Teacher Tim's TEFL International blog




“Teacher Tim” is Tim Torkildson, who was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Before becoming an ESL professional, Tim led a most interesting life, first as a circus clown, and then as a radio newscaster.

While visiting friends in Bangkok several years ago it was casually suggested that he take the TESOL certification course at TEFL International, on the Gulf Coast in Ban Phe, near Rayong.  His friends thought he might like teaching in Thailand.  More on a whim than for any other reason, Tim took the course and became totally enamoured with introducing Thais to the mysteries and joys of the English language.

After several years of successful ESL teaching in Bangkok, Tim returned to the States for some further education and then moved back to Thailand for good in 2009.  He now works for TEFL International as their Communications Specialist, and has also been involved in online ESL teaching.

Tim says “I really enjoy working with people, especially recent college graduates, who want to take control of their life and not wait around for that big job break back home; these are the people who make outstanding students and then outstanding teachers here in Thailand and elsewhere.”

Founder and CEO of TEFL International, Bruce Veldhuisen, says “Tim is an outstanding communicator, with a daffy and endearing sense of humour that works well with Thais and farangs alike. I  plan on giving him a big raise in the very near future!”



Surprise, Surprise, It Is A Conspiracy!10/7/2010
Teaching ESL In Thailand Using Alice In Wonderland24/7/2010
How To Get Along With Your Boss At School31/7/2010
The Many Marvelous Uses Of Marmite For ESL Teaching In Thailand7/8/2010
The Sales Bug21/8/2010
An Open Letter To My 24-Year-Old Unemployed Son Back In The United States28/8/2010
Using Modern Media in Your Thai Classroom4/9/2010
Teacher Tim Gets The Business25/9/2010
Lunch Time2/10/2010
Teacher Tim Remembers9/10/2010
Water, Water, Everywhere . . .9/10/2010
Food For Thought13/11/2010
It's Better Than A Poke in the Eye With A Sharp Stick20/11/2010
Teacher Tim and the Sticky Wicket27/11/2010
The Burping Contest4/12/2010
Tis The Season11/12/2010
The Immersion Version18/12/2010
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover - Unless You're Illiterate8/1/2011
My Guilty Secret15/1/2011
Lucy & Ricky Ride Again22/1/2011
The Sky Is Falling29/1/2011
Teacher Time Talks Turkey5/2/2011
A Public Service Announcement From Teacher Time12/2/2011
Salvador Dali Was A Thai19/2/2011
If You Are Absent Today Please Raise Your Hand26/2/2011
A Soliloquy12/3/2011
The Long Commute19/3/2011
James Joyce Pitch Hits for Teacher Tim26/3/2011
A Resume By Any Other Name2/4/2011
The Isaan Diet9/4/2011
Speaking of Talking16/4/2011
The World's Oldest ESL Teacher in Thailand23/4/2011
The Necktie Party30/4/2011
Are You Wokin' Hard or Hardly Workin'?7/5/2011
The WC And Me14/5/2011
An Apple a Day28/5/2011
Dog Daze4/6/2011
The Good, the Bad, and the Whacked Out11/6/2011
How to Watch TV with a Thai18/6/2011
Haunted Hunting25/6/2011
That's My Boy2/7/2011
Who Goes There? 9/7/2011
It's 4 AM - Do You Know Where your Lesson Plans Are? 16/7/2011
How Red is Your Tape? 23/7/2011
What Was Heard Between London And Washington? 30/7/2011
I Never Met A Deadline I Didn't Ignore 6/8/2011
Tap Water Truths 13/8/2011
Beware Of The Pie Crust Promise 20/8/2011
Disconnect Your Panic Button 27/8/2011
Even The Best Thais Won't Tell You 3/9/2011
Golf In Thailand 10/9/2011
Scrub A Dub Dub 17/9/2011
The Second Language I Teach, Or "The Ugly Farang" 24/9/2011
Teaching English B.C. & A.C. 1/10/2011
Mr. Blandings in Thailand 8/10/2011
A Visit To The Doctor 15/10/2011
A Visit To The DoctorRomance In Thailand; How To Break It Off (The Romance, That Is!) 22/10/2011
T'aint Funny, McGee! 29/10/2011
Backseat Driver 5/11/2011
Teaching ESL Online 12/11/2011
A Guest Column From Teacher Tim's Wallet 19/11/2011
Will Hay Redux 26/11/2011
Thanksgiving Memories 3/12/2011
Textbook Trials 10/12/2011
Thailand Snapshots 17/12/2011
A Guest Column From ESL Student Somsak Praphan 24/12/2011
Taking A Nap In Thailand 31/12/2011
I Get Five Dollars For Writing This 7/1/2012
Flower Power 14/1/2012
You Didn't Say 21/1/2012
The Man In The Moon is A Rabbit 28/1/2012
Beef In Thailand 4/2/2012
The Bugs 11/2/2012
The Dangers Of Blogging 18/2/2012
Taxis in Thailand 25/2/2012
Fishing For Squid In The Gulf of Thailand 3/3/2012
Going Shopping with your Thai Girlfriend 10/3/2012
The Great Capsicum Caper 17/3/2012
Odds and Ends 24/3/2012
Your ESL Horoscope 8/4/2012
Can Thais Be Taught? 15/4/2012
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Thai Beer But Were Too Drunk To Ask 22/4/2012
The Visa Run 29/4/2012
What's Up, Doc? 26/5/2012
Let's Play Dress Up In Thailand 9/6/2012



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