Thailand Ban Nong Phong English Teacher at school 6 months
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Volunteer to Thailand, Volunt2Thai
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Volunt2Thai Campus & Cultural Centre
48/1 Moo 5, Ban Nong Phong,
Tambon Ban Lao, Amphoe Phen
48/1 Moo 5, Ban Nong Phong, Tambon Ban Lao, Amphoe Phen
48/1 Moo 5 Ban Nong Phong
1 unsalaried, Volunteer - Teacher English at Primary, School time frame 6 months
Teach English and Other Subjects at our Schools and Temples
Currently the volunteers have the opportunity to teach the children English. The lessons will be held at local schools and temples. helping you to get a picture of what to expect when you teach English at our schools, here a Report of English Education from two of the schools we take care.
There are 5 villages around this area with 5 schools. Children at school are aged 4 – 14 years old. All 5 schools showed intention to work with us. However, given the constraints of resources we have at the moment, we can only accommodate two schools which are Ban Nong Phong School and Ban Nong Kung School.
There are around 120 students in Ban Nong Kung School with 7 classes. Students are placed into classes according to their age, start from aged 5 – 6 at kindergarten, aged 7 at “Pratom 1” to aged 12 at “Pratom 6”. There is no formal English class provided at school due to different limitations including low English level of local teachers, facilities in school etc. At the moment, Volunt2thai sent volunteers to this school every Monday to Friday, from 9am to 11:45am, (situational) facilitating English class to “Pratom 2” with aged 8 students.
Ban Nong Phong School-
It was a new collaboration with this school started early September 2015. There are only around 40 students aged 4 - 14 years old in Ban Nong Phong School. Volunt2thai sent volunteers there every Thursday and Friday afternoon, from 1pm to 3pm, (situational) facilitating English class. All 40 students attend the class at the same time because everyone would like to get the chance to learn English. In addition, volunteers facilitate a volleyball class with students every Friday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm.
Current status of students’ English learning
All schools do not have formal English class or have no English class at all.
- English level of students:Basically zero
- Most students cannot identify capital letters and small letters, nor recognize all alphabets
- some students can say some words but not spell nor read
- cannot understand all verbal instructions, demonstration needed
- some students might have learning disability, e.g. dysgraphia or problem with eye sight.
Students at all ages basically have similar English level, but some of them are more outstanding and know some more words and spellings.
Current status of teaching by volunteers
Volunteers are now teaching alphabets, numbers, days of the week and some vocabulary, like animals, colors, clothes, etc. It is not very systematic, given these collaborations with schools are just started and most volunteers just stay for a short period of time like, weeks or few months. There is no curriculum nor year plan yet, which would be ideal if there is any in the future. All teaching now is very hands-on and depends on the progress of student learning. (Update September 10, 2016:a curriculum is under development)
- Students do not have basic learning materials nor enough supplies for study
- There is basically no English teacher here. Local teachers speak very limited English or no English. If schools only rely on volunteers for English teaching, there will be a problem of continuation of student learning.
- There is lack of English speaking context. There are not many chances for students to speak, hear or practice English. Students are shy and not confident to speak English. (Update September 10, 2016:more volunteers now available)
- Available for studentsEnglish phonic book (but not everyone has it because it is expensive)
- Single line exercise book and basic stationery (but not all of them can afford. Some of them run out of paper and have nothing to write on; some of them do not have erasers, correction pens or even pencils or pens and need to borrow from classmates)
Available at school
- Computer rooms with around 6 very old computers in Ban Nong Kung School
- (computers are not used most of the time)
- Wifi at classrooms
- Whiteboard with markers and erasers
- A4 paper and general stationery
- copy books- to practice writing letters and words
- stationery- pencils, erasers, etc
- single line exercise books
- plastic folders- for students to keep all the English worksheets or notes
- simple English phonic books, textbooks, and readers for all students, so everyone can follow the lessons better
- big posters with simple English vocabularies (e.g. Days of the week, body parts, colors, etc)
Potential future development
There are several suggestions for development in a long term.
- Collect, design and compile more education materials like worksheets or simple English textbooks for education use.
- Collect more donations for basic stationery and exercise books to make sure all students will have enough supplies for study.
- Establish a small English library in school by collecting simple English books and readers.
- Develop English course outline or a curriculum for whole academic year with different levels. So, volunteers can follow and keep students’ learning in progress
- Potential teaching focus:
Simple conversations which encourage students to speak English. It helps them communicating with volunteers and other foreigners in a certain extent and boosting their confidence.
- Read and write
Start from very basic like recognize alphabets, phonics and spelling of vocabularies
- Equip local teachers with English, so local teachers can sustain English classes at school in a certain extent in case there is no volunteer, or even take over English classes in a long term.
- Get clinical psychologists, school psychologists, child psychiatrists, educational psychologists or developmental psychologists involved to assess students if they have any learning disabilities. Afterwards, train the teachers and parents what can be done and how to improve the situation.
- Cooperate with department of optometry in universities or optical professionals to facilitate general eye check-up for students (and probably extent to all villagers) regularly. Refer those identify with eye problems to the clinics, and look for donations for those who need glasses. (Same concept can be used for health check-up programme)
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
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