A view from the student’s side of the classroom
Perspectives on becoming a student again
For the most part, I was teaching (in a variety of different capacities) during the years I was also pursuing my graduate studies. Now once again I am alternating between the front and rear of the classroom, and this can be an effective method to help one to keep the student's perspective in mind when the time of the day comes for one to assume the role of teacher.
The death of General English
And if it isn't dead, it damn well should be
Students study English with local teachers or native English speakers (NES), or both, but what they're ultimately looking at is a textbook, many of which were never published with Asian markets in mind.
Keeping foreign teachers
Sent in by Paul
How will Thailand prevent their slide towards last place in the ASEAN economic community when they can't keep foreign teachers? The Government in Bangkok make the request, but many educators can't seem to accept the help that they are given.
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.
Even Playing Field
Sent in by Keith
I bet you that during the floods the Thai teaching staff still got paid. Yes, that’s right, double standards! For the record any Thai citizen can pay into the social security fund, and not just the civil servants.
The chalkies need a real change
Sent in by Mr Grumpy
Nothing can prepare the foreign teacher for the employee-to-management-to-admin staff life. Dealing with these matters can drive the most experienced teachers up the wall and can turn a normally friendly teacher into a paranoid wreck!
Thai English teachers from Hell
Sent in by Keith Evans
I started teaching at the school in the Chaiyaphum Province about two months ago. Everything seemed to be OK at first. The students were polite and the Thai teaching staff were friendly.
Student failings and blame
Sent in by Phetpeter
My stuggle is always the time I have to spend with each class and find my English only lessons are undermined by other imported teachers who will use more Thai in class then English when the previous year I taught them using English only
Standing up for the teaching profession, and the complicity of silence.
“Someone wrote on your blog that you are 'dangerous'. I say you are a neurotic loose canon and a liability for a school, working with children”
Concerning plagiarism and copying
Sent in by Ralph Sasser
Plagiarism has been a problem here as long as I have been here and long before that. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but every teacher I know of has tried to stop it, including myself, with no success.
Guinean (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BEd (1)
Filipino (female, 31 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1), PGCE (1), BSc (1)
British (male, 44 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 40 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (2), BA (1)
Indian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
Russian (female, 22 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1), Certificate (1)
Thai (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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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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