Teacher mistakes

Avoid falling into any of these teacher traps

Ajarn has put together a list of the most common mistakes that teachers make in Thailand - both new arrivals and those who have been here a while.


Why you do demo lessons

Postbox letter from Brian

Demo lessons are there to try and exclude the weeds (of which there are many) from the flowers.


Language school memoirs

Tales from an academic director / recruiter

I was a lead teacher, academic director and recruiter for a private Thai language school with several branches. I did this job for well over a decade and as you would expect - there's a story or two.


A crazy job interview

Postbox letter from Jim

Earlier this year I had an interview at one of Thailand's most prestigious schools (in most top 5s). The panel interview went fairly well, as did the demo lesson. But it was all downhill from there.


Who is worth working for?

In search of the holy grail.

Is there a Holy Grail of ELT jobs? Why are some teachers happy, while others suffer under a yoke of abuse? Who are these employers that are spoiling our fun?


How long is long enough?

You've attended the job interview. You need a yes or no answer.

Once you have attended an interview, what do you think is a reasonable time-scale to wait for either a yes, you've got the job or a no, you haven't? The answer is to always go with your instincts.


Black teachers in Thailand

Does racism exist in The Land of Smiles?

Over the years, ajarn.com has asked the question 'do black teachers have a harder time finding work in Thailand?' Racism? Xenophobia? Fear of the unfamiliar? These have been some of the responses from various teachers.


30 job interview questions no one has time to answer

Postbox letter from Carl

Believe it or not, these questions were given to me as part of the same job interview.


Asking for more money

Postbox letter from Bob

Have any teachers out there been successful in negotiating a better wage during the interview process?


Skype interview tips

Postbox letter from Mark

Pay attention to your speaking voice and how you sound.


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The dreaded demo

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Need Thailand insurance?

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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?


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Renting an apartment?

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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.


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