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  1. My Thai Life

    Teaching in Thailand after age sixty

    Actually, bwpage3 has made a very valid point. The idea of working as an unqualified inexperienced foreign teacher in Thailand to support someone in the US is clearly nuts.
  2. My Thai Life

    Teaching in Thailand after age sixty

    This is a nice thread, it has opened up real experience rather than theoretical posturing.
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    Thai business owners who think they own the public road

    Well GOM, obviously you love your car. It's at least your 2nd car post, or 3rd , 4th? Did you ever reply to questions arising from your post about why you've been stopped every day in your car? I think not, but I could be wrong. This new one is even weirder. Yes CM is a bit different from Lough Ness. The CM forum has been quiet for a long time; do you have a vested interest in these inanities?
  4. About applying for citizenship after receiving PR. Anyone know if it's still 5 years (for a foreigner not married to a Thai)? Or has it been reduced? thanks
  5. The UK has the 2nd highest GDP in the EU and has a trade deficit in goods with the EU/Germany. Obviously the EU/Germany is worried abut the UK leaving, especially as the US has initiated a trade war with the EU/Germany.
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    Central Plaza Parking

    You remember before Central opened, when it was still at the planning-building stage? - the local forum experts proclaiming "it will never work" , "there's no demand"? I have 2 VIP parking places - the problem isn't getting in, it's getting out!
  7. I don't completely agree with "the EU needs the US military in Europe now". The EU's GDP and military spend are far greater than Russia's. Though I do agree that the EU isn't organised for military decision making at the supranational level (apart from NATO). Russia wants to weaken the EU (as does Trump), but not to invade it. Gas deals with Germany and the rest of the EU are a good thing for all concerned. The Russian cyber war, however, including Trump's election, Brexit, fake news, bots, is in full swing and needs to be dealt with. A quick bit of history - the Crimea was part of Russia from 1783 (7 years after the USA was created I think) to 1954, and after that was part of the USSR. A quick bit of anecdotal evidence - I've had numerous Crimean, Ukrainian and Russian friends in the last 20 years, and they all considered the Crimea to be Russian. Much more justifiable than the Falklands or Guam for example. What the West and the World needs now is some moral leadership: Trump is throwing this already tattered mantle away. The next president will have his or her work cut out to reclaim it, but it will be done, and Western values will continue to provide hope far beyond the west.
  8. Trump's support of a hard Brexit is driven by his desire to weaken the EU, whose GDP rivals that of the US, nothing to do with a "special relationship". Trump is the best advert for Remain there is.
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    Trump claims NATO victory after ultimatum to go it alone

    Trump achieved no material change at the NATO meeting: other leaders have stated that they remain committed to the 2% GDP agreement that's been in place for a long time. It's just his brand of fake news. Trump is trying to act as a salesman for the US "military industrial complex" - you know, the people who profit from war.
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    Fewer Posts on ThaiVisa These Days?

    It's a long time since I've looked at the forum. Yes posts seem to be down, but the quality seems to be up, with a lot less of the right wing hysteria and anti Thai bigotry that infested the forum in the past.
  11. Whether we like it or not the UK is genuinely divided on this issue, as are the major parties. It’s fairly obvious that any kind of Brexit is going to cause short to mid-term economic damage, but the long-term is less clear. It’s also fairly obvious that the EU has serious long term economic issues too. But it’s not all about economics. I can’t be the only one who remembers Tony Benn’s speeches about the EU eroding sovereign democracy, and the EU has progressed further in that direction since then. And Benn is a million miles from Boris Johnson. UK citizens are going to have to live with each other whatever the shape of the final agreement between the UK and the EU, so a reduction in the remainer-Brexiter nastiness would be a good idea.
  12. This question is based on a wrong assumption about how government schools are funded, and in particular about how foreign teachers in government schools are funded. I won’t go into all the details, but putting it simply: Thai “permanent” teachers are employed and paid by the government / MoE; Thai and foreign contract teachers are employed and funded by the schools, and different schools fund these teachers in different ways.
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    Teaching in Thailand over 60?

    Teaching in Thailand over 60 is not a problem, particularly for those teachers with commensurate experience and qualifications. But I would be cautious with anyone wanting to start teaching at the age of 60, though I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, depending on the individual’s background and health. If I may follow up a tangential point about banning the first language… The idea that the mother tongue should be banned from the classroom was superseded a long time ago, but it does still feature in some entry level pre-service teacher training courses. However, any EFL teacher who has progressed beyond basic training, maybe into PGCE/PGDip/MA level, will be aware of more recent ideas in this area and the benefits of the mother tongue. Particularly in EFL environments (as opposed to ESL), where the students overwhelmingly share the same first language, the judicious use of the mother tongue can be very useful in a variety of situations and for a variety of reasons. And teachers who have no ability in the first language are at a serious disadvantage. From the point of view of school management, it’s also hugely non-productive to have to provide such teachers with babysitters (“assistant teachers”). The irony is that in many EFL classrooms the most linguistically limited person is the foreign EFL teacher. By the way, English is the leading international language because of the British and American Empires, not because of methodology!
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    Farming in Chiang Rai

    Just reading though the CR farming posts in the last few months, it seems that none of the posters have any knowledge of farming here, or of economics in general.
  15. JT my intention is to just to participate on the forum. I thought you had presented yourself as a "moderator", but it seems you are not. But even if you have been promoted to that highly desirable role, please try to keep your arrogance in check. Looking at the history of the forum you do seem to have a lot of knowledge about hamburgers, pizzas, and other "foods" in Pattaya and Jomtien.
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