TSEP

TSEP or Thewphaingarm School English Program is an English program that follows the Basic Education Curriculum B.E2551 of the Thai Ministry of Education. The school offers instruction from pre– school to Grade 12.


Purpose

TSEP students will be able to understandand use English to Communicate by demonstrating its use with thinking skills and confidence.

TSEP students must have knowledge ineight core subjects : English, Maths, Computers, Social Studies, Science, Art,Physical Education, and Health.

TSEP students will be able to developtheir, desirable virtues and will be able to adapt all of the skills in their lives.

TSEP students will have the basic English skills and background knowledge to study in the next level.

TeachingProcesses

TSEP Triple Care is aimed to develop students into efficient speakers of both Thai and English in order to enable them to live and work in the global world while retaining their Thai identity.

Care 1 : Bilingual Tutoring of Content to enhance English and Thai language proficiency and knowledge in subject areas, through modern and proven methods.

Care 2 : Remedial academic courses (EIL, ESL, Reading analysis, TRACK, etc.) to assist new students in increasing their proficiency in the English language,and be able to adjust to the TSEP environment.

Care 3 : One Child One Challenge approach to cater for individual differencesas well as support student’s special abilities; and to respond to individual student needs. In addition, they will be prepared for tertiary level exams bothlocally and internationally.


TSEP High School Curriculum StructureOverview

The requirements in this book follow the needs of the Thai National Curriculum. The Thai curriculum divides subjects into fundamental and additional subjects. Students are required to pass all thefundamental subjects but schools can choose the additional subjects suitable for each Program. There are two programs in TSEP. Additional subjects vary forProgram 1 and 2. Students choose a program depending on their strengths, their scores in the lower secondary level (especially Science, Mathematics and Social Studies) and their personal interests. Program 1 is the Science-Math Programand Program 2 is the English-Math Program. The additional subjects in Program 1and 2 are tailor made to suit the students’ needs, objectives of thestandardized exams required by the National standards (O Net, GAT and PAT) and standardized foreign exams chosen by the curriculum department, namely, IELTS,TOEFL, SATs and entrance exams, such as, CUAAT, CUTEP, MUIC, TUGET, etc.
Fundamental subjects for both Programs are English Language, Mathematics, Fundamental Science, Social Studies, Health, Thai Language, Career andTechnology and Arts.

English

 Program 2 Additional subjects

Grade

Term

Course

10

1

Grammar and Writing

2

Critical Reading

11

1

Advanced Writing

2

Public Speaking

12

1

English for the print media

2

English for tertiary level

 

Apart from the above courses, students in both programs take English O Net and GAT/PAT courses starting Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards, students are tutored various university exams tailored to their needs.

Mathematics

All the Mathematics courses done by Program 1 and 2, both fundamental and additional courses, are same and studentsattend the classes together. Both foreign teachers and Thai teachers teach thiscourse, covering different contents set by the curriculum. Thai teachers willexpose students to O Net and PAT exam questions for the content covered by both Thai and Foreign staff during a particular term. Foreign teachers will incorporate relevant GCSE O’ and A’ Level exam questions for the assessments.

Science

Students in Program 1 and 2 do not attend the same science classes. Students in Program 1 study Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Astronomy/Earth Science every term. In the Thai NationalCurriculum, Astronomy is considered a fourth science component. Although the fundamental science subjects are same for both programs, Program 1 students are taught all the content in depth as courses are merged with additional coursesto increase student understanding and long-term memory. Students in Program 2study all the above courses but in different terms:

Program 2 Science Structure

Grade

Term

Course

10

1

Chemistry

2

Astronomy and Earth Science

11

1

Biology, Chemistry

2

Biology

12

1

Physics

2

Physics

 

Both Foreign and Thai teachers teach both Programs, covering separate content and assessing them accordingly. Thai teachers get students exposed to relevant One and PAT exam questions covering the Foreign and the Thai teacher’s content.

Social Studies

Students in Program 1 and 2 study all the five components of social studies, namely, Geography, Citizenship, History, Economics and World Religion, all taught by both Foreign and Thai teachers. Program 2 students have to take 12 additional courses and Program 1 students take 5 additional courses. Like the other subjects, Thai teachers will beintroducing students in both programs to O Net and PAT exam questions. The additional subjects for each Program are as follows:


 

Program 1 Social Studies: Additional Subjects

Grade

Term

Courses (Total 5)

Credits

10

1

Buddhism and education

0.5

2

Law and constitution

0.5

11

1

Thai History 1

0.5

2

Thai History 2

0.5

12

1

Buddhism for sustainable development and peace

0.5

2

Contemporary Affairs

0.5

Total

3.0

 

Program 2 Social Studies: Additional Subjects

Grade

Term

Courses (Total 12)

Credits

10

1

Natural Resources and geographical tools

Buddhism 1

0.5

0.5

2

Law and Constitution

0.5

11

1

Thai History 1

Buddhism 2

0.5

0.5

2

Thai History 2

Trade and Investment

0.5

0.5

12

1

Contemporary Affairs

Buddhism 3

0.5

0.5

2

-

Total

4.5

 

In the second semester of Grade 12, all the 5 areas of social studies will be integrated.

Thai Language

Thai Language curriculum exactly follows the requirements of the Ministry of Education and students use books published in co-affiliation with the Ministry of Education. Students are required to take mock O Net and PAT exams in Grades10, 11 and 12. Program 1 and Program 2 have an inclusive of 6 core Thai courses that students take together.Program 1 students take 6 additional Thai Language subjects while Program 2 students take 12.

Other Courses

Other courses taught according to the Ministry’s requirements are Career and Technology (includes Computer programs,IT, Home Economics, Finance and Small Business Management) Arts (separated intoArts and Craft, Music and Drama) and Health (and Physical Education). In TSEP, all these courses are taught by foreign teachers only.

Apart from choosing to study inProgram 1 or 2, students have another choice to make, that is, to choose between Chinese and EIL. These are parallel courses taught at the same time. Students who do not have strong English language skills or students who are seeking to improve their English language skills will be recommended to choose EIL. This course integrates basic grammar, structures and vocabulary with content areas. Once chosen, either EIL or Chinese, students are not allowed to change back and forth. In special circumstances, change can be made not more than once.

Exam Preparation

The O Net courses (core courses) will be started in Grade 10 and 11 and will increase in number in Grade 12. In these courses, teachers prepare the students for their O Net and GAT/PATexaminations. Students are tutored for all eight subject groups.

Since various subjects are exclusively taught by foreign teachers, students will study specifically for O Net exams for these subjects in order to be familiar with the Thai vocabulary and exam format. These subjects, taught in different terms during Grades 10-12, are Arts(Thai Art, Thai Music and Thai Dance), Career and Technology and Health.

Once a year in Grades 10-12, students will take mock O Net exams for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studiesand Thai Language. These are the core courses. Furthermore, during Grades 11and 12, students take mock IELTS exam throughout the six terms for all theskills.

Exams written by foreign teachers for core subjects other than English Language will include questions similar to questions in other standardized exams, such as IGCSEO’ and A’ Level exams.

Planning foruniversity

TSEP High School Curriculum provides 3 choices to the students. First, students can opt to study abroad. Second, students can study in an International program in a Thai University and finally students can study in a Thai program in a Thai university. For the first and the second choices above, students will need IELTS. For the third choice,students will need to pass O Net and PAT exams required by their choice of faculty. All Thai students, according to the Thai Education Law, have to take the O Net exam, whether or not they use the scores for their tertiary education. Students will be urged to take the official IELTS exam at the end of Grade 12.

Further details regarding all the above courses, taught by both Foreign and Thai staff are given in the ‘CourseDescriptions’ section of this booklet. The report card form shows how the official transcript will be printed out. Realistically, courses will be studied during both Summer School and October School and will be taught before time.This will provide more time for university exam preparation for Grade 12. For further details about the courses, students and teachers can refer to the course outlines.

Head of the Curriculum and AssessmentDepartment.

TSEP.