Advanced English class

Koh Samui Language School policy allows you to enroll in any course at any time. It gives you an opportunity to join a group of the appropriate level without having to wait for the beginning of the next course. Our teachers are real professionals and help new students adapt fast, so there is usually no problem about that.
However, you may find yourself in a group of students who are already half way through the book and you might realize that you are the only one in the class who can’t make head or tail of what is going on.

Our teachers have got a few tips which can be helpful for you to find your way about and catch up with the rest of the group easier.

Don’t Panic

The group might be in the middle of a topic, practicing the grammar and vocabulary they got familiar with in the previous lesson. If you feel lost and understand next to nothing, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in the wrong level group. The teacher will not be able to ignore all other students and focus on you personally, but don’t feel shy to ask for some extra help if you need it. And when a new topic is introduced, you might see that it is not that difficult after all.
If you do realize that you are much weaker (or stronger) than your group-mates, you can try and switch for another level.

Participate

Be open, don’t be shy to say a few words about yourself in the beginning of the class. Keep in mind that it is totally fine to make mistakes or misunderstand something. Relax, look around, there will definitely come an activity about which you will feel more confident. So, there is your chance to blend in, just go ahead and grab at it.

Do Self-Study

At the end of each book, you can find the summary and practice of what has been studied in class. Once you know which module the group is at, you can go to the corresponding pages, read the brief explanation of grammar rules and see the list of active vocabulary which the group has already learnt. The course is designed in such a way that the previously studied material is used and recycled in the following lessons, so, studying a bit on your own will help you to feel more at ease.

Ask Teacher

Should you have any questions that you can’t clarify on your own, feel free to ask your teacher during the break, before or after the class. Our teachers are always there for you and will be happy to help.

Catch-up Classes

If you feel desperate and understand that all the tips above are not working and you are still far behind the rest of the group, you might want to take a few one-to-one classes. It will cost you extra, but the teacher will be able to focus on your weaker points and, in a few sessions, will cover all the topics already studied by your group-mates, which will make your further studying much more efficient and enjoyable.

We hope that these tips will help you have a most wonderful learning experience in Koh Samui Language School. See you in the classroom!

At Koh Samui Language School, we continuously work on maintaining the high level of the services we provide and keeping our students happy. It is important for us to know whether all our students are satisfied with their classes and the assistance they get from our staff.

You could help us improve by letting us know what you are happy with, whether it concerns your language learning or ED visa processing, and which aspects of our work you think could be improved. Whenever you have any requests or comments, feel free to let us know. You can speak directly to our personnel in the office or send us an email.

We would also appreciate if you could leave a comment on our  Facebook  Reviews  Page or Google.  As well as helping us become better, it will make it easier for other people to make up their minds when choosing a school.

Feel free to drop by at our office

Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00.

Or give Khun Pat a call

(office) 077 248 228 and (mobile, Line, Whatsapp) 086-947-2883

email info@kstvs.com or office@kstvs.com

 

At KSTVS we make every effort to keep our students satisfied with the quality of our classes and motivated for progress. And there is no better reward for us than our students’ feedback and excellent performance.

In January five people signed up for a new English Beginner course and it’s fascinating, how fast they are learning to communicate in English.

Only a month ago these people would be totally baffled by a mere “Hi! How are you?” and answer in impeccable Russian something like “Извините, но я вас вообще не понимаю!” (“Sorry, I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying”)

Look at them now! Not only do they know how to introduce themselves, give personal details, make simple requests, order a meal at a restaurant and describe their neighbourhood, but they also have become much more confident and resourceful when trying to express themselves in a language that is still new to them.

Thank you, guys, you’re just awesome!

We would also like to remind that you can sign up for any course in our school at any time throughout the year.

 

Feel free to drop by at our office

Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00.

Or give us a call

077 248 228 and 086-947-2883

Khun Pat

 

Learn Chinese and get an ED Visa

Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is gaining increasing popularity both in the east and in the west.

Koh Samui Language School is happy to offer you Chinese classes with a highly qualified native teacher.

Learning Chinese in our school is another great opportunity to get an ED visa for up to one year.

Chinese ED Visa Course & Private Classes

Would you prefer to have all the teacher’s attention focused on you, or to study in a friendly environment of a small group? We are happy to provide you with both individual and group classes.

Chinese visa group course – 29,900THB (200 hours, one year)

or 39,900THB (400 hours, one year)

Private Chinese classes – 600THB per hour.

Any questions about the course, please feel free to drop by at our office Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00. Or give us a call 077 248 228 and 086-947-2883 Khun Pat

Stay in Contact with Koh Samui Language School for your classes

Dear students,

We kindly ask you to provide us with your valid contact details (phone number and email address) so that we can contact you quickly whenever there is any important information for you.

As you know, the immigration regulations in Koh Samui change every now and then, and being able to get in touch with you quickly can be essential for your next ED visa extension. Whether there are changes in the time table or any new requirements concerning your paperwork, we should keep you updated in order to avoid any complications with the authorities.

We would also like to remind you to contact us every time you can’t come to class.

Consistent attendance is a requirement for all ED visa holders.

Dear students,

We are happy to announce that our school is getting back to our usual time table and all classes will be held as originally scheduled.

Please, check when your next class is to be there on the right day and time.

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We are sorry for the inconvenience that these temporary changes might have caused, and thank you for your understanding.

See you in the classroom!

Class Schedule Change

Attention, everybody!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to change our time table starting from  6th August, 2018 until further notice. This is because of the requirements of the Ministry of Education. We are currently working on solving this issue and getting back to the schedule convenient for everybody.

Please, check when your next class is not to miss it. We remind you that regular attendance is obligatory for all students who have an ED visa.

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We are sorry for the short notice and possible inconvenience.

See you in the classroom!

 

 

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Tick Tock goes the Clock

Another term at Koh Samui Language School has kicked into gear, and we are happy to congratulate all our students on taking up new courses. We would also like to welcome the students who have just joined the school.
Our teachers continue working on making your classes enjoyable, engaging and efficient. It is a well-known fact that feeling comfortable and having fun is essential for a productive learning process. In our school we make sure that your learning experience is efective in every aspect.

Time for a break?

While we admit that having a short break in the middle of a two hour class can be beneficial as it is an additional opportunity to digest the new information and socialise with your groupmates, we would like to remind you that it is supposed  to be short.
Our courses are designed for two two-hour classes per week. Being late for class or enjoying your break for “a bit” longer makes it impossible for the teacher to fit all the planned material in the remaining time.

Let us respect each other and try to be in time for the beginning of lessons. We understand that all sorts of things may come up, and if you do happen to be late, please, try to catch up with the rest of the group without distracting your groupmates.

We appreciate your understanding and wish you to have fun in and out of class!

New Class Schedule

We are happy to announce the start of a new term in our school this week. We accept new students all year round, and if you haven’t joined any of our courses yet, this is just the perfect moment.

Please, check on our new schedule below.

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If you have any questions about times, dates, levels, or anything else you can think of, please contact us via email, phone, or in person at our office.

See you in the classroom!

 

 

Probably the most common question that we get from our students at KSTVS is “Is there a quick and easy way to learn a language?” While the answer is rather “no” than “yes”, there are definitely a lot of techniques you can use to facilitate and maximise your learning experience.

Have you looked at our list of language learning tips yet?

We would like to share a couple of other pieces of advice which you might find helpful to memorize new vocabulary and then efficiently use it.

Apply various types of memory

Some people need to hear a word to memorise it, others have to see or write it before they can remember it. It is good to know which type of memory is working best for you, but if you use visual, auditory and kinaesthetic types of memory all together, that will definitely give a boost to your learning.

Personalise

All our courses are designed to be relevant to a large number of people. However, we all have different needs and purposes, and once in a while some students ask: “Why are we learning this word? It’s not something I’d use every day”.  On the one hand, this remark seems quite fair. On the other hand, however, think of an episode when you stumbled trying to express yourself. Was it a word like “bus”, “restaurant” or “paper” that you so desperately lacked? Or something that goes beyond the beginner level, like “achieve”, “flea” or “thoroughly”?

Large vocabulary is one of the attributes of a fluent language speaker, and if you want to become one, embrace the idea that there are (almost) no useless words. You never know, who you might have to speak to and what about, so why not be open to all chances and be prepared?

So, what can you do to retain a word which you are not likely to use right after the class or even a week later?

Think, how this word refers to you personally, what it stands for in your personal reality. Imagine a situation in which you could apply this word. Literally, picture it to yourself, think how and who you would say it to. For example, if you have learned the word “chubby”, think of a baby you smiled at yesterday, or a person you know who has got chubby cheeks. Imagine, you are describing them to a foreign friend, make up a sentence, say it to yourself a few times.  Make it meaningful to you.

Meaning vs. Translation

In general, there is nothing wrong with translating new vocabulary, but very often students waste a lot of time trying to translate a new word or phrase into their first language instead of getting the idea of it. The sooner you will get into the habit of linking a word directly to an object or an idea rather than to a translation, the easier it will become to understand new words, seize the meaning from the context and enlarge your vocabulary more efficiently.

Simplify

It is natural for people to think in their native language. The problem is that when you easily and quickly build a long and complex sentence in your first language and then try to translate it into the language you are learning, you very often find yourself lacking words and constructions. Again, if you get used to avoiding translation whenever it is possible, it will save you a lot of time and effort. But even if it seems impossible to you so far, make your sentences simpler. Adjust your inner native language voice to the level of your second language. Replace the unknown words with the ones you already know. You will find out that you can say much more than you thought you could.

Practice makes perfect

Practice is the most important thing when mastering any skill. Get out of the classroom, speak to people and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Watch movies and TV shows, listen to podcasts, read books or blogs in the language you are learning. All these small things together will make a big difference!

Have you ever used any of the tips above? Do you find them helpful? Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve? Feel free to share your experience in the comments.