Stephen Louw

Triggers in the classroom

How to grab attention


Now classroom management is a complex thing, and identifying the reasons for the students' lack of attention is sometimes hard to do while things are descending into chaos. The real issue is what to do about it when it happens.

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Phil Hall

The short, fat, bald new guy

The adventure starts at a school in Kalasin


As I rode down the main Kalasin Road, towards the school, I was aware of hundreds of school kids heading in the same direction, I wondered which ones I would be teaching? As I parked up the bike, the school grounds were already teeming with student life it was as if the school had been transformed into a mini city.

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TEFL Course News

January 2018

Welcome to our first TEFL course news blog of the new year!


Are you ready for the peak teacher hiring season to get underway? Time to perhaps get that teacher training certificate under your belt if you don't already have one.

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Bangkok Phil

Experiences with Air BnB

What have we learned from our six trips 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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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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Sam Thompson

Chasing the big bucks

The ongoing and exhausting search for a well-paid teaching job


I'm just not making enough money to make it worth staying at my current posting. What with student loans, a mortgage, and other bills to pay, not only am I saving zilch for retirement, but I'm also barely breaking even month to month.

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Matthew Pape

Don't come to Thailand if this makes you mad

You've got to roll with the punches


Things are very spur of the moment in South East Asia. You hardly ever hear about things until the last possible second. There is nothing you can do about it.

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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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Sion Binalon

Music and language acquisition

How music benefits the language learner


Learning language through music helps students' verbatim memory, improves pronunciation, speaks better, and promotes positive atmosphere in learning.

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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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Mark Newman

The uphill fight to make a difference.

There are many obstacles in your way that you can do almost nothing about.


There are lots of good reasons why teachers are struggling to get the job done and the good news is that none of them are your fault!

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Blake Sibbitt

I'm very interesting. Please message me!

When language help and correction isn't always appreciated.


A large number of Thai people seem to have a complete inability to be corrected. The advice of "Here's how to say that right" always seems to be interpreted as "you're wrong".

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Joko MacKenna

Monsoon!

Surviving Myanmar's rainy season


I grew up on the west coast of the USA. We get rain, but we don't get thunder and lightning. I love experiencing it now. Don't grouse about it. Enjoy it.

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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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Peter Clarke

Interesting Thailand stuff - October 2016

A selection of hand-picked Thailand blogs and articles


Johnny Chan

Thai health insurance basics

What are the basic health insurance rules to keep in mind?


Two points to consider are firstly, you must live in Thailand to purchase health insurance in Thailand, and secondly, insurance in Thailand is regulated by the Department of Insurance.

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