Home or away?

Where is the best place to do a TEFL course - Thailand or your own country?

A good question that occasionally pops up on social media is “should I take a TEFL course in Thailand or in my home country (USA, England, etc)? I’ve noticed that the question never really gets a decent answer, so I turned to a dozen or so of Thailand’s TEFL course providers and asked them for their input.


Will I find work in Thailand?

Is there a definitive answer to this incredibly common question?

I wish I could look at the main scenarios, the reasons teachers ask if they will find work in Thailand, and give everyone a straight "yes, you will" or "no, you won't" answer. But unfortunately it's nowhere near that straightforward.


In defence of the edutainers

A young teacher's perspective on teaching in Thailand

Most of the English teachers in Thailand seem to be slightly older so it’s understandable that they would view energy, positive reinforcement and affability in the EFL classroom with disdain and denial.


Good adverts last a lifetime

A good teacher can have a lifelong impact on their students

Looking back almost fifty years, I can remember what subjects I liked and disliked at school. Most of the subjects I liked was down to the fact that I liked the teacher teaching it.


Enhancing understanding

Getting students to enjoy using dictionaries in class

Understanding is one of the keys in making a lesson interesting. Students stay tuned to the repertoire of activities presented, deepen their liking for the subject, and look forward to more English encounters.


Individualized instruction

How to 'reward' students who finish work on time

If I have the opportunity to individualize my teaching, I do it. I will call one student to my seat, check his/her work, make the student change his/her answer when it is wrong, and receive extra work or reward.


Dealing with the troublemakers

Discipline: tips on control in the classroom

Troublemakers. We have all seen them do their thing, causing mayhem and disorder in the classroom; perhaps you were even one yourself at some point during your time as a student. Troublemakers are the bane of every teacher's existence and they make our job go from difficult to pounding headache and hair-tearing proportions.


I don't want to learn!

The biggest teaching hurdle: motivation

Motivation in the classroom, both from the teachers and the students, is essential for learning but it is a tricky balance to strike since the two are so interconnected; if the teacher loses motivation, so do the students and if the students lose motivation, so does the teacher.


Using a touch screen in class

Maintaining student interest with technology

I felt so overwhelmed by the results of using the touch screen computer for this was my first time in 9 years to use the most updated technology in my English classes. In fact, during my last observation, my inspector rated me excellent in my teaching.


Thailand teaching stuff - July 2015

A selection of blog links that will be of interest to teachers in Thailand

Here's another selection of interesting teacher-related blogs and articles that have popped up on the internet over the last month or so, including an interesting comparison between the costs of living in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

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Featured Jobs

Kindergarten Teacher for December Start (45-50K)

1 day, 16 hours ago

฿40,000+ /month

Bangkok


Qualified PE Teacher

2 days, 14 hours ago

฿35,000+ /month

Bangkok


NES Teachers for Bangna

2 days, 14 hours ago

฿400+ /hour

Bangkok


Female Nursery English Teacher

2 days, 14 hours ago

฿60,000+ /month

Bangkok


TOEIC Teacher for weekends

2 days, 17 hours ago

฿800+ /hour

Bangkok


ESL Teachers for China

5 days, 8 hours ago

฿80,000+ /month

Yasothon


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Featured Teachers

  • Andrew


    BSc

    American, 25 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • David


    MA

    American, 54 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Elisar


    BEd

    Filipino, 28 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Irene


    Diploma

    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Carrey


    Diploma

    South African, 31 years old. Currently living in South Africa

  • Nicolette


    Diploma

    South African, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • JOSEPH REY


    BSc

    Filipino, 37 years old. Currently living in Iraq

  • Penzie


    Diploma

    Canadian, 47 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Alonzo


    BEd

    Filipino, 25 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Salvador


    BSc

    Filipino, 48 years old. Currently living in Thailand

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