How to motivate your students
Sent in by Stephen Salter
These kids passed every test I set them after our keep fit regime started. Carrot and stick works every time if used properly, but I suppose it helps if you know what you are doing. I know all teachers don't have the freedom I had but do try it if you can
Are degrees required to teach?
Opinion continues to be divided
Three things which seem unavoidable are death, taxes and debates on ajarn.com about the requirement for teachers of having a degree. Those without degrees generally argue a degree is not necessary, while those with degrees will normally make the case a degree should be required.
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.
Don’t get lost in your role
Sent in by Brian
Those who are in Asia teaching English need to understand this simple reality: English teaching is a superficial industry. English language aptitude is simply social and economic capital in Asia. Is this not stating the obvious?
Look before you leap
Sent in by Darren
I have learned this lesson the hard way and walk out scarred, bitter and slightly twisted. Please take heed - even before you send your CV or resume, check your employer out. You might find this a revelation.
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.
Earning student respect
Sent in by Benito Vacio
I have learned one thing in getting the respect of my students. I've been teaching them for nearly three years and I was surprised that I got their respect only the day after I reviewed them in O-Net.
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
A view from the student’s side of the classroom
Perspectives on becoming a student again
For the most part, I was teaching (in a variety of different capacities) during the years I was also pursuing my graduate studies. Now once again I am alternating between the front and rear of the classroom, and this can be an effective method to help one to keep the student's perspective in mind when the time of the day comes for one to assume the role of teacher.
BSc (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 23 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 34 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 40 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 43 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (2)
British (male, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1)
British (male, 45 years old, native English 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.
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