8.46 on a Friday and she’ll deal with it after the weekend. Then how long it takes her to respond is anyone’s guess.
Fun with language
Next time you want to make a Thai smile, just mutter a few words
What is true is that most Thais consider their language very difficult to learn. Thais from all walks of life will often give a genuine compliment or note of approval to any foreigner who can muster up any sentence beyond "sawdee khrap" , "arowy" or "tho rai?".
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
Filipino (male, 43 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (male, 30 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
Filipino (female, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
British (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
French (male, 29 years old, native French speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), BA (1)
Australian (male, 39 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Diploma (1)
Syrian (male, 50 years old, native Arabic speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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