Christmas in the Classroom

Posted by claudio on November 19, 2010 in Teaching in Thailand |

It’s that time of the year again: many parts of the Western world are gearing up for Christmas. And even in Thailand, first signs of it are already visible.  Visitors to malls and shopping centers all over the country marvel at the beautifully decorated Christmas trees, complete with colorful wrapped gifts underneath. There is hardly […]


Dress Code for Teachers in Thailand

Posted by claudio on November 16, 2010 in Living in Thailand, Teaching in Thailand |

In Thailand it is very important to dress appropriately. This is true especially for teachers and not only during working hours. If you work in a small town, people will soon get to know you as “the farang teacher”. Teachers are highly respected in Thailand and it is therefore recommended to dress smartly at all […]


The Secret of a Teacher’s Magic

Posted by claudio on November 5, 2010 in Teaching in Thailand |

In the book Forties’ Child, Tom Wakefield recounts his experience growing up in the British Midlands during World War II.  When I read the book, one passage struck me as a perfect description of what makes a good teacher.  Read it and you just might agree: Everything changed in the second year. There must have […]


How NOT to get a job as English Teacher

Posted by claudio on October 29, 2010 in English Language, Teaching in Thailand |

Recruiters and Teacher Agencies receive many resumes from English teachers looking for a job in Thailand. Some of them make one wonder if they were sent in earnest, or if they were sent as a joke. Here is an example of an e-mail cover letter that most likely won’t get the candidate to an interview: […]


Students coming late to class…?

Posted by claudio on July 19, 2010 in Teaching in Thailand |

Here is what happens when you come too late to an English class with my friend, and teacher extra-ordinaire, Gareth “Gaz” Jones: All the bananas in the world… Unite! Peel banana, peel, peel banana (2x) Shake banana, shake, shake banana (2x) Go banana, go, go banana (2x) GO!


Mandatory Thai Culture and Ethics Course for Foreign Teachers in Thailand

Posted by claudio on May 15, 2010 in Teaching in Thailand |

If you want to teach in Thailand, you will need a valid work permit. In order to get a work permit, you’ll have to obtain a Teacher’s License from the Teachers Council of Thailand (TCT). One of the requirements to get this license is the completion of a 20-hour Thai Culture and Ethics Course. Numerous […]

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