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14

Sep

Photo of the day: novice monk at the temple

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A young monk walks into shot at a temple in Hat Yai, Thailand.

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10

Sep

Inside my Classroom: Take This Lollipop - internet safety

Teaching internet safety this term? Check out this creepy online resource - would you take his lollipop?

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Take This Lollipop is an online interactive film has been around since 2010 and I have used it time and time again both back in the UK in a youth work setting, and in my ESL teaching here in Thailand.

Once of the units I needed to cover with one of my classes last year was Internet Safety – an important topic to explore with young people – and I used Take This Lollipop as a way of introducing…

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08

Sep

Can you eat spicy?

Can you eat spicy? A tale of how I found out the hard way it is sometimes better to say no…

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It was lunchtime.  I walked around the corner to my local noodle soup shop.  They don’t just do plain old noodle soup, they have my favourite, tom yam, or in this case creamy tom yam with pork.  Delicious.

Now I’ve been going to this particular noodle soup shop for a while now, and I know that I like the food that comes out of there.  There is just the right amount of noodle:meat:veg:sauce ratio,…

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07

Sep

Photo of the day: Jetty walkway, Penang

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clan jetty, Georgetown Penang Malaysia photography

Two ladies relax on one of the clan jetties in Georgetown on Penang, Malaysia.

One of the oldest remaining Chinese settlements on the island, the jetties house a number of clans who live in beautiful wooden houses on stilts in the water.  Each jetty is home to a different clan of Chinese descendants, grouped according to their province of origin.  

I took a morning stroll down the Chew jetty,…

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26

Aug

Teacher Tuesday: Biography cubes

This week’s Teacher Tuesday ESL lesson idea: Biography cubes - a creative take on talking about other people

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Biography cubes lesson idea

Completed biography cubes.

An excellent activity for any classes studying within the topic Talking about other people which seems to crop up in any TEFL textbook I have had thrust on me.  I have used this lesson multiple times with various classes and it has always been really successful.

Students choose their favourite celebrity and complete a worksheet with five basic sections;

What is his/her…

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24

Aug

TEFL FAQs: Getting a working visa for Thailand (Part 1)

With the recent clampdown I have been asked lots of questions about the visa process. Here is part 1 of my visa experience:

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What kind of visa do I need to work in Thailand?  How do I get a working visa before I leave my country?  Can I arrive on a tourist visa and change to a working visa?  These are some of the questions that I am asked time and time again.  I am no visa expert but I am able to tell you how I got my visa.  I have had to split this into two parts as I have now had two very different visa experiences.

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18

Aug

Teacher Tuesday: first lesson introductions

Teacher Tuesday is back after a summer break. It’s back to school for us, check out some fin activities for the first lessons with your new classes.

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Teacher Tuesday returns after taking a six week summer break.  So it’s back to school for me and back to sharing some teacher tidbits each Tuesday.

As a student I always got excited when that back to schoolfeeling started to creep up and I’m still the same now.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my six week break but six weeks is a long time to have no structure or daily routine.  I’m definitely…

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15

Aug

Mixed up Mixtape: back to school

It’s that time of year again… bring on the back to school blues in this week’s Mixed up Mixtape

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It’s that time of year again.  Summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to go back to school.  As a teacher, I get to relive those back to school feelings every year.  Be it excitement to see friends again, anxiety of upcoming tests, the pure agony of those early, early mornings or sadnessat the end of another summer; these are some of the tracks that will be helping me ease myself back into…

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12

Aug

Mixed Up Mixtape: 5 Songs About Homesickness

Mixed Up Mixtape: 5 Songs About Homesickness

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Today’s Mixed up Mixtape contribution comes from la France – merci! A very chilled mix of songs that make this blogger feel at home :)

Originally posted on The Mindful Expat:

I’m not actually feeling particularly homesick (yet…), but fellow expat blogger Kylie (ofCornish Kylie) invited me to submit a post to her weeklyMixed Up Mixtapefeature, and I loved the idea!

I’ve always…

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Teacher Tuesday: ReBeats NEW online learning resource

A special review for this week’s Teacher Tuesday: ReBeats NEW online learning resource @weareT10 #ReBeats

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ReBeats is an online game that aims to improve English language learning through listening to music.  Using a simple fill in the gaps format, users watch a music video and select the correct word from two options to complete the lyrics of the song.

Scores are awarded for choosing correctly, speed and streaks of correct answers.  Users can then enter a leader board or send a challenge to a…

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