Are TEFL qualifications necessary?
Let's consider what can go wrong after TEFL courses.
One argument against qualifications is that teaching experience itself is enough to guarantee a good teacher. Not so. I have recently been learning French in an institution where my intermediate classmates are often poor performers in their out-of-class interactions. And for what reason?
Show me that you love me
The Bangkok freak show, and my response to John Wilson.
Last month John Wilson, the director of a Language Institute in Thailand, wrote an article for http://www.ajarn.com. It was an article about creating a good impression at job interviews.
The dreaded teaching observation lesson
Angel or daemon?
Do they perform a useful function, or are they an instrument of control often misused by the resident DOS?
Why teacher can’t write
We are too busy to do anything else but teach. Yet, there’s something bogus about teaching language or literature 20 periods a week and never connecting with your subject matter out of the classroom.
The Ideal Teacher
What makes the perfect teacher in the EFL classroom?
Let me point out that this list is based more on personal experience than large-scale research. Also, while most qualities on the list are probably appreciated worldwide, some are considered particularly important in the Land of Smiles.
The Growing Pains of the TEFL Industry
My take on another ajarn.com writer's column
I can understand Steve's disillusion with someone he probably trusted and looked up to. I also think part of his criticism is justified; teachers, administrators, recruiters and policy-makers alike should question themselves and the industry they are in more regularly. I do not, however, agree with the overall image that Steve paints of the EFL industry.
Thai teaching assistants
Angels from the planet Xerox or Satan's snitch?
They are as much a part of a teaching package as subsidized health insurance, the occasional sports day and possible unpaid test-marking. We want to hear about yours. When asked to make photocopies does she say "coming right up oh great white-skinned one" or does she beat a path to the dean's door to remind him that slavery has been abolished?
One thing wrong with Thailand
Sent in by RM
The only thing wrong with Thailand is the foreigners.
Creating classroom culture
Cultivating universal values and striving for excellence
There are some good teachers out there to get you through these first rough few months of uncertainty. From those who say, "Lay down the law the first week of class. You're not their friend, you're their teacher", to those who offer good introductory first day lessons, there is a lot of good advice out there if one knows where to look.
An Indian teacher in Thailand
Bobo Meitei faces the perils and pitfalls of finding a teaching job
Bobo gets to grips with sliding pay scales and agents bemused by his pseudo-American appearance. Well worth a read!
BSc (2), Diploma (2), MBA (1)
Iranian (female, 29 years old, native Persian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1), MA (1)
Filipino (female, 39 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BEd (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 45 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ethiopian (male, 27 years old, native Afrikaans speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
British (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
New Zealander (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (male, 31 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 49 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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