Koh Samui Language School • New Schedule • July 2018

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.

Time table_July_2018

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!

 

 

Koh Samui Language School • Learning Tips

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.

Koh Samui Language School • Progress Test Results

Mid-Term Progress Test in English Beginner and Elementary groups

Last week our English Beginner and Elementary students took a progress test, which was a great opportunity for them to check what they had learned and which aspects of the language they still had to brush up on.

Although some students felt nervous and a bit pessimistic about the whole thing, all of them had really impressive results.

We would like to thank everybody for your great performance and participation in class and congratulate you on your high scores! We wish you good luck in your further studies. We, from our side, will do everything to make our classes engaging, effective and fun.

We remind you, that progress tests are an important requirement of immigration for extending your ED visa.

Immigration requirement for your ED visa: English and Thai progress tests

Adult Classes

Progress tests are a part of every course and will take place every three months

A warm and homely atmosphere created by our teachers in the classroom, topped up with stunning beauty of a tropical island, makes learning foreign languages in Koh Samui so appealing.
There is nothing we take more seriously than providing our students with the highest quality education. Yet we understand that just sitting at a desk and staring at the textbook the whole class is a thing of yesterday, and all our teachers do their best to make their lessons feel more like a friends’ get-together rather than a tiring academic experience.

So why take a progress test?

The mere recollection of school or university tests and the prospect of taking another one here at KSTVS makes a lot of adult students flinch.

Number one piece of advice: don’t panic!

No one will give you bad marks or judge you if you make a mistake or don’t complete the test in time. Look at it from another angle – a progress test is an excellent opportunity for you to see your strongest points and see which aspects you should work on harder. Knowing where you are at learning a language gives you a sense of achievement and satisfaction.  It is also a perfect way to compare your current level with that of a few months ago – you might be surprised!

 Requirement of Immigration

In connection with the recent tightening of immigration rules, taking a progress test every three months is a necessary condition for the extension of your ED visa.

 

 

Koh Samui Language SCHOOL SOCIAL: February 23rd

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First get-together in 2018 for students and teachers at KSTVS

Not to be missed!

Join us for an evening of delicious food, friendly people, and great conversation!

When?

7pm on Friday 23rd February.

Where?

Akbar Indian Restaurant. Choengmon Beach Road | Choeng Mon Beach, T.Bophut

 

 

 Who?

You are welcome to bring family and friends. The more the merrier!

What’s on the menu?

Finger-licking Indian food and lots of chatting.

How much?

Only 300THB per person! Drinks not included.

What to do next?

For this event you must confirm your attendance and pay 300THB. Please, do that as soon as possible…

 

Email: info@kstvs.com

or in person at the school

or via the whatsapp group

KSTVS Language School Holiday

It is that time of the year, when you start thinking about gifts and one of the most precious gifts is getting to spend time with your loved ones over the new year.

KSTVS school is happy to announce our school holidays for 2017! There will be no group classes from 25th December – 7th January 2018 and back to business on the 8th January 2018. Please note that there will be no group classes on those days but our office still operates for visa extensions, new language students and private classes.

“Be blessed to spend the new year with your loved ones, friends and family. Be delighted and may all the good things come your way in the next year coming! Happy 2018”

From us at Koh Samui Language & Vocational School

 

Student Feedback December 2017

First, let us thank those of you who have already answered the questionnaire below.  Your opinion is very important to us and helps us make our school better.

If you haven’t completed the survey yet, this is just the right moment to do it. It will not take you more than 5 minutes and will make a great difference to us.

School Social

Why siesta when you can FIESTA!

Our next social event is coming soon.

This is not only a chance for us to get together, but we will also be saying farewell to our Principal, Sarah, who is returning to England.

Join us for some great food, music, drinks, and to say goodbye!

When?

Friday 1st September at 7pm.

Where?

Tasty Bar and Café is the ultimate Spanish restaurant in Koh Samui! Not only is the food exceptional, but staff are fantastic too.

Tasty Bar and Cafe, 147/1, Moo 2, Chaweng, Bohput, Ko Samui 84320

Who?

Friends and family welcome. The more the merrier!

What’s on the menu?

Delicious Paella, homemade bread with oils, olives, and Spanish tortilla, washed down with a glass of Sangria.

How much?

 

Only 350B each!

 

What do I need to do?

 

You MUST confirm your attendance for this dinner:

 

  • Email: principal@kstvs.com
  • or tell us at school
  • or send a message on the school whatsapp group

Agreement

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Let’s agree!

 

Student and School Agreement

 

Please take time to read our Student and School Agreement so that we are all ‘on the same page’.

It’s important for us to ensure we are working together, allowing both students and the school to realise their full potential.

Our agreement is a binding document which every student is required to sign.

 

 

‘on the same page’  is a commonly used idiom in English, but what does it mean?

  • Thinking in a similar way  e.g ‘Sarah called the meeting to make sure everyone was on the same page.’
  • Usage notes: usually said about efforts made together to solve a problem
  • Related vocabulary: on the same wavelength

School Running Club

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Jog, run, or sprint your way to success!

 

Did you know that exercise improves memory and learning? Numerous studies show that a little daily exercise helps keep us alert and think more clearly. We are happy when you come to school and sit in our lovely air conditioned classrooms, but it’s important for us all to get moving and keep active too. What better way to do it than to join our school running club?

 

We may have just missed the Koh Samui Marathon, but there’s nothing stopping you from training for the next one. Or if the thought of running the length of Samui (twice!) gets you shaking in your trainers, jogging along the coast while you watch the sunset might be the thing for you.


 Whether you are a complete beginner, an occasional jogger, or a running superstar, we want you to join us!

 
Whatever your goal, this is a great opportunity for you to improve your fitness, socialize, and be part of a supportive network of like-minded people!
 
We can meet whenever and wherever you like (outside school hours, of course). 
 

On your marks, get set, GO!