At RBIS we are an international school with students from 25 nationalities, and we believe in the benefits and importance of this balance in society. We are a British international school in Bangkok and therefore Thailand is at the centre of the school’s heritage. We believe that all students need to learn about the culture and traditions of their host country, and we ensure that all of our students have a lesson in Thai studies and experience the annual celebrations of Thailand.
RBIS teaches Thai language to our students as an integral part of our curriculum in accordance with Thai government regulations. Although we follow a British curriculum and English is the main spoken language at school; we believe students need to have the opportunity to explore cultural aspects of the home country, including celebrations, values, and traditions.
The provision of Thai language and culture lessons at RBIS is particularly beneficial for students of global heritage, i.e. those bringing both Thai and international family traditions to the school community.
For those of our students who are Thai nationals, they will also complete the Thai language and culture lessons required by the Ministry of Education and will go on to complete the IGCSE in Thai.
Primary students have 4 lessons in Thai Language and culture, Each lesson takes 60 minutes each week. The students in primary are divided into two groups, native and non-native Thai. The lessons for Thai native students are aimed at developing their language skills, especially reading and writing, to prepare them for IGCSE level in secondary school.
For non-native Thai students, the curriculum focuses on language skills development and learning about Thai culture. The special events of each term will be celebrated in order to further enhance and deepen the children’s understanding of Thai culture.
In Secondary School, students will have 4 lessons of Thai language and culture for KS3, and 4 lessons for KS4. Each lesson takes 60 minutes. Students are divided into two groups; native and non-native Thai. The focus for Thai native students is on developing reading and writing skills; to prepare them for the IGCSE Exam in Year 11.
For non-native Thai students, we focus on language skills development and understanding of Thai culture. Students will learn the Thai language and culture through various delightful learning activities. They will also participate in various related events to support them in understanding Thai culture.