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Postbox letter from Asian Teacher

Thailand's plunge in education from the Bangkok Post - A teacher's response


My dinner with Ning

A call for traditionalists in the classroom

We were an unlikely pair. Me, a 51 year old Canadian English teacher who is jaded, cynical, and has had more negative experiences with Asian women than I care to admit; and her, a 31 year old Thai Science teacher who, in my opinion, is looking for a foreign status symbol.


Thailand's factory education model producing disappointing results

Postbox letter from John Weathers

Factory model schools put pressure on teachers to let students hand in very late work or redo exams many times until they get a passing grade.


Determine your own significance

The true value of an English teacher

Native English teachers incompetent in the classroom? Of course they're incompetent. Many of them, anyway. Then again, many of the Korean English teachers are incompetent as well.


Teaching in an intercultural environment

What are some of the issues facing educators in a foreign land?

Studying culture is no substitute for the practical experience of working and living abroad, however having some mental frameworks in which to analysis experiences could be helpful in adjusting to working and living in a new cultural environment.


Is it doom or gloom?

Is Thailand's TEFL market going to hell in a handbasket?

Job vacancies seem to be down on this time last year and we're hearing stories of some government schools slashing budgets and not being able to take on foreign teachers next term. In addition the corporate job market seems to have hit rock bottom. What do you teachers think?


Playing to the gallery

Successful class-management and learner success is dependant on having fun

We are all familiar with the fact that every class has its own special chemistry. For obscure reasons some classes are friendly, others not; some bright and perky, others lackluster and heavy going.


Some solutions to the challenges of teaching in Thailand

Some ideas on how to make life easier for yourself

Don’t take complaints or awkward suggestions to your local head. Go to them with easy to understand positive solutions instead. And don’t push your case or demand an immediate response.


Are TEFL qualifications necessary?

Let's consider what can go wrong after TEFL courses.

One argument against qualifications is that teaching experience itself is enough to guarantee a good teacher. Not so. I have recently been learning French in an institution where my intermediate classmates are often poor performers in their out-of-class interactions. And for what reason?


You're moving to where?

People's reactions on hearing that you're Thailand-bound

Leigh-Anne Hunter has found out that people fall into three distinct groups when you let them know of your ridiculous plans to move to Thailand. How do you know you'll like it if you've never been? Isn't that where the tsunami was? I guess these people mean well.


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