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I see that activity on this forum is way down from what it was several years ago and wondered if there was a reduction in teachers in Thailand. I went and checked out the jobs available. It seems like there is work available in Thailand still but the pay is roughly the same as it was when I left Thailand in 2007.
The pay is the same but I'm sure prices have went up in Thailand in the last 8 years, right? The red tape seems to have gone through the roof as well. So my question, is teaching dead in Thailand? It was starting to get tough to make it in 2007, I could imagine that it's only got a lot worse.
While the vast majority of my students come from a well to do background very few are what I would call bratty. Meltdowns are rare and for the most the kids I teach are mild mannered and respectful. They are certainly indulged, almost all of them have a watch that is worth more then my watch that I got from the local market. Most also seem to have a nice phone and I doubt they lack for toys at home. So while my students may be arguably over-indulged it does not really make them behave in a negative way. However, the older they get the more bratty they seem to become. I am always shocked at the difference between lower primary and upper primary. Material objects seem to mean more to them than having 'fun' with each-other or life's simple childhood pleasures that I remember as a child. Perhaps this is just showing my age though. Values and what is considered to be important seems to have dramatically changed IMO. Any thoughts?
Whatever you might think of this positively or negatively, no denying this was a significant day in the development of SE Asia's historically most backwards economy. Just a matter of time until we get BK, McD's and the rest...
Hi! I live in L.A. I'm really turned on by what I see at Bangkok Market on Melrose. But, I don't have a lot of money and I do drugs.
So, I want to find a hill tribe where men have many wives and don't work. All they do is smoke opium and keep their child brides on liquid protein diets.
Oh, and I also want to worshiped, like Montezuma and Cortez.
Can somebody help me out?
And please don't be disrespectful or nasty. I am not a troll and I am sincere and have a CELTA and home country teaching license and have been fired from, er, worked at, many prestigious schools in south central LA.
After falling prey to a predatory hiring agency (which, I suppose must remain anonymous, at the expense of protecting other foreigners,) I'm now developing an addiction to the Ajarn job postings.
I thought to present myself on the forum and ask about some basics:
How long should I expect to wait for a response?
I have a BA in philosophy, two additional years studying Mandarin in Beijing, (at two mediocre\better universities,) and experience teaching other college students 1v1 at the university coffee shop. I do actually have a TEFL from that period. My past employment is as a wallstreet proofreader, (transcriptions from any and every kind of company you can imagine, including billion-dollar industry comoanies.) --now, I'm trying to get a job teaching adults, whether it be private or public education. -what are my chances of getting a good job like this, without an MA or a CELTA certification? I'm trying to emphasize the significance of actually learning a language first-hand, and my capacity to plan and deliver a strong, high-level curriculum for adult learners.
I'm not sure how trying to substitute an MA or CELTA certification with it is going to work out with an employer.
Anyways, what's my competition looking like? Am I going to have to search abroad (ie, China,) for a low-level university position? Should I get my hopes up for an adult learning school like London English? (I've ignored wall street English, because I am assuming they want to work you a full 40+ hours, probably a stress-laden position not worth the money?)
Interested to meet my competition, if they're roaming the forum?
This is a short introduction of myself. I have recently joined this forum and am looking forward to make friends. I am James and have some teaching experience as an Asst. Manager Training for the Beaconhouse Group. I normally teach the teaching staff in school branches and conduct English language screening for the human resource department. However, I am very interested in professional learning and development for my teaching career. Currently, I am searching for a permanent job as a cooperate trainer or language instructor in training and development in Thailand. I have a TEFL from the University of Toronto in business English and teaching English to Mandarin speakers. Hoping to build a network with people with similar interests.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33291475 At least five Britons are among the dead after an attack on a beach near the popular Tunisian resort town of Sousse, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said. Tunisia's health ministry has said at least 37 people are dead, mostly foreigners. The UK death toll could rise, Mr Hammond said, with a "high proportion" of casualties expected to be British. Tunisian officials say one gunman was shot dead and another is being pursued. They said one attacker, who had posed as a swimmer but was carrying a rifle under a parasol, was shot dead in an exchange of fire with police. Local media reported that a second attacker had been arrested, but this has not been confirmed. Tunisians, Germans, Belgians and at least one Irish citizen are among the dead. A further 36 people are injured, the health ministry said. Tourists described "bullets whizzing around us" and scenes of "panic" at the Port El Kantaoui district. A number of people have... [Read More]
In about 10 days, I'm off to Penang, Malaysia for a week. Have you been there? Is Langkawi worth it? Any travel tips?
My original plan was to go to Krabi, but then changed my mind at the last minute. I don't want Dengue, so I think I've made the right decision... and as for cost, US $139 round trip from Yangon to Georgetown... I love Air Asia.
The first thing I'm going to do when I get there is rent a motorcycle for a week. Northwest peninsular Malaysia... where to go?
I'm looking for a townhouse in Bangkok, preferably 3 bedrooms or so and up to 12,000 baht a month. I'm not sure how to go about looking, though. I suppose it would be possible to canvas the moobahns but is there any way to get information on where they might be located or which ones might have the kind of property I'm looking for?
I've lived in condos up until this point and most real estate agents don't seem to handle townhouses in that price range, so I'm not sure how to start. Any advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
I'm sure many of us have been in the situation where we are told that a student is 'special'. Now, I have a few issues with this label from the offset. First and foremost I am almost never told what specific SEN a child has. This makes me question diagnostics. A lot of the time I feel that Thai parents would rather just brush an SEN under the carpet. This is a rather sad, and in my opinion, a backward opinion to take. I guess I'll just have to chalk to down to cultural differences.
How do folks deal with kids who have an SEN? Does your school have any set up to help such children. Mine does not. Instead I just group the kids in mixed ability groups, they can help each-other and it makes monitoring easier for me. Better than tripping over a dozen tiny chairs. A few of my students seem to have an issue with staying on focus, which is incentive to keep my lessons engaging. A minority really struggle with everything; from Thai to basic interaction with their peers. I have two kids who can't understand basic instructions in Thai, never mind English. In an ideal world these kids would have a mentor. In reality the system is failing them, and I am part of that. I have neither received the training or support from the school to help these kids. This whole topic is one that bothers me profoundly about the so called 'education system' in Thailand. There must be a lot of potential that has been missed from an early age. 'Special' is also a label that is used to much, sometimes the issue may be the teacher, the class environment, issues at home rather than the child. Realistically, what can a teacher do if they work outside of the top tier internationals?
I am a former military guy with years instructing and teaching various subjects. Currently I am taking a career break and I have been contemplating a career change with teaching English creeping to the top of the list. Having lived in Bangkok on and off for the last 4 years, which I used as a base for my previous work, I would ideally like to be able to land a teaching job in the area.
i don't have a TEFL yet, and I am wondering which is the best TEFL accreditation to have? Or does this not matter?
I have a Bachelors from an accredited college and I have not long learned the school closed earlier this year, even as a former student I am having trouble contacting them for information let alone anyone else. Will this be problematic in my job applications?
Do you require a police check to be able to teach? If so to what standard? Basic, enhanced, something else?
I am not a spring chicken, 45 years old, how much does this go against/for a person?
sorry for all the questions, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
The death toll from a suicide attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Kuwaiti capital has risen to at least 25, the interior ministry says.
Another 202 people were wounded, it added. Images circulating online show bodies on the mosque floor amid debris.
The blast hit the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a busy area to the east of Kuwait City.
An Islamic State- (IS) affiliated group said it was behind the attack. IS has carried out similar recent attacks in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
However, this is the first attack on a Shia mosque to take place in the small Gulf state.
A Kuwaiti MP, who saw the attacker, said the mosque was packed with some 2,000 people when there was a loud explosion, Reuters reported.
"It was obvious from the suicide bomber's body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood [kneeling in prayer], he looked... in his 20s, I saw him with my own eyes," Khalil al-Salih told the news agency.
A paramedic, speaking to AP news agency, said most of the victims men and boys attending Friday prayers.
Footage said to be taken in the aftermath of the blast showed dozens of men in blood-splattered white robes spilling out of the smoke-filled mosque into the street outside.
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah said... [Read More]
colgate toothpaste has triclosan. that no good naaaa.....
A chemical found in one of North America’s most popular toothpastes, Colgate Total, has been linked to cancer and other harmful health ailments. It’s called triclosan, it’s also used in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics and Colgate toothpaste, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and more.http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/09/13/chemical-found-in-colgate-total-toothpaste-linked-to-cancer/
Former British soldier Lance Whitmore has been given a 50 year jail sentence by the Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok after he and a friend were caught with 200 ecstasy pills in their possession in the coastal resort of Pattaya.
Whitmore, 26, had been on trial after he was caught trying to sell drugs to an undercover detective, the Birmingham Mail reported.
He pleaded guilty in court to drug dealing charges in the hope that his sentence would be halved.
His mother, Debbie Caswell said: "I am devastated. I don't know how he will cope. I believe we will be appealing but at this moment in time, I am just in shock."
Whitmore's father, Russ, originally from Northfield, runs a restaurant in Pattaya, the newspaper said.
Whitmore who was working in Thailand with Petroleum OilServices,... [Read More]