Short and sweet
How to get large classes talking
Over the last 7 years of working in Thailand, I’ve seen numerous teaching forum threads about how to get large classes talking.
Thailand vs Korea
Which country offers more for the English teacher?
Living and teaching in both laid back Thailand and fast paced South Korea has made for an interesting perspective on life in Asia. The two extremes are hard to compare but I think I should at least try.
English in Thai vocational schools
I came here 1.5 years ago and it was all planned as a 10-month experience. I had a high paid marketing job back home in Europe and everybody told me that it was crazy to leave my career and become a ‘teacher' here in Thailand.
Where will the money go?
Sent in by Cliff
I retired from my job in the States last year and decided to spend my retirement here in Thailand, teaching Thai people to speak better English among other things. I knew beforehand it would be an uphill battle. I have spent 4 years of my life here, plus another 11 working at a Thai church near my home in the San Diego area, so I was well aware of the difficulties Thai people have with our language. In fact, most of the few Thai people I know who speak it fluently have a very heavy Thai accent.
The place to be
A special place to learn English where students are always made welcome
Have you ever heard of a place in Thailand where English lessons in conversation, reading, writing and grammar are offered free of charge for Thai children and adults? Who do you think owns this center? Is it a Thai? an American? a British person perhaps?
I don’t want to learn!
The biggest teaching hurdle: motivation
Motivation in the classroom, both from the teachers and the students, is essential for learning but it is a tricky balance to strike since the two are so interconnected; if the teacher loses motivation, so do the students and if the students lose motivation, so does the teacher.
Better the devil you know
Sent in by Mr. Russell Park
At this moment in time, I find myself teaching in a small town close to Nakhonsawan. I've been teaching here for four months and at first I thought I wouldn't last because the town is small and very rural.
Why teach in Thailand?
Sent in by James
Let’s be honest and say that professionally qualified or not, we are/were here because it’s a great place to live and let’s not pretend that altruism in helping children, or to improve the Thai education system is why we came here.
Fast times at Hitler High
What on earth are the schoolkids being prepared for?
For those who think that the students may have missed the lessons on Hitler and the NAZIS, or perhaps fell asleep during the lectures, I say the opposite: I say that these students were probably very much awake and were mesmerized by all things NAZI. By the looks of things, they seem to have learned quite a bit.
Thailand running before it can crawl
Sent in by Mr. Russell Park
In 2010 there were 250 schools nationwide in the EP program. In 2011 it doubled to 500 and they estimate it will double again next year. The Thais are running around the country, awarding their schools this stamp of 'World Class School'. Which world do they mean?
Certificate (2), BA (1)
American (male, 39 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 53 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
Canadian (female, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
Canadian (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1), Diploma (1)
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MBA (1), MA (1), Diploma (1), BEd (1), BSc (1)
Pakistani (female, 38 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 63 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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