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KSTVS Students and Teachers get together

It is time for another Koh Samui Language School social, where students and teachers can get together and have a chat in an informal atmosphere.

It would be great to see everybody for dinner before the school closes for Christmas holidays.

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

When?

7 pm on Friday 21st December.

Where?

Boat Bar, Bangrak.

Address: 4171, Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320

On the Map

Boat Bar is an open-air place with a few tables set right on the sand and a pool table hidden in the shade of palm trees. It is perfect for chilling out to the sound of crashing waves, enjoying an ice cold beer and watching the sky turn all shades of orange and pink in the sunset.

 Who?

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

What’s on the menu?

Thai and European food. Feel free to let us know about your preferences before 17th December.

How much?

Price yet to be confirmed, around 300THB per person.

What to do next?

We would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by sending us an

email: info@kstvs.com

or in person at the school

or via the whatsapp group

Christmas is coming, it is time to have a break, wind down and forget about work or studies for a couple of weeks.

Koh Samui Language School is happy to announce our school holidays for 2018-2019! There will be no group classes from 25th December to 7th January 2019 and back to business on 8th January 2019.

If you need to get your visa extended during this time, please, come to the office and pick up your documents before 25th December.

“May this Christmas find you surrounded by those you love and those who love you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

From us at Koh Samui Language & Vocational School

Koh Samui Immigration: attendance for ED visa holders

A few schools have recently been closed in Phuket because of their students not present in class. Therefore, we would like to remind you that regular attendance at school is an obligatory condition for your staying in Thailand on an ED visa.

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.

The school is not responsible for any visa issues caused by your continuous absence from class and, therefore, will not be able to help you resolve them.

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

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

 

– Chinese Language Teacher – 

KSTVS has a full-time position of a Chinese teacher for Thai natives.

– Job Description –

As a Chinese Language teacher you will teach various levels of Chinese to international students in a classroom or private setting. Classes are at various times throughout the day and sometimes on weekends. Teachers are expected to teach to a high standard and prepare their lessons ahead of time.

– Qualifications & Experience –

Qualifications & experience are preferred.

– Salary –

25,000 – 35,000 TBH

Depending on training and experience.

If interested in applying for our Chinese Teacher position please contact jobs@kstvs.com. with a CV and a cover letter attached. Or you can comment below, leaving your name & email address and we will contact you as soon as we can.

Contact:

jobs@kstvs.com

Khun Mike 088-011-1204

Office: 077-248-228

 

 

 

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

 

 

Koh Samui Language School takes full responsibility for properly informing you which documents you should provide to get your course approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE), and for applying for and obtaining these documents. It is our duty to ensure that your course is confirmed by MOE and we closely monitor and, whenever possible, speed up the process of receiving the approval letter from them.

We also provide the set of documents usually required for your visa application and assist you in obtaining a police check record if you didn’t get it in your country.

However, Thai embassies all over the world have their own visa application requirements which keep changing all the time.

We cannot ensure that every embassy  in every country will process your application.

All embassies have the right to deny your application without explaining the reason.

We have always managed to get approval from another embassy even if you are turned down at one.

The school is responsible for the letter from the Ministry of Education and the school registration documents, which mean that you have been approved to obtain an ED visa.

Which Embassy to Choose

We continuously collect information from our students about their latest experiences with Thai embassies in different cities and we share this information with you, so that you can make your own decision about which one to choose, considering your circumstances.

Usually no problem

Our students have had only positive experience with the following embassies. No rejections have been reported so far. If you opt for going to Kota Bharu, you can take an organized trip with Herbert, who will take care of your visa application.

Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Vientiane, Laos

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hanoi, Vietnam

Issues may arise

Some students have got their visas in Penang and Kuala Lumpur Thai embassies with no problem, but others have experienced some complications or couldn’t get a visa at all.

Penang, Malaysia (Thai ED visa)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Not recommended

We do not recommend trying to get a visa in the embassies below unless you are not a citizen of these countries willing to have an ED visa before leaving home.

Singapore

Hong Kong

China

If you have any issues while applying your papers or should your documents be rejected, please, immediately contact us via

Mobile, Whatsapp or Line at 086 947 2883

Messenger: @pat.saohin.5      @kstvs

Email: admin@kstvs.com, info@kstvs.com

We will offer alternative solutions and do all we can to resolve your situation in the best possible way.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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!