Chiang Mai has many new language schools. They offer a
vast array of courses aimed at the traditional language learning market. A
new venture is the PLEARN Center (of Language Arts and Culture).
Starting off with the idea of bringing fun back to
learning, PLEARN is saying it has some pretty innovative concepts. For
instance, they came up with the idea of linking kids with food. “What’s
so special about that?” you’d say. Well they turn this into play,
teaching kids how to make easy meals at home, when Mom’s not around, added
games, some nutrition info, English and voila (they speak French too?)
LITTLE CHEF. It’s great and it works because it’s fun, says PLEARN.
There is also English for Horseback Riding. What??? Yes,
learning the basics of horse riding, in a country setting, on a horse, in
English. Why not? Who said language learning had to be dull?
Turn now to English through Songs. Here people learn the
meaning of their favorite song, how to pronounce it correctly, some cultural
background and they sing too!
There’s also After School Workshop for Teens, where
each day is a different project in science, math, geography, arts etc. The
kids work in English, learn new words and develop what they’re doing in
Expats have not been left out of the loop, there’s Khun
Gai’s Thai without Tears language course.
Sound interesting? Well they’re having an Opening Party
on Sunday, December 21, from 1.30-5 p.m. It’s free. You can come sample a
class, take part in a Christmas theme party with carols, a quiz, raffles
snacks, and drinks. Fun! Food! And Friends!!! Everyone is welcome, but
please call to reserve a place beforehand.
The Center is located in S.P. House, 432 Superhighway Road (opp.
Carrefour and the Payap entrance, between the Hino and JVC signs). Telephone
053 247 800. If they’re too busy, leave a message and they’ll get back
to you quickly.