Sit fetch and roll over
Basic Thai commands for teaching children
Let me get a few things straight first. First of all, it doesn’t really matter if the kids understand everything you say. Even if they do, they still won’t listen to you. Second, even if you know the commands in Thai, you’ll probably get the tones wrong and no one will understand you.
Children and stress
The edinburgh techniques and more
Stress tends to be thought of as an adult problem, if not preoccupation these days. For years many doctors didn’t even recognise its existence.
The teacher’s diary
One teacher's descent into madness
The diary is the sad and heartbreaking four-week journal of Mr Jim Elmdon - a teacher who came, saw, and failed miserably. Keep a box of tissues handy.
Rules and goals for the EFL classroom
Be Informed — when a student walks into my class he/she needs to be ready
Student behavior is nothing more than the rules teachers establish to govern students. For many teachers, these rules have one thing in common - they all begin with the word "NO.” The problem with this rationality is when a teachers states what cannot be done, no positive statement is made as to what will be done in a class - all negative rules do is highlight the bad.
Heaven and Hell
Tips for teaching kids
Don’t think teaching kids is easy, it’s not. Tie everything down that’s yours. Keep it in your pocket, your bag, briefcase, socks, travel pouch, wherever. Learn to enjoy singing.
Still going nowhere
Still kicking the topic of teacher expectations around
A continuation of the previous weeks stuff. This time focusing on what and who the teacher can expect to be teaching and also the question of flithy lucre. What's in it for me?
Caught by the privates
The perils of freelance teaching
From the thrill of the chase and actually getting your first private student to the cancellations there's never a dull moment when your trapped in a living room with an 8 year old and her Chinese granny.
Back to school
Shoes are polished and uniforms are in pristine condition
It's the first day back after the summer holidays, uniforms are donned and the ritual countdown to the first class of the new school year begins . . . begin
Heading out into the great wide open
A users guide to what to expect when 130 pre-teens hit an out of season 3 star hotel.
South African (male, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1), MA (1)
British (female, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 40 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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.
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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 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.
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"
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