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— Getting the students' attention

Getting the students' attention


Noisy classroom? - struggling to make your voice heard? Here's teacher trainer Stephen Louw on how to use 'triggers' in your EFL classroom.


TEFL course news - there are some great deals and discounts for ajarn readers in our first TEFL course news blog of the year.


— A warm welcome to Phil Hall

A warm welcome to Phil Hall


It begins with a school in Kalasin, North East Thailand - over the coming weeks and months, Ajarn will be publishing modified excerpts from Phil Hall's 'Bangkok to Ben Nevis Backwards'.  Phil Hall taught at a government school in Isaan. Debts, Dementia, poorly planned emigration, self discovery, family bonding and attempted murder were all part of the highs and lows of his 18-month true tale.


Got a question? - about teaching in Thailand? Put it on our Ajarn Facebook page for some instant replies and help.


Help other teachers - your contributions to ajarn dot com are always welcome. Find out how you can get involved.


— "Thailand is many things but boring it certainly isn't"

"Thailand is many things but boring it certainly isn't"


The great escape - JD left Thailand for Ireland after 3 years as a teacher here. He'll be back one day for sure.


Cost of living - Steve earns 35,000 baht a month in Cha'am. Caryl makes 150,000 a month in Phuket. What kind of lifestyles do they have?


Clock, peanut and frog - The problematic pronunciation of many Thais


Classroom problems - Mark Brown tackles the topic of managing large, unruly classes and the stress and burnout they can cause any teacher.


— Don't fix up a job before you get here!

Don't fix up a job before you get here!


Where new teachers in Thailand go wrong - from renting cheap apartments to not bringing enough money. Here are 21 pointers if you like.


Chasing the big bucks - Teacher Sam's ongoing and exhausting search for a well-paid teaching job


Penny wise in Thailand - you can save a small fortune if you keep your eyes on who's offering good deals and promotions


Hot seat interview - Ajarn chats to Rob Whitelaw, the director of Kickstart Art, a non-profit organization that delivers art classes to migrant and refugee children living along the Thai / Myanmar Border 


Great idea! - teacher trainer Stephen Louw recommends getting students to practice their English pronunciation using the virtual assistant on their electronic device


Life as a local hire - what's it like to be a 'local hire' at a Bangkok international school when all the expat teachers around you have bigger packages!



— How easy is it to get a teaching job?

How easy is it to get a teaching job?

Will I find work in Thailand? - it's never an easy question to answer but we'll do our best.


Demo lesson - been asked to do a demo lesson at a school? Don't be scared at the prospect. Here's how to prepare and the questions you should be asking.


Young or old? - the fresh-faced TEFL graduate or the old boy with years of experience under his belt. Who comes out on top in a recruiter's eyes?


Readers letters - if you've got something to get off your chest about teaching in Thailand, then the Ajarn Postbox is the place.


— What's a decent Bangkok salary?

What's a decent Bangkok salary?

Survival salary? - Many schools still pay around 30,000 baht a month but how far does that money go in Bangkok?


New UK passport? - I went through the procedure of renewing a UK passport in Bangkok recently and it was all quite painless. The final update includes transferring Thai visa stamps from the old passport to the new one.


Directors from Hell - teacher Craig looks back at some terrible directors he's worked for at various private language schools.


Skype interview? - What do you need to know and be prepared for when interviewing by webcam.


— Would you still want to work here?

Would you still want to work here?

Choosing a job - when considering a school to work at, could any of these 18 things be a dealbreaker?


Out in the sticks - Fancy working somewhere other than Bangkok? Kind teachers have updated our region guides to Sakhon Nakhon, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao and Phuket. Please help us update a guide if you have ten minutes to spare.


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Featured Teachers

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    American, 57 years old. Currently living in Thailand

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    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Camelle


    Diploma

    Filipino, 22 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Rachel


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    South African, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Daren


    BA

    British, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Kelzang


    Certificate

    Bhutanese, 25 years old. Currently living in Bhutan

  • Avishek


    BSc

    Indian, 28 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Lumloungam


    BEd

    Indian, 25 years old. Currently living in India

  • Benjamin


    BA

    British, 44 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Jefferson


    MA

    Filipino, 28 years old. Currently living in Thailand

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Latest Blogs

Triggers in the classroom

How to grab attention

The short, fat, bald new guy

The adventure starts at a school in Kalasin

January 2018

Welcome to our first TEFL course news blog of the new year!

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Discipline in the classroom

The 800-pound gorilla no one talks about

Chasing the big bucks

The ongoing and exhausting search for a well-paid teaching job

Don't come to Thailand if this makes you mad

You've got to roll with the punches

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!

Music and language acquisition

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