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Desperate non native...

Dec 12, 2014 - 1:40 AM - by Playa
Hello to everybody here. I am 27 year old male from stuck up European country with no perspective whatsoever (Serbia). Since the employment situation here is so terrible, only politic poltroons get job, I am eager to try to obtain a position as English teacher somewhere in southeast Asia.

Now, while reading this forum I've understood that getting a position as a teacher in Thailand isn't that easy, especially for a non native male, without experience, without degree in teaching and on top of that I am not much light skinned - I know, shit right? I am caucasian though..

I will get BA next year, 3 year only + will take TEFL (online version cause I am broke ofc.) to at least make someone look at my case . Having all that please advise me if there is any possible chance of getting one in Thailand, or not to bother.

P.S. Apologize if I could found info on my issue, please link me to the page.

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The bizarre Sony hacking

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by cluezo
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Have not had time to delve into this mess. Is it all because of the release of the upcoming movie, The Interview - a lame comedy? Now some mass attack is planned throughout America? Who's knows this story?

Sony Corporation: Hackers Release Second Wave Of Private Data

By Thomas Halleck @tommylikey t.halleck@ibtimes.com on December 08 2014 10:17 PM

The hacking group has released two email databases purportedly from two high-ranking Sony Pictures Entertainment executives. Sony Pictures Entertainment

The hacker group behind the attack on Sony Corp.’s film division released another mass of private data on Monday, including a number of corporate emails. The group, which calls itself “Guardians of Peace,” or GOP, threatened Sony Pictures Entertainment with further action if it were to release the comedy film “The Interview.”

GOP said Sony management has “refused” to comply with its demands posted on
... [Read More]
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Not Hitler again ...

Dec 11, 2014 - 4:46 AM - by cluezo
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It's all over the news wires today.

Hitler is Huge in Thailand: Chicken Joints, T-Shirts, and A Govt.-Issued Propaganda Video
Marlow Stern

From a KFC-like chicken joint named “Hitler” to clothing, Thailand has a serious Nazi fetish. A recent propaganda video courtesy of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is the latest example.
John Galliano would love it in Thailand.

Yes, these days, Nazism is all the rage in the land formerly
... [Read More]
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Syndey Cafe Hostage Situation

Dec 15, 2014 - 12:49 PM - by Buoyant
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A woman ran to an officer in Sydney, Australia, where hostages were being held on Monday.

Three people flee from Sydney cafe amid hostage drama - CNN.com

Prayers to the people inside.
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What motivates you?

Dec 09, 2014 - 10:04 AM - by Asp Pyre
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What makes you keep teaching? The salary? The students? CPD opportunities or something else?

For me it's seeing my students progress and grow, both academically and emotionally. My first batch are now P.6, which is kinda cool but also a reminder of how long I have been at my current school. It's also nice to see students who have been written off as 'special' at such a young age do a u-turn in terms of their school work with the correct guidance. Salary? I suppose it motivates me to seek change. How about you?
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Never Study (or teach) Grammar Again!

Dec 15, 2014 - 1:36 AM - by Joko
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One of my students (a recent elementary level graduate) posted this video on my FB timeline. This guy in the video, AJ, makes some good points, but he seems to me to be just telling English learners what they want to hear. BURN YOUR GRAMMAR BOOKS! YOU DON'T NEED THAT SHIT! WE NES NEVER DID!

I have a lot of critiques of this man's approach to selling his program, but I don't want to preempt the conversation. What do you think of AJ?

  56 Replies | 1,848 Views

Student interaction in class activities

Dec 08, 2014 - 9:49 AM - by durianlover10400
Hi all, I've been teaching in the university environment here in Thailand for the past 4 years. Overall, it's been a very rewarding experience, so much so that I have just recently been granted a permanent lectureship here. One challenge I find with teaching Thai students is their level of interaction in class (or lack of!). Apart from group activities as a way to force them to get engaged, does anyone out there have any experience in ways to get students to interact more in class, and ask more questions?

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Natural Alternatives to Pharmaceuticals

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:52 PM - by russellsimpson
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This has been done a few times, but maybe time to give it a fresh shot in the arm, no pun intended, eh.

I know there a wide range of natural substances folks have mentioned, many proven quality alternatives to common pharmaceuticals.

Lets start with marijuana, something I don't know much about but would like to know a bit more. I think this forum has some people probably pretty knowledgeable on the subject.


So let's set the record straight from the get go. I personally have not been able to partake of the substance for years due to the fact that even a small amount of the stuff causes me to enter into a state of paranoia ranging from mild to intense. But I have been told that the reason for this is that I have only tried smoking the wrong type of the weed ? I've wondered if that is possible. Apparently there a couple of major "types' which will have different impact on the consciousness. I'm starting to think there may be something to that. Perhaps it's a question of processing? I tried hash cookies one time out in the Thar desert and entered a state of paranoia which I would not care to repeat. Terrible experience.

3Lk awhile back mentioned processing the ingredient with what I remember to be coconut oil (actually i've misplaced the thread it was on, anybody remember?

So anyway I think I have framed my basic question. I would be interested.

Let's try to keep this on topic sans... [Read More]
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Michelle Obama: Ask Her For ‘Help’ And You’re Branded A Racist

Dec 20, 2014 - 1:03 AM - by russellsimpson
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Was Michelle Obama really the victim of racism during her trip to Target? In extracts from an exclusive interview recorded by People magazine, Michelle Obama speaks candidly about racial stereotyping and the Obamas fears for their daughters.

During the interview, the first lady described how she was the victim of subtle racism during a trip to Target. The crime? A white woman asked her for help reaching some detergent on a high shelf.
“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”


I think the story can speak for itself.

I have no dog in this particular race.

Michelle Obama: Ask Her For Help And You're Branded A Racist
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Friday night, Bangkok, Teacher's salary, two weeks to payday....what to do?

Dec 12, 2014 - 11:34 PM - by BKKGrind
Hey, all you teachers out there! It's Friday night*, two more weeks until payday, you live in the LOS on a teacher's salary, what's on your agenda tonight? Don't be shy, tell us the full story and how you pull it off so cheaply!
*Legal asterisk: you may substitute any night of the week here.
  36 Replies | 2,072 Views

Two complaints about our teachers.

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:44 PM - by stat
One is fluent in Thai. Never uses it in the classroom or with any students outside of the classroom, but uses it to talk with the staff (He's a nice friendly, talkative guy). Kitchen staff, cleaners, Thai teachers. The school have complained, saying that the staff don't want the teachers speaking to them.

Another had two of the Thai teachers pointing out misbehaving students in his class, insinuating that he wasn't doing his job and should be stopping them. The following day he did the exact same to them, pointing out misbehaving students in their class to them. School followed on the complaint to us, foreign teachers are not to advise the Thai teachers on classroom matter in any way, shape or form.

They all seems a bit delicate.
  34 Replies | 1,258 Views

Lao children are better educated than Thai kids

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by Asp Pyre
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The startling findings of the latest global report on education place a tough assignment ahead for new minister Narong

Thailand's poor standing in a recent global survey on the quality of education has caused alarm among educators here and prompted the authorities to respond.

Thailand is ranked 87th in the world in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 - behind most other member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including less economically developed neighbours such as Laos, which is ranked 60th. This is both embarrassing and unacceptable.

Thailand is ranked 31st for overall competitiveness among the 144 countries surveyed. Within the Asean, the Kingdom comes third, after Singapore (No 2 in the world) and Malaysia (No 20). However, in terms of the quality of primary education, Thailand is ranked seventh among the 10 member-states of Asean, just behind Laos. Thailand's quality of higher education is ranked eighth in Asean, while Laos is again in sixth spot.

Pradit Wannarat, rector of the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida), has declared Thailand's ranking "rather awful". Pradit is also caretaker president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, which he says will discuss the matter at its meeting next month. Without measures to improve the quality of education here, its credibility would be adversely affected, he said, adding that more money should go into researching methods for national development.

Many of the WEF survey's results on the comparative quality of education are based on answers given by the respondents (largely
... [Read More]
  32 Replies | 2,744 Views

I Have a Limp

Dec 14, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by siamcowboy
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Dick. What are some natural remedies that I can easily get in Thailand?
  27 Replies | 1,369 Views

Moving Away from Oil?

Dec 12, 2014 - 7:24 AM - by tomcat
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...an interesting series of charts that illuminates America's declining use of oil and a few of the consequences: Bloomberg Graphics - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes
  27 Replies | 1,650 Views

Another horrific Australian slaughter

Dec 20, 2014 - 5:50 AM - by cluezo
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Woman arrested in stabbing deaths of eight children in Australia
December 19, 2014

Hours after eight children were found stabbed to death in a home in northeastern Australia, police officials said that the mother of seven of the children had been arrested in the killings.

According to the Associated Press
, Queensland Police
Det. Inspector Bruno Asnicar said Saturday morning that the 37-year-old woman was under guard at a hospital in Cairns, Australia. The woman was the aunt of the eighth stabbing victim, the AP reported.

Police said they will not be releasing the name of the woman at this stage. She has been arrested for murder but has not been charged.

From the AP:

Police haven’t said how the children died. But Asnicar said they’re examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill the children.The
... [Read More]
  26 Replies | 665 Views

Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead

Dec 17, 2014 - 7:04 AM - by beachbound
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Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.

Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.

Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.

The attack - the Taliban's deadliest in Pakistan - has been widely condemned.

Describing the attack from his hospital bed to the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil, Shahrukh Khan, 17, said a gunman had entered his classroom and opened fire at random.

As he hid under a desk, he saw his friends being shot, one in the head and one in the chest. Two teachers were also killed.

A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to military operations.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.

US President Barack Obama said terrorists had "once again shown their depravity" while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was "an act of horror and rank cowardice".

BBC News - Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead
  23 Replies | 883 Views

7 New wonders of the world

Dec 08, 2014 - 7:56 PM - by Zed
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WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?

They are among the winners of a new global campaign to find the seven most incredible cities in the world.

The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world whichseven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.

Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.
... [Read More]
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