Richard Constable

Richard Constable

Along the Bangkok riverfront

A new iconic building for a city that's changing fast


In my opinion the ICONSIAM is an extremely welcome addition to the rapid and ever-changing City of Angels' skyscape, nevertheless, some of its wares will no doubt be beyond the pockets of all-but accredited international school or trust fund teachers.

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Stephen Louw

Stephen Louw

The slaughterhouse called marking

It's boring, thankless work, right? Should we even bother?


Hunting down every error is hard on a student's ego, but also very time consuming for a teacher faced with a full class-load of papers. But there are ways around it.

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Richard McCully

Richard McCully

Teaching very young learners

Whatever your gender you should feel confident to teach students of any age.


I quickly learned that teaching very young learners requires a lot of energy but it also energizes you at the same time. I was pretty nervous about teaching five and six year old students but in the end I have found something which I really enjoy.

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TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

November 2018

Thinking of taking your TEFL course in Thailand. Check out our monthly TEFL course news blog!


Find yourself a good deal from one of our TEFL course promotions but hurry because seats are often limited.

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Bangkok Phil

Bangkok Phil

Renewing a UK passport in Bangkok

A fairly painless procedure


Like many bureaucratic processes in Thailand, advance preparation is key. In terms of paperwork, it's all about getting your ducks in a row so that the actual application day goes as smoothly as possible.

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Todd Persaud

Todd Persaud

Is teaching English the new restaurant job for actors?

Think about what you can do both for your students - and for yourself!


Teaching English is something that many people take for granted because they don’t realize how significant the role of an English teacher is. The point is that you, the teacher, are impacting many people’s lives, and they will remember you for a very long time.

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Walter van der Wal

Walter van der Wal

The importance of having critical illness insurance

It's definitely something worth thinking about.


While it’s good to have outpatient benefits that cover minor diseases such as fever and flu, it’s the critical ailments that you should be looking out for. If you’re diagnosed with some form of critical illness, not only will you have to pay for the often exorbitant medical bills, but you may also end up having to take extra time off work to receive treatment, or even become unable to work.

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Stephen Saad

Stephen Saad

The best things about living in Thailand?

The expat lives without being judged or interfered with.


The best thing about Thailand for expats? Just about everything. Many things work differently here; it does not mean they are wrong, they are just different. Thailand will evolve at its own pace and to suit Thai people, not expats.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Family Thais

A tale of the simple life in Issan with a bit of financial debt, drug dealing and machete-swinging thrown in.


When we moved from the UK to Thailand via India, I firmly believed that I had made the right move for myself and my family. We’d said goodbye to dismal Britain and were here to stay. What followed was a torrid time that bore little if any resemblance to what I believed Thailand stood for.

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Blake Sibbitt

Blake Sibbitt

The best place to live in Bangkok for teachers

Onnud has got the lot!


In the past, all we had was a Tesco, Big C and the beer garden. It was pretty barren. But it's distance from the "city center" and subsequent lower rents, while still having access to the BTS, has made it a popular choice for expats.

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FIRE in Thailand

FIRE in Thailand

What does your retirement from teaching look like?

There's no excuse not to invest and plan.


Planning for retirement doesn't have to be complicated. All you have to do is spend less than you make and invest the difference for the long-term. That's it. I know you are thinking that's easier said than done, but start small.

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Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Change your mind.....set!

Know what to expect if you decide to visit Thailand


I have some relatives coming over next March. With that in mind, I have put together a few ideas so the thing called 'culture shock' doesn't hit them (or you) too directly between the eyes and ruin their trip

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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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Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan

New term conversations

Eavesdropping on the first day of term



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