English language training for SMEs
On August 26 at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel the Chiang Mai
Region Investment and Economic Center held English @ Work-For-All training
to improve English language and business communication skills in local SMEs.
left) Sean Balme, Chulalongkorn University lecturer and special lecturer at
ELDC; Asst. Prof. Siriporn Pongsurapipat, deputy director of Chiang Mai
Region Investment and Economic Center 1; Dr. Youngut Maiyalap, MC of the
training; Assoc. Prof. Arunee Wiriyajitra, consultant of ELDC and Siriporn
Nurak, director of Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic Center 1 at
English @ Work-For-All training.
Sean Balme, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and
special lecturer at the English Language Development Center (ELDC) lectured
and Siriporn Nurak, director of Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic
Center 1 explained the purpose of the training. She said that English is an
international language used in 81 countries worldwide and especially used
for business communication.
She emphasized that the Thai government realized its people really had to
learn the language to develop the country. It was also required to prepare
SME members in the north for EU-Thailand Partenariat 2005, involving
negotiations with 300 businesses from Europe, which will be held in
New designers discovered from “Sen Yai Fai Lanna Style” fashion contest
One of three champion dresses
that received inspiration from the Toong or Lanna flag.
The “Sen Yai Fai Lanna Style” fashion contest was
held on August 22 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai, to search for
new designers in the region.
Mai Vice Governor Prinya Panthong (right) presents awards to winning
This contest was organized to stimulate design, development of products
matching the market’s requirements and to showcase new designers. Several
promising new designers were discovered as a result of the competition.
Family Fun at CMIS
The culmination of the first week of the 52nd school year
at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) was a Family Fun Event. Over 200
guests gathered on campus on Friday, August 26, 2005 where they were
formally introduced to the CMIS staff, including its 18 new members, and to
the leaders of the PTG and Thai Parents Group. An exciting interactive
fundraiser was also introduced, followed by a time for students, families
and staff to mingle over refreshments.
object of this cooperative challenge seems to be to stay dry!
CMIS is very proud of its vibrant 2005 student body comprised of 410
students from 26 countries, and of its well-qualified teachers who hail from
10 different countries themselves. CMIS traditionally aims to instill in its
students a lifelong appreciation and respect for people of different
cultures and backgrounds. This tradition, combined with a challenging
academic program, broad sports and arts opportunities, and responsive
pastoral care, gives CMIS students the foundation to become responsible,
well-rounded individuals and leaders in the world community. More
information regarding Chiang Mai International School can be found on the
school web site www.cmis.ac.th or by contac tinginfo@cmis. ac.th
teachers struggle to coordinate their movements.
All that Jazz
Mungmee (second from right), Ballet and Jazz teacher at Chiang Mai Ballet
Academy (CMBA) and APIS International School, who graduated in honors in
advanced level ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in England,
returned from Singapore from a jazz training seminar. She shared her new
knowledge of jazz dance, received from the Australian Institute of Jazz
Dance in Singapore, with Chiang Mai students and with the director of CMBA,
ML Preeyapun Sridhavat (right).
US Citizen Connect Envoy for Chiang Mai Schools
Dr. Supattra Suttilagsana
The US Consulate General in Chiang Mai is proud to
cooperate with Chiang Mai schools to promote student and citizen activism in
community improvement. Ms. Virginia Sue Smith, Director of Education, Keep
America Beautiful, Inc., will serve as a “U.S. Citizen Connect Envoy” in
Chiang Mai September 5-9, sharing models of citizen action that help to
improve community livability.
While in Chiang Mai, Ms. Smith will work with school
directors, teachers, students, government officials and non-government
organizations to motivate greater youth and citizen participation in
anti-litter and recycling activities.
“I’m excited to be a part of this program, and
looking forward to our involvement in Chiang Mai,” said Ms. Smith, who for
15 years has been the National Director of Education for Keep America
Beautiful, Inc. In addition she has served as guest instructor for the
United Nations Global Forum, Texas A&M University, Fordham University,
and Dow Chemical. Ms. Smith has worked with the US Environmental Protection
Agency and the US Department of Education and has helped train education
leaders, science teachers, and curriculum writers in community improvement
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