Make sure to get that contract

Postbox letter from sheryl

One teacher's terrible experiences from taking a job offer with no contract


Why Thailand is not ready to upgrade to English

Postbox letter from Mr Oh, Thailand

How about a clear mandate on what is supposed to be taught and in what flavour of English? It seems far more important to me than sitting a Thai culture course and having to travel to Bangkok to get a teachers license.


Say no to schools paying low rates

Postbox letter from Ken

Should ajarn.com pull the plug on those schools that are offering teachers a measly 200 baht an hour?


The Mismeasure of Thais

Teachers rarely take the blame for students constantly failing exams.

It is not the students’ fault that they are failing tests and exams. All students want to pass. They simply don’t know how since most teachers have never taught their students how to study effectively and to recognize the pitfalls of taking tests and examinations.


Don't be quick to judge

Postbox letter from Tency Tupper

Many people over the age of 60 are brilliant teachers. Many physicians still practice into their late 70s. After all, wouldn't it be a waste to let all that knowledge go down the bin?


Concerning plagiarism and copying

Postbox letter from Ralph Sasser

Plagiarism has been a problem here as long as I have been here and long before that. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but every teacher I know of has tried to stop it, including myself, with no success.


Bangkok Post Articles

Postbox letter from Asian Teacher

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


Unteaching what the Thai teachers have taught

Postbox letter from Ralph Sasser

Let’s look at the reality. Thai teachers do teach grammar and vocabulary, although I don’t see how considering most can’t even speak a coherent sentence in English


What to do about academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and direct copying?

Postbox letter from Mike

How do the teachers working in Thailand handle direct copying and obvious plagiarism?


I work for the school from hell

Why the Thailand TEFL watchdog site is doomed to failure

Where can a teacher go to on the internet if they want to warn other teachers about a particular school and tell others how they have to work with an insane farang-hating nun, an alcoholic academic director who spends most of the day flirting with the Thai staff and a cross-dressing senior teacher who stands up in the middle of observations and shouts "you dare to call this an English lesson"?


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