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:o Didn't figure you for the type to want a cert. slagging match, Harry. I'd recommend to all those who are interested in cert. programs to do the sensible thing- shop around, check out SEVERAL of the cert. programs and compare them.

Call up some of the places you'd like to work FOR and ask them what they think about the various certs.

I have nothing against the CELTA (and it's certainly a solid class cert.) but it's not the end-all be-all of TEFL.

"Steven"

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First I thought it was a spelling mistake but it wasn't. Why don't you consider trying to stay where you are now? With your natural teaching talent you may find other occupations maybe of more interest, outside Thailand preferably as this is a developing country.

Good luck!

Dutchy

PS You could also consider starting your own language school using your own unique grammar!

This is exactly the sort of post that the mods should be deleting.

Dutchy - If all you have to offer is sarcasm then dont bother.

When this section opened up I feared than the "normal" thai visa crowd would barge in and ruin it with comments along these lines and low and behold we have our first winner. I hope its not the trend.

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This is exactly the sort of post that the mods should be deleting.

Dutchy - If all you have to offer is sarcasm then dont bother.

When this section opened up I feared than the "normal" thai visa crowd would barge in and ruin it with comments along these lines and low and behold we have our first winner. I hope its not the trend.

I'm not really familiar with George's way of 'doing things' just yet, but as one would expect - they seem somewhat different to mine. The post you hilighted Bluebear is pretty much commonplace on the ajarn forum wouldn't you agree. Why is it that it offends you here? I find it fairly innocent stuff.

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"I'm not really familiar with George's way of 'doing things' just yet, but as one would expect - they seem somewhat different to mine. The post you hilighted Bluebear is pretty much commonplace on the ajarn forum wouldn't you agree. Why is it that it offends you here? I find it fairly innocent stuff. "

Phil

If you consider Dutchy's sarcastic remarks pretty innocent,

then you are running a wild wild west forum, in my opinion.

I thought it was insulting and way out of line.

Perhaps in an Aussie bar it is considered harmless .... after

all no one is bleeding on the floor. But among strangers in

a public setting, a courteous norm is required.

Didn't some other forum blow up recently because of this

sort of thing ??

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:o Didn't figure you for the type to want a cert. slagging match, Harry. I'd recommend to all those who are interested in cert. programs to do the sensible thing- shop around, check out SEVERAL of the cert. programs and compare them.

Call up some of the places you'd like to work FOR and ask them what they think about the various certs.

I have nothing against the CELTA (and it's certainly a solid class cert.) but it's not the end-all be-all of TEFL.

"Steven"

i simply gave my opinion... one can take it or leave it...

neither i didn't say the CELTA was the be all & end all of TEFL...

if all you want to do is teach in the LoS then a non-CELTA alternative would be fine, might not get you the plum positions though...

by all means do your research, courses for horses as they say...

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if all you want to do is teach in the LoS then a non-CELTA alternative would be fine, might not get you the plum positions though...

Every year I hear this and every year I ask:

Name them (these plum positions) please?

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a courteous norm is required.

Paulf, I'm kinda a newbie here, but I've seen equal levels of sarcasm in other areas of this forum. I can't argue with your statement above, but unless we're all going to be self-congratulating back-slapping yes-men, it's nice to have a certain amount of thick skin here. I'd say if someone is a REGULARLY abusive poster, then yes, discipline is called for. But we're getting off-topic again, aren't we?

I second Ken's call- what're those great positions I need a CELTA for (never had one yet, and I'm doing pretty well- then again, I *do* have a bit of experience!)

"Steven"

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if all you want to do is teach in the LoS then a non-CELTA alternative would be fine, might not get you the plum positions though...

Every year I hear this and every year I ask:

Name them (these plum positions) please?

that would be taking the thread off topic & george wouldn't like it... in fact he would lock it down rather rapidly...

perhaps start another thread on this particular strand of teaching & we'll sort the wheat from the chaff

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Personally I don't think it would be taking it off thread (but feel free to start another one mate), because obviously if it is true what you're saying it will have relevance (sp?) to which is 'best' or most sought after? Up to you.

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Personally I don't think it would be taking it off thread (but feel free to start another one mate), because obviously if it is true what you're saying it will have relevance (sp?) to which is 'best' or most sought after? Up to you.

but you know how strict george is with us on this board... you start the thread as you are more eloquent than i am... then i'll give it what for 'plumbs' & all' :o

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Would you want this individual to teach your children Ken?

Is teaching so simple that anyone can be a teacher? I really wonder whether it would be in the interest of Thailand that you're trying to help this person.

Dutchy

PS your mother was right, my mother used to say the same. I should have listened better huh!

Dutchy

The guy has made a spelling mistake, on an INTERNET CHAT BOARD.

Give him a break.

Seriously, the nature of your replies are probably the most stupid things I have read on this or any other forum.

Why do I just know your the middle aged, bald guy, sitting in the staff room alone...unpopular with all other staff...with a tonne of insecurities...and hardly a friend in the world.

Lighten up. :o

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I think anyone who's managed to finish high school can probably teach up through elementary-

^ Mate there was a thread on Ajarn a while ago that actually said teaching kids is probably harder than teaching adults. IMO and to an extent IME I'd take a good kids teacher over a good (normal) adult teacher any day of the week, far more flexible.

Also the thread mentioned that quite often you're paid more to teach kids (on average) as it is (or can be) so demanding?

I think teaching kids calls on teaching skills much more than when teaching adults. Because of a limited attention span, teachers must plan better for classes, as well as having good classroom management skills... Not to mention an enormous amount of energy and patience... :o

When teaching adults, there is usually a higher level of communication between teacher and students going on, and adults are much more patient with a teacher's lack of planning- they're much less likely to bounce off the walls... :D

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