Transforming lesson plans into modules
Plans to develop a better school curriculum
Teachers who use their own modules know very well the advantages they bring to classroom teaching and professional development.
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?
Is it wise for a foreign teacher to complain in Thailand?
Sent in by Siri Herath
Misunderstandings and problems with an over-zealous assistant
Teaching at my university
What does holding down a university job entail?
if you want to teach university classes like mine, in particularly regard to Thai classes, if they are school leavers they’re really as good a bunch of starters as you could ever hope to get. If you try and teach them in a systematic way, you will encounter difficulties – difficulties that might, at first, be inclined to plunge you into the deepest depths of despair.
The isaan spirit
And what about the Isaan people themselves? When was the last time you went out in a western economy, err sorry, country, and had a table of strangers ‘cheers’ you, and ask your name?
Tales of ghosts and spirits in deepest Thailand
I have yet to see a ghost in Ayutthaya myself. But, I am learning to speak Thai, so maybe that will help. The main problem today is this: wailing ghosts don't attract western travelers, who are celebrating on vacation. Nobody likes whining and misery. We can always get that at home.
The end of innocence
Comparing and contrasting cultural diversity
Comparing the ritual that is know as " Welcome Freshy time " by students in Thailand and "Freshers' week" by those in the UK.
The international course bandwagon rolls on
Are Thai MBA courses worth the money?
I'm friends with the ( Thai)Head of English at a Thai college which has just started an MBA program - it's a waste of money and she feels sorry for her students. That's what gave me the idea for this offering.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
American (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 32 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (female, 59 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (3), Certificate (2)
Filipino (female, 42 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
American (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1)
British (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BSc (1), Certificate (1)
Russian (male, 24 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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