Laugh and be happy
Sent in by DJ
Try to apply the advice offered to you by experienced staff. Try to empathize with the different groups of students rather than to each individual student.
Take heart, the schools are out there
Sent in by Michael
Unfortunately, the schools with the most vacancies are the schools that have some problems with student (and sometimes teacher) motivation and discipline)
At the end of my tether
Sent in by Steven
The problem I encounter with almost every class, is a lack of respect, plus attention, demonstrated by the students
Dealing with the troublemakers
Discipline: tips on control in the classroom
Troublemakers. We have all seen them do their thing, causing mayhem and disorder in the classroom; perhaps you were even one yourself at some point during your time as a student. Troublemakers are the bane of every teacher's existence and they make our job go from difficult to pounding headache and hair-tearing proportions.
The enemy within
The evil side of the TEFL industry
It is a complicity of silence that sees many foreign teachers working hand-in-glove with a Thai administration that cares only about money and maintaining an educational system mired in cultural backwardness and social repression.
Handling a ‘sanook’ class
How to handle a classroom full of badly-behaved children
Success in handling naughty students calls for common sense, creativity and resourcefulness on the part of teachers. Furthermore, a lot of reasons that trigger students’ behavior have to be addressed too, for if they are not, problems will surface
Catholic schoolteacher caught caning students
Sent in by Donald Patnaude
How far should teachers be allowed to go when dishoing out corporal punishment to students?
What to do and what not to do in the EFL classroom
Regular ajarn contributor Tim Cornwall is back with more tips and techniques for both experienced and inexperienced teachers alike from smiling to laying down class rules and from teacher movement to setting up activities.
The Ideal Student
What qualities and characteristics make the perfect student
This month's column doesn't focus on teachers and how to achieve near-perfection, but on what the ideal student would be like. Let's keep in mind though that nobody's perfect and that most teachers would probably be over the moon if only a slight majority of students showed some of the traits mentioned
EFL teaching in Thailand
What’s the best and the worst class you’ve ever taught?
Having been teaching for more than twelve years in places like Japan, the UK, West Africa, Thailand and the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, I guess you could say that I would have inevitably had a few moments when I was far from in control.
Certificate (5), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
South African (female, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BSc (1)
Irish (male, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), MA (1)
Cameroonian (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (female, 38 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (8), BSc (2)
Filipino (male, 31 years old, native Tagalog 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.
E-mailing for jobs
E-mailing potential employers in Thailand can be a very frustrating experience. Teacher Chris is on hand to give you some top tips.
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.
The cost of living
How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.
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.
Fancy teaching freelance?
How easy is it to cut out the middlemen and rake in the cash teach students at their own homes?
Renting an apartment?
Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.
Find out how employable you are in Thailand as an English teacher. Is it a case of 'welcome aboard' or "Mom, I need you to send some money again"