A very bad day indeed

Today was one of the most unpleasant in my four years plus of teaching

My problem was discipline. You see, I've been teaching for over four years and until today I had only received two complaints.


Don't sweat the small stuff

Postbox letter from Ralph Sasser

When preparing to come to Thailand, just take things as they come.


Nova no more

The collapse of a colossal language school

Trouble has been brewing for a while. It's hard to designate any one point in time as being the beginning of the end. For that matter the first day of Nova operations could have been the beginning of the end much in the same way that a person is born only to follow a path leading inexorably toward death


Will I need a degree to teach in Thailand?

A question that will rage forever and a day.

Ajarn.com asks just how many teachers are teaching with fake credentials. Will schools employ teachers without a degree? And does a degree even make you a better teacher? Ajarn.com also braves the sticky, sweaty Khao San Road and comes face to face with not only foreign women that have let themselves go, but the degree makers themselves. Graduate for 600 baht? Surely not.


An Indian teacher in Thailand

Bobo Meitei faces the perils and pitfalls of finding a teaching job

Bobo gets to grips with sliding pay scales and agents bemused by his pseudo-American appearance. Well worth a read!


Full-time teacher, part-time thief

Light-fingered shenanigans in the teachers' room

Don’t start thinking that these highly skilled education professionals resort to stealing luxury cars or become successful pickpockets in busy Bangkok. It’s much simpler and a lot less lucrative than that: some ‘teachers’ seem to think there’s nothing wrong with nicking books and teaching materials from the schools they work at. In a few cases teachers have even run off with computers, but let’s focus on the issue of disappearing books because that’s my main reason for writing this article.


You are the solution

what foreign teachers don't want to hear

Many foreign teachers forget that they're not in Kansas anymore, and demand that their hosts adapt to them rather than trying to find a middle-ground where a reasonable compromise can be reached. If many foreign teachers are the problem, (and they are), then they are also the solution.


Naive and ignorant

Postbox letter from

So, who thinks that all western teachers can teach with the same standards, convictions and work ethic? Do you think that someone with degrees in education can’t teach more proficiently than someone with a degree in engineering?


My friend he sick

Frequent Thai student mistakes (part two)

Communicating well in any language just takes some motivation, dedication and a lot of practice. Is this too much too ask to become a proficient speaker?


TEFL's number one enemy

Losers to the right of me, morons to my left

There are many successful teachers here in Korea and elsewhere. I have been lucky enough to work with many great teachers. But they are a rare breed, indeed. Successful teachers don't allow the system to beat them down. They rise up to answer the call again and again.


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