The harsh reality
Sent in by Ralph Sasser
When a student inevitably fails the semester final exam and/or has poor grades, the foreign teacher is instructed to dumb down the exam and let the student retake it so he/she will get a passing grade or retake it several times if necessary. If the teacher refuses to give the exam until the student passes, the foreigner teacher is deemed incompetent and terminated.
A teacher, an old wise man, two punks, and a chicken
Taking responsibility for your teaching
Every once in a while I get frustrated with my students. Yes that’s right; I’m not a perfect teacher. But the person I should get most frustrated with, however, is me.
Of teachers and emperors without clothes
An ironic view of a job ad
Employment agencies in are in dire need of actors for live performances on stage. Body piercing, visible tattoos, drinking or smoking in public, or any kind of physical handicap, even if slight, will qualify the applicant.
What to do and what not to do in the EFL classroom
Regular ajarn contributor Tim Cornwall is back with more tips and techniques for both experienced and inexperienced teachers alike from smiling to laying down class rules and from teacher movement to setting up activities.
The Mismeasure of Thais
Teachers rarely take the blame for students constantly failing exams.
It is not the students’ fault that they are failing tests and exams. All students want to pass. They simply don’t know how since most teachers have never taught their students how to study effectively and to recognize the pitfalls of taking tests and examinations.
Skirting around the problem
Why focus on issues that have nothing to do with problems in education?
Why are these banal topics regularly raised when so many critical and more pressing problems are evident in the Thai education system? What about the huge shortfall of qualified teachers? The embarrassingly low salary offered to them?
Bangkok Post Articles
Sent in by Asian Teacher
Thailand's plunge in education from the Bangkok Post - A teacher's response
Ralph has hit the nail on the head
Sent in by Peter Batchelor
I asked why the school did not employ an English native speaker and was told "we get our two English teachers (the Filipino and the Thai) for the same price as one farang teacher so this way is better for the school"
Unteaching what the Thai teachers have taught
Sent in by Ralph Sasser
Let’s look at the reality. Thai teachers do teach grammar and vocabulary, although I don’t see how considering most can’t even speak a coherent sentence in English
Responsibility: Teaching the fourth R in education
It's time to make our students look good - and not just academically
In our zeal to teach the three ‘R's, reading, ‘righting, and ‘rithmetic, we are neglecting to teach another very important ‘R': Responsibility; responsibility for oneself and responsibility for others
BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (female, 34 years old, native Cebuano speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BSc (1)
British (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (2)
Austrian (male, 56 years old, native German speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Czech (male, 40 years old, native Czech speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Nigerian (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
American (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 26 years old, native Afrikaans speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ukrainian (male, 31 years old, native Ukrainian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 21 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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