On Saturday, October 8, 88 students grade M1 to M3 from the international programme at Satri Suriyothai School in Bangkok travelled to Asian University for an intensive English weekend, accompanied by four of their teachers. Eight English lecturers from Asian U and 20 teacher assistants offer a weekend programme full of fun where learning English happens just automatically.
The team is headed by James Saville, the head of Asian U’s successful Summer Camps that run every year in April and May. Ajarn Panit Nilubon, vice president of Asian U, welcomed the guests and invited them to come back later for their degree studies if they think a weekend might be not enough.
Ajarn Panit Nilubon, Vice President of Asian U, welcomes the students with a humorous speech in English.
The Weekend English Camp was initiated by Dr. Viphandh Roengphitya, president of Asian U, as an intensive short version of the Summer Camps that attract several hundred Thai students every year. The kids are looked after around the clock. When classes finish, the assistant teachers take over and conduct a framing programme full of sports, fun, and science games. After a barbeque on Saturday night, the students spend the night in the Asian U Dormitory on Campus.
Weekend Summer Camps will now become a permanent opportunity for schools to send their students into a weekend-long intensive English course. This first Camp was organized together with AFS Thailand, the international student exchange organization. Some AFS volunteers joined the Asian U students as teaching assistants over the weekend.
The students have an intense experience ahead – even with lots of fun, an intensive English weekend is hard work.
Asian U students volunteer as Teacher Assistants. They may look like Thais, but they can’t speak Thai language (at least for this weekend).