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1. Posted by anniec (Budding Member, 4 posts) 24 Jun '06 10:17

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Hi,
Has anyone any useful tips about teaching English in a village primary school in SE Thailand? I'd also like to take some resources with me but am limited due to weight in case etc. I have lots of ideas for classroom games but am wondering which essential resources I should take from the UK.
This is my first experience so don't really know what to expect other than the children's knowledge of English is extremely limited (if any).
Also, has anyone got any ideas about what not to bother bringing/what's essential to bring?? And can anyone recommend an effective 'mozzie' spray?
I'd love to hear other people's primary teaching experiences in Thailand, even if you can't answer any of the above!!
Thanks - Annie
p.s. the school has no computers/internet

2. Posted by honeythief (Budding Member, 29 posts) 25 Jun '06 14:39

hi annie

any mozzie spray from the 7/11 store will do the job . not sure about the stuff you acyually put on your body tho .
the thais are a pleasant warm people in general so im sure you will enjoy the experience

3. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member, 454 posts) 25 Jun '06 21:08

Most kids in Thailand know the Western alphabet; they are taught mostly by rote, so you may find that they can't make the phonetic conversion and thus read.
You should be able to get almost any resources in local towns; where are you teaching, I take it you are in one of Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi or Trat provinces?
Kids are usually very well behaved and enjoyable to teach, it's the Thai management who will infuriate you.
So don’t take too much but be prepared to go and buy a few things - pens paper and a CD player!?!?!
Oh yes a lap-top...I can't imagine life here without my lap-top. Buy one here or in UK....price is not that different but you may get better quality in UK.

The secret with mossies is to cover up. Wear light coloured long sleeved/legged clothing especially a night. Thais won't appreciate you going round half naked anyway. You can buy stuff like OFF! here at 7/11 stores, or Boots! - they have Boots in shopping malls most major towns now.Also mossie coils are OK. All medicines are quite cheap and readily available here, most with no prescription too.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 25, 2006 9:16 PM by wildfk ]

4. Posted by gianfu (Budding Member, 14 posts) 26 Jun '06 16:56

You may find the children tentative in responding. It is not shyness.

Local schools do not foster interactive education models. You should be prepared to work from a structure approached, that is seemingly repetitive in contect.

You may have freedom to draw the children out in more individualized behaviors. Games and art play are great ice breakers!

Good luck.

Eric