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To all students of Koh Samui Language School

Life in Koh Samui never gets boring. Once you are used to the immigration rules, they get changed again. We, at KSTVS, understand that the better you are aware of the current situation, the less confusion there is, so we would like to update you on a few changes in ED visa extension terms made by the Immigration Department.

Koh Samui

English & Chinese ED Visa

12 months – 4 extensions • or • 11 months – 3 extensions

Now, all holders of ED visa who study English or Chinese and wish to stay in Thailand one year will have to get their visas extended four times, following this scheme:

  1. You come to Thailand with your brand new ED visa and, when passing passport control, get a stamp for 3 months.
  2. Extension 1: Three months later, you go to the Immigration Office with a set of documents kindly prepared by the school and get another stamp for 3 more months .
  3. Extension 2: Three more months have gone by, it’s time for another visit to the Immigration Office. This time they will stamp your passport for only 2 months. Disappointing, we know, but this is what the new rules are.
  4. Extension 3: Next time you will get a stamp for 3 months again, which, along with the previous stamps, will let you stay in Thailand for up to 11 months.
  5. Extension 4: If you wish, you can get another stamp for 1 month, so that you can stay in Thailand for 1 year in total.

Thai ED Visa

9 months – 2 extensions • or • 15 months – 3 extensions 1 visa run

If you are learning Thai, the procedure is slightly different and is as follows:

  1. You arrive in Thailand with a new ED visa and get a 3-month stamp at the passport control.
  2. Extension 1: When your stamp is about to expire, you go to the Immigration Office with the set of documents prepared by the school and get another 3-month stamp.
  3. Extension 2: You do the same thing three months later.
  4. If you want to continue your studies, before your third stamp expires, you have to take a progress test in Thai. The good news is that there is no need to go to Surat Thani for that purpose any more. You can take the test in the school, and our teachers will provide you with any assistance you might need.
  5. Visa run: Once you have done the test, you should take a trip to a neighboring country and apply for a new ED visa, which will let you stay in Thailand for 6 more months.
  6. Extension 3: Three months after your visa run, you will have to pay another visit to the Immigration Office for your final extension.

All the steps might seem confusing at first sight, but do not worry – it is our job to guide you through all of them and provide full assistance at every stage. Our staff will answer all your questions and process all the paperwork for you.

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, 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

 

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!

Yearly MOE visit

Ministry of Education officials visited us at Koh Samui Language School (KSTVS) for our yearly inspection and quality control audit.

We discussed a number of things, such as the reasons for KSTVS continuous success over the years, recent innovations and upcoming projects. Here are a few key points of what we talked about:

School staff and material

We make a priority of hiring the best teachers we can, the material and text books we use in the classroom and the management we have (owner, principal and Thai manager) who work tirelessly to ensure our classes and programs are of the highest quality.

Keeping up with technology

We also talked about the use of modern technology in the classroom, including videos and audio for interactive lessons which we already include in our courses. We provide live online study one to one with a teacher, shared online material and group classes streamed on the internet, and one of our major goals is to develop in this field.

Business English and Exam preparation

We also discussed our vocational courses for hotels and business English, preparation for IELTS course and the appropriate application of work permits for our vocational school.

Not ready to rest

Our students can be assured that we work hard every year since we opened in 2003 to improve our standards. Although we are consistently awarded by the MOE for our performance, we will always try to improve more!

Koh Samui Immigration: attendance for ED visa holders

As you might already know, according to the current immigration rules in Koh Samui, all ED visa holders should attend at least 70 per cent of the course they are enrolled in. Students with poor attendance can get their visa annulled by the Immigration Office.  In order to avoid possible problems with your ED visa, please, make sure you come to class.

What if you can’t make it?

Your ED visa validity and smooth visa procedure is our concern as well as yours. So, in order for us to be able to help you with any arising issues, we kindly ask you to notify the school managers about your absence, in case you can’t be present in class for any reason.

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, 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

 

At Koh Samui Language School it is our priority to ensure every process of your ED Visa runs smoothly. We constantly follow the news in the immigration policy of Thailand. As you know, immigration rules change all the time, and we have a small update for you and kindly ask for your cooperation.

There are 3 important items required for your visa extension.

1. Police Check

You can easily get it at Bo Phut police station.

To get a police check record you need to:

  • Contact our school at 077 248 228 or 086-947-2883 or come to our office and ask Khun Pat to make an appointment for you with the police station.
  • Take your passport and 600THB and go to Bo Phut police station during its opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • The procedure of getting a police record usually takes about 5 minutes.
  • Bo Phut police station is open Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm.

2. Bank Statement

Please, make sure that your bank statement was issued not earlier than 3 months ago. Due to new immigration regulations, you have to provide an updated bank statement for each visa extension. The minimum amount on your bank account must be equivalent to 50,000THB.

3. Updated Passport

Before each visa extension we need to send an updated copy of your passport to the Ministry of Education. Please, after each new stamp, promptly bring your passport to our office, so that we can make an updated copy.

We hope that this information will help us avoid any possible delay in processing your ED visa paperwork. Thank you for your cooperation!

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, 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

 

No Classes on 13th April

We would like to inform you that on 13th April 2018 Koh Samui Language School is closed for Songkran, the Thai New Year’s festival.

Classes will resume on Monday, 16th April.

Enjoy your holiday and remember to be safe.

Happy Songkran!

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.

Koh Samui Language School visited Ministry of Education

Our school managers have visited Ministry of Education and we are ready to share the latest news.

 

 

There has been a small change in the list of documents required for getting an ED visa. From now on you need to attach a police record to the regular set of documents.

Where do I get a police record?

If you didn’t get a police record in your home country and you are already in Koh Samui, no worries!

You can easily get it at Bo Phut police station.

How does it work?

  • Contact our school at 077 248 228 or 086-947-2883 or come to our office and ask Khun Pat to notify the police station that you need a police record.
  • Take your passport and 600THB and go to Bo Phut police station during its opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • The procedure of getting a police record usually takes about 5 minutes.
  • Bo Phut police station is open Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm.

At KSTVS, we always ensure every process of your ED Visa runs smoothly, whether it is your first time of applying or extending it, it is our priority to keep it convenient for you.

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, 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

Change of ED visa terms

We would like to inform you that due to recent changes in immigration policy in 2018, terms of ED visa for Thai learners have been extended to 14 months, while terms of ED visa for English learners remain at 12 months as before.

ED visa for Thai learners

Starting from 2018, the first ED visa for Thai learners is issued for a period of 8 months, which comprises studying the Thai language across two levels, from Elementary up to Intermediate. In case you want to  pursue your studies and stay longer in Thailand, there is an opportunity to get a second ED visa for another 6 months. You do not have to leave the country to get the second ED visa! However, a visit to the immigration office every 3 months for an extension stamp is still obligatory.

ED visa for English learners

English learners have an opportunity to study in Thailand for 12 months in total. The term of the first ED visa for English learners is 7 months and the second visa buys you another 5 months. You do not have to leave the country to get the second ED visa! However, a visit to the immigration office every 3 months for an extension stamp is still obligatory.

What to do if I want to study in Thailand longer?

If you wish to stay in Thailand for another year, why not switch to another language? Perfecting the language you already know well or taking up a completely new one might open new horizons and extend your stay in beautiful Koh Samui.

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, 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

 

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.