Common Misconceptions About Thai Students

There were several articles published about teaching English terminology in Asia, but I don’t teach English. I teach science and math in English to senior high school students. The topics covered in this guide are also relevant to teachers of other subjects, including English.

Science is famous to be a so”hard subject” among native speakers. Imagine how difficult it is to master science in a language you do not know well. Accordingly, often it takes non-native English speakers longer to understand the niche than native speakers of the same age and ability.

Additionally, there are additional difficulties ราชภัฏสวนสุนันทา in communicating with Thai students due to cultural differences, notably the hierarchical character of Thai public life.

I will now talk about some common misconceptions concerning Thai students.

Thai students are lazy.

Some times they fight to concentrate. This is usually as they are tired. Some students stay up all night playing matches, but frequently it is since they study very hard. The school day starts very early (at 8 am) and ends later than most western schools (4:30 pm to 5 pm). As a result of traffic congestion in Bangkok most parents drop their children off early (7 am to 7:30 am) in their way to work and pick them up after 6 pm. Besides some homework set by their class teachers many students goto mentor centers on weekends or evenings. They may also play game or go into piano lessons.

Therefore, it’s preferable to schedule the demanding classes each morning, when the students are more awake. When I have a science class from the afternoon it’s almost always better to plan an enjoyable activity, like an experimentation or perhaps a web-quest.

Thai students are unintelligent.

This is incorrect, Thai students are simply as competent as their counterparts in other nations. It is true they don’t like to write or read in any language. That is only because Thai culture is cooperative. The aims of the class are far more importance than that of the individual. Thai students like to share issues with their classmates; reading and writing are individual pursuits and so are discouraged. However, with globalisation, this mind-set is slowly changing and I often see teenaged girls reading translated Japanese books.

In many Asian cultures, including Thailand there is a strict hierarchy. This is normally dependent on seniority; younger people defer to older people. Students are not encouraged to consider, or say themselves. This is extremely frustrating if you are trying to show science, some topic that involves explaining the natural world.

Thai students are good at memorizing facts, but poor in applying what they’ve heard. I’ve found that my students can develop critical thinking skills. By asking the students questions, either in groups or individually about, for example, the way they solved an equation whether they can explain the outcomes that they got from an experiment. With the time the students be convinced and will volunteer answers.

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