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English Language Training in Chiang Mai gets British boost

The language of the hands - an exhibition at CDSC

Kids' Corner

Did some of you need a calculator to work out the value of last week’s phrases? Here are the answers so that you can check to see if you were right.




This week’s problem also uses numbers. Use these clues to see if you can guess which number Marvin is thinking about. The number is the same forwards and backwards. It has two parts that are equal and both parts equal (add up to) 2. You can’t divide this number evenly without using fractions or decimals. Do you know this number? Write to Marvin and tell him what you think it is.

You can send your letters to:

Marg and Marvin

Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd.

142 Im-boon Housing Estate

Soi 1, Muangsamut Road, Tambon Changmoi

Muang District, Chiang Mai 50300

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 053 234 145


1) What is the best month to eat toast?

2) What do ships eat for breakfast?

3) What’s the beast way to keep a BBQ fire hot?

4) Which kind of bird knows how to cook?


1) Jamuary

2) Boatmeal

3) Keep it coaled

4) A cook-oo bird.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

English Language Training in Chiang Mai gets British boost

Supatatt Dangkrueng

The Supervisory Unit of the General Education Department, together with the British Council organized a 12-day seminar in Chiang Mai on innovation for English Language Teachers (ELT). 110 English Resource Instruction Centre Managers (ERIC) participated in the seminar, which was held at the Suriwongse Hotel.

Organizers and speakers from the Supervisory Unit of the Ministry of Education (L-R), Patcharee Pothiprasart, project manager, Dr. Wattanaporn Ra-ngubtook, Head of the Academic section, and Somluck Prommeenate.

Trainers from the British Council exchanging their views with David Hopkinson, Hon. Consul of the UK and director of the British Council Chiang Mai.

The seminar was moderated by Carole Robinson, ELT Trainer and Consultant, Oxford, U.K., Sheila Taylor, Head of Professional ELT Development, and Michael Bryson, ELT Trainer, both from the British Council Bangkok.

Participants worked in small groups, using, amongst other resources, BBC materials from its radio programs to reach the goal of setting up the Learning Circle for English Language teachers all over Thailand. It is hoped that in the very near future there will be a follow-up on this seminar, so that experiences can be compared and exchanged, and to further study how teaching techniques can be developed.

The language of the hands - an exhibition at CDSC

by Dominique Leutwiler

At the German Christian School Chiang Mai (CDSC) the students of grade 7 and 8 have been working on a project “around the hands”. Because teenage students sometimes don’t like to express feelings verbally, their teacher Marlies Hartmann was looking for other ways to talk about the subject “feelings”. The meaning was to observe and discuss: What can we say with our hands? Using their drawings, modeling and photography the students then had to use the material to create an exhibition. The following is written from one of the students involved:

“One Saturday morning during our art class we were asked by our teacher Mrs. Hartmann, what we would like to do next since we had just finished a project? Since the previous pottery class almost made us lose our mind (nobody was able to do a hollow sphere out of clay!), we decided to do drawings. A visible sign of relief went through the class. Asked if we should use watercolors, another relief after the answer was “NO”. Somebody then had the idea to draw hands, which was accepted without complains.

“In the following lesson we started thinking about the expression of hands, like love, friendship, hatred, praise, etc. We then made photos reflecting those feelings and Mrs. Hartmann had the idea to do an exhibition. Excitement went through our class and in the following art classes we worked intensely on the project. We even made some hands out of clay for our little sculptor garden and arranged the photos of the hands for an exhibition throughout the school. We were happy with the result and the impression we could leave about the “The language of the hands.” (Gerard J.P. Krebs, grade 8)