Racism Towards Blacks in Thailand — White Foreigners Make It Worse?

I recently found this on a website, and given the fact this particular teacher is “white” in a pedaphilia-ridden area of Bangkok (that’s also plagued with rampant racism)…..I would like to know what’s your take on it. Does he sound like someone that’s part of this “ugly” system? Does he sound like someone who has empathy? Or someone who who’s perpetuating the racism here in Thailand?

“White-skinned native English-speaking teachers are definitely preferred in Thailand and all of Asia. That’s good news if you happen to be White as it effectively eliminates a good portion of your job competition. With few exceptions there are very few non-ehite English teachers in Thailand. My previous school even preferred barely understandable non-native English speaking white South Africans and Russians over non-white native English speaking teachers from America and the UK. Thais clearly prioritize presentation or looks over substance or quality when it comes to English teachers.They perceive white skin and Caucasian features as more attractive and presentable across Thai society. The longer I live here the more I tend to agree and as a white westerner as it works to my advantage. But it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a job as a teacher if you’re a non-white, however you’ll need to be very persistent, patient and flexible in what’s offered. There is no wrong or right about it. Thais get to decide what works or doesn’t work for them. It’s their world and they like it that way.”

By Tim, Rangsit (9th September 2020)

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Speaking Class | S1 E1 | Developing Ideas | Leadership

BOOM! We’ve got ourselves a new series! As promised, I told you guys in July that I would have another new series, and here it is! In today’s podcast, I’m featuring a wonderful student from Tibet and a teacher from India in a developing ideas type of segment which they speak about leadership and talk about historical figures who have left a lasting legacy on humanity — as well as developing their ideas in terms of a task towards the end.

Unfortunately, it was cut short because of myself, but know that this is just the beginning! Many more to come! Full notes down below!

Leadership Qualities

  • The ability to listen properly and consider the views of others
  • The use of persuasion and encouragement to achieve end goals
  • The strength to be honest and open when tackling sensitive issues
  • The willingness to take responsibility for failure
  • The ability to delegate

Have you demonstrated any of the qualities above? Tell us about it in a specific instance.

You’re going to listen to a student attempting to lead a team as the try to construct a raft made of tires, planks, and ropes. Do you think the student is an effective leader who commands respect? Why/why not?

Are you cut out to be a leader?

  1. You are taking part in a team-building activity.  The activity involves using old tires, planks of wood and piece of rope to construct a raft, which your team will then use to cross a river.  Do you….
  1. Give the different members of your team specific tasks to carry out?
  2. Wait and see what everyone else starts to do with the equipment?
  3. Observe and make suggestions as and when you think necessary?
  • You are collaborating on a group presentation with three other students.  The others have nominated you as leader.  When it comes to delivering the presentation, the slides created by one of the team members contain numerous inaccuracies, which the teacher and observing students remark on.  Do you….
  1. Talk the errors down and insist that they are only minor ones?
  2. Admit that you should have checked on the team member’s progress?
  3. Explain why you think the team member made those errors?
  4. You are a member of the student committee at school.  The committee is looking at ways to encourage other students to become more ‘green’ as consumers.  Do you start by….
  1. Checking that any clothes or products you buy come from companies with sustainable business practices?
  2. Putting up notices telling everyone how they could reduce paper and food waste during school time?
  3. Organizing an inter-class competition, getting classes to design posters illustrating environmental issues and solutions?
  • Your coach has made you their assistant for this season.  One of the players on your team has come to you, complaining that she/he never gets a turn at the more important positions and often feels sidelined.  You are aware that the coach is concerned about this player’s skills and level of fitness.  DO you….
  1. Try to placate the player and say there will be plenty more opportunities in the future?
  2. Say that you are never directly involved in choosing player positions, but you’ll find out more about it?
  3. Explain why the player is not regarded as suitable at the moment suggest what practice steps they could take next?
  • You have been asked to create some artwork to cover the walls of the rooms at your local club.  A team of six other people were assigned to help you in the beginning, they all seemed enthusiastic, but now some of them are no longer turning up at the scheduled times.  Do you….
  1. Text them and order that they show up when they’re supposed to, according to the original agreement?
  2. Use social media to highlight the problems in a light-hearted way and see if you can find some other volunteers?
  3. Email the rest of the team, asking what ideas they have for the artwork and when it would suit them to have a meeting.
  • You are on a school committee which is hoping to get a well0known and popular figure to come and give a talk.  However, that person is known to be reticent about taking part in public engagements.  Do you…
  1. Come up with a list of alternative potential speakers and compare the level of interest they might generate amongst students?
  2. Express your concerns about the likelihood of the figure agreeing to take part, but offer to help out with advertising should the event actually take place?
  3. Contact the figure’s PA, email a list of potential topics they could choose from and offer to meet them at a time and place of their choosing to discuss things further.


IELTS Live Coaching | S1: E4 | Speaking | Making Generalizations, Technology & Science

Welcome back to another IELTS Live Coaching! This week I’m going to dive deep into technology and science, two areas that you need to be especially aware about. Because Education, Science and Technology are hot topics in the world of events, you need to pay special attention to these subjects and be prepared when tough questions are thrown at you. On this blog, here are the notes of what will be discussed tomorrow.

Think of the following….
  • Scientific invention
  • Scientific breakthrough
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Recent discovery
  • Groundbreaking discovery
  • Medical breakthrough
  • Scientific research
  • Digital revolution

Now, choose one of the noun phrases above and complete the following Part 2 task card. I would like you to submit your part II speaking task to me…follow the instructions on the video.

Describe (a/an) _____________ of the last twenty years which you feel has a major influence on your life.

You should say

  • What the __________ is
  • When it started/happened
  • What effect it had

And explain how this _____________ has influenced your life.

Making Generalizations

  1. Which science subject at school do/did you like the most? Why?
  2. Do you think life is safer, or more dangerous, with modern technology?
  3. Does everybody need to know how to use a computer these days?
  4. How has your study of science helped you?
  5. Do you think new developments in science often cause more problems than they solve?
  6. Which area of scientific research do you think is most important and deserves further research and development?
  7. What science subjects do students study at school in your country?
  8. Is there anything about science that you dislike?
  9. Do you think there are some areas that should be off-limits to scientific research?
  10. What effect does new technology have on employment?

Read the candidates answers in both a and b. Which one provides the best answer? Underline any words or phrases that Candidate B uses to make generalizations.

Candidate A

Well, I think life is more dangerous as I know many people who have had problems with crime on the internet. I have a friend who lost some money when she was banking online. Also lots of my friends’ parents are worried about them using the internet because of online bullying and things like that.

Candidate B

In general, I would say advances in science and technology have made us more secure in many ways. Increased scientific knowledge tends to make us more away of dangers, and developments in some areas have meant that we are more able to deal with difficulties. Health and medicine would be a good example. Of course, technology is liable to bring dangers too.  Take the internet, for instance – that has brought new risks and more criminal activity. More on my Patreon! Stay tuned for announcements in

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 185 | Patreon Special | The Changing Face of Cinema + Voice-over Ella

So excited about this episode! First and foremost, big thanks to Ella Sofia for giving me a voice-over snippet.  If you don’t already know her, Ella is a habit coach residing in Canada and is in works with some big-name people in her field of endeavor. I’m so excited to see what she’s achieving and the beautiful work she’s putting out. Her link is down below if you’re interested in what she does.

Now, this specific episode is focused on the changing face of cinema.  I’m excited to debut this because this is packed with amazing examples, movie talk, and the future of VR and AR.  I’ve been seeing videos on LinkedIn of the potentiality of VR and it’s absolutely AMAZING! So, with that being said, enjoy this and if you want more exclusive lessons, tune into my Patreon in the link down below!

Ella’s Link

TOEFL iBT Coaching | S1 : E1 | Speaking Questions 1-4 Breakdown

Welcome to my first-ever online training! For those of you tuning in for the first time, thank you so much for checking this out. In this segment, I will break down speaking questions 1 -4, how to answer them, the note-taking, etc. Down below are the comprehensive notes to it all. Keep in mind with your recommendations will come more episodes. Also, if some of you are interested in a free podcast session in regards to doing the speaking questions, make sure you message me! Interested in online group classes? This is also available! But until then, enjoy this 45-minute video/live class and ask questions in the comments!

Speaking Question 1

Do you think that parents should be allowed to educate their children at home, or should they be required to send children to school outside the home? Support your answer.
Question 1

For homeschooling – 7 seconds

Reason 1: more of an education- 18 seconds

Reason 2: save costs – 17-18 seconds

Speaking Question 2 – Converted Rooms

Reading – There is not enough housing for the large number of freshman university students. As an answer to this problem, we can take the lounges and study areas located in the main campus dorms and turn them into “triples”, rooms to house 3 students. This idea will be an answer to the shortage of available rooms. These converted rooms will have the same features as the other dorm rooms. This includes furniture like desks and bookshelves. And since these spaces are large areas, they will be plenty big enough and comfortable for the students.

Notes – I don’t like

agree not enough

should be lounges in dorms

important because students need quiet space

away from noisy roommates

quiet place to read

another point

location wouldn’t make good dorm rooms

corners of each floor

too far away

not typical dorm experience

nobody should live there

worse for freshman

if you need space ask sophomores

Speaking Question 3 – Entertainment Merchandising

Reading – Entertainment merchandising is a marketing practice in which a brand or image is used to sell other products typically unassociated with that product by using similar images. For example, the success of a movie might spark other industries to sell toys, t-shirts, or other merchandise featuring those characters. The opposite can occur also, in which a movie is made featuring toys that are already popular in an effort to help sell the movie.

Notes – brother PSP vita

lego batman

look like legoblocks

justice league

involves success venture to promote one and another

partnerships two entertainment industries

lego and dc collaboration

Sony and lego DC comics

born out of previous film

individual successes — wonderwoman, superman,

marvel — avengers — more successful than any one character

cars merchandise

Speaking Question 4 – Ritualization

Notes – evolution adopted behavior

identify a certain species

humans — shower before work, any other grooming

animal kingdom – best examples, instincts

male birds attract mate with rituals, song and dance displays

decorating nests with stones

another example


A dog will raise its lips and growl

seek to defend territory

means to identify themselves to their own species and communication

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 183 | Reading & Listening | Who Are The Real Heroes of Everest?

Welcome back to another reading, everyone! Here’s the blog from today’s podcast down below. This one is about Everest and who we label as our real heroes!

Sherpas work where others battle for survival. Facing avalanches, snowstorms, earthquakes and freezing temperatures, they risk their lives to keep climbers equipped with essential provisions.

To this day, he is considered one of the greatest mountaineers ever to have lived. Reinhold Messner conquered the 8,848-meter peak of Mount Everest twice, both times without supplemental oxygen. It’s an incredible achievement. Still it pales in comparison to the feats of Lhakpa Tenzing, also known as Apa Sherpa. This Sherpa has scaled the world’s highest mountain an astonishing 21 times, a record that he shares with fellow Sherpa Phurba Tashi. Yet outside the climbing community, hardly anyone knows their names.

1. ____ Even before expeditions step foot on the mountain, the Sherpas are there to pave the way. Teams prepare a route over the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, up the Lhotse face, and along the summit ridge. They fix ropes for climbers to follow and place ladders in strategic places. It’s dangerous work, with crevasses opening up all the time, threatening to sweep them away in seconds.

2. ____ As the mountaineers move up the mountain, the Sherpas go ahead to prepare the camps for them. Shouldering loads of up to 20 kilos, they take food, water, oxygen bottles and luggage to keep their clients supplied. Hundreds of Sherpas carry 20 tons of equipment up the mountain over several days. In the thin air and temperatures of minus 15 degrees, it takes an almost superhuman effort.

3. ____ Foreign climbers, when asked why they want to try to conquer Everest, offer a range of responses: testing one’s limits, personal achievement, companionship in a shared challenge. One climber admitted wanting to write it on his CV. But what motivates the Sherpas to climb?

4. ____ Over the years, technology has helped to make ascents safer. Whereas only a few years ago, all that was available was a short-range walkie-talkie, climbers now carry mobile phones and laptops, which means they have access to weather reports.

5. ____ The dangers are such that even today, with months of training and state-of-the-art equipment, only one in every five foreigner climbers makes it to the summit. And that’s perhaps what makes the achievements of Lhakpa Tenzing and his colleagues all the more incredible. In reality, all of the world records on Everest — the first ascent, the longest stay on the summit, the fastest ascent — are held by Sherpas. It took Sherpa Pem Dorjee just eight hours and ten minutes to climb from the base camp to the summit. In contrast, even the fittest climber would take four days to cover this route.

6. ____ These hardy Sherpas are never the protagonists of the story. But it’s worth remembering that without them, the climbers’ ambition to reach the summit would be unachievable. The Sherpas, who magnanimously allow the climbers to take the glory, are the true heroes in the tale of human triumph over nature’s grandest challenge — Mount Everest.

TOEIC Live Coaching | S1: E1 | Reading Comprehension | Reading Techniques to Follow + Passages

Hello, all! Whether you’re in Thailand or in another country, welcome to the first live coaching session — kicking off season 1/episode 1. I’m excited to debut this season not only for a lot of the Thai students who are following me from within these borders, but also the huge French contingent who have viewed my blogs, podcasts and have subscribed to my emails. Today, I’ll be debuting with the reading comprehension aspect of TOEIC because that was the first choice. Next week will either be a follow-up, or I’ll go into Part V/VI, but be sure to rate my following post (for those of you reading on Facebook) and choose.

Basics — Question Finding

As I’ve taught a lot of my students in both TOEFL and IELTS learning, PLEASE do the easier questions first in this order!

  1. Vocabulary questions
  2. Specific information (positive)
  3. Specific information (negative)
  4. Main idea/inference questions

Just like TOEFL, the doing the easier questions first will give you an idea of what the Main Idea will be in the end. After doing all the easy questions, the main idea should be 3x easier than doing it from the beginning, from my own experience.

Test Tip: Picking out the key words. Anytime they ask about price or anything relative to a number, that’s a huge keyword that sticks out like a sore thumb.

A. Look at the specific information questions below. You can try underlining the key words, but I love locating the key words. I want to full utilize all the time that is given.

Summer Program Refund Policy

The effective date of the withdrawal/cancellation is the date the withdrawal notice is received by the center, regardless of the date the participant stopped attending class.

Withdrawal requests from all registered courses must be made before the second class is held. If the request is received 5 business days prior to the first class, the amount refunded will be the full amount, less the refund administration fee ($25.00). If the request will be the full amount, less the cost of the first class and less the admin fee ($25.00). From the second lesson onwards, no refunds/credits will be issued.

If there is a medical reason for the request, it must be received prior to the mid-point of the program. Refunds for sports and fitness programs will NOT be processed until ALL gym and pool passes have been returned.

Please note that advising an instructor or not attending a program will not constitute a notice of withdrawal.

Cash/check remittances will be refunded by check. Please allow our office 4 to 6 weeks to process your refund. Credit card refunds will go back on the original card.

tactics for toeic
  1. When is the latest the notice can be given in order to get the maximum refund?

a. Five days before the first lesson

b. After the first lesson but before the second

c. Before the second lesson but after the first

d. Just after the second lesson

2. What must people who want a refund on a fitness program do?

a. Give their instructor notice that they can not attend

b. Provide a medical reason for the request

c. Give back their gym and pool passes

d. Give notice prior to the mid-point of the program


For the first question, look for “maximum” refund. Another phrase for maximum refund is “full amount” in line two of the second paragraph. There lies your answer.

Specific details galore in the second paragraph. It could be confusing, but remember the second sentence is the first mention of “refund,” and regardless of a possible medial reason, instructors, programs, ALL REFUNDS will NOT be given until after something is returned.



The Question to Ask Yourself In The Shower Every Morning…

What can I do today that will make me excited?

Just a couple days ago, I knew that I was going to wake up in the morning to go on my city-run. What is that? Well, first 1.5 km is quiet, with only a few passerbys and things to maneuver around. Once I get to the intersection, I cross over a skytrain bridge, make a left, and then it begins. I’m running on the road, weaving through people, rapping aloud and generating crazy energy. By the time I pass the two stations and hundreds of people, I have to go through a narrow passageway, cross another busy street, and go up Saphan Taksin Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Bangkok. There’s no stopping there. There are tons of cars and people watching my crazy black ass run, so then I up the ante and power over Chao Phraya River. Once I reach the end, I go back down, and then there are even more people, more traffic, and more ways to generate energy. This continues until I go full speed ahead about 1.5 km later and finish off my run with onlookers looking at me in awe.

That — right there — makes me excited. Knowing that I have the ability to inspire people with my grimacing and willing to push myself to the physical limit.

This gets me excited.

Also, planting seeds in the morning. What does that mean? Well, if you plant a seed in soil and water it everyday, it will soon blossom, right? You’re not exactly sure when, but you know the time will come. This could be posting something in a Facebook group to generate more lead clients, having people come onto my podcast, connecting with people on LinkedIn or IG (both two very difficult places to do so), etc. I realized, and through all the books I’ve read, that I need to act on my worries. If I’m worried about money, there’s no use sitting there, worrying about it. I apply for jobs. Just yesterday, I found an awesome tutoring website in which I created an online profile for to become a tutor. Hundreds of students around the world looking for specific tutors to help them with particular subjects. Because I’ve taught for years and I’m the best in my specific fields, I created a profile and I’m now just waiting to be approved. This is going to be HUGE because I didn’t even know a website like that existed!

So, that was in the evening! I know that everything will eventually fall into place, but the mornings are so important!


IELTS Live Coaching | S1 – E3 | Follow-up & Creating Structure for an Essay

Welcome back to another IELTS Live Coaching session! Today we’re going to have a mock-up essay from an examiner, along with a long of great supporting details to make sure you know exactly how to put fine cohesion and coherence into this particular essay. Get ready!

In recent years, the use of social networking has grown beyond recognition, bringing a new set of concerns with it.  Most young people now text regularly and are familiar with a variety of other platforms used for communication, such as FaceTime, FB Messenger, and other applications.  It has never been easier to keep in touch with family and friends wherever they are in the world.  Despite this, however, there is evidence that social isolation is rising and not decreasing.  I therefore agree that rather than helping people communicate, technology has actually weakened social bonds.  I will attempt to outline some key reasons for this.

Firstly and most obviously, if people are using tablets, phones or other devices, they are focused on the technology rather than what is happening around them. While this might help us keep in touch with people who are far away from us (for example those travelling), often it means that the user forgets those in their vicinity.  For example, it is now common to see people in restaurants and cafes all looking at their phones instead of speaking to each other. Secondly, although using social networks might seem a good solution for someone who is shy or worried about meeting other, ironically it is more likely to keep them at home. In fact, if people didn’t have that option they would have to go out and meet real friends, which is a much healthier way to deal with being lonely. There are reports of people who rarely leave their houses because they are addicted to an “online existence” and young people who become aggressive when their parents tell them to come offline.

Finally, even if people do meet online friends, these friendships are often not really what they seem. Unfortunately, there have been several reports of people being harmed by someone they believed was a friend. This is because the internet allows us to disguise who we really are. As honesty is key to a good friend relationship, clearly this is not a good basis to meet friends.

In conclusion, I would argue that while the internet can help with quick and convenient communication for business or travel, or when people live in distance places, for a number of reasons it has not increased social cohesion overall.

Examiner essay

Match 1-5 with statements 1-9 down below

  1. Explain the structure of the essay
  2. Clarify if the writer agrees or disagrees with the viewpoint given
  3. State an assertion or viewpoint (often taken from the question)
  4. Introduce the essay topic
  5. Give some background context/examples of the topic.
  1. I shall argue that…
  2. The main aim of the essay is…
  3. Initially I will….before going on to….
  4. It seems to me that….
  5. One commonly held idea is…..
  6. I would maintain/suggest that….
  7. In recent years it is clear….
  8. A typical argument is that….
  9. This essay explores the issue of….

Reports often suggest that….

This issue has become more important as….

This essay will firstly….then….

Look at the task 2 question below. Number the sentences A-D in a logical order to make an introductory paragraph.

  1. However, it has also never been easier for young people to access information that is not appropriate, such as violent or adult sites.
  2. Nowadays most houses have at least one computer or a mobile device so young people and children have constant access to the internet. This can be a useful tool for their school work and for keeping in touch with friends.
  3. While there is no doubt, this can be a drawback to the benefits of the internet, it seems to me that the problem could be reduced with greater control over the access of young people to the internet; the internet itself is not particularly harmful.
  4. This essay explores several reasons why the internet could be considered a positive rather than a harmful factor in people’s lives.

Match each key point 1-3 with the correct supporting details a-c

Key Points

  1. Most information on the internet – useful and informative.
  2. Some inappropriate information available – parents should control this.
  3. Important for young people to learn how to select information.

Supporting Details

  1. Key life skill – knowing how to see what is true and what is misleading, e.g. conspiracy theories typical but young people should learn how to weigh up evidence.
  2. Internet helps young people with research skills and very helpful learning tool for school or university and outside.
  3. Always likely to be inappropriate information, e.g. violent or adult sites, but there are filters and controls that parents can use to control access to these.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 182 | Vocabulary | Heroes and Villains

We’re back with another vocabulary episode. In today’s episode, we’re going to be going over vocabulary that relates to Heroes and Anti-heroes. The follow-up will be a reading/listening in regards to who are our heroes. So, let’s dive into these.

  1. alter ego
  2. nemesis
  3. sidekicks
  4. protagonist
  5. philanthropist
  6. humanitarian
  7. mentor
  8. iconoclast
  9. role models
  10. villain
  • someone with an interesting alter ego
  • the nemesis of a well-known hero
  • a sidekick with some interesting skills
  • a protagonist that has problems in their personal life
  • a wealthy philanthropist that people sometimes criticize
  • a humanitarian figure that has increased people’s social awareness
  • a mentor that has made a difference to someone’s life
  • an iconoclast that has challenged people’s way of thinking
  • someone who is a good role model for young people
  • a memorable villain from a film, book or play

Examples in podcast!