Mark Brown

Cheating or helping?

Is it better to simply observe students and not try to fix things?


I learned a long time ago to not expect Thai people to think or behave the way we do in California. I've come to realize the futility of trying to impose Western values on this ancient culture.

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Bangkok Phil

Renewing a UK passport in Bangkok

A fairly painless procedure


Like many bureaucratic processes in Thailand, advance preparation is key. In terms of paperwork, it's all about getting your ducks in a row so that the actual application day goes as smoothly as possible.

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TEFL Course News

October 2017

News, promotions and links from Thailand's most popular TEFL courses


If you're thinking of taking a TEFL course in Thailand and maybe looking to secure a good deal, then our monthly TEFL course blog is just what you're looking for.

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James Humphries

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!


I've read many teaching blogs down the years and I generally enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. However there is one thing I'd like to see more of - honesty

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Sion Binalon

Music and language acquisition

How music benefits the language learner


Learning language through music helps students' verbatim memory, improves pronunciation, speaks better, and promotes positive atmosphere in learning.

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Adam Crittenden

The benefits of working in an after-school language centre

Extra cash and more teaching experience for starters!


Teaching at an after-school has been a worthwhile experience. If you are willing to build your endurance and self-discipline then you will gain the rewards of more experience and some extra cash to boot.

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Stephen Louw

Classroom observations: what can be seen?

The difficult role of the observing teacher


Observed lessons are never representative of a teacher's practice. The teacher and students are unnerved by my presence, and things feel stilted. Even when the lesson does go well, I know I'm seeing only part of the whole.

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Matthew Pape

Online teaching saved my life

What would I have done without it?


How having more than one source of income, in this case an online tutoring job, saved my ass during cancer treatment.

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Sam Thompson

The special occasion blues

Just one more of the joys of being an expat


Last Christmas, for example, I got to Skype-in for the entire typical set of Christmas morning festivities. With video sat right there in the middle of the living room, I opened presents with them, had the Christmas morning eggnog and even played a board game long distance!

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Mark Newman

The uphill fight to make a difference.

There are many obstacles in your way that you can do almost nothing about.


There are lots of good reasons why teachers are struggling to get the job done and the good news is that none of them are your fault!

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Blake Sibbitt

I'm very interesting. Please message me!

When language help and correction isn't always appreciated.


A large number of Thai people seem to have a complete inability to be corrected. The advice of "Here's how to say that right" always seems to be interpreted as "you're wrong".

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Joko MacKenna

Monsoon!

Surviving Myanmar's rainy season


I grew up on the west coast of the USA. We get rain, but we don't get thunder and lightning. I love experiencing it now. Don't grouse about it. Enjoy it.

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Mickey Sheehan

The all new 10-year retirement visa

Who is it aimed at exactly?


A buzz of excitement went through the Thailand expat community last week, when it was announced the Thai government planned to offer ten year visas to those over the official Thai retirement age of 50. That buzz of excitement was shortlived however once any street savvy expat decided to delve into the figures and requirements in more detail.

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Peter Clarke

Interesting Thailand stuff - October 2016

A selection of hand-picked Thailand blogs and articles


Johnny Chan

Thai health insurance basics

What are the basic health insurance rules to keep in mind?


Two points to consider are firstly, you must live in Thailand to purchase health insurance in Thailand, and secondly, insurance in Thailand is regulated by the Department of Insurance.

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