Thammasat student teachers to take over Pattaya’s free foreign-language courses

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Thammasat University next year will take over foreign-language classes offered by Pattaya City Hall with promises to employ graduates of at least one course.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome said Oct. 18 that the university’s Pattaya-area campus will teach Russian, Chinese and English courses. The first 100-hour weekend course will begin Jan. 20 at Pattaya School No. 8.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (center) and Weerangrong Bunnooch announce the foreign-language classes the city will be offering in the new year.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (center) and Weerangrong Bunnooch announce the foreign-language classes the city will be offering in the new year.

Weerangrong Bunnooch, who has headed the free courses offered by the city since 2011, spoke to Thammasat student teachers on course development, standards and correct usage.

Itthiphol said the upgraded course will serve as a farm system for Russian-speaking translators and tour guides who could be employed by city hall.

The city’s Non-Formal Education Office will continue to oversee the free courses, which will open registration from Jan. 20-25. Previous winter classes began in early February with teaching done Saturdays and Sundays for four hours each day.

Each class is limited to 50 students. Those who have taken the course previously are barred from re-enrolling. The courses are free, but require a Thai identification card. For more information, call 038-253-281 or the 1337 Pattaya Call Center hotline.