Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Moving on

The lives we teachers touch and the impact we have.


There are always those days that make you wonder what it is you’re doing with your life, but I would argue there are few professions that can allow a person to make so many direct contributions to the lives of others.

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John V

John V

The Rise and Fall of the Pattaya Empire

How times have changed for Thailand's favourite seaside resort


My dear Pattaya; I don’t know whether to feel sympathy for you, or applaud your growing older gracefully, just like ourselves.

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Richard Constable

Richard Constable

The gutties dinnae fit well

OK class. Get your English books out!


Recently while having a few wee drams in a well-known British pub on the Sukhumvit, a Scotsman by the name of Evan Elliot reflected on the events of his day to Richard Constable who was working there as a barman on this particular evening.

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Bangkok Phil

Bangkok Phil

A few days in Dalat, Vietnam

The charming city the locals call 'Petit Paris' (Little Paris)


Dalat in Vietnam felt like a journey into the unknown. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was really looking forward to this.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Job-hunting in North-East Thailand

Well, job-hunting and snake-hunting to be exact.


So the morning of all mornings finally arrived and it was time for me to become a teacher; a giver of knowledge, a mentor; all of these things. Who was I trying to kid?

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TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

June 2018

All the latest news, promotions and deals.


Thailand is a great place to take a TEFL course. You can choose from city locations like Bangkok and Chiang Mai - or perhaps somewhere a bit more laid-back like Phuket or Koh Samui. There are options to suit all tastes.

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Richard McCully

Richard McCully

Do Thai students want to learn from textbooks?

And how do teachers feel about using them?


Whether you are teaching in a high school, university or private language school most students will be expecting to see some form of textbook to be assigned to them. It is like a comfort blanket to them.

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FIRE in Thailand

FIRE in Thailand

The changing face of Pattaya

Is Pattaya's reputation now completely undeserved?


In many ways, it's like nightlife doesn't exist unless you specifically go looking for it. There's no doubt the industry is dying.

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Mark Brown

Mark Brown

An undeserved promotion

Foreign teachers are powerless to stop problem students advancing


Last year in my P1 class I encountered a student named Oat (not his real name). Within minutes of meeting this child it was apparent that he had some sort of behavioral problem. He was extremely active, running from room to room, disrupting classes throughout the whole school. The other teachers tried to control him but it was close to impossible.

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Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan

New term conversations

Eavesdropping on the first day of term


Stephen Louw

Stephen Louw

Classroom dress code

Does a teacher need to look like a teacher?


As teachers in Asia we are part of the 'tribe' of professional educators and are therefore expected to look like we belong. I think that many experienced teachers here will agree that the effort pays off.

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Steve Schertzer

Steve Schertzer

Children of the March

The nightmare that is American public education.


I am grateful that I am now living in Thailand and can watch the downfall and eventual collapse of Western Civilization from half a world away.

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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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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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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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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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