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What's new on ajarn.com...
— Teaching opportunities
Recently added - Plenty of TEFL jobs around for February. A school in Rayong is looking for primary and kindergarten teachers (35K). For those looking for something different, a prep school in Samut Prakan needs a social media / events coordinator and a company in Bangkok is looking for a master's degree admission consultant (55K). A government school in Bangkok is offering 70K for NES teachers. View the current teaching positions on the Ajarn jobs page.
TEFL course / Training - in our February TEFL course blog, one course provider is offering Ajarn readers a price-match guarantee. You'll find info about this offer and other course start dates, etc in our monthly blog.
— Anyone remember the Bangkok floods?
School closures - Richard McCully had just arrived in the country and was working at a private language school. As it became obvious that the great Bangkok floods of 2011 weren't going to go away soon, the school decided to consider the school closure as 'unpaid leave'. Could some teachers be facing the same situation with the coronavirus?
Thai language - For some foreigners, it's water off a duck's back, but for others, it's a word that never fails to wind them up. We're talking about the 'farang' word. What's so bad about it? Richard Constable investigates.
— "I cut my hours (and salary) to spend more time with my family"
The cost of living - we hear from Hansie, who works as a manager at a Bangkok language school four days a week. Hansie used to work for a top international school but decided to make a few investments and cut back on his hours so he could spend more time with his family.
Region guides - we've updated the guide to Angthong, a town and a province bordered by Lopburi, Suphanburi and Saraburi. It's also not that far from Bangkok. Are many foreign teachers enticed by its charms? If you live outside Bangkok, could you help us update one of our guides?
Language acquisition - Do bilingual children out-perform their monolingual peers? What do research studies show?
— Do you really need dental insurance in Thailand?
Health insurance - Walter van der Wal, Ajarn's health insurance expert, looks at the topic of dental insurance. What are your options in Thailand if you have dental problems and is insurance really necessary?
Student types - It's a question that particularly new teachers don't ask themselves often enough - what age group are you most comfortable teaching?
— Have a chat with us!
Teachers looking for a new challenge - If you have some experience of working in Thailand and are looking for a new teaching position, have a quick chat with us and put yourself on the Ajarn homepage. Recently, we've been talking to David from Belgium and Dawn from America.
A stroll down memory lane - what was living and working in Bangkok like during the 1990's? You new arrivals wouldn't believe how easy you've got it LOL
— "After three months here, I'm loving it!"
The great escape - This is our section for teachers who left Thailand to teach elsewhere. Has the grass proved to be greener? This week we feature Rick, who moved to Cambodia just three months ago. Rick taught in Thailand for many years but feels its best days have gone.
Reverse culture shock - what happens when the party is over and you have to return to your home country? Is it all plain-sailing and ticker-tape-parades? Expats and teachers who have lived abroad for some time will tell you otherwise.
— Where do you stand as a teacher? (or rather how?)
Classroom management - Turn your back on a language class and it's easy to lose control, especially if you do it for long periods. But how can you write on the board and keep the attention of your students at the same time? Here's teacher trainer, Stephen Louw, with some good advice.
Chinese, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand
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British, 54 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 29 years old. Currently living in Thailand
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Filipino, 32 years old. Currently living in Philippines
American, 28 years old. Currently living in USA
American, 59 years old. Currently living in Thailand
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Some teachers may be in for a nasty surprise if their school is closed for an extended period
A fairly painless procedure
What are the options that will guarantee to keep you smiling?
What do research studies show?
Keeping silent in the dead of night
With a point under our belts, we face a difficult first away match against close neighbours, Port FC.
Poor facilities and poor student attendance make teaching difficult.
Where do you stand as a teacher?
Sometimes you have to admire Thai people's directness