I actually don't mind gate duty

A chance to connect with both parents and students.

Initially, when I was assigned gate duty a couple of years ago, I felt apprehensive. It was unfamiliar territory, as in my home country, such formal greetings weren't customary. Greetings between students and teachers happened naturally.


Thailand is becoming a letdown for teachers

Postbox letter from Stephen

Salaries are dropping (or certainly not keeping pace with inflation), perks like healthcare and housing help are getting more and more scarce, and the cost of living keeps climbing.


Teaching in Thailand with Aspergers

Postbox letter from Obie

Ever thought about trading in your daily grind for exotic adventures and teaching English in the Land of Smiles? Well, I did just that – all the while doing the cha-cha with Asperger's!


Know your audience!

Postbox letter from Knox

We all know the concept of working both inside and outside "the box". The typical EFL/ESL classroom is the box. The teacher is the colored dot trying to operate within. It seems to me, in order to create more room for learning opportunities, the smaller the dot is, the more space there is to move about within those parameters.


A few thoughts on Filipino teachers

Postbox letter from Carlos

Thais hire Filipino teachers based on labor cost. There are many Filipino teachers who deserve better consideration than this, but it is the economics that drives these decisions.


How to recognize a weak job offer?

Postbox letter from Jimmy

one red flag is a constant search for new teachers (what happened to the previous ones?).


Why education reform in Thailand is imminent

The Thai MOE surely has to begin the formal development of rules and regulations.

If the Thai education system was in fact reformed where certifications and teachers qualifications were vetted, then so-called teachers would indeed have to resort to “flipping burgers” in their native countries simply because they have no real qualifications to represent themselves as teachers.


Qualifications won't turn your fortunes around

Postbox letter from Steve

Teaching in Thailand is a joke. Most of the things pulling you here can be found in other South East Asian countries.


Types of students in a Thai classroom

Teaching young children, teenagers and adults

If you think language teachers may come in a range of shapes and sizes, just wait until you witness the range of students you’re going to teach. Some students are eager, some are recalcitrant; some students are delightful, some are dire.


Using teaching agencies

Considerations for first-time teachers

Teaching agencies can provide valuable support, but they can also result in lower salaries and poorer working conditions. What are some of the key aspects to assess when considering using a teaching agency in Thailand?


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