How’s the project doing?
A progress report on the Nonthaburi Project
The Nonthaburi English Teachers Project (NETP) in Thailand began in 2005. It has existed for nearly 9 years now but I haven't read a personal account yet from someone who is a part of it.
Beyond speaking day
Activities to get your students talking
My school director asked me to organise an English Speaking Day in our school. When I implemented the idea, my director was overwhelmed by its impact on students' interest and English language development.
School open house
Not something you would expect to find in a Western school
For the past few weeks, all the students in our school have been preparing projects, posters, and games for the school's Open House Expo which is apparently held once every three years.
Christmas and mid-terms at school
A relatively carefree couple of weeks at school
The Foreign Language Department put on a nice 2-hour long show for the entire school the Thursday before Christmas. I'm not sure why this date was chosen instead of Friday, but I do know that during Christmas itself, midterms were in session. It was quite nice, and I think the kids generally enjoyed it. But then again, who doesn't enjoy getting to miss two hours of class first thing in the morning?
English speaking day
Some different ways to get your students speaking English
I heard from a number of Filipino instructors in Thai universities that they had something called ‘English Speaking Day'. They said that students had not as yet made any significant progress but the instructors were optimistic that the ESD idea would work if implemented for a longer period of time and Thai students would surely improve.
Let’s all make a difference in Thailand
Make a difference with Design for Change
You can change the lives of your students and improve the quality of life in Thailand by spending just a few hours a week organizing a Design for Change contest at your school.
Good morning campers
Themes and ideas for your English camp
Facilitating English camps has always been challenging and fun for me but ten years ago I had absolutely no idea how a camp worked or what it was tring to achieve.
The making of a champion
Teacher and student working together in perfect harmony
Is sheer talent sufficient enough to make a story telling champion? What has training got to do with it?
A student success story
Helping a Thai student bring home the bacon
In teaching, we, teachers, must think of an ingenious way to make our students learn using varied types of materials and different kinds of strategies for every student has his/her own learning style.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1)
British (male, 45 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Diploma (1), Certificate (1), PGCE (1)
British (male, 44 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (female, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (2), MA (1)
British (male, 43 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), MA (1), MBA (1)
French (male, 33 years old, native French speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 28 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (2), BA (1)
Serbian (female, 44 years old, native Serbian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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The cost of living
How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.
The Region Guides
Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.
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