Too old at 60?

Postbox letter from James

In the end Thailand, as disillusioned foreigners leave, your tourist industry collapses and the current crop of teachers grow older and are replaced by smiling backpackers, or recession refugees happy to join the treadmill for their 30k pay, you will stay a developing country.


Thailand's 'education'

Postbox letter from Michael Holdcroft

With all these letters re qualified vs unqualified teachers, let me state that after teaching in excess of forty years here, three of the best teachers I have ever listened to are 'unqualified' but great teachers.


Why there is a shortage of qualified teachers in Thailand

Postbox letter from Bob the black poet

I think we are elevating English language teaching above its station. It is not a profession, it is a job requiring some skills, like a cooper or blacksmith, but dont equate it to a profession.


What damage exactly?

Postbox letter from Peelie

The damage that unqualified foreign teachers do to the Thai system is minimal. All the damage is done by the Thais themselves.


The damage done by unqualified teachers

Postbox letter from David

Of course "the number of qualified teachers willing to work in Isaan falls far short of the number required." It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice and dedication to attend university for 7 plus years in order to become a qualified teacher.


Teachers' licenses - laws and links

All the rules and regs regarding teacher licences

Many thanks to Ajarn Forum member, Stamp, for supplying the following links to information on the complex topic of teacher licenses - and how you can teach legally in Thailand.


The infamous teacher fire drill

Postbox letter from Happy Jack

Foreign teachers need to be careful about choosing to work at a private school anywhere in Asia, because private schools are businesses first and educational institutions second. Many are unscrupulous and some are actually criminal.


Academics need to chill

Postbox letter from D. Robinson

Why do some/many university degree holders think that people without a degree are not qualified to teach the English language?


Now I'm confused (In response to Phil's response to my response)

Postbox letter from David

I understand that you make your living by selling advertising to several agencies and schools that curcumvent the law by using bribery and corruption.


You are so confused

Postbox letter from David

your letter infuriated me to such a degree that I feel I must respond. You bring up numerous points of contention that I feel must be addressed.


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