Diary of a Thai football season

Diary of a Thai football season

2020/21 season fixtures

How will Samut Prakan fare in their second season as a Thai Premier League club?


Bangkok Phil

Bangkok Phil

Embracing long-distance bus travel in Thailand

Ignore the naysayers. It was wonderful!


I've come to realise that a flight isn't always the best option to get from A to B. I thoroughly enjoyed my long-distance bus travel experiences and can't wait to do more!

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Ricky Batten

Ricky Batten

Mandatory COVID-19 travel insurance for visiting Thailand

Over the course of the pandemic, travel insurance in Thailand has gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “definitely-must-have”.


Truth be told, the process can be incredibly puzzling. Not only do you have to keep up with the changing (and let’s face it, bureaucratic) regulations, but you also have to familiarize yourself with insurance terms.

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Stephen Louw

Stephen Louw

Getting to grips with ed-tech (education technology)

What aspects of technology I've found work well in the classroom


The remote classrooms and lockdowns have forced me to revisit my rather antiquated and technophobic ways. I have had to face this technology-classroom-teacher-student dialogue in all its digital reality.

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Mark Beales

Mark Beales

The good, the bad and the downright unlucky

The different kinds of foreign teachers who end up teaching in Thailand


Wherever you end up teaching, the chances are that you are going to be alongside people you'd never normally work with, which can make the whole experience more memorable, one way or another.

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TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

November 2020

All the latest news, promotions, etc, from Thailand's big TEFL course names


Although entry into Thailand is severely limited at the moment, there are still some good online options for those looking to obtain their TEFL certificate.

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Megan Swanick

Megan Swanick

Ten reasons to teach in Thailand

Why choose Thailand over other TEFL destinations?


Now, more than ever, being a native speaker of English (Or even non-native speaker) is a valuable world export and can be an easy, economic, and deeply rewarding way to see the globe.

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Richard McCully

Richard McCully

Speaking Thai in the classroom

It is not what foreign teachers are paid to do.


It wasn’t until moving to a language school, with proper management, that I saw the negative side of a foreign teacher speaking Thai in class. It was also at that job where I saw that some TEFL teachers are actually stuck in the routine of speaking Thai with students.

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Phil Roeland

Phil Roeland

Learner autonomy

Encouraging learners to be more responsible for their own progress


There are various ways to speed up the learning of a language. First of all, students should try to develop the habit of using the language they’ve learnt in the classroom outside the classroom.

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Mark Newman

Mark Newman

The fantastical world of teaching in Thailand

A child's imagination is a beautiful thing


If you really enjoy your work and genuinely like your students then you'll already have the skill set needed to be able to determine what kids will enjoy while they are learning. My rule of thumb is... if I don't like it, my students won't either.

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Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

English versus English

Why get into arguments over which form of English is best?


The problem my students face is getting confused when encountering, for example, British English in one course with one teacher, and the next semester encountering American English with another teacher; it is hard enough to understand one way of speaking and writing, much less understanding that there are differences in what is considered correct

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Richard Constable

Richard Constable

Lockdown 2020

Today is Britain's National Poetry Day, so here's a reminder of what we all experienced during Bangkok's curfew.


Students studying with their teacher, sadly could no longer be, sitting in their classrooms, content and comfortably.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Getting a job interview - part 3

Legwork and salary negotiations


I was finally being offered teaching roles but the salary was typically around the 20,000 mark and that was just too low to consider. On the other hand, in most cases I would be the only Westerner at the school.

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Jesse Sessoms

Jesse Sessoms

Species extinction

Reflections on how technology has changed the way we travel


We have lost our identities; we are lost to ourselves. We are but a series of endless reactions to online stimuli. Before we have time to think and form our own perspective on anything, we are looking to see what our family, friends, and peers said; what the reviewers said; what the online influencers said; what the experts said.

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Steve Schertzer

Steve Schertzer

The selfish generation

Covidiots and their dangerous ways


Unfortunately, the coronavirus has not brought out the best in us. To the contrary, it has brought out the worst in us. It has thrown the curtains wide open to reveal a human population so scientifically ignorant, many seem to be regressing back to a time of human sacrifice.

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Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Beta testers wanted!

Testers who provide useful feedback will be given additional free materials as they are developed


California Accent provides over 300 TEFL lessons organized into 16 courses and 5 curriculums. These lessons are intended to be used by TEFL teachers in Thailand to supplement (not replace) the standard teaching materials issued by the provincial administrative organizations.

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Tom Tuohy

Tom Tuohy

Teaching in Thailand post COVID-19

The 'new normal'


What does the future hold for education in Thailand? With the “new normal” in full swing, a “tourism reset” on the way, will there be any other meaningful changes in education, as some are hoping for?

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Kylie Millar

Kylie Millar

Five myths about being a TEFL teacher

I'm sick of the moaners.....I really am!


I am sick and fed up of people coming out to Thailand with stupid misconceptions and then moaning about how awful it is to live in Thailand. Shut up and go home then!

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James Humphries

James Humphries

Tips for the newbie teacher

Keep these points in mind and you'll cope far better


Don't get stressed by the job. Remember that you are merely the latest in a long line of farang teachers who have come and gone. There isn't enough time to make any real progress with students' English so just try and make it fun for them.

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Parin Hemtanon

Parin Hemtanon

How to gain teaching experience when you have none

Could lack of experience be the reason why schools aren't replying to your job applications?


When I realised that I was an inexperienced teacher, I decided to create my own life-changing “teacher training program”. These are things I did to pack my resume with relevant teaching skills and experience, which I believe helped secure my first teaching job.

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Nick Tarver

Nick Tarver

The pee, the nong and the wai

Aspects of Thai culture


Although ajarn.com has never shirked from handing out some just criticism on Thai education and culture I felt it was only fair to balance worthy criticism with worthy praise.

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David Walters

David Walters

Do bilingual children out-perform their monolingual peers?

What do research studies show?


Giving a child the chance to learn multiple languages from an early age is one of the most amazing gifts a parent can give. Being bilingual opens up so many more doors in life.

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Kink Bundy

Kink Bundy

My experiences of working in a college in Bangkok (part 7)

Poor facilities and poor student attendance make teaching difficult.


Many of the students had taken out loans to come to this school. The loans could often be too much for their families to repay and they’d need to drop out for financial reasons, and end up leaving the school with no degree and a staggering pile of debt that their families would struggle to repay.

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Charles Green

Charles Green

The teacher mindset

English teachers are all business owners


In Thailand, I have found that people quickly get labeled and categorized as either good or bad, helpful or unhelpful, good teachers or bad teachers, etc. Then once you are labeled it is a long and difficult process of changing your projected image.

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Karisa Blake

Karisa Blake

Confessions of a new teacher

What I learned in the first five months


I'm Karisa and I couldn't be more of a cliché: a blonde, American, recent college grad who decided to go teach in a foreign country! Don't be too impressed with me; I'm hardly unique in this expedition to teach English abroad.

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Adam Crittenden

Adam Crittenden

Tips for first year teachers in Thailand

How to maximize your teaching enjoyment!


Successful good quality teaching is never a "walk in the park." As you prepare to teach in Thailand really try to focus on being there for the students.

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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Dealing with the troublemakers

Discipline: tips on control in the classroom


Troublemakers. We have all seen them do their thing, causing mayhem and disorder in the classroom; perhaps you were even one yourself at some point during your time as a student. Troublemakers are the bane of every teacher's existence and they make our job go from difficult to pounding headache and hair-tearing proportions.

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John Wilson

John Wilson

Can you start on Monday?

What lies behind that oft-heard request?


This request often means the organisation you are joining is less than adept at hiring procedures and is pressed for time. The ‘power-dressing princess’ delegated to find new recruits may have had little aptitude for the practicalities of recruitment.

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Dr. A.E Schneider

Dr. A.E Schneider

Things I learned about recommending students for graduate and professional school

Ways to truly support students’ path forward


Once applicants have accurately assessed their skill set, standing out amongst the crowd of outstanding applicants is surprisingly straightforward and achievable with enough hard work and preparation.

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Jocelyn Pollak

Jocelyn Pollak

Three fun warm-up activities

Games designed to get students focused on using English and getting comfortable with their classmates.


Have fun with these games and consider joining in with your students! Great EFL warm-up activities really set the tone for a great class. Enjoy!

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Rachel Diamond

Rachel Diamond

Finding a job in Thailand - the basics

From one newbie to another


If you're considering coming to Thailand on your own to find work as an English teacher, I promise you can do it.

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Ben Bartee

Ben Bartee

Stumbling blocks

What I didn’t learn in my 100-hour online ESL course


I can see my skin through my dress shirt because the thin layer of fine linen is totally soaked through. In short, it’s too hot to care about anything academic.

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Lee Lepper

Lee Lepper

An amazing TEFL journey

From Saudi to Thailand to China (and a bit of America in-between)


China is definitely on the upswing as far as English teaching goes. Thailand is a place I love but professionally dead to me. Saudi was challenging, interesting and of course lucrative.

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John V

John V

Excuse me, haven’t we met before?

A satirical look at TEFL personality types


If you’re just an average teacher struggling along in a sea of two legged sharks trying to do your best give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, because you sir or madam are gold dust.

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Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan

New term conversations

Eavesdropping on the first day of term



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