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Thai Language, Thai Culture and Thai History blog update!
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Thai Language and Culture Blog

Thai Language, Thai Culture and Thai History blog update!

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).

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Native Thai speakers

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 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.

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Non-native Thai speakers

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Book making

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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.

Thai food.

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.

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Step 2: Making a cook book.

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Step 3: Cook then eat.

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Making a green mango with Sweet fish sauce.

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              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.

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Thai Language and Culture Blog

Welcome to the Thai Language and Culture Blog.

         This academic year 2017-2018, the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) added Thai History to the Thai Language and Culture  Curriculum.  In order for students at Magic Years to gain a deeper understanding of Thai History we have carefully created a Central Idea that explores Thai Language, Thai Culture and Thai History simultaneously:

 

‘Learning about Thai Language, Culture and History will help us to appreciate a local and global perspective’

 

          To support International Mindedness we aim to expose students to additional languages, and provide an insight into other cultures and perspectives. Students can experience Thai Language and Culture through a carefully designed environment showcasing local artifacts, crafts and visuals. With an aim to nurture curiosity students are encouraged to explore and investigate the different centers in the classroom.

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To begin our inquiry students have been Tuning in to our Central Idea and exploring some of the unique attributes of Thailand and its Culture:

 

  • Thai National Anthem
  • Thailand Flag
  • Thai Greeting
  • Thai Custom
  • Thai Culture  
  • Thai Traditional Beliefs

 

            For our Early Years students we encourage exploration and discovery through our Dramatic play center, Language center, Math center, and Writing center, where students can learn about the Thai alphabet, letter names and sounds and practice writing their name in Thai.

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           Our Primary Years Students also get to explore the different centers as well as having focused time allocated to reading and writing in Thai. Native Thai students develop their reading and writing skills whilst non Thai students develop their listening and speaking skills. Thinking routines such as the 4’Cs, CSI, See-Think-Wonder are often used to encourage reflection and deep level thinking, as well as for organizing our work and establishing class agreements and expectations.

Grade 1-2

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Grade 3

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Grade 4 &5

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