Twenty types of western teacher in Asia

Which one are you?

I’ve taught in Asia since 2007. During that time I’ve encountered a whole spectrum of characters in a wide variety of roles. I’ve taught online, in language centers, in government schools, in international schools and even as a private tutor. I’ve seen it all.


The TEFL job interview and what makes a good teacher?

Getting past the interview stage and deciding what roles to play in the classroom.

Think back to your favourite teacher at school. What was it that made him or her stand out? Chances are if you ask 10 people this, they’d come up with broadly similar qualities.


It's not about being liked

Postbox letter from Jim

What about comparing a teacher who has a good work ethic, a diploma possibly from a decent university, years in the game, a PGCE, a professional license. In short, someone that has something behind him and something to offer?


What makes a good teacher?

Postbox letter from Jack

While there are many types of “English teacher” and exam prep and preparation for passing specific tests might require specialized skills and knowledge, there are no magical ways to actually “learn” a foreign language.


So, you want to teach English in Thailand?

First impressions of a novice

A couple of months into teaching at a school in Pattaya, I think I've learned a thing or two about living and teaching in Thailand.


But what about the racism and ageism?

Postbox letter from Jonathan

I know excellent teachers who because of their skin colour are not allowed in a school because "the parents want a white face" so actually I will amend my previous statement and include all the racist Thai parents out there. The simple question for Thailand should be do you want to learn English or don't you?


Who does teaching in Thailand suit most?

Postbox letter from Jack

Teaching English in Thailand is a good match for some people at some stages of life and maybe not a good match for the same or different people at different stages in life.


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