A reluctance to question the teacher

Postbox letter from Sophie

I've found one of the most challenging aspects of being a new teacher in Thailand is the students' reluctance to ask questions in class.


Teachers are a commodity

Postbox letter from Sean

There are a ton of other countries that pay the same as Thailand does, many that pay double or triple too.


The 'right teacher' means the only teacher available

Postbox letter from Mike

Finding the right teacher is more about finding the only teacher available right now. We are romanticizing the idea that your average school or agency for the most part puts any real thought into who they employ.


The good, the bad and the downright unlucky

The different kinds of foreign teachers who end up teaching in Thailand

Wherever you end up teaching, the chances are that you are going to be alongside people you'd never normally work with, which can make the whole experience more memorable, one way or another.


The class A and B new norm

Is it going to work well or is the system doomed to fail?

Teachers were told that the standard programme student classes, that each consist of thirty-odd students, would be split into approximate halves and each group would now only study at the school on alternative days.


Getting a job interview - part 2

We can only offer you a low salary if you're not a native speaker!

My first interview was the result of a walk-in enquiry and it was a primary school, about five minutes away from where we lived in Kalasin.


Why become an English teacher?

A job that brings challenges and rewards every single day

When it comes to picking your dream job, some options just leap out at you. Wine taster, travel writer, movie critic: who wouldn’t fancy any of those? Teaching, on the other hand, is a more maligned profession.


Are English teachers non-essential right now?

Postbox letter from Scott

It might be a good idea for many teachers to take what is offered, within reason, and wait until the situation approves before expecting to be able to bargain with employers from a position of strength.


Teaching English in Thai schools vs teaching English online

The pros and cons of both teaching lifestyles

I am frequently asked by aspiring teachers, which is better: teaching English in a Thai school or teaching English online? The answer to that question is complicated.


Think about what students you want to teach!

Are you the serious, lecturer type or do you enjoy clowning around?

New teachers in Thailand often give plenty of thought to where they want to teach and how much money they want to make. But strangely, one question few teachers seem to ask themselves seriously is what kind of students they will be happy with.


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