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Thai Language and Culture

Thai Language and Culture is a Government requirement and a subject which adds richness and enlightenment to the Patana international school community. The subject is taught from Year 1 to Year 13 at Patana. The Thai Language and Culture curriculum develops the subject through the areas of speaking and listening, reading, writing, language usage and the knowledge of Thai culture and society.

In the Primary School, Thai national children develop their abilities to listen and tell stories and express themselves. Children have opportunities to engage in group and individual presentations and discussions. Children are constantly exposed to a variety of good quality reading materials and have opportunities to write in different forms and for different purposes. These include stories, letters, lists, captions, diaries and response to literature. Non-Thai national students will have opportunities to learn Thai culture and Thai as a foreign language with the emphasis on listening, speaking and vocabulary development.

In the Secondary School Thai is taught as a modern language and can be studied for UK examinations - Thai IGCSE First Language- at the age of 16 and taken as a literature course at Higher and Standard IB level in Years 12 and 13. Similar to English, the IB course exposes the students to a wide range of world literature and requires skills of critical analysis and in-depth understanding of themes, characters and styles.

At Patana we celebrate traditional Thai festivals such as Loy Krathong, Songkran, and the art, music and dance of the country are reflected in our curriculum. Visits are also arranged to give the children direct experience of the rich culture of Thailand. Traditional Thai classrooms are attractive features of our campus and provide authentic settings for cultural studies.

 


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