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  1. Maybe someone they're working for has taken the passports for 'safekeeping'.
  2. My post may have got lost on the last page. But this is what the vertical stamp says: น่าเชื่อว่าเข้ามาเพื่อประกอบอาชีพBelieved to be entering in order to work
  3. The vertical stamp on the right says: น่าเชื่อว่าเข้ามาเพื่อประกอบอาชีพ Believed to be entering in order to work
  4. The main stamp says no means of support. The vertical stamp on the right says that they believe is coming to work. From other reports, they don't allow anyone to go the ATM.
  5. The stamp says they believe you were entering the country to work. So it will be interesting to see how that plays out at the border.
  6. No means of support. They believe you were coming to work.
  7. Being pressured by her promoters I would guess. Quite a lot of the Isan performers do this, where they schedule several performances in one night. The big guns will come in and do 30 mins before being whisked off to the next job. They might even have their own stage show set up and a whole team of singers and dancers. They come in and do a turn and the rest of their team carries on the show while they go off and make some more cash performing at other places.This girl's probably been doing several appearances for a while and is now totally knackered. But I doubt she gets much say in what she has to do. The reason the venue says they lost money is because they will be expecting to make their money on the food and drink. So if she's late and rubbish and the other one didn't tun up, people probably left early or she didn't get them in the mood to enjoy the night, turning into less sales.
  8. Is that the same guy as this one?
  9. Questionable maybe, but it's probably the perception. I know a few Thai women who are basically doing what their husbands do. From what I can make out, they no longer have a physical relationship with the husband and a younger guy seems physically more desirable. And unlikely to expect to develop into a full long-term relationship. I used to live opposite a family where the husband and wife almost seemed to alternate between bringing their younger others home. They managed to avoid their three daughters and it almost seemed coordinated. They could also function as a perfect-looking family going to school events etc.
  10. It's not the age itself. Rather, it depends on the environmental factors such as available resources, qualified and trained teachers, socio-economic factors. Not to say that starting early is never a good thing. It seems to me that this is an argument that fits with a lot of what people are saying about the education system in Thailand. This is just a conference paper but probably provides a good basis for discussion:
  11. It's something I've looked at in quite a lot of depth. And I agree with you, under the right conditions. But there is also research showing that there are no particular benefits to be gained and even potential damage to children's overall education if English is introduced as a foreign language at a very early age in less than ideal conditions. I'll dig some references out for you if you're interested.
  12. Those tests are not pass or fail. That's not what they're designed for. Those scores may be perfectly adequate for certain contexts. You're displaying your own ignorance. Your post --> You FAIL
  13. That would be fine if that was how it was done. But basically, class and money determine how successful language learning is going to be. So for most Thais it's hardly going to pan out like foreign language teaching in a Telegraph article. I'm not opposed to that though, simply that it's not going to happen in Thailand. In return I'll suggest this: In particular the final section 5. The multilingual model of ELT Though I'd go for some of Kirkpatrick's later work for further research references and development of the ideas.
  14. Foreign parents with Thai children don't need to do anything at first except speak their own first language to their children. Watch TV with them, especially read to them etc. The children will easily become bilingual but they will need to put the work in to get their reading and writing skills up to scratch as they get older. But for most Thai kids, there's really no need to start English as early as they do. Much better to let them expand and develop their own language first. As many here are pointing out, even that's not a given in Thailand. If you're struggling in your first language, then starting a second language too early is going to be damaging. There isn't any research to show that starting to learn a second language at the earliest possible age is beneficial. If they had qualified, effective teachers with proper resources, starting in secondary school would produce much better results than are achieved at the moment.
  15. I would challenge you to find a single piece of research that reaches that conclusion, especially in the case of English. Thai teachers of English are actually the solution. I could introduce you to several who speak English very well, three with TOEIC scores over 850, and two with master's degrees from good UK universities. The problem is that teachers anything like this are few and far between. They are not targeted for recruitment and the pay and conditions are unlikely to attract this type of graduate who could make a better living and career doing something else. Until that changes they're stuck with the current situation.