Back in June of 2013 we interviewed Andrew Fleming, who had opened a new English language school in Udon Thani. The first year is tough for any business so we were eager to find out how things were progressing.
In a recent ajarn blog, our resident Filipino blogger, Benito Vacio, wrote about the success he was having in his classrooms with something called ‘Genki English’. Eager to learn more, we tracked down the main man himself, the founder of Genki English – Richard Graham. And Richard very kindly offered to put himself in the ajarn hot seat.
It's always nice to have a chat with someone who has been an English teacher but eventually found work in Asia doing something they are really passionate about. James Barr is such a man. He's the main guy in Thailand for Grasshopper Adventures - a tour company with a difference.
Opening your own successful language school is something many English teachers dream of doing. The dream became a reality for one Englishman and his Thai partner. Andrew Fleming tells ajarn.com the secrets behind making a language school work.
Well, this is something of a ‘first’ for the ajarn hot seat – our very first interview with a Thai national - Kattreeya Walker to be exact. ‘Katt’ has taught English in Thai schools. She’s run online businesses. She’s lived abroad in The USA. She has plenty of opinions. Honestly, I don’t know where to start.
It's always good to get an interview with guys in the private language school business - the managers or academic directors on the frontline. Stuart Stripling is Managing Director of Insight English on Silom Road in Bangkok. So how are things shaping up for Thailand's private language school market?
Polish-born Marek Lenarcik first put himself in the ajarn hot seat in February 2010. Marek hadn't been in Thailand very long at that stage but he had landed a decent teaching gig in Bangkok and all seemed well with the world. We featured Marek because we wanted to know if there were any 'difficulties' finding a teaching job for someone classified as a non-native English speaking European. Let's catch up with the man himself - and hang on to your hats because it's been an eventful last three years to say the least.
We're going to invite 27-year-old Canadian Zach Laan into the ajarn.com hot seat for the first interview of 2013. Zach taught in Thailand for about five years and despite being a relative youngster, he's managed to cram an awful lot into his post-university teaching career.
What, if anything, are TEFLers doing these days to supplement their teaching salaries? Steve Collingborne is one of that select group of teachers who dabble in a bit of 'E-bay exporting' on the side. So the big question is - does it make any wonga?
Katherine Hardy and her partner Rob, both from the UK, jacked in their jobs in the civil service to travel the world and teach English. They slung a few things in a backpack and after seeing a few countries, they both ended up in Chiang Mai. But they've already got itchy feet.
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