James Humphries

James Humphries's blog on Ajarn.com


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.


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


Back to reality

The thoughts of a returning expat

My biggest fear is that things may have changed so much that my skills will be inadequate and I will be overlooked in favor of people who have spent their time investing in themselves while I, in the eyes of a potential employer, have been messing around in Asia for the last seven years.


Featured Jobs

Filipino PE Teacher (Male)

฿20,000+ / month

Bangkok


NES Teachers for Primary and Kindergarten Levels

฿50,000+ / month

Bangkok


NES/Non-NES English Teachers (to start ASAP)

฿30,000+ / month

Thailand


Full-time Filipino ESL Teachers

฿25,000+ / month

Thailand


Full-time Native Chinese Teacher

฿45,000+ / month

Bangkok


English Teachers

฿40,000+ / month

Chachoengsao


Featured Teachers

  • Wayne


    British, 42 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Robert


    South African, 60 years old. Currently living in South Africa

  • Rudolph


    Filipino, 43 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Laura


    Spanish, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Benjamin


    American, 31 years old. Currently living in USA

  • William


    American, 50 years old. Currently living in Vietnam

The Hot Spot


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

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Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Walter van der Wal from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.