Interview oddballs

Some of the stranger folks I've come across during interview procedures

One applicant that I won't forget was a certain Mr G. Glitter who applied for a primary school homeroom teacher position in 2006 and claimed to 'love working with kids'. The application came complete with a picture of the glam rocker in full 1970s rock regalia


What's your bag?

Pay close attention to what you carry those textbooks in

Fashion guru, Sebastian Hawkes, joins ajarn.com to cast a critical eye over what teachers should be carrying their stuff in this coming Fall. Could it be time to ditch the backpack for something more trendy?


The city is theirs!

Thailand - the home of all things that bite, sting, crawl, creep or scurry.

There are many dangers awaiting the new arrival in Thailand, but never underestimate what might be under the roof or under the floorboards.


Ghosts in the teachers room

Postbox letter from Steve Bold

This is the story of the ghost of an ex-English teacher who hunts the Principal of a Thai school.


Who do you work with?

Recognize any of your colleagues from this list?

Nothing more than a playful poke at some of the teaching characters we've all worked with down the years.


Ask Joyce Armitage

When only a wise old head will do.

I am here to answer all those nagging ‘teacher etiquette’ questions that sometimes even your best friends and colleagues can’t or won’t answer. Please don’t be afraid to ask. With years of experience behind me, I’m hopeful that I can always come up with a solution that keeps a smile on everybody’s face and keeps the work-place harmonious. Best regards, Joyce Armitage


Chuckles in the classroom

Some of those hilarious moments that make teaching worthwhile

I’ve had several funny incidents in my ESL and EFL classes that might brighten the teaching days of our readers. Here are some of them.


A day in Pattaya

How was Thailand's favorite beach resort holding up?

“Gone up-market” is always a risky expression to use where Pattaya is concerned, but that’s genuinely how I felt about area around the beach road and the sea-front. Gone were many of the tatty beer-bars I remember from yesteryear and in their place was an assortment of pricey Indian restaurants, air-conditioned shopping malls and a selection of swanky hotels.


Money matters

Are you financially sound?

Without any savings or benefits from either a public or private pension scheme in your old age, you might be forced to opt for the ‘Go Native scheme’ (the fried rice & Sangsom approach), the ‘Bangkok Pension Plan’ (wait for moneyed relatives to expire) or go out with a bang aka ‘The Flying Club’.


Of teachers and emperors without clothes

An ironic view of a job ad

Employment agencies in are in dire need of actors for live performances on stage. Body piercing, visible tattoos, drinking or smoking in public, or any kind of physical handicap, even if slight, will qualify the applicant.


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