Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Thai teacher canes students in Nakhon Ratchasima(St Mary's college)

Thai teacher hits students in Nakhon  Ratchasima(Korat) Thailand!

Here's a scene that will make all of you politically correct types jump up and chant it's barbaric, it's a human rights breach blah blah blah!

Caning in Thailand, allowed or not allowed?

So just what is the law concerning corporal punishment in Thai schools these days? Well caning was outlawed in Thai schools about 7 years ago or so.

So why are Thai students still receiving a good old thrashing?

Although corporal punishment was outlawed in Thai schools, it still goes on as the video clearly shows us. Its really down to the individual schools view on how to discipline students. Some schools still prefer the hard ass approach others like the more softly softly pc approach.

So which schools have the least discipline problems then? Well I don't think you need to be a brain surgeon to work that one out!

What's your opinion?

Spare the rod spoil the child? Or the softly softly approach and pray things don't go wild?

Monday, 23 August 2010

Best British English accent for ESL teachers in Thailand

So you've got a job teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand. And for the purposes of this short article, you hail from the U.K. You want to do your best and teach as effectively as possible, unfortunately you have a broad scouse or cockney accent! Yikes, will all those kids end up talking like those brookside or eastender dummies? I wouldn't even wish that on my worst enemy!

So what can you do about your accent?

Well in my view strong accents are a no go when teaching English. Oh yes, some people might think that it's clever to say things like...

Twe – i instead of twenty or di - unt instead of didn't or finkin instead of thinking. In other words I really don't consider it fair on the unknowing students to expose them to strong accents and bad regional grammar traits.

What can I do about my accent and grammar?

Firstly you can practice consciously cleaning it up, after a while you'll get better. As for the accent. Well most cockneys, scousers,Scots or Essex folk that I've met in Thailand are not broad. A lot of them have been teaching English in Thailand for a number of years. They've actually worked on ridding themselves of that strong accent and in most cases succeded. It can be done. The motivating factor for this is employment. Most Thai teachers and employers are now getting wise to strong regional accents and can usually spot teachers that speak with them.

What's the best accent to speak with?

You don't have to speak with a plum in your mouth! I really don't think that there is a best British English accent. All you need to do is speak clearly and use the correct grammar. Nothing too hard about that now is there?

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Teach English(ESL) in the sticks, Lampang, Thailand

Are you interested in teaching English in rural Thailand? Don't really want to teach in the big cities. Then we might just have the teaching job for you. Read on...

Why teach English in rural Thailand?

Lots of people come to Thailand to teach English, but a great deal of these teachers want to discover the real Thailand. Forget the hustle and Bustle of Bangkok, Pattaya and all the other cities.No, where it's really at is the countryside!

Advantages of Teaching English in the Thai countryside

* Cheaper cost of living

* Friendlier locals

* More laid back lifestyle

* Great opportunity to learn the language

* Get to live and experience the real Thailand, Thai culture, customs etc

So what are you waiting for?

Job details:

Full Time ESL English teachers, wanted in Lampang Thailand.

Salary: 28,000 baht per month, work permit visas taken care of!

Contact details.... ESL JOB lampang

Sunday, 1 August 2010

ESL teaching opportunities in Thailand for travellers & students

Why would anyone want to live and teach English in Thailand?

Student? Backpacker? World traveller? You might even be a gap year student looking for a job teaching English as a foreign language? So why then live, work and teach English in Thailand?

There could be many reasons for this, and going into each is a tadge beyond this short post. However, here are just a few points for you to think about...

Cheap living, cheap apartments, travel, cost of living etc

English teachers are in huge demand in Thailand = more teaching jobs

The compensation for foreign English teachers is 3 times higher than their Thai counterparts

Friendly easy going laidback locals

Opportunities to learn the local lingo

Enjoy the Thai culture & Thai ways

Great cheap & tasty Thai food

Short term living & teaching in Thailand

Is it really possible to live & work in Thailand for a couple of months at a time, or will I have to commit myself for a longer period?

Yes and no. Usually if you get a teaching job in Thailand, you will be expected to sign up for a 1 year teaching contract, that's the minimum that will be expected from you. What you do after that will be your choice.

Is it easy to get a work permit in Thailand?

To successfully obtain a work permit in Thailand you must show a four year B.A / BSc degree + the transcripts.

If you don't posses the neccesary paperwork then you'll still be able to find a teaching post teaching English in Thailand, though in a lot of cases you'll have trouble getting a work permit! Simply this translates to... you'll have to do visa runs!

Where can I find an English teaching job in Thailand?

The net is always a great source of ESL teaching jobs. However, a site that comes highly recommended is esljobs4teachers. This is a great free resource for English teaching vacancies in Thailand. It's updated on a daily basis with the latest ESL jobs.it's certainly becoming the place to go if you're searching for a teaching job in Thailand!

Teaching jobs now available in Thailand!