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Desperate non native...

Dec 12, 2014 - 1:40 AM - by Playa
Hello to everybody here. I am 27 year old male from stuck up European country with no perspective whatsoever (Serbia). Since the employment situation here is so terrible, only politic poltroons get job, I am eager to try to obtain a position as English teacher somewhere in southeast Asia.

Now, while reading this forum I've understood that getting a position as a teacher in Thailand isn't that easy, especially for a non native male, without experience, without degree in teaching and on top of that I am not much light skinned - I know, shit right? I am caucasian though..

I will get BA next year, 3 year only + will take TEFL (online version cause I am broke ofc.) to at least make someone look at my case . Having all that please advise me if there is any possible chance of getting one in Thailand, or not to bother.

P.S. Apologize if I could found info on my issue, please link me to the page.

Thanks
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Not Hitler again ...

Dec 11, 2014 - 4:46 AM - by cluezo
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It's all over the news wires today.

Hitler is Huge in Thailand: Chicken Joints, T-Shirts, and A Govt.-Issued Propaganda Video
Marlow Stern
12.10.14
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From a KFC-like chicken joint named “Hitler” to clothing, Thailand has a serious Nazi fetish. A recent propaganda video courtesy of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is the latest example.
John Galliano would love it in Thailand.

Yes, these days, Nazism is all the rage in the land formerly
... [Read More]
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What motivates you?

Dec 09, 2014 - 10:04 AM - by Asp Pyre
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What makes you keep teaching? The salary? The students? CPD opportunities or something else?

For me it's seeing my students progress and grow, both academically and emotionally. My first batch are now P.6, which is kinda cool but also a reminder of how long I have been at my current school. It's also nice to see students who have been written off as 'special' at such a young age do a u-turn in terms of their school work with the correct guidance. Salary? I suppose it motivates me to seek change. How about you?
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Never Study (or teach) Grammar Again!

Dec 15, 2014 - 1:36 AM - by Joko
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One of my students (a recent elementary level graduate) posted this video on my FB timeline. This guy in the video, AJ, makes some good points, but he seems to me to be just telling English learners what they want to hear. BURN YOUR GRAMMAR BOOKS! YOU DON'T NEED THAT SHIT! WE NES NEVER DID!

I have a lot of critiques of this man's approach to selling his program, but I don't want to preempt the conversation. What do you think of AJ?

  56 Replies | 1,511 Views


Syndey Cafe Hostage Situation

Dec 15, 2014 - 12:49 PM - by Buoyant
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A woman ran to an officer in Sydney, Australia, where hostages were being held on Monday.

Three people flee from Sydney cafe amid hostage drama - CNN.com

Prayers to the people inside.
  55 Replies | 1,539 Views


Good gig or not?

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:10 PM - by BKKGrind
I'm new to Thailand, and new to teaching. I accepted a job at a prestigious institution as the staff English teacher. They chose me over other candidates with more teaching experience, and I assumed it was because I have a corporate background and my charming disposition. Now that I've been working there a month, I'm questioning if this is the best opportunity for me in LOS. I'm also wondering whether they chose me, or the other candidates declined the position.
The compensation varies between 40,000 to 45,000 a month.

Positives:
-healthcare
-staff cafeteria
-public holidays
-easy commute.

Negatives:
-Workload. Very large staff (500) with multiple proficiency levels. The range is from beginner to advanced, and I'll also be teaching business writing in 2015. When I'm in full swing I'll be teaching 5 or 6 sessions a day. I'm also the staff copywriter and general 'go to' guy on anything English related. Is this a normal workload?
-Hours. The working day is 10 hours, Monday through Friday. Is this normal in Thailand? I'm used to 8, and those extra 2 are a real buzz killer.
-Co-workers and manager. This office environment is uncomfortable for me. All Thai, they hardly speak to each other, and even less to me. They're at work before me and leave long after I do. I feel guilty leaving on time. My manager is a bit controlling and now wants me to write my whereabouts on a whiteboard if I leave the office.

So, given the positives and the negatives, is this a good job? Would I be better off switching gears now, or should I be thankful? It should be noted that I left an extremely well paying job in farangland to come to... [Read More]
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Student interaction in class activities

Dec 08, 2014 - 9:49 AM - by durianlover10400
Hi all, I've been teaching in the university environment here in Thailand for the past 4 years. Overall, it's been a very rewarding experience, so much so that I have just recently been granted a permanent lectureship here. One challenge I find with teaching Thai students is their level of interaction in class (or lack of!). Apart from group activities as a way to force them to get engaged, does anyone out there have any experience in ways to get students to interact more in class, and ask more questions?

Cheers!
  41 Replies | 2,877 Views


Natural Alternatives to Pharmaceuticals

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:52 PM - by russellsimpson
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This has been done a few times, but maybe time to give it a fresh shot in the arm, no pun intended, eh.

I know there a wide range of natural substances folks have mentioned, many proven quality alternatives to common pharmaceuticals.

Lets start with marijuana, something I don't know much about but would like to know a bit more. I think this forum has some people probably pretty knowledgeable on the subject.

---Update---

So let's set the record straight from the get go. I personally have not been able to partake of the substance for years due to the fact that even a small amount of the stuff causes me to enter into a state of paranoia ranging from mild to intense. But I have been told that the reason for this is that I have only tried smoking the wrong type of the weed ? I've wondered if that is possible. Apparently there a couple of major "types' which will have different impact on the consciousness. I'm starting to think there may be something to that. Perhaps it's a question of processing? I tried hash cookies one time out in the Thar desert and entered a state of paranoia which I would not care to repeat. Terrible experience.

3Lk awhile back mentioned processing the ingredient with what I remember to be coconut oil (actually i've misplaced the thread it was on, anybody remember?

So anyway I think I have framed my basic question. I would be interested.

Let's try to keep this on topic sans... [Read More]
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Friday night, Bangkok, Teacher's salary, two weeks to payday....what to do?

Dec 12, 2014 - 11:34 PM - by BKKGrind
Hey, all you teachers out there! It's Friday night*, two more weeks until payday, you live in the LOS on a teacher's salary, what's on your agenda tonight? Don't be shy, tell us the full story and how you pull it off so cheaply!
*Legal asterisk: you may substitute any night of the week here.
  36 Replies | 1,870 Views


The bizarre Sony hacking

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by cluezo
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Have not had time to delve into this mess. Is it all because of the release of the upcoming movie, The Interview - a lame comedy? Now some mass attack is planned throughout America? Who's knows this story?



Sony Corporation: Hackers Release Second Wave Of Private Data

By Thomas Halleck @tommylikey t.halleck@ibtimes.com on December 08 2014 10:17 PM

http://s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibti...?itok=W1p5K-I_
The hacking group has released two email databases purportedly from two high-ranking Sony Pictures Entertainment executives. Sony Pictures Entertainment

The hacker group behind the attack on Sony Corp.’s film division released another mass of private data on Monday, including a number of corporate emails. The group, which calls itself “Guardians of Peace,” or GOP, threatened Sony Pictures Entertainment with further action if it were to release the comedy film “The Interview.”

GOP said Sony management has “refused” to comply with its demands posted on
... [Read More]
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Lao children are better educated than Thai kids

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by Asp Pyre
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The startling findings of the latest global report on education place a tough assignment ahead for new minister Narong

Thailand's poor standing in a recent global survey on the quality of education has caused alarm among educators here and prompted the authorities to respond.

Thailand is ranked 87th in the world in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 - behind most other member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including less economically developed neighbours such as Laos, which is ranked 60th. This is both embarrassing and unacceptable.

Thailand is ranked 31st for overall competitiveness among the 144 countries surveyed. Within the Asean, the Kingdom comes third, after Singapore (No 2 in the world) and Malaysia (No 20). However, in terms of the quality of primary education, Thailand is ranked seventh among the 10 member-states of Asean, just behind Laos. Thailand's quality of higher education is ranked eighth in Asean, while Laos is again in sixth spot.

Pradit Wannarat, rector of the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida), has declared Thailand's ranking "rather awful". Pradit is also caretaker president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, which he says will discuss the matter at its meeting next month. Without measures to improve the quality of education here, its credibility would be adversely affected, he said, adding that more money should go into researching methods for national development.

Many of the WEF survey's results on the comparative quality of education are based on answers given by the respondents (largely
... [Read More]
  32 Replies | 2,448 Views


Moving Away from Oil?

Dec 12, 2014 - 7:24 AM - by tomcat
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...an interesting series of charts that illuminates America's declining use of oil and a few of the consequences: Bloomberg Graphics - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes
  27 Replies | 1,506 Views


I Have a Limp

Dec 14, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by siamcowboy
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Dick. What are some natural remedies that I can easily get in Thailand?
  27 Replies | 1,195 Views


Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead

Dec 17, 2014 - 7:04 AM - by beachbound
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Animals...

Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.

Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.

Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.

The attack - the Taliban's deadliest in Pakistan - has been widely condemned.

Describing the attack from his hospital bed to the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil, Shahrukh Khan, 17, said a gunman had entered his classroom and opened fire at random.

As he hid under a desk, he saw his friends being shot, one in the head and one in the chest. Two teachers were also killed.

A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to military operations.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.

US President Barack Obama said terrorists had "once again shown their depravity" while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was "an act of horror and rank cowardice".



BBC News - Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead
  23 Replies | 598 Views


7 New wonders of the world

Dec 08, 2014 - 7:56 PM - by Zed
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WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?

They are among the winners of a new global campaign to find the seven most incredible cities in the world.


The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world whichseven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.

Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.
... [Read More]
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Health Insurance

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:03 PM - by Lor Ling
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After 8 years in Thailand without having any form of medical insurance it strikes me that the responsible thing to do would be to bite the bullet and pony up for some. But where to begin? Lots of providers. Added to which insurance companies are notorious for being sheisters who do their utmost to avoid paying out on claims.

As such I'd be most grateful for any advice that you fine people might be able to offer.

NB I realise there's a sticky on this subforum entitled "Ask Tony Dabbs" that covers the topic of health insurance. However i'm starting a new thread as, sadly, Mr Dabbs has apparently passed away (according to his company's website) and in any case I prefer to approach a company directly, as opposed to via a broker. That being said, if anyone has a broker they can recommend then I am open to going via that route.

Cheers!
  18 Replies | 925 Views


Teaching a lit course - plz help

Dec 18, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by bansheebeat
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Yes I was warned against this. But there is some extra pay involved so I agreed to do it.

The book I was given was atrocious - 100% unusable.

Anyone have resources (course outline, lesson plans, book, anything) to help me? I have no idea what to do and no one in the dept. can give me a good answer on wtf I'm supposed to be teaching (aside from a vague course description).

The students have adequate Eng ability. 3rd/4th year students who are either English majors or English Education majors.

Course Description:

Intro to English Literature

Study historical, philosophical, social and cultural backgrounds of English literature; development of understanding about setting, plot, characterization, tone and mood, conflict, literary terms through samples of stories, newspaper, articles, plays, and poetry; develop English and critical skills.
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