Happy Teacher’s Day (Jan. 16)

Posted by claudio on January 16, 2014 in Teaching in Thailand |

To all the teachers in Thailand:  enjoy the Teacher’s Day and let yourself be celebrated! Today, the 16th of January, Teacher’s Day (วันครู) is celebrated throughout Thailand.  It’s a special day and most schools are closed to honor teachers for their contribution to society. The first Teachers’ Day was held in 1957; the date was chosen as it marks […]


Thailand is starting to take English seriously

Posted by claudio on March 14, 2012 in Teaching in Thailand |

The Nation reported yesterday that Thailand has set aside a budget of 100 million baht to send 1,137 teachers abroad to brush up their English. The chosen teachers will have an opportunity to attend English training in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Each will get about 100,000 baht to pay for […]


Which TEFL Course is Right for You?

Posted by claudio on March 3, 2012 in Teaching in Thailand |

TEFL Courses in Thailand are available in abundance.  It seems each major city has some course providers with Bangkok and the well-known tourist destinations naturally ranking on top of the list. A google search for “TEFL Course Thailand” will result in thousands of search results. It’s often hard to choose the right one.   When you […]


7 common mistakes when applying for an English Teacher job in Thailand

Posted by claudio on September 21, 2011 in Teaching in Thailand |

There is a shortage of foreign English teachers in Thailand. Nevertheless, one job posting online often results in more than 100 applicants.  That’s some tough competition. And since you never get a second chance to leave a first impression, your initial e-mail to the recruiter is extremely important. I have helped to recruit teachers for […]


Don’t Speak Thai in the Classroom

Posted by claudio on August 29, 2011 in Teaching in Thailand |

A question I often get when I talk with people interested in teaching English in Thailand is “Do I need to be able to speak Thai to be effective as a teacher?” My answer to them is a resounding “No.” When I went through my TEFL training, I was taught to never use the local […]


Why do kids learn languages so easily?

Posted by claudio on June 24, 2011 in Teaching in Thailand |

Children have an uncanny talent for learning languages.  The younger they are, the faster they seem to acquire a language.  Just by playing around with others, kids add vocabulary at an astonishing rate.  In a 2007 study, which was just made available on the internet, Meredith Brinster found at least part of the answer: Kids […]

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