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General Teachers without degrees

Aug 20, 2016 - 1:22 PM - by Barcaman
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I have a question. If you don't have a degree and you are working in a government school how do you get round the visa issue? I am working at a government school and go through the visa process every year. As I'm sure you know you have to show your degree etc to get the Non Imm visa for 12 months. I have heard that there is a loophole which means the teacher without the paperwork can get a multi entry visa. This means just the border crossing every three months and not having to show qualifications. Anyone know why this is so easy for them?
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The death of Europe!!!

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:15 PM - by generalbuttnaked
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Got the CELTA....now what?

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:27 AM - by Templeton
No practical experience so I'm wondering. What can I do with this piece of paper I have now? I live in Thailand. Also, any resume advice?

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How to get a job in Phitsanulok region?

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:03 AM - by Ricky23
Hi everyone,
I am Rick, recently came here at Phitsanulok with girlfriend as she got a scholarship here at NUIC. I am on tourist visa right now, however i would like to stay here for a while until my girlfriend graduates. So i was just wondering if this is possible and how to go about if i wanted to teach English here? I have a Bachelors degree but I dont have a TEFL certification. Thoughts??
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24,246,250,000,000,000,983,040.00 Thai Baht in da' sky

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:17 PM - by jimbo
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The $700 quintillion Asteroid Belt

Did you know…?

A single, 500-metre diameter asteroid contains more platinum than has ever been mined in the history of the Earth?

There are over 2 million of these space rocks orbiting in the Asteroid Belt too, with an estimated billion dollars’ worth of platinum in each one.

Including the gold, iron, nickel, water and other valuable elements that can be found there.

NASA has estimated the mineral wealth of the entire Asteroid Belt could be as much as $700 quintillion, or a seven followed by 20 zero.

That’s $100 billion for every one of the 7 billion people on Earth!


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Thinkysock B.A. Graduates?

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:53 AM - by stat
They must have their degrees already, didn't it start up around 2011/2012.....

Any big graduation photos?? Pics of them proudly showing off their Work Permits and Degrees?
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The hidden rape of Europe!

Aug 22, 2016 - 11:41 PM - by generalbuttnaked

It's only one million white girls targeted, raped and tortured. The government covers up the truth.

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Teaching Engineers

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:49 AM - by jaiyenyen
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I'm looking for useful books that I can use to teach English to engineers at a factory in Thailand.. The book should engineering based rather than general English. I've had a look at Tech Talk by Oxford Press, which seems okay. Has anyone got any other suggestions?

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Ice Box threads

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:19 AM - by gungchang
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I see "Frozen In Time" but I haven't found at least one specific thread.

My first posts were in a thread that was ice boxed. It pissed me off. I didn't have many posts. When the thread was ice boxed, I lost a lot of what few posts I had.

Now, four years and four thousand posts later, I may still be a newb compared to some, but I don't think of myself as a "fucking newbie cunt" as JD would have said.

I'd like to go back and view that first thread now that I'm familiar with the cast of AF.

I may be tasteless and eccentric, but I don't see myself as malevolent. I'd just like to revisit my roots.

Can the Ice Box be fully restored?
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Touring Java

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:42 AM - by Joko
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The power is out. I've got most of my bag packed, but was leaving some to the last minute stuff until this morning. Now, it's uncomfortably clammy and its hard to find stuff in the dim light. If this is the biggest problem I run into these next two weeks, I'll be a happy man.

Today marks the beginning of two weeks vacation, and I have a flight booked for this afternoon from Yangon to Jakarta. Tomorrow, I'll go in search of a suitable 2-wheeled vehicle (I'm thinking I'll be getting something with a little more power this time) on which to travel the hinterland of West and Central Java. It's the Tour d'Joko: Java Journey. My itinerary is comprised of the 2000 kilometer loop you see below.


I lived in Jakarta in 1986-87. Thanks to Google Maps Street View, I've checked out my old neighborhood, and it doesn't look that different after 30 years (except for the fact that the house I lived in has been torn down and replaced by shops!). Of course, the question is whether or not any of the people remain that I used to know. I'll find out soon.

By contrast to my recent voyage to Borneo, I expect this loop to be far more... umm... dense. There's 141 million people living on Java, more than twice that of the UK on an island half the size of Britain. It's the northern plains where most people live; my plan takes me along the southern coast and zigzagging through the volcanoes of the interior.

Ah. Here comes the power again. Time to go back to last minute preparations. I can't... [Read More]
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High Court Judge 'LOL's

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:58 PM - by Cyrille
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Judge's 'LOL' as he jails online boaster who ducked sentence

David Newlands was jailed for refusing to carry out unpaid work

A man who avoided prison after being convicted of a street attack has been jailed for refusing to perform unpaid work, then boasting about it online.
David Newlands, 24, was given 150 hours community service for punching a vulnerable man in Glasgow last year.

He refused to perform the unpaid work and was twice given another chance.

Judge Norman Ritchie jailed Newlands for nine months after hearing he posted on Facebook: "I'm out bro, easy." The judge added: "As they say, LOL."

Newlands, who is currently serving an eight-month sentence for assault and breach of the peace, will serve the latest sentence when his current sentence ends.
Newlands was among eight people who ended up in court after Mr Miller, an innocent man who has learning difficulties, was
... [Read More]
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Earthquake Aftershock!

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:57 PM - by tomcat
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...sitting at my computer when suddenly the building begins to sway slightly...I immediately put the glass down and cursed advancing age...only to discover (to my relief) that I experienced the aftershock of a strong earthquake in central Burma... https://twitter.com/timesofindia/sta...98501461929985
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Teaching-Experience in China

Aug 27, 2016 - 3:30 AM - by TeachingExperience
Teaching Experience have been working in the industry for 1 years, they guarantee a legitimate teaching job abroad before you leave your home country. A working visa is processed while you work at your current position and you can quite easily jet-set off to your new teaching career abroad without any teaching or related work experience.

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IELTS vs TOEFL: Which is easier?

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:22 AM - by emilysaliba85
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IELTS vs TOEFL: Which is easier?

A question I regularly get from students is ‘Should I take the IELTS or TOEFL test,’ and also ‘Which is the easiest?’

This post will look at the main similarities and differences between the two tests and then look at which one you might find easier. I have asked many teachers and students who have experience with both tests and used their thoughts in this article.

IELTS vs TOEFL: Availability


The first thing you need to check is which universities and colleges accept each test. If you really want to go to a certain university and it only accepts IELTS, then that is the test you should do. You can check which institutions accept IELTS and the band score you need here. For TOEFL you should check here.

You should also check if there is a test center in your local area. The test is already stressful without having to do lots of travelling. You can find your local IELTS test centre here.

You should also think about why you want to do the test. If it is for university entrance there is not much difference between the two tests, but if you are not attending university and just need it to move to another country, the General Training paper that IELTS offers is proabably much more suitable for your needs.

IELTS vs TOEFL: Similarities

Both test the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.... [Read More]
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newbie from Australia

Aug 16, 2016 - 10:52 AM - by janelle
Hi everyone ! I will be returning to Chiang Mai in october and this time I would like to make my stay more permanent and work over there, I have 3 children 24y and 22 y ..that travel themselves.
but I have also have a 4 year old that will be with me so I will also be looking at school for her as well as somewhere to work and live.
Any comments suggestions appreciated and I would like to know whether to get my TEFL in Melbourne or wait to complete in Chiang Mai ? thank you in advance ! Janelle
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Another boy is beaten to death doing military service

Aug 26, 2016 - 2:21 AM - by taiwanatoa

"After learning the autopsy result, Suda, who earns on average 1,000-2,000 baht a month from paddy farming and basketry, borrowed 6,300 baht from her neighbours to seek justice in Bangkok. "

And an interesting article: "A monarch seeks to abdicate: The state of the state"

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No Homework Is Best?

Aug 30, 2016 - 1:02 AM - by UrbanMan
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On August 16th, Samantha Gallagher of Fort Worth, Texas, shared a note that her daughter, Brooke, brought home from her teacher, Mrs. Brandy Young. The note announced that Mrs. Young would no longer be formally assigning homework, and that the only homework that students would have would consist of whatever they did not finish during class.

"Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early."

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