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    Text and Talk Academy

    So James Parmelee the founder of Text and Talk passed away on 10 August 2017:

    TEFL Courses & TEFL Certification in Thailand - Teaching English Abroad

    Do you old hands think the school will survive without him around?

    From what I've read online it appears he's been in Thailand for around 50 years teaching, and founding his school in 1991.

    I had narrowed it down to his school and another for my TESOL certificate back in 2007 but ultimately gave T & T a pass.

    So what do you think? Will the school survive under the management of his family or will it end up getting sold off?

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    Came up the the Ajarn FB page and it is sad news indeed. He seemed like he was genuine and much liked man who was happy to help many. I hope the school remains in the family and continues to provide the helpful service it was known for.

    That said, I do think the TEFL market needs to change slightly. My experience with another course was that it was all very much centered around showing flashcards and games that could have been copied off Daves ESL. I'd like to see more focus on child centered learning, multiple intelligences and making things hands on. My first year of teaching kids in an actual classroom was a muddle-too much teacher talking time and games for the sake of playing a game.

    Schools are demanding more from teachers when it comes to methodologies and I think the training needs to evolve and reflect that.

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    Having guffawed uncontrollably whilst flicking through his crime novel in 'Asia Books' I can say with certainty that this is a massive loss to unintentional comedy.

    As to the training centre, with no personal experience I can't really say whether or not its reputation was well deserved or whether or not it will continue to serve its loyal market.

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    Loopy...your experience is a common one, and it's why reputable schools and universities insist on at least a CELTA or equivalent and a minimum of two years post-cert experience: everything you need can't possibly be crammed into a month.

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    Where's Kenkannif when you need him?

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    Presumably watching TV.

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    Fair question.

    I suppose the hope, not always realised, is that someone who has paid out the money needed to do a CELTA will have the self motivation to improve.

    Sooner or later in any branch of education it is self motivation that counts most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Came up the the Ajarn FB page and it is sad news indeed. He seemed like he was genuine and much liked man who was happy to help many. I hope the school remains in the family and continues to provide the helpful service it was known for.
    TBH I didn't realize it was owned and ran by an American and a veteran. Had I known that I may very well have let that guide me to his school vice the one I attended. Came to find out Mr. Parmalee was a member of the VFW in Bangkok.

    Just curious though. Seems like he was a hands on leader so kinda wonder how involved his wife and kids had been over the years. If they're even prepared to take it over. Or maybe they'll have to bring in somebody.

    The dude must have been at least in mid 70s so I wonder how involved he was also with the branches in the three other locations. No easy task.

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    Thanks for the FYI, SK.

    I didn't go to T n T but know a couple of people who did.

    Kenkannif was cool. Where is he now.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Pizza
    Kenkannif was cool. Where is he now.?
    Not a clue. Lost track of him long ago. Always got along with him though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Pizza
    Kenkannif was cool. Where is he now.?
    Not a clue. Lost track of him long ago. Always got along with him though.
    Yeah, me too.


    Oh well.....

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    Kenkannif possible whereabouts.

    Was a rumour that he was in England but that was some six months back and third hand info too.

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    KK is fine in the UK and has his kids with him, but still nuts as ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    KK is fine in the UK and has his kids with him, but still nuts as ever.
    Thanks AO,

    I wish he would pop in here and say hello.

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