Stephen Louw

10 go-to games for young learners' classes

Your kids will love them!


With a repertoire of 'fun' activities that are easily executed, new teachers can more easily build a working relationship with their classes. These games are not just a matter of filling time; they help re-engage a distracted class, they recycle vocabulary, get students using the language.

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Mark Brown

Expensive desk ornaments

Let's figure out how to fix the education system


I fully expect the majority of farang teachers to disagree with me and the approach I'm advocating. If you don't want to participate, fine, go drink a Chang and reflect upon your superior knowledge.

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Bangkok Phil

A long weekend in Ranong

My first trip south for many a long year


Wikitravel describes Ranong City itself as "a small border city with limited tourist interest and hence still quaintly Thai. If ‘limited tourist activity' translates as the probability of meeting very few Westerners, then I'm in with bells on.

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Sam Thompson

Road tripping in Thailand

A trip to the beautiful north


I decided we had to go to Nan. The only area north of Bangkok that I've really been to is Chiang Mai (and only for a few days), so I figured it was high time I experienced what the rest of Northern Thailand is all about.

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TEFL Course News

November 2017

Thailand TEFL course deals and promotions aplenty


Although we are heading into the quiet time of the year for Thailand teaching jobs, things can get busy again as early as mid-January. Now's the time to think of doing a training course and getting yourself prepared.

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Matthew Pape

Don't come to Thailand if this makes you mad

You've got to roll with the punches


Things are very spur of the moment in South East Asia. You hardly ever hear about things until the last possible second. There is nothing you can do about it.

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James Humphries

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!


I've read many teaching blogs down the years and I generally enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. However there is one thing I'd like to see more of - honesty

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Sion Binalon

Music and language acquisition

How music benefits the language learner


Learning language through music helps students' verbatim memory, improves pronunciation, speaks better, and promotes positive atmosphere in learning.

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Adam Crittenden

The benefits of working in an after-school language centre

Extra cash and more teaching experience for starters!


Teaching at an after-school has been a worthwhile experience. If you are willing to build your endurance and self-discipline then you will gain the rewards of more experience and some extra cash to boot.

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Mark Newman

The uphill fight to make a difference.

There are many obstacles in your way that you can do almost nothing about.


There are lots of good reasons why teachers are struggling to get the job done and the good news is that none of them are your fault!

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Blake Sibbitt

I'm very interesting. Please message me!

When language help and correction isn't always appreciated.


A large number of Thai people seem to have a complete inability to be corrected. The advice of "Here's how to say that right" always seems to be interpreted as "you're wrong".

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Joko MacKenna

Monsoon!

Surviving Myanmar's rainy season


I grew up on the west coast of the USA. We get rain, but we don't get thunder and lightning. I love experiencing it now. Don't grouse about it. Enjoy it.

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Mickey Sheehan

The all new 10-year retirement visa

Who is it aimed at exactly?


A buzz of excitement went through the Thailand expat community last week, when it was announced the Thai government planned to offer ten year visas to those over the official Thai retirement age of 50. That buzz of excitement was shortlived however once any street savvy expat decided to delve into the figures and requirements in more detail.

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Peter Clarke

Interesting Thailand stuff - October 2016

A selection of hand-picked Thailand blogs and articles


Johnny Chan

Thai health insurance basics

What are the basic health insurance rules to keep in mind?


Two points to consider are firstly, you must live in Thailand to purchase health insurance in Thailand, and secondly, insurance in Thailand is regulated by the Department of Insurance.

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