Many things happen in Thai class, we work very hard to support differentiation in a child’s language learning and also make sure that students who came to Thai class enjoy learning the Thai language.
Divide children into subgroups.
In order to support the differentiation in student’s background knowledge in Thai language we divide student into subgroups and set up different activities for each group.
In kindergarten, Thai native speaking students focus more on listening and speaking skills, Thai alphabet recognition, and basic Thai alphabet handwriting practice. For Non-native Thai speaker we focus on listening skills by using tasked-based or TPR techniques to help students learn simple Thai vocabulary such as “Ra-by-Si (color), Din-Sor (pencil).
Native Thai speakers
Non-native Thai speakers
In primary years, native Thai speakers are focusing more on Thai lessons in reading and writing. The Non-native Thai speakers are focusing on listening and speaking skills in basic Thai vocabulary that students can use in a social context. To support all the different student interests activities such as reading, reading comprehension, and letter writing are offered at the different centers.
Non-native Thai speakers
Thai lesson based in thinking routines
Learning Thai languages and culture through hands-on activities.
In Thai class student have a lot of opportunities to do hands-on activities such as cooking Thai food and creating Thai art and handicrafts.
All students love to cook, this is a good opportunity to integrate Thai language and culture. Before cooking, students learn about the ingredients and steps by first watching a video or reading a story and then creating a cook book or mind map that helps explain the steps. The students favorite part is cooking the food and eating it after.
Making an omelet.
Step 1: Listen to the story then discuss the ingredients and how to cook.
Step 2: Making a cook book.
Step 3: Cook then eat.
Making a green mango with Sweet fish sauce.
Thai art and handicrafts.
Working on arts and crafts in Thai class is one activity that student love to do, especially in kindergarten. The first question the students ask when they arrive to Thai class is “Do we get to make something today?” This opportunity is good for young learners because they are using their fine motor skills. These fine motor skills use the same muscles we use for hand writing and this will be applied well into the futureง Creating arts and crafts in Thai class is one of the first steps that we use to develop a sense of art appreciation for the Thai culture.