ENGLISH SPEAKING ENVIRONMENT (ESE)
A key feature of Bloomsbury International School Hatyai is that students are learning in an English speaking environment. Students are required to speak English at all times except during Thai and Chinese lessons, when they are instructed to speak these languages instead. Students quickly develop their English skills in this environment as they practise English all day every day. This is also helped by having a mix of nationalities and whenever possible by mixing students from different countries when choosing groups in classes and during activity sessions.
This policy is implemented through a reward system that aims to encourage students to speak English as often as possible. There are reminders around the school in the form of posters that ask students to speak English and each student has a points card which is signed by staff every time they hear students speaking English outside of the classroom. Once a student completes the card they are entered into a prize draw and every month three students have the chance to win a gift card which they can use to spend on books and school supplies.Students receive a card that matches the House they belong to: Einstein (blue), Newton (green), Nightingale (yellow) and Turner (red)
In an effort to include every member of our community in this policy, Bloomsbury International School Hatyai also offers English lessons for parents every Wednesday from 3.05pm - 3.55pm with our English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, Mr Andrew Strubelt. These lessons aim to encourage parents to develop their spoken English and extend the English learning environment to the students’ homes.