Teacher nightmares part two
What happens when teaching in Thailand all goes horribly wrong
More stories from teachers in Thailand who have found themselves in difficult situations often through no fault of their own. Can you offer them some good advice?
A fulfilling moment
The story of teacher Salrich
One Filipino teacher I knew and admired so much did something great for his school. His name was Salrich. When his director told him to beautify a 90-metre long concrete school-wall, Salrich hesitated for a moment. It was a huge undertaking.
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?
Race and non-degree jobs
Sent in by Xandra Martin
I am a female teacher from South Africa. I am a person of colour (or coloured) in my country. I do not have a degree in any field - only a diploma. When doing my TEFL course and doing research on the internet, people painted a picture of how easy it would be to find a teaching job in Thailand. This however does not appear to be the case.
No real shocks
Sent in by Mr. Russell Park
This is a follow-up from a post I made late last year regarding a school in rural Nakhonsawan, where I informed the readers of my surprise at landing a job in a 'normal' school and how the school itself and the staff seemed nice and human.
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?
Cross-cultural education for teachers
Adding to opinion and speculation about the teaching industry
When writing about the ESL industry and Western English teachers in Thailand or other Asian countries, it should be kept in mind the industry is extremely fragmented, unregulated and there is a startling lack of reliable statistics or data about the industry and the teachers working in the industry.
Did I join the army or a school?
Sent in by Mr Grumpy
I do agree that it is not ideal to come to work in Thailand without much savings, nor should one not try to save for a rainy day. However, two months without pay is around 60-70,000 baht in saved money that needs to be used (rent, relocation - to escape the floods, food etc.).
Teachers left devastated by floods
The flood disaster is heaping misery on numerous foreign teachers
Many teachers are unsure of when they will be able to return to work or even if they are going to get paid for the down time.
Thailand running before it can crawl
Sent in by Mr. Russell Park
In 2010 there were 250 schools nationwide in the EP program. In 2011 it doubled to 500 and they estimate it will double again next year. The Thais are running around the country, awarding their schools this stamp of 'World Class School'. Which world do they mean?
Cameroonian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 41 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ugandan (female, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 27 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1)
Filipino (female, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 28 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), MA (1)
Russian (male, 52 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
Ugandan (male, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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