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So, I lived there in 1978...

Sep 13, 2014 - 8:22 AM - by anita909
My name is Anita, from NY, living in South Florida (over it) and after some recent changes in my life, thinking about re-visiting Thailand and with luck, teaching English. I lived in Bangkok many years ago and liked it very much. My boyfriend is living in Bhutan several months a year, so I would be closer.
Problem: OMG I'm 53! From online research, I discovered that makes me ancient in Thailand for teaching work!! or does it?
Can anybody comment on or clarify for me what the issues are with age and English teachers in Thailand? I also wondered if it is advantageous to earn your teaching certificate in Thailand? Might the school be more inclined to find you a position?

Thanks so much for any inputs,
Greetings from Florida,
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Thats it! Thailand here I come (returning newbie)

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:33 AM - by crystalvisuals
So I first signed up for my account for this forum approx 2 years ago and have been following, reading and soaking up game since then.
Back when I first signed up I had a foundation degree in ICT. Since then I have got my Bsc in computer information systems and now have a PGCE.

As I have been on this site for 2+ years now I know I maybe due for some stick or jokes that unfortunately I will never understand, so please try to keep that to a minimum and focus on helping me out. Thanks

Personal info for the record:
black british

I am coming over in march with a mere £7000 and am wondering....

1. which area of thailand would you advise me to start out and get a job other than BKK? (considering i might be at a disadvantage due to my skin color and... maybe age...and maybe being a male)

2. How much would I be expecting to pay for a flat/condo/house there?

3. Is £7000 really not enough to start out?

3. How much can i expect in my first year teaching in the region you recommend?

4. To get a job should I really just put on a shirt and handout CV's? does this work or are there other effective alternatives I should be trying?

5. Please give me any additional advice, suggestions or maybe even your experience that you think may help me.

thanks in advance guys. Im on here constantly so post away.
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Harness-Free and Generous Oatbag

Sep 07, 2014 - 3:34 PM - by tomcat
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...CT: where teaching is a profession, not a fall back:

Best State in America: Connecticut, for its teachers
By Reid Wilson (WaPo)

Back to school means that the stress of handling kids all day has shifted from harried parents to an army of teachers. Some of those teachers have an easier transition than others, thanks to high salaries, small classes and high-achieving students.

There’s no better state in which to be a teacher than Connecticut. “There has been an assumption that teachers are professionals, and that respect for the profession has meant that it is easier to recruit new teachers,” said Suzanne Wilson, an education expert at the University of Connecticut.

The Nutmeg State pays its public school teachers an average base salary of $67,040, higher than any other state except New York, New Jersey and California, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. It also has some of the best-educated teachers in the country, having invested in teacher training since the 1980s. More than 80 percent of Connecticut teachers have a master’s degree, a specialist degree or a doctorate. Only New York has a higher share of teachers with advanced degrees.

Connecticut, meanwhile, is much better than its higher-paying neighbors at keeping class sizes small. The state has one teacher for every 22 middle school and high school students, one of the lowest ratios in the country. By contrast, New York has one teacher per 25 secondary students.

Connecticut’s relatively generous salaries and small classes translate into higher spending per student than in most states. It spent $18,512 per public school student in the... [Read More]
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What course do I need to do - TEFL or CELTA?

Sep 07, 2014 - 7:06 PM - by itsjohn
Hi, anyone who can help me with this answer I will owe a big, cold drink to one day in Bangkok.

I have been teaching at three universities in Sydney for the past eight years.
I have taught Journalism and Media Studies - from first year to third year students.
I have a Masters Degree and a University Teaching Certificate.
I have worked as a journalist / editor for 25 years.

I am keen to pursue a new chapter of my career and teaching in Thailand, but am really confused over what accreditation I will need.

I have seen some posting insisting on TEFL and other doing CELTA.

ANy advice, please let me know.

Thanks kindly.
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Life as a TEFL Trainer.

Sep 15, 2014 - 8:23 PM - by stat
I did 3 years of TEFL training between Japan and Thailand, and must say that I really enjoyed it. It was really rewarding and watching people develop so much in short space of time was great. Really great.

The main disadvantage and the main advantage were really one and the same. The disadvantage was that every 4 weeks you were saying goodbye to the people you were just getting to know and see develop, the main advantage was that you got to see so many new people get so into it and develop so quickly. When you see the development of people over and over again, you really get to see just how important this basic training is to people who wish to be an English teacher here.

It's definitely a position that I would recommend to suitable people, we sometimes trained up experienced TEFL teachers over a 6 month period.

Any questions or interest, let me know.
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Let's talk Nakhon Si Thamamrat

Sep 10, 2014 - 8:37 PM - by Emily Stadler
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I am curious if anyone on here lives in or near Nakhon Si Thammarat? If so, do you enjoy living there and what is there to do besides visit temples and museums (if anything)?

I have read that it's very non-touristy, historical and also has some good hiking/waterfall spots. I would be interested in teaching in this location if it does offer some outdoor activities but I don't want to live there if there are no other expats or really anything else to do. My other concern is the safety thing, deep south isn't exactly the best place from everything I have read.

I have searched the forum but didn't find much. I have been told to ignore everything I have read so I'm hoping a couple of you have some insight into this town. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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How much money can I make in Thailand and would it be worth doing a PGCE

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:39 PM - by Davman
Next year I will have my English language and linguistics with TESOL 50/50 degree and a CELTA from the University of Sunderland.

I was wondering if doing a PGCE in English, again at Sunderland would improve my jobs prospects and earning potential in Thailand?

PGCE English Secondary Education PGCE - University of Sunderland

My plan was to try and get on the Jet program so I could get some experience teaching in Japan, also thinking about China and Dubai before coming to Thailand.

Does that sound like a good idea? or am I better off just coming to Thailand getting my experience here and upgrading my job when I can?

I am kind of worried after hearing all the stories about low pay in Thailand, I was thinking I would need to make at least 50k baht a month to have a decent lifestyle?

I was also thinking of the bursary of 4-9 grand depending on my degree classification that comes with doing the PGCE.
  30 Replies | 792 Views

Cold or warm eggs?

Sep 12, 2014 - 7:43 AM - by Cal Roy
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I saw this on NPR this morning. We wash ours and pop them in the fridge. I don't like to chill bird shit. The fridge has a nice place to keep them but I suppose I am just wasting space.

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't : The Salt : NPR
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Asteroid to zoom past 10 times closer than the Moon in 2 days.

Sep 05, 2014 - 8:01 PM - by stat
An asteroid the size of a house was discovered in the last few days, and is due to zoom between the Earth and some of it's weather satellites on Sept 7th.

10 times closer than the Moon.

Earth is about to have a close encounter with a house-sized asteroid on Sunday (Sept. 7), when a space rock discovered just days ago will zoom by our planet at a range closer than some satellites. But have no fear, NASA says the asteroid won't hit Earth.

The asteroid 2014 RC will safely buzz Earth at 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT) on Sunday. At that time, the asteroid will pass over New Zealand and fly just inside the orbits of the geosynchronous communications and weather satellites orbiting Earth about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the planet's surface, according to a NASA statement. During its close pass, 2014 RC will be about 21,126 miles (34,000 km) from Earth's surface. That's about 10 times closer to the Earth than the moon.
"Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal? on Maui, Hawaii," NASA officials said in a statement. [See images of potentially... [Read More]
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British Man, Woman Found Dead on Koh Tao

Sep 15, 2014 - 8:39 PM - by beachbound
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(CNN) -- A British man and woman were found dead on a beach on a popular resort island in Thailand, police said Monday.
The two victims were found on the island of Koh Tao, and police are investigating their deaths as murder, authorities said.
The victims had severe injuries to their heads, and a hoe with blood on it was found near the bodies, said Col. Prachum Ruangthong, police chief of Koh Phaghan, the precinct that has jurisdiction over the area.
A search of the victims' rooms showed no sign of theft, and interviews with friends indicated the victims may have only recently met while on the larger island of Koh Phangan before traveling to Koh Tao for a party excursion.
  26 Replies | 893 Views

Thai government school calendar

Sep 05, 2014 - 9:43 AM - by spacebaba
I've been digging around on the internet but cannot seem to find a website that clearly lays out the Thai government school calendar (with holidays, start dates and end dates and what not). Can anyone provide me with this resource?

  24 Replies | 457 Views

Advice from teachers who have taught in bkk and pattaya govement school

Sep 14, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by longtermer
Hi All,

This is my first post so firstly hello to you all.

Im not a teacher but i have been working in Thailand for a while now(10yrs), Im writing this in the hope of some advice from teachers who have taught in both Bangkok and Pattaya.

My story is that i have 2 young kids 4(girl) and 6(boy) they have both been in some form of education since each of them were 2.
I had been living in Bangkok for most of my time and working but local salary, about 2 yrs ago i got a job just on the outskirts of Pattaya, i was commuting for the first 6 months but then the whole family moved down.
Because of my salary i can only afford to have the kids in government school but as time goes by i am becoming increasingly more worried about the education level of the older 6yr (boy).
I know that the government route in general is bad and me moving back home is something that i am also toying with purely based on education but for now im kind of stuck in the Thailand rut.

My question is more advice from anybody who has taught in both Bangkok and Pattaya and if they thought the education level to be better or worse in one area or the differences in the children in both areas, there is a possibility that with my job i could work from home if i moved back to Bangkok and would certainly do so if the levels were higher there.

i know there will be some that probably give me stick for having them in government school in the first place and i beat myself up about it but i don't not have the monthly income to put them private and it will take some savings to relocate back home.

Thanks in advance for your input
  23 Replies | 580 Views

Woman beheaded in London.

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:24 PM - by stat
Reports: Woman Beheaded In Back Garden

Details a bit sketchy at the moment, so what do we think?
Muslim honour killing?
Just a run of the mill Caucasian nutjob?
Angry TEFLer unable to get back to Thailand?
  20 Replies | 316 Views

Kids videos

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:59 AM - by Get Smart
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I went to a friends class the other day. They were playing these before class.

The kids were going wild. WTF is a gummy bear? Loved it anyway. Any kid teachers on here post some vids up I can pass on to him.

Laughed my arse off. Zero is a big round hole. 5555.
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Questionable questions?

Sep 12, 2014 - 8:26 PM - by mrjames
A Filipino teacher started work at my school about a month ago, from what I had seen of her she seemed a very good teacher. This morning she rocks up to morning assembly and asks the kids "what day is it today?" & "what day is it tomorrow?" Both reasonable Qs for p1-p6 but she asked them like this "what is today?" & "what will be tomorrow?" I cringed when i heard the 2nd question. Am i wrong, or are both questions complete bollocks? I was gonna speak to her about it today but i thought but decided not to. Do you think i should say something to her about it?
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English Teacher X

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:55 PM - by Joko
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I found a copy of his book Guide to Teaching English Abroad sort of hidden under the broken LCD projector in the staff room. I started thumbing through it and immediately was laughing out loud. Then, I read more. It got me somewhat depressed about the career of being a TEFL teacher as it was brutally honest about how bad this job can be at times...

Anyways, I'm sure some of you have already heard of this guy. Today, I found his blog. Really good stuff. He writes very well and the crowd here at the AF is his target audience.

Here's the link---> English Teacher X

And here's an excerpt:

I get a lot of e-mail these days from people - usually older English teachers but not always - asking, `Should I go to the Middle East and teach English?`

The answer to that, as with many things in life is `Yes, but ...`

I will enumerate those buts in a later post, but one of them is that schools in the Middle East are just as capricious about firing teachers as any other school (that is to say, extremely) but since it is so isolated and visa laws so strict, the stakes are a lot higher.

This is a short bit out of my upcoming memoir, REQUIEM FOR A VAGABOND, which is about the last five years, most of which I spent in the Middle East.

High salaries and less debauchery aside, the English teachers are still pretty off-kilter there ... and here's an example of how the schools still fuck the teachers over any chance they get.

... [Read More]
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