The primary goal of the Foundation is to provide a functional, high-quality English Language Teaching Programme for Thai schools on Phuket Island. We work across Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary age ranges, with the purpose of offering a continuous, progressive development of English language skills, from school entry to school leaving. Our programme is intended to support and enhance the existing English language curriculum in Thailand's public schools, where the supply of fluent English speaking educators is limited. The development of alternative teaching methods and innovative teaching content and materials is a feature of our contribution to the teaching of English in Thailand. The provision of effective English as a Second Language teaching model, which may be utilised by the wider community of schools in Thailand, is also an aim of the Foundation. We currently offer English Language programmes in three schools on Phuket Island: the Rajaprachanukroh 36 School and Anuban Kamala School in Kamala and Baan Kalim School, on the Northern edge of Patong.
Our Foundation works with local educators to fund and implement quality English language instruction in government schools. Our belief is that a language programme, which emphasises in conversation and shifts the focus away from rote memorization, will allow Thai children to achieve greater success in learning the English language. Through interactive exercises, role-play, and other differentiated approaches that match the student’s language level, prior knowledge, interests and strengths, and learning-styles, we seek to build confidence in the use of English, and subsequently enhance the cross-cultural understanding of tomorrow's Thai youth, through the opportunities this additional global language will allow them to gain.
A Lively Curriculum
Our teachers use a differentiated approach to teaching English, employing a mixture of techniques from interactive, constructivist, collaborative and integrated approaches depending on where the students are and what they generally need. The teachers use a technique of 'total physical response', which utilises the students’ faculties of sight, hearing, sound and touch, within an environmentally appropriate learning situation. They greatly consider the students’ prior knowledge and experiences for them to be able to find meaning and connection to the new lessons. The teachers, whenever possible, extend the class discussion to local issues and other disciplines in order for them to see the relevance of the topic in their lives. The students are encouraged to contribute their specific strengths when working in groups while they work together on their learning tasks.
Each year, the implementation of the schools’ established testing programme, will seek to evidence a continuous progressive improvement in each students English proficiency.