Richard McCully

Richard McCully

My thoughts on gate duty

It’s not a punishment. It’s not going to kill you.


Richard Constable

Richard Constable

Last Christmas

A foreign teacher's Christmas in Thailand


Another reason I came out here was to be an EFL teacher, yet due to the fact that I haven't got a university degree, I couldn't get a job working directly for a school, hence I teamed up with an agent and now work indirectly for one.

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TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

December 2018

Get ready for 2019 by booking your place on a TEFL course in Thailand


All the latest news and promotions, etc from Thailand's major TEFL / teacher training courses in our regular monthly round-up.

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Walter van der Wal

Walter van der Wal

Air pollution in Thailand

What is the impact on your health?


Todd Persaud

Todd Persaud

Handling hostility in the EFL office space

The single best political strategy


Managing the politics involved in teaching requires you to just admit that you know nothing. Pretend that you are an alien from outer space. You have no idea how to teach. You have no idea how the system works and you need help at all times. If you don’t do this, then people want to use your sense of importance against you.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

We are family

I play piggy-in-the-middle while the family feuds go on all around me


Here in Thailand, family is supposed to be everything, and quite often that is the case. But what happens when two members of the same family have a serious falling out? What side will the rest of the family take, and does it even matter who is right and who is wrong?

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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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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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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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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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