Michael of Siam Computer

The 31st of March 2006 will be something of a monumental occasion in the Bangkok TEFL business. Mr Michael, the near legendary Academic Director of Siam Computer and Language, has decided to finally call it a day and leave the responsibilities of running one of Bangkok’s biggest private language school chains to a slightly younger man. In the hands of a more energetic man? – I very much doubt it. We caught up with Mr Michael before he headed off to a life of gardening and fishing.

Vincent Morantes

One of the largest groups of teachers currently plying their trade in Thailand are undoubtedly the Filipinos. The ajarn hot seat welcomes Vincente Morantes to champion the cause and hopefully provide some answers as to why Filipinos sometimes seem to get a raw deal from language schools and institutes here.

Robert Lee

Rob Lee spent a total of two years teaching in Bangkok. In his early thirties, Rob felt that although Thailand often seemed like paradise on earth, the failure to secure any kind of long-term security constantly nagged at him. He's now teaching in Spain but hopes to return someday to the Land of Smiles.

Garry Hargreaves

Hot-seat candidates often send me a bit of background about themselves so I can get an angle on the questions. When Garry Hargreaves got in touch, his first words were – “I warn you – I’ve done a lot”. And he wasn’t far wrong either. After reading a brief account of his life in Thailand, I had to go and have a lie down. Thankfully I’ve recovered enough to put the usual fifteen questions together.

Danny Stewart

Someone once told Danny Stewart that anyone who teaches EFL for more than 5 years must have some psychological problems. Well, he’s been here for eight years – all of them in deepest Ratchaburi. He’s taught at both a commercial school and a Rajabhat college.


I'm not quite sure how we've gone so long without interviewing the legendary Stickman. For me he's still the man who started it all - with his Stickman's Guide to Teaching in Thailand. Five years on - how is everything in the Stickman corner?

Louis Minson

The fearless administrator of the ajarn.com discussion board takes his place in the chair to chat about family life, recruiting teachers for Southern Thailand, and his future plans.

Terry Burton

About time we had another interview with someone who actually runs a language school - enter Terry Burton stage right - the owner and director of Amerithai Education Center in Surat Thani.

Barrie Spark

Here's a guy who has been in Thailand for three years and done a little bit of everything from corporate to secondary school and from freelance to summer camps. Take it away Barrie!

Rob Donellan

If you've ever wondered what a kids summer camp or weekend camp is all about then here's an interview with one of Thailand's best organizers of such events. The campfire burns for our main man Rob Donnellan.

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