The BCC Intensive English Program was created in 2002 to increase students’ ability to understand and use English confidently in a range of different contexts.
At the primary level, students have four 50-minute lessons with a native speaker of English per week, and two lessons with a Thai teacher. At the secondary level, students have five 40- minute lessons with a native speaker of English per week, and one lesson with a Thai teacher.
IEP classes promote independent learning by equipping students with specific skills to continue learning English throughout their lives. We are fortunate to have a faculty of 38 qualified native speaking teachers who are able to bring out the best in each student. Small class size permits students to receive individual attention and opportunities to practice English as they learn it.
Our curriculum is based on the Ministry of Education requirements for reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary. The BCC Intensive English Program provides English language enrichment to develop and consolidate skills in these areas. Standardized activities ensure all the students are similarly prepared for tests at the end of each quarter. Parents are kept informed with learning journals for every unit, and detailed student grade reports at the end of every semester, which also make parents aware of other issues such as behavior and motivation that affect learning.
Our objectives are to encourage students to be active and constructive in using English as a tool to, seek knowledge and to interact effectively with others at school, and later, in the broader world-community.
We seek to extend students’ competence and confidence in using English in a range of demanding and challenging contexts.
We also train students to be responsible, independent, reflective learners, and to promote collaboration and cooperation among the students.
For Learning Stage 1 Coordinator, Ronald Doutt JR, says “We encourage children to be active and constructive in their own learning and to integrate English with other areas of learning at primary school.”
LS1 students are evaluated through weekly spelling tests, and 4 Common Assessment Tasks every semester, and an end-of-semester exam. In addition to English, polite classroom behavior is modeled and encouraged. Well-behaved students can earn credit and use their English skills to purchase prizes at the Toy Shop, or earn privileges to attend the Movie Club.
For Learning Stage 2 Coordinator, Matthew Segrave-Daly, says, “Our teachers embrace the challenges of teaching to instill the confidence necessary for students to use English in their daily lives.
We believe that our young learners are the leaders of tomorrow. We encourage our students to believe in dreams and to succeed in life.”
LS2 students are evaluated on Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking twice during each semester and four times a year. There is a project week twice a year. The projects are fun, and utilize a variety of technology and resources to complete the tasks. These projects allow for team-building experiences that stimulate individual imagination. Learning Stage 2 lunchtime activities include access to a library and a computer lab which are available to students who perform well in class.
For Learning Stage 3 Coordinator, David Lee Cherry says, “Learning Stage 3 teachers want students to succeed in life in general, and at English in particular.”
LS3 separately assess reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary for ten units of ongoing classwork and during quarterly exam weeks. Extended speaking and writing tasks for each unit generate student work for display. Our blogs provide a variety of English language resources. Our online homework currently includes writing tasks for each unit, and online grammar, vocabulary and reading tasks that generate instant feedback on student performance. We also provide a variety of services such as computer lab and remedial English, and maintain a consistent focus on informally counseling our students outside of class in order to improve their skills and understanding.
Learning Stage 4 Coordinator, John Flanagan says, “LS 4 is dedicated to providing the absolute highest quality English education available anywhere.”
For LS4, the main focus is constant preparation for university entrance exams.
During the year, students complete eight Continuous Assessment Tests and eight semester exams, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking, four grammar exams, four vocabulary exams, and four exams covering material for university entrance exams.
There are many activities and services available for students such as tutoring, computer lab, guitar club and make-up clubs to help students catch up on any missing work.
Among many benefits, IEP maintains an environment that is safe, welcoming, thought provoking and relevant. In addition to regular English-language lessons, the IEP program provides opportunities for students to practice language skills beyond the walls of the classroom. There are many extracurricular activities that IEP students may participate in such as clubs, English camps and exchange programs.
Rather than merely teaching students vocabulary and grammar in an abstract way, the Intensive English Program aims at developing the whole child, helping students reach their full potential, enhancing their English communicative competence and teaching them to use English in in every relevant aspect of their lives.