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Offline thaiga

The thread for teachers - enrol here
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:49:47 PM »
We always have a lot of ifs and buts about education the schools, moaning and groaning, maybe we could attract some teachers, farang or thai that we could put some questions to in this thread, might find some logic in what makes the education system tick, what we got to lose and we want the best for our kids no matter where we come from. might also be an education for some teachers. So starting how to become a teacher, what i would call a good vid, here goes.

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Re: The thread for teachers - enrol here
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 04:22:10 PM »
Wait a minute, i'm sure we do already have two teachers as members on this forum, one is the famous well known blogger of Thailand. Interesting thread here for the new comers who might not have seen or read it. Copying from my blog That leaves us with our new member Sam, who asked for help, with, Trying to locate a teacher in Khorat he got the reply he wanted, never returned to acknowledge the post. Funny both members only managed one post each. Why am i losing my faith in teachers, But on the post Sam mentioned Naughty Thaiga copied some tips on teaching from there, hence the video below, posted by senior member Sirchai.

Don't forget to sing along in the chorus

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Re: The thread for teachers - enrol here
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 04:38:53 PM »
Bit of info from the great well respected How much is the average teachers pay in Thailand and will you be able to live comfortable on the amount.                  Will you be living well - or simply surviving  link here:

A helpful website on (pic below) The Internet TESL Journal For Teachers of English as a Second Language, a bit dated but still very useful for Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links can be found here:

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Re: The thread for teachers - Test your English
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 01:02:33 PM »
Test your English

Free and it's fun. This is a quick, free online test. It will tell you which Cambridge English exam may be best for you. great for thai students even teachers, can test there own skills in English link HERE:

There is a test for young learners, business, schools or just general everyday English
Please note: This is not a Cambridge English exam and the test scores and levels are very approximate. Your score on this test cannot be used as proof of a formal language qualification.

Listen then click the box,great for youngsters to learn
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Offline thaiga

Re: The thread for teachers - foreign teachers forbidden speaking thai
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 12:38:05 PM »
Some schools forbid foreign teachers speaking any thai at all

Teaching English has become a popular way to make living abroad a reality and with the tourism industry booming right now there's an urgent need to speak the global language English. Ive heard talk through the grapevine that the schools actually prefer if their native speaking teachers don’t speak Thai, then there is no choice the students have to speak in English to converse with their teacher.

I have read some schools forbid the foreign teachers to use any Thai in front of their students. Maybe because most western thai language is spoken badly. My personal opinion is very low level learners or very young students the use of Thai then followed by English is needed for them to understand you.  Picture learning is quite effective if speaking thai is forbidden.

Moving on

If there comes a time where as you feel Thailand bye! bye! and you need to move on, here is a link  Your trusted resource for teaching jobs around the world, New jobs posted daily!.

Below is part post of an interesting article from with his unhappy experience

Rude awakening

For those who are considering taking their teaching career abroad or for those who simply want a reason to stay in Thailand and think teaching is easy money, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Simply put, you may not want to become a teacher in Thailand if…

You Can’t Tolerate Deliberate Ignorance or Failure

Aside from a few exceptions, the Thai education system has a no fail policy. So whether or not a student participates in class, puts effort into a task, or understands the material, they pass.

Many foreign teachers accept this system for what it is and grade on a curve without question. I envied those teachers who can teach with enthusiasm even though they have students in their class who couldn’t be bothered to learn.

For me, this was a source of a lot of heartache. I had a hard time accepting that it was ok for students to not participate, put forth effort, or understand the material in class but were still rewarded with passing grades. I couldn’t wrap my brain around the concept of giving a passing grade that had not been earned. In fact, just writing this nearly makes my head explode.

If grades don’t matter, then why make teachers (like myself) give and record grades at all? I wish I could take those precious hours wasted on grading and put them towards something that matter to me – whether researching better teaching techniques, finding better classroom material, or hell, napping.

To make a long story short, it was a personal struggle whenever I had a student turn in a project or worksheet on which they merely doodled, knowing that the lowest grade they could get was a 60%.

And it gets worse: I couldn’t sit down and have a heart-to-heart conversation with these students, hoping to motivate or inspire them, because they wouldn’t have understood me! Those who handed in blank worksheets were the same students who had been allowed to pass, year after year, even though they couldn’t understand English.

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Re: The thread for teachers - The 5ft nun
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 04:24:28 PM »
Thailand is full of surprises and every teacher has a different point of view and a story to tell. so don't be put off by the moans and groans in the last post, it's not all doom and gloom as barry below enjoyed his time working as a teacher in Thailand like lots of others.I thought this article from was interesting, where a guy found a job teaching in Thailand on the internet, while he was teaching English in Australia ...

The 5ft nun

To fully understand the madness of my situation I have to tell you about my arrival: I found the job on the internet while I was teaching English in Australia.  I read up about the school and everything seemed fine, but Thailand is full of surprises.  I was expecting to meet a man at the airport; the name was Siriluck, which sounded manly to me.  When a tiny Thai woman came up and asked if I was Barry I was a bit shocked, but even more so when she introduced me to my new boss; Sister Leonora.  The following day the 5ft nun, who had seemed so pleasant and welcoming, interrogated me about reasons for coming to Thailand and told me to get my hair cut, watch my drinking, and stay away from Thai women.

Life in the classroom

Once over the initial shock of working in a catholic school, and the fact that most of the farang – foreign – teachers hated the Sister, I enjoyed my time working for Our Lady of Perpetual Health (thinking about it now, I should have sussed out something about the school from the name).

As opposed to the standard TEFL role of teaching grammar and vocabulary by following an English text book, my job had a CLIL approach; teaching English through maths, science, art, dance club, and swimming.  The day was long; I had to be there to get my class in line for assembly and prayers at 7.30am, and rarely got away before 5pm.  During the day I had a couple of hours free to plan, and lunch was provided.

It took me a while to cope with 23 hyperactive Thai 8-year olds, but they turned into my favourite class ever: they were great fun and enthusiastic about everything!  My Thai assistant was brilliant and they all loved her. The Thai kids were so respectful compared to the sprogs I now teach in Spain – each morning they lined up outside the class and bowed as they went past, and when I entered they all stood up and said “Good Morning Mr Barry.”

Everyone was scared of the Sister and a few farang teachers walked out, some in tears.  There was tension between the Thai and farang teachers too, which was hard to comprehend at first because I found Thai people so gentle and friendly. When I discovered it was because the Thai teachers were paid almost three times less, I could understand their frustration.

The best parts were the shows we did for the parents.  The Sister was obsessed with putting on performances so the mums and dads could see their little angels singing in English while dressed up in funny costumes . The teachers did most of the hard work and the Thai teachers even made the costumes.  The shows were fun; seeing my class jump about to dance routines I’d taught them was a laugh.

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Offline thaiga

Re: The thread for teachers - Thai teachers don't like me
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2018, 04:57:34 PM »
When to Look for a Job

The best time of year for job opportunities in teaching in Thailand is from late February to early May. The Thai academic year runs from mid May through to March of the following year and every year more English Programs open up, so the demand for teachers just keeps on growing.

if your here for the teaching and not just a holiday, you'll find the Thai students in the main are a joy to teach and most are very respectful, a little shy at first but that soon wears off, a very succesfull and dedicated teacher i know and have watched him turn a boring learning subject into a song, getting the students to sing along together in order to aid their pronunciation, the kids enjoyed it they thought it was great fun and learnt with smiling faces in the sing along. Education with entertainment, there's an idea.

As you know Teaching English in Thailand you are held in high esteem and must dress the part as well, you don't want the thai teachers chin wagging now do you. Some english teachers i have met commented on, i don't think the thai teachers like me, was he right i wonder, bearing in mind the thai teachers spent years learning to become a teacher, your here five minutes getting all the limelight/respect and with some english teachers earning more than them, that would be natural, put it down to human nature it'll wear off.

a good point is how and when how to swadi (wai) i have heard of some english teachers that have  :wai the children first, if you don't want to lose your respect, if your not sure of when or how to swadi correct, just give a nod as a sign of respect, sure that will be fine.

A couple of happy english teachers
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Re: The thread for teachers - Teach English in Korat
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2018, 04:58:26 PM »
The wealthy send their children abroad to be educated. is that because they have no faith in the system here, can you blame them, now reports that the Thai universities fail to match last year’s Asia rankings. But you never know what's what here, with figures hmmm.

The thai bht may be high but every thing else is falling apart, ie: driving, road rage, education. if people were educated properly then maybe they wouldn't be running around, jumping out of cars with swords, machetes, trying to hurt each other. meanwhile don't smoke on the beach, err you'll need a licence for playing bridge, take that dart board down. nip out to the beach round a few up were short of a few bht. is this where the priorities lie.

Education is no.1. Just a little thought they might not want people educated. Might be a threat. WELL! i feel much better now.

A good idea posted on t/v from mikebell
Meanwhile a simple untapped source - farang retirees - goes ignored.  I was asked to teach at a local high school on account of my 38 years as a teacher and Head of English in the UK.  I gladly accepted and said I would work for free but I needed a work permit.  There's been a deafening silence since.
Teaching in Korat is this video about how comfortable the teacher will be, what a great time a teacher can have, how cheap the food is, or is it an advertisement  ;)

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