Clock, peanut and frog

The problematic pronunciation of many Thais

I try to have as much empathy for my students as I possibly can and I am becoming rather good at understanding the unintelligible. However, there are limits to everything and I am not a mind-reader. If a person says for example /sa-pye/, I know he or she means “Spy” (the wine-cooler or James Bond, doesn’t matter). But if someone says “kye”, I don’t automatically think of cry.

Do you teach pronunciation?

If you choose not to, your decision is easily justified.

When the class is struggling with remembering vocabulary, fighting with grammar rules, and also grappling with the whole notion of motivation to study English, taking time to perfect pronunciation seems like a real stretch of the imagination.

To use Thai or not to use Thai?

Why learning Thai has helped me so much in the classroom

My philosophy on spoken communication has always been that perfect grammar, extensive vocabulary and intimate knowledge of tenses are all totally worthless if the listener cannot understand the words that are coming out of your mouth.

Pronunciation issues of Thai learners


I’m predominantly focusing on the non pronunciation of “s” when it’s in the final position (ending of the word), I’m fully aware this is an issue at all levels of learners & speakers, however, I’m only concerned with primary age learners.

Three basic techniques in whole brain teaching

The class yes, the teach OK and the scoreboard

It is important to note that of course when introducing a new technique to class that they understand what is expected of them. In addition you have to practice the procedures with them and get them to the point where they can do what you tell them on command.

Teaching tips

What to do and what not to do in the EFL classroom

Regular ajarn contributor Tim Cornwall is back with more tips and techniques for both experienced and inexperienced teachers alike from smiling to laying down class rules and from teacher movement to setting up activities.

How to get them talking

How can teachers get their students to interact in a way that's beneficial?

If students don't learn to interact with their teacher and other students in English during P1 to 4 then they'll find themselves struggling to do so by the time that they enroll at a private language centre because they're preparing for university or want a better job.

Page 1 of 1 (showing 7 blogs out of 7 total)

Featured Jobs

English Conversation Teachers

6 hours ago

฿35,000+ /month


Male NES ESL Teachers for Saudi Arabia

23 hours ago

฿80,000+ /month

Various locations

Head Librarian (Beijing)

1 day, 7 hours ago

฿80,000+ /month

Various locations

AP Courses Teachers for Beijing

1 day, 8 hours ago

฿90,000+ /month

Various locations

English Teacher Position for Beijing

1 day, 8 hours ago

฿90,000+ /month

Various locations

Qualified NES Teachers

2 days, 4 hours ago

฿40,000+ /month


TEFL Courses & Training

Get off to a good start...

Take your course
in Thailand!

Training Directory

Featured Teachers

  • Jason


    American, 45 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Adrian


    American, 30 years old. Currently living in Thailand



    Filipino, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Jakob


    Icelandic, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • scott


    American, 53 years old. Currently living in South Korea

  • Jenna


    South African, 22 years old. Currently living in South Africa

  • Anas


    Palestinian, 39 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Dr. Nay Myo


    Myanmarese, 31 years old. Currently living in Myanmar

  • gregory


    French, 38 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • josejie


    Filipino, 20 years old. Currently living in Philippines


Sine Education

No TEFL required.

Mediakids Academy

Top TEFL job placement provider with competitive benefits and an unforgettable experience.

English Planet

To be internationally recognized as the leader in quality English language training.


Vacancies for in-house and corporate teachers at the finest schools in Suphanburi City


We get you a job! Options for school placements all over Thailand

BSI Broker

Brokers for ajarn health insurance and for all your Thailand insurance needs.

Siam Computer & Language

Competitive teacher packages with benefits and bonus incentives

Kajonkietsuksa School

First bilingual school in Phuket. Vacancies for kindergarten, primary and secondary teachers.

Kasintorn St Peter School

Progressive English program school near Bangkok employing NES and Filipino teachers

Inlingua Thailand

Premier language school with many branches and corporate training.

The Hot Spot

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?

Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.

Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?

Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!

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.