Stephen Louw

Stephen Louw

Overjustification

Is there a place for rewards in the classroom?


Having classroom management problems? Try using candy as a reward for good behavior or good grades. Kids love candy, so it works great as a reward. Or does it?

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Richard McCully

Richard McCully

Do you want to be a TEFL teacher or a licensed teacher?

The positives and the negatives of each


Do you want to continue working in TEFL or become a licensed teacher in your home country and go for the higher-paying international school jobs. It's a big decision to make!

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

A first lesson disaster

I mean, seriously, how many other teachers pass out in their first class?


when I awoke, I was on the floor slumped against the wall. I looked up to see at least 30 faces looking down on me, and yes, the smartphones were out in force. I could only wonder how much of the event had already been recorded.

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TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

April 2018

Take your TEFL course with one of Thailand's major course providers.


This month there are special offers and promotions from courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Koh Samui. The choice is yours!

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Mark Newman

Mark Newman

A better way to deal with class disruptions

What to do when students misbehave


This article is for teachers like me who don't have formal training to do what they do, but who nevertheless want to do the best that they can to enrich and improve their own lives as well as those of their students.

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John V

John V

Thai education and TEFL class management

A look at three practical examples to use in your classroom


Class management, although employing techniques, isn't so much a process as a mind-set requiring a separate skill set from that of delivery, a point often missed in progressive education orthodoxy.

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Bangkok Phil

Bangkok Phil

Experiences with Air BnB

We're big Air BnB fans and have used the site seven times so far


We love staying in hotels and we love guest houses that serve up hearty full English breakfasts, but we love the Air BnB experience as well. It still gives me a genuine buzz to peruse the Air BnB listings in any given town or city and wonder what adventures and experiences lie ahead.

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Matthew Pape

Matthew Pape

The worst type of foreigner

Why bash other people's lifestyles and situations?


I live in a closet with no air-con and a fan. I live off of a diet of air, water and noodles. Sure, I can't afford to travel, save for retirement, get my own place and I haven't seen my family for years because I can't afford a ticket to go home and visit them, but I am living the Thai lifestyle man!

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Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

The price of ignorance

The recent pollution epidemic in Thailand


I think we should all exercise a bit of common sense. At the very least, be aware of the situation and help make others more likely to be affected (young children, for example) aware too!

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Steve Schertzer

Steve Schertzer

Powerball TEFL

Sometimes we have to do what is ridiculous


As I lament the last 20 years of my life in and out of the TEFL industry, I can't help but wonder how I haven't completely lost my mind. Have things in the Powerball TEFL industry changed over the last 15-20 years? It depends on who you ask, who you believe, and what you believe, or choose to believe.

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Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Discipline in the classroom

The 800-pound gorilla no one talks about


On more than one occasion last semester when I was teaching at the local high school I walked out of classes because I wasn't able to control an unruly crowd of 35 teenagers.

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James Humphries

James Humphries

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!


I've read many teaching blogs down the years and I generally enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. However there is one thing I'd like to see more of - honesty

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Adam Crittenden

Adam Crittenden

The benefits of working in an after-school language centre

Extra cash and more teaching experience for starters!


Teaching at an after-school has been a worthwhile experience. If you are willing to build your endurance and self-discipline then you will gain the rewards of more experience and some extra cash to boot.

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Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan

The all new 10-year retirement visa

Who is it aimed at exactly?


A buzz of excitement went through the Thailand expat community last week, when it was announced the Thai government planned to offer ten year visas to those over the official Thai retirement age of 50. That buzz of excitement was shortlived however once any street savvy expat decided to delve into the figures and requirements in more detail.

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Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan

Where's Santa Claus

Remember - health insurance is a business


Taxpayer supported health care is not a yet a reality for most of us. Now, we have no other choice but to rely on private health insurers for our medical care needs.

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