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We're having very good "success" in teaching ABC and numbers 1-30 (expanding further over time)


1. Body parts.

2. Colours/colors

3. Animal recognition

4. Word (3-letter) recognition and spelling.

5. The full- and half hours on the clock.

...... might be something of interest here for you.

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Lesson plans and classwork can be completely different from teacher to teacher as long as they relate to the goals and standards of the strand being taught. They are not part of the curriculum, as creative teachers write their own lesson plans and find/create their own material BASED on the curriculum.Many fly by night english teachers seem to think that textbooks, worksheets etc. a curriculum make; I assure you this is not the case.

It goes without saying that lesson plans are different from teacher to teacher. That is how it should be when taking into consideration differentiation, teacher ability, relationships to students etc. However, the learning objective and learning outcome is still clearly defined (or should be) within all lesson planning and if following an 'official' curriculum, then those will remain the same, regardless.

I suspect you are referring to a 'taught' curriculum. Anyway, you are not exactly answering the OP's questions, merely defining curriculum without any advice on where he/she goes from here.

The choice of text/workbooks is of course of paramount importance. Get it wrong and you've not only wasted time and money but will probably put students off language learning for life. :-)

Curriculum resources for Thai students need to be colourful, relevant and not full of technical and complex vocabulary.

@ Sirchai..............Have a look at the 'Jolly Phonics' range of books which will be good for the younger ones within primary/elementary. They can be used to support other resources such as the 'Get Set -Go!' series of books which includes a lot of class activities such as music, rhymes and games. Teachers resources are also available.


Agreed and your advice is sound.

When making a curriculum ask yourself

What prior knowledge do students need?

What are the intended outcomes?

Hpw will we get there?

Hpw will we know we've gotten there?

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This is a subject which I've given a little bit of thought to on various occasions. As if you were able to essentially design a course, with lesson plans / work sheets / tests / teaching aids and eventually a textbook & work book. Then you could potentially market it to schools, and make a lot of money from it (Assuming that your initial design was successful of course). However I'm not likely to do anything like that myself lol, as I'm too lazy lol.

With approximately 20 weeks per term, 2 terms per year, with 2 lessons per week, you'd have a potential 80 lessons per grade, and 480 lessons for the school.

However you could probably design a course based on around 40-50% of that time being taken as holidays for various reasons (exams/exam prep/public holidays/random school holidays/special school events/camps etc).

Which would leave around 240 lessons to prepare, with any remaining time being left over for revision etc.

It'd take a bit of time to put it all together, but if you did, it'd have some pretty significant benefits for your school. As with all of the teachers working together, you wouldn't have double ups on learning, you wouldn't have large "gaps" in their learning, you could build on topics more to increase understanding and retention, you could also prepare lesson plans in a way which could make a teacher who doesn't prepare a lot, on par with a teacher who does do a lot of preparation work.

So if you do decide to go ahead with it yourself, rather than just using materials from others, then I definitely wish you the best of luck. Although there's a lot of work involved, the easier option would definitely be to use materials from other companies etc.

Well written...I know it's hard work and I'll do it. Guess other schools will be interested in such a program as well. Who else could make a better one than a guy who's working there for years already?

Would work well for most schools in this country, having the right textbooks, of course. Programs like Rosetta Stone, Tell me more will just make it better, depending on the schools' circumstances.

Got a few thousand worksheets, tests etc already. All made by myself, not just copied from a website. Would be nice to know if anybody had done that before....wai2.gif

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Why can't one use a pre-existing curriculum based upon the Thai curriculum?

Any idea of a pre-existing one for a Primary school?--wai2.gif

Why can't one use a pre-existing curriculum based upon the Thai curriculum?

Any idea of a pre-existing one for a Primary school?--wai2.gif

I have a number of curricula from various Thai schools but they are all badly written. My wife is currently designing her own.

Personally I can't see the point of starting from scratch when there are so many books available that already deal with the Thai curriculum. The best way forward would seem to be to look at some textbooks written by native English speakers and aimed at the Thai curriculum/market, and sadly avoid any written by Thais.

I have been searching for content for a few weeks and have at last discovered a bookshop stocking a range of textbooks published by Oxford University Press called "Let's Go" which are free from errors - unlike all the Thai authored books. Thai script on the book cover states that the series of books follow the Thai English Language curriculum.

Also available from the same publishers are, "Incredible English", "Family and Friends", "Grammar Friends", "New Headway", "Everybody UP!". Cambridge University Press publish "Join Us", and MacMillan publish "Jump Aboard", "Smile", "Fantastic!", "Get Smart", and my favourite, "To The Top" - which is to European curriculum.

All the above are available in Student's Book, Workbook (black and white), and Teacher's Book for each set, most also include CDs.

With the exception of "To The Top", they all seem to follow the Thai curriculum.

I endorse the opinions already expressed about "Jolly Phonics", (plus Grammar, and Music), which are ideal for young learners, and are both innovative and creative. I was unable to find a set of either "Get Set- Go" referred to by Phatcharanan, or "Chatterbox referred to by Otherstuff1957 above.

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