Teaching a six-hour Sunday class
A world of classroom activity and the odd jaded colleague
I've now taught two sessions of a Sunday 6-hour class at a language school near Ekkami here in Bangkok, and I think I have a pretty good feel for what it's all about.
Whatever happened to the shopping mall teacher?
Teaching for 300 baht an hour as the rest of the world enjoys itself
They are the shopping mall English teachers - gliding like pale, undernourished phantoms amid the hordes of weekend Thai shoppers. The main reason I empathize with the shopping mall teacher is because I was once one myself. I know how desperate and soul-destroying it can be.
Teaching the kiddies
Do they learn anything at all?
Although weekend courses have to be fun for everyone involved, meaning both children and teacher, I think that fun and learning should be balanced. If the parents pay good money to get their kids on a course, the least a teacher should do is make sure that they learn some English. This can be done using fun and games, but not exclusively.
A teacher’s lot
A week in the life of an English teacher
As Friday is my day off, I consider Saturday to be the start of my working week. Yes, that’s right, I work six days a week, not unusual if you work for a language school. Unlike Thai schools, the weekend is the busiest time for language schools.
Diploma (2), Certificate (2)
British (male, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 33 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 35 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 21 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (male, 33 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Cameroonian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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