News from up’t north
Sent in by Geoff Richards
The good news is that because the Teacher's Council of Thailand is trying to rigorously enforce the need for all foreign English teachers to sit the tests for a TL, many schools are now finding it difficult to retain staff.
What’s going on?
Sent in by TRRicher
My colleagues are up in arms about what seems to be a two years and out rule.
Thailand’s ill-timed implementation of the ‘provisional permit’
Sent in by Ajarn Jim
When a foreign teacher's current 'waiver' letter expires, then that teacher must meet the requirements for the new 'provisional permit' if the teacher doesn't possess a teaching license.
How’s the Thailand TEFL job market?
Are salaries really going down?
Ajarn.com asked about thirty recruiters, language school owners, government school hirers and firers, etc for their opinions on the TEFL job market in Thailand. So then - are teacher salaries really going down?
So many hurdles
Sent in by Fozzie
I am a non-native English speaker from Europe but I've been teaching here in Thailand for five years now and never had a problem with documents and being employed as a legal teacher. But now my school have told me that according to The Ministry of Education website (which I cannot check because the info in question is only available in Thai apparently) - I need to satisfy all of the following requirements.
TCT waiver/exemption letter glitch
Sent in by Jim
My TCT waiver/exemption letter dated Jan 25, 2010 is for 2 years, but in 2011 Mukdahan Immigration only gave me my new visa until Jan. 25, 2012. I had to get a new TCT letter (another 2 years) to allow me to finish the current academic year in early March.
Teachers’ licenses - laws and links
All the rules and regs regarding teacher licences
Many thanks to Ajarn Forum member, Stamp, for supplying the following links to information on the complex topic of teacher licenses - and how you can teach legally in Thailand.
A chop suey approach
A little bit of everything from the last couple of weeks
Here’s something that the Filipino teaching community could hope for: a bilateral agreement with Thailand in upholding “better” salary scale and fringe benefits.
Those crazy government officials
Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier
Once again, a high level government official has given an answer that doesn’t care one whit about reality on the ground, in the real Thai world. And who cares that, within a few years, Thai children will have no native speakers to teach them in the public schools?
The domino effect
A look back at the EFL world in Thailand throughout 2009.
The year started well enough in January with the usual Thailand TESOL conference. But as the year progressed - we had a scandal or two.
MA (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (male, 34 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 41 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BSc (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Chinese (male, 26 years old, native Chinese - Mandarin speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), MA (1)
American (male, 47 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Cameroonian (male, 27 years old, native speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
Irish (male, 27 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
Australian (male, 50 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), BA (1)
Cameroonian (male, 30 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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