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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Trinity College London







Entry 2 Past Papers






Entry 3 Past Papers







Sample videos

The Videos below are sample videos of the exam in progress.
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Entry 1 Past Papers
New for 2011:Entry 1 Writing 16 June 2010
Entry 1 Reading 16 June 2010
Entry 1 Reading Answer Key 16 June 2010
Entry 1 - Download past papers, Sample/Practice Maps and Reading Answer Keys by clicking on the links below:
Reading Writing
Entry 1 - Reading 17 June 2009
Entry 1 - Reading Answer Key 17 June 2009 Entry 1 - Writing 17 June 2009
Entry 1 Reading February 2009
Entry 1 Reading Answer Sheet February 2009 Entry 1 Writing February 2009
Entry 1 Reading March 2008 Entry 1 Writing March 2008
Entry 1 Reading June 20 2007 10am Entry1 Writing March 2007
Entry 1 Reading March 2007 Entry 1 Writing June 20 2007 10am
Entry 1 March 2007 Answer sheet Entry 1 Writing Dec 13 2006
Entry 1 Reading Dec 13 2006 Entry 1 Writing March 2005
Entry 1 December 2006 Answer sheets Entry 1 Writing Jun 28 2006
Entry 1 Reading June 2006 Entry1 Writing March 2006
Entry 1 Reading March 2006
Entry 1 Reading Answer Key Mar 2006 Entry1 Writing Nov 2004
Entry 1 Reading March 2005 Entry 1 Writing Sept 2004
Entry 1 Reading June 2005 Entry 1 Writing June 2005
Entry 1 Reading Dec 2004 Entry 1 Writing Dec 2004
Entry 1 Reading Nov 2004
Entry 1 Reading Sept 2004
Entry 1-Reading August 2005 Entry 1-Writing August 2005
Entry 1 Writing Day March 2006
Entry 1 Reading January 2005 Entry 1 Writing January 2005
Entry 1 Reading December 2004 Entry 1 Writing December 2004
Entry 1 Reading October 2004 Entry 1 Writing October 2004
Sample Maps for Practice


Entry 2 Past Papers
New for 2011:Entry 2 Writing 16 June 2010
Entry 2 Reading 16 June 2010
Entry 2 Reading Answer Key 16 June 2010
Click on the links in the table to download:
Entry 2 Past Papers Reading & Writing
Entry 2 - Reading Answer Keys
Entry 2- Specimen Roleplays and Group Discussions

Reading Writing
Entry 2 - Reading 17 June 2009
Entry 2 - Reading Answer Key 17 June 2009 Entry 2 - Writing 17 June 2009
Entry 2 Reading February 2009
Entry 2 Reading Answer Sheet February 2009 Entry 2 Writing February 2009
Entry 2 Reading March 2008 Entry 2 Writing March 2008
Entry 2 Reading June 20 2007 10am Entry2 Writing March 2007
Entry 2 Reading March 2007 Entry 2 Writing June 20 2007 10am
Entry 2 March 2007 Answer sheet Entry 2 Writing Dec 13 2006
Entry 2 Reading Dec 13 2006 Entry 2 Writing March 2005
Entry 2 December 2006 Answer sheets Entry 2 Writing Jun 28 2006
Entry 2 Reading June 2006 Entry 2 Writing March 2006
Entry 2 Reading June 2005 Entry 2 Writing June 2005
Entry 2 Reading March 2006
Entry 2 Reading Answer Key Mar 2006 Entry2 Writing Nov 2004
Entry 2 Reading March 2005 Entry 2 Writing Sept 2004
Entry 2 Reading Dec 2004 Entry 2 Writing Dec 2004
Entry 2 Reading Nov 2004
Entry 2 Reading Sept 2004
Entry 2 Reading Day March 2006 Entry 2 Writing Day March 2006
Entry 2 Reading January 2005 Entry 2 Writing January 2005
Entry 2 Writing March Day 2005
Entry 2 Reading August 2005 Entry 2 Writing August 2005
Entry 2 Reading October 2004 Entry 2 Writing October 2004
Entry 2 Specimen Roleplays and Discussion



Entry 3 Past Papers
New for 2011:Entry 3 Writing 16 June 2010
Entry 3 Reading 16 June 2010
Entry 3 Reading Answer Key 16 June 2010
Entry 3 Past Papers
Entry 3 - Reading Answer Keys
Entry 3- Specimen Roleplays and Group Discussions
Download from the table below

Reading Writing
Entry 3 - Reading 17 June 2009
Entry 3 - Reading Answer Key 17 June 2009 Entry 3 - Writing 17 June 2009
Entry 3 Reading February 2009
Entry 3 Reading Answer Sheet February 2009 Entry 3 Writing February 2009
Entry 3 Reading March 2008 Entry 3 Writing March 2008
Entry 3 Reading June 20 2007 10am Entry 3 Writing March 2007
Entry 3 Reading March 2007 Entry 3 Writing June 20 2007 10am
Entry 3 March 2007 Answer sheet Entry 3 Writing Dec 13 2006
Entry 3 Reading Dec 13 2006 Entry 3 Writing March 2005
Entry 3 December 2006 Answer sheets Entry 3 Writing Jun 28 2006
Entry 3 Reading June 2006 Entry 3 Writing March 2006
Entry 3 Reading March 2006
Entry 3 Reading Answer Key Mar 2006 Entry 3 Writing Nov 2004
Entry 3 Reading March 2005 Entry 3 Writing Sept 2004
Entry 3 Reading Dec 2004 Entry 3 Writing Dec 2004
Entry 3 Reading Nov 2004
Entry 3 Reading Sept 2004 Entry 3 Writing Day March 2006
Entry 3 Reading Day March 2006 Entry 3 Writing January 2005
Entry 3 Reading June 2005 Entry 3 Writing June 2005
Entry 3 Reading January 2005
Entry 3 Reading August 2005 Entry 3 Writing August 2005
Entry 3 Reading October 2004 Entry 3 Writing October 2004
Entry 3 Specimen Roleplays and Discussion


 




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  1. รวมข้อสอบเก่าของ Trinity College London
    และ Cambridge ESOL



    Trinity College London


    Entry 1 Past Papers
    http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1231



    Entry 2 Past Papers

    http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1232



    Entry 3 Past Papers


    http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1233




    Sample videos
    The Videos below are sample videos of the exam in progress.
    http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1175



    Cambridge ESOL

    http://www.cambridgeesol.org/resources/learner/skills.html







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  2. Entry 2 Writing


    Yesterday when you were in a shopping centre, a young woman stole your mobile phone. The woman ran away. The police asked you to fill in this form, giving details of what happened.
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    West Port Police Station
    Record of theft
    Date and time : 23/01/2011 10 o’clock.
    Where did it happen? Hanley shopping centre.
    Say exactly what happened :
    On Sunday morning I went shopping in Hanley centre with my husband. At about 10 o’ clock we wanted to go somewhere to eat. We went into the KFC shop near the shopping centre and found a table near the door.
    A young woman came into the KFC shop and sat at the table near us. She was very tall and had dark hair and was wearing sunglasses. I can’t remember if her jacket was dark blue or black, but she was wearing pink trousers.
    She suddenly jumped up, knocked my cup of Coca Cola over and grabbed my mobile phone which was on the table. I shouted for help, but she had run out of the shop into the shopping centre. My husband quickly called the police on his phone.






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  3. Entry 2 Writing


    The Robbery

    I went to the newsagents last Sunday. I do this every Sunday to pay my newspaper bill. It was midday, when I got there. The sun was shining and it was not cold. It was a perfectly ordinary day.
    While I was standing in the shop, the door suddenly opened. A man came in. He was wearing a black mask and he was carrying a gun. He shouted. “Stay still! Don’t move! Give me the money!”
    I froze and put my hands up. Then, the robber took the money from the till and ran out. It was all over in seconds. The shop assistant dialled 999.
    The police arrived a few minutes later but it was too late, the man had escaped. It was the most frightening experience of my life.






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  4. Entry 2 Writing


    Last weekend you visited your cousins in a different town. Write an email to your friend. Describe the town and say why you didn’t like it.


    Dear Sukanya.
    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I went to visit my cousin last weekend. It was her birthday so she had a party.

    She lives in the middle of London which is about three hours by car from Newcastle-under-Lyme. It’s a very big city and there are modern buildings. The centre of London is very busy because there are lots of shops and restaurants. It has got an impressive museum and a lovely park.

    My cousin took me to see all the interesting places in London but I didn’t really like London. There were too many cars and many people everywhere and it was noisier than Newcastle-under-Lyme. I think the people in Newcastle-under-Lyme are friendlier than London. I was happy when it was time to drive the car back home.

    Hope to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara.





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  5. Entry 2 Writing



    Task two


    A teacher asks you to send him or her a note about a very important person in your life. Write a description of this person. (About 80 words)


    I would like to describe about my sister Kung, who is five years older than me. We grew up in a close-knit family in the countryside in Thailand. Kung was the eldest of four children and looked after all of us when my parents were busy. When we were children we played together and I have got to know her much better. She is a woman that I admire and respect.

    Kung is small and quite slim. She has got long straight black hair. She has got an oval face, big beautiful eyes, a nice nose, full lips and white skin. All together, my sister is a beautiful woman. She looks younger when she smiles. She has got an open, honest face and she laughs all the times. She is an extremely energetic and hard-working woman who is good at most things-cooking, looking after children, listening to others.
    If I have a problem, I know that I can discuss it with her and that her advice will always be practical and down to earth. Above all, she will not judge me. She is the sort of person you can trust.
    They say that blood is thicker than water and in Kung’s case that is certainly true. I am very lucky to have her as a sister and as a friend.






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  6. Entry 2 Writing


    Task one

    You want to join the local community centre. The membership secretary asks you to complete this form. Write your answer on the form. (About 80 words)



    Menbership Application
    Name .....................................................................................................................................
    Address ..................................................................................................................................
    Write a paragraph about the last time you played a sport or the last interesting activity you took part in :



    Twenty years ago I played tennis at university. I had an interest in tennis because my friend was sportswoman at the university and she lived near my house. In the evening we went to the tennis court at university. She teached me how to play tennis. We played tennis everyday for about 1-2 hours. At the weekend we played tennis for 3-4 hours. After that we went swimming. I liked swimming too. I think sport gave me good health and I enjoyed it very much. Now I go cycling everyday with my husband and I want to join the local community centre.





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  7. Entry 2 Writing



    June 2010


    Write about a time in the past when you helped someone who was sick :


    Last month my mother-in-law was very ill. She told me she had to go to hospital for an operation and she wanted me to go with her. On the day of the operation I drove her to hospital and looked after her at hospital.
    After her operation I stayed at her house for five days to help her recover. I went shopping for her and cooked Thai food to eat together. I washed for her and sometimes did the ironing for her too. In the evening we went to Lyme Valley Park to walk, it took us around 1 hour. After that I took her back home. We all enjoyed it and had a good time together. After a week she was much better.






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  8. Entry 2 Writing




    Task 2 Write an email to a friend. Describe your college and say what you like about it.


    Dear Sukanya,

    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I am very well.
    I go to college Monday to Friday. I study English and Computer. I enjoy it very much.
    Every day I walk to the bus station to travel to the college by bus. It takes around twenty minutes to get there.
    The college is old but there are good facilities. My classroom is quite big with a TV, computer, a whiteboard and a cupboard in it. My teacher’s name is Sue. She is very friendly and I fell relax. After class I usually go to the canteen at lunchtime. I sit with my friend and I fell happy. After that I go to the library and borrow some books to read at home. Then I go home to get ready for my next day at college.
    I go there four days a week and I am really enjoying it.

    I look forward to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara Lovatt






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  9. Entry 2 Writing


    Last weekend you visited your cousins in a different town. Write an email to your friend. Describe the town and say why you didn’t like it.


    Dear Sukanya.

    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I went to visit my cousin last weekend. It was her birthday so she had a party.

    She lives in the middle of London which is about three hours by car from Newcastle-under-Lyme. It’s a very big city and there are modern buildings. The centre of London is very busy because there are lots of shops and restaurants. It has got an impressive museum and a lovely park.

    My cousin took me to see all the interesting places in London but I didn’t really like London. There were too many cars and many people everywhere and it was noisier than Newcastle-under-Lyme. I think the people in Newcastle-under-Lyme are friendlier than London. I was happy when it was time to drive the car back home.

    I hope to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara.





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  10. Entry 2 Writing


    You are applying for a job in a travel agency. Answer the questions on the form below. (about 80 words)

    Europa Travel Agents
    Application form
    Name : ..........................................................................................................
    Please write about a day when you visited an important place in your country or in the UK :

    Last week I visited Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent. It took ten minutes to get there by car. I went with my husband and my sister in law.

    At Trentham Gardens there are many interesting things. It is very nice to walk around with a good area for the children to play. We sat and watched them while sitting on bench tables outside the cafe. The children enjoyed it very much. As well as the shops and a gardens, there is also a lovely walk around the lake which has a boat ride available. The Italian gardens shouldn’t be missed, they are beautiful. We all enjoyed the visit very much.











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  11. Entry 2 Writing




    One of your friends is going to join your English class next week. Write a note to your teacher describing your friend. Say something about :
    - Your friend’s appearance
    - His/her personality
    - Why you like him/her


    Dear Sue,
    Next week my friend Sukanya is going to join our English class. I want to tell you about her.

    She is 37 years old. She is small and quite slim. She has got an oval face with bright black eyes and a small mouth. She has long dark hair but she usually wears a hat. She is very beautiful, when she smiles.

    She is a friendly person and likes to talk to everyone. She always brings out the best in me by being positive and cheerful.

    We went to school together and she is my best friend. She helped me a lot with my work and is a very kind friend to me. I think you will like her.

    Best wishes,
    Prapasara Lovatt






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  12. Entry 2 Writing



    Task one

    You couldn’t come to class last Monday because you had a problem at home.Write what happened on that day for your college. (About 80 words)



    Midchester College

    Name: Prapasara Lovatt

    Reason for absence:



    Last Monday I couldn’t come to class because I had a problem at my home. I am very sorry.
    My toilet had a problem. When I flushed it the water wouldn’t stop. I called a man to fix the toilet on Monday about 9.00 o’clock. The man came to my house at 10.00 o’clock to fix the toilet, but he couldn’t fix it. He told me to buy a new toilet and then call him to fit it. He fixed the toilet and finished about 1 p.m. the next day. Although I like to learn English very much I couldn’t come to class because I had to deal with the above problem.





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  13. Entry 2 Writing



    Task two


    Write a note to one of your friends. Tell your friend about a place in the UK that you know. Describe the place and what you can do there. (About 80 words)



    Hello Sukanya.

    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I am very well and thank you very much for very nice e-mail. I am very well. I want to tell you about a place in the UK. Last week I went to Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent. It took ten minutes to get there by car. I went with my husband and my sister- in- law and her children.

    At Trentham Gardens there are many interesting things. It is very nice to walk around with a good area for the children to play. We sat and watched them while sitting on bench tables outside the cafe. The children enjoyed it very much. As well as the shops and a gardens, there is also a lovely walk around the lake which has a boat ride available. The Italian gardens shouldn’t be missed, they are beautiful. We all enjoyed the visit very much.

    Next times if you come to see us we can all visit Trentham Gardens together.


    I look forward to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara







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  14. Entry 2 Writing




    Write a note to your friend Anna inviting her to come with you on your day trip next Wednesday. Don’t forget to tell her the day and time and what she needs to bring with her. (About 80 words)

    Hello Anna,

    How are you? I hope you are well. I want to go to London next Wednesday with my husband. We will drive to London at 6.00 am. We want to visit the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the British Museum. After that we want to eat Chinese food and then we will go to see Big Ben and take some photos with red phone box. After that we want to go Hyde Park and walk around to enjoy the flowers and lake. Finally we want to visit Buckingham Palace and drive back home.
    I want you to come with us and enjoy the day together. We will take you home and you don’t need to bring anything with you. Call me to let me know if you can come with us.

    I hope to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasasa






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  15. Entry 2 Writing



    Write a note to a friend, describing someone you met recently and like very much. (About 80 words)
    Include things like :

     where you met this person
     how you met this person
     what you liked about this person
     what you did together

    Dear

    Sukanya.
    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I am very well. I go to college Monday to Friday. I study English and Computer. I enjoy it very much.
    Last week my class had a new student. Her name is Kanlayanee. She comes from Thailand. She is 37 years old. She doesn’t speak English very well. She is small and quite slim. She has got an oval face with bright black eyes and a small mouth. She has long dark hair but she usually wears a hat. She is very beautiful, when she smiles.
    After class we talked together and then we went to the library to borrowed two books to read at home. After that I visited her house, we walked about 5 minutes from college to get there. She cooked Thai food for me. We ate and talked and I felt happy. I helped her with her homework and we enjoyed spending time together very much.
    Next Sunday if you come to visit me we can visit her together.
    I look forward to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara






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  16. Entry 2 Writing


    Task one
    Write a paragraph for an Arts club notice board in your college about an activity you enjoyed doing as a child. It can be a musical or artistic activity. (About 80 words)
    Write about things likes:
     what the things likes :
     how you became interested in this activity
     how often you did this activity
     when you stopped doing this activity and why

    When I was young I enjoyed Karaoke with my sisters.
    I have three sisters. We went to school together. My eldest sister she was a singer at the school. She sang and danced very good.
    When I was 15 years old, I liked to sing a song and dance too. After school in evening I enjoyed Karaoke at home after dinner about 1-2 hours every day. On weekend we had so much fun singing Karaoke and sometimes my friends would came visit me and we all enjoyed Karaoke together. When I was 22 years old doing my Bachelor's degree. I had work as a teacher so I stopped singing Karaoke for a few years because I was very busy all the time.







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    Wedding in Thailand are grand and elaborate. The groom s parents give money to the bride’s parents as part of the Thai custom.
    During the marriage ceremony, friends and relatives of the groom dance all the way to the bride’s house with hands laden with gifts. Just before the marriage ceremony. One of the most sacred words during a Thai wedding is Sin-sod. Without these two words a marriage is incomplete. Sin-sod refers to the money that the groom’s parents give to the bride’s parents.
    Thai brides tend to wear a traditional, close-fitting, brightly coloured Thai silk ensemble during the wedding ceremony. It is often adorned with gold jewellery encrusted with semiprecious stones. White is growing in popularity, and some brides opt for a Western-style wedding gown at the evening reception. Black is never worn.







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    The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand; thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year. The traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.

    The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors. Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.









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    My home town is Udonthani, it is in the Udon Thani Province in Northeastern Thailand.
    Udonthani is approximately 560 km from the capital, Bangkok in Thailand. The province covers an area of 15,589 sq. Km and has a population about 1,500,000. It is a very busy city. Udonthani has Nong Prachaksinlapakhon Public Park. It is one island in the pond, a small garden is filled with decorative and flowering plants, and there is a bridge linking the island with the mainland. Within the park, there is a fountain, a clock tower, and a playground.
    Udonthani is easy to get to. There are many options for travelling, you can travel by car, bus, train and air. By car the journey takes around 10 to 11 hours from Bangkok. Trains depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Udonthani every day. By Air there is Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia which has several daily flights connecting Bangkok with Udonthani. The flight takes one hour. Hotels in Udonthani start £ 10 to £ 80. Travelling around Udonthani can be hassle free by the city bus. Or you can hire jeeps and vans starting at around £ 24/ day. In Udonthani there are many markets and shops to walk around or enjoy eating local foods. There are many attractions to visit from Nong Parjack Park in the city to old historical sites and temples. If in Udonthani province, going to Nong Khai is a good idea, been just one hour drive away, to enjoy time along the Mekhong river. The beach is just 1 hour flight from Udonthani .
    Udon Thani was once an important US military base during the Vietnam war, so it retains reminders of that time, with bars, coffee shops, and hotels. Today, there are a large number of retired US servicemen who have settled there. There is also an Udon branch of the US veterans of foreign war association, along with a relay station of VOA. The main reason to come to Udon Thani is its access to Thailand's premier bronze age excavation at Ban Chiang, the world-renowned archaeological site. Ban Chiang is located 47 km east of Udon's city centre. Archaeological excavations in the 1970's at Ban Chiang, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, resulted in the discovery of a previously unknown dynamic cultural tradition which dates back 5000 years.
    If you visit Udonthani you will find it a very busy but interesting place to enjoy spending time.







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    My first day at college
    My first day at college was in September 2009. I woke up about 6.00 o’clock and took a bath. Then I got dressed and cooked some food for my breakfast after I walked to the bus station to travel to the college by bus. It took around twenty minutes to get there.
    When I got to college I went to my classroom. It was room G34. I feeling a bit anxious, but when I saw my teacher I felt relaxed. She was very friendly, her name was Sue.
    During the class I learnt the names of other students. I wrote about myself and my country. Also I learnt about my timetable and the college facilities. My classroom was quite big with TV, computer, a whiteboard and a cupboard in it.
    Finally I went to the canteen at lunchtime. I sat with my friend and I felt happy. After this I went to library and borrowed two books to read at home. I went home to get ready for my next day at college.






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    My House
    I live in a terraced house near the town with my husband. It’s an old terraced house, about 110 years, and it’s very small. My house has eight windows and eight doors.
    Downstairs there is a kitchen, a hall, a living-room where there’s a lovely old fireplace, a bathroom, a toilet, a computer room with lots of books in a bookcase. Behind the house there is Thai vegetable garden and the flower garden.
    Upstairs there are two bedrooms but no bathroom. Me and my husband have a big room with an big bed and other room with two small beds for our visitor.
    I love my house for many reasons: the garden, the flower in summer, the fire in winter, but the best thing is the view from my bedroom window.







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  22. Entry 2 Writing



    Last week you were in the shopping centre and a woman stole your bag. The woman ran away. Complete this from for the police. (About 80 words)



    Record of theft

    Date and time :.....................................................
    Where did it happen ? ..............................................
    Write what happened : ..............................................


    On Sunday morning I went shopping in Hanley centre with my husband. At about 10 o’ clock we wanted to go somewhere to eat. We went into the KFC shop near the shopping centre and fond a table near the door.
    A young woman came into the KFC shop and sat at the table near us. She was very tall and had dark hair and was wearing sunglasses. I can’t remember if her jacket was dark blue or black, but she was wearing pink trousers.
    She suddenly jumped up, knocked my cup of Coca Cola over and grabbed my bag which was on the table. I shouted for help, but she had run out of the shop into the shopping centre. My husband quickly called the police on his phone.







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  23. Entry 2 Writing



    Write a letter to your friend in a different town. Tell him/her about the place where you live. Say what you like about it.


    Dear Sukanya,
    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I am very well. I go to college Monday to Friday. I study English and Computer. I enjoy it very much.
    After college, I usually go to shopping in my town. There are many interesting things and on Friday have the Farmers' Market which sells a wide range of local produce including fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, wine, meat and cheese. The market is on the 3rd Friday of every month, 9am to 3pm. After shopping I usually go to Newcastle-Under-Lyme Library to borrow some books and CDs. In the evening I usually go walking in the Lyme Valley Park with my husband. I like the Lyme Valley Park because they are have recently constructed facilities for young people, which include a skate park, ball court and BMX track and a playground for the younger ones adjacent to picnic tables. We enjoy walking around the park it take around 30 minutes. Next times you come to see us we can all walk in the park together.

    I look forward to see you soon,
    Love,
    Prapasara Lovatt





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  24. Task 1
    You want to work in a home for old people. Complete the form below. (About 80 words)



    The Mount Home for the Elderly
    Write about a day when you helped an older person.


    Last week I visited my mother in law with my husband. It took five minutes to get there by car.
    She was 75 years old. She lived in small home, but has a very garden. We usually visited her 2-3 times per week. We took her for shopping. After shopping I cooked Thai food to eat together. I washed for her and sometime do ironing for her too. My husband made gardens for her too. In evening we went to Lyme Valley Park to walk together. We enjoy walking around the park it took us around 1 hour. After that we took her back home.
    We all enjoy it and had some good times together.









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  25. Entry 2 Writing



    Task one

    You had an appointment for an interview at a college last week but you could not go. Write a paragraph to the college, explaining the reason you did not attend. (About 80 words)



    Dear Sir,
    I am writing about the appointment for my interview at the college last week. I could not go for the interview, because my bus had an accident.
    Last week I went to your college by bus number 25 about 8.00 o’clock. When my bus drove past the train station in Stoke-on-Trent, A taxi drove very fast and had an accident with the bus. The bus driver had to brakes suddenly and then hit it. I and other passengers were injured. I banged my leg on the front seat and I seriously could not walk normally. I called my husband to take me to hospital.
    I’m very sorry. I missed the appointment. Could I please make a new one?





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  26. Entry 2 Writing


    A friend in your country wants to know all about where you live in England. Write an e-mail to your friend, describing where you live now. Include the following:

    - your accommodation

    - your neighbourhood

    - your town/city


    Hello Sukanya,
    How are you? I hope you and your family are well. I am very well and thank you very much for very nice e-mail. I live in Newcastle-under-Lyme. It is part of North Staffordshire.
    Newcastle-under-Lyme is small town. There is many interesting things. On Friday have the Farmers' Market which sells a wide range of local produce including fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, wine, meat and cheese. The market is on the 3rd Friday of every month, 9am to 3pm. I can walk from my house to the town centre only 5 minutes for shopping and I usually go to Newcastle-Under-Lyme Library to borrow some books and CDs.
    I live in a terraced house near the town with my husband. It’s an old terraced house, about 110 years, and it’s very small. In the evening I usually go walking in the Lyme Valley Park with my husband. I like the Lyme Valley Park because they are have recently constructed facilities for young people, which include a skate park, ball court and BMX track and a playground for the younger ones adjacent to picnic tables. We enjoy walking around the park it takes around 30 minutes. Next times you come to see us we can all walk in the park together.
    I look forward to see you soon,
    Love,
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    my best friend




    I would like to talk about my best friend Sukanya. We learnt together in Catholic the school 25 years ago, that is how we met.
    Sukanya is small and quite slim. She has got an oval face with bright black eyes and a small mouth. She has long dark hair but she usually wears a hat. She is very beautiful, when she smiles.
    She always seems to be in a good mood. We have nearly the same hobbies and sometimes the same opinions. She always brings out the best in me by being positive and cheerful. She is like a part of my family. I trust her as much as I trust my close family member. I find her very honest; she always says what she thinks. It can be useful sometimes .For example when we go shopping she tells me frankly what fits me and what does not.
    Now she lives in America and I live in England, but we chatting every day online. I am so lucky to have her as my friend. Without her I would not be as happy as I am now. I have known her for my whole life. I hope our friendship will be long and will never end.





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  28. my best friend




    I would like to talk about my best friend Sukanya. We learnt together in Catholic the school 25 years ago, that is how we met.
    Sukanya is small and quite slim. She has got an oval face with bright black eyes and a small mouth. She has long dark hair but she usually wears a hat. She is very beautiful, when she smiles.
    She is a friendly person and likes to talk to everyone. She always brings out the best in me by being positive and cheerful. She is like a part of my family. I trust her as much as I trust my close family member. I find her very honest.
    Now she lives in America and I live in England, but we chatting every day online. I am so lucky to have her as my friend. Without her I would not be as happy as I am now. I have known her for my whole life. I hope our friendship will be long and will never end.







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    I will plan a holiday to Thailand for my teacher using ‘going to’ to talk about future plans.

    First you will need to book a ticket from the England to Bangkok in Thailand which will cost about £ 550. Once in Bangkok you will be staying in the city for 2 days to enjoy the capital and not miss going to the King of Thailand Palace.
    After the short time in Bangkok you will be going to Udonthani city in the North East of Thailand. Udonthani is a prime business center of the North East. Located 564 kilometers from Bangkok, it the world heritage site for the prehistoric culture of Ban Chiang. Udonthani is probably best known for its archaeological wonders, paramount among them the hamlet of Ban Chiang where the world's first Bronze Age civilization is believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago. Going to Udonthani is easy. There are many options for travelling, you can travel by car, bus, train and air.
    By car from Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to Udonthani via Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen Provinces, a total distance of 564 kilometers.By bus for Udonthani leave Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The journey takes around 10 to 11 hours. By train depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Udonthani every day. By Air have Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia has several daily flights connecting Bangkok with Udonthani. The flight takes one hour. Hotels in Udonthani start £ 10 to £ 80. Travelling around Udonthani can be hassle free by the city bus. Or you can hire jeeps and vans starting at around £ 24/ day.
    In Udonthani there are many markets and shops to walk around or enjoy eating local foods. There are many attractions to visit from Nong Parjack Park in the city to old historic sites and temples.
    If in Udonthani province going to Nong Khai is a good idea been just one hour drive away, to enjoy time along the Mekhong river.
    The beach is just 1 hour flight from Udonthani and going to spend the last few relaxing at the sea is a great way to finish off your holiday before getting your flight going to England


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    **** Stubbs Gate
    Newcastle- under- Lyme
    Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    10TH June 2011

    North Staffordshire Hospital.
    106 Lancaster Road,
    Newcastle-under-Lyme,
    Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would like to enquire about the possibility of a work experience placement within your hospital.

    I am 30 years olds. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Critical Thinking and Maths. I have combined the analytical skills I have developed from Chemistry and problem solving from Maths with the work I have done in Biology to form a strong foundation for becoming a doctor.

    Whilst I am trying to gain various work experience that will help confirm this as my career choice, I am writing to your hospital specifically as I would like to see what makes a good doctor and due to your excellent reputation, I feel that name of hospital would be the best place to do so.

    Prior to this, I have experience of working in a care home and worked in Udonthani Hospital in Thailand for 9 years. I volunteered at British Heart Foundation for a year and during my time there; I was quickly promoted to cashier and was able to interact with members of the public from various backgrounds. I am a good communicator, compassionate, have good etiquettes and am very organised.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Yours sincerely,

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    **** Stubbs Gate
    Newcastle- under- Lyme
    Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    10TH June 2011


    North Staffordshire Hospital.
    106 Lancaster Road,
    Newcastle-under-Lyme,
    Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would like to enquire about the possibility of a work experience placement within your hospital.

    I am 30 years. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Critical Thinking and Maths. I have combined the analytical skills I have developed from Chemistry and problem solving from Maths with the work I have done in Biology to form a strong foundation for becoming a doctor.

    Whilst I am trying to gain various work experience that will help confirm this as my career choice, I am writing to your hospital specifically as I would like to see what makes a good doctor and due to your excellent reputation, I feel that name of hospital would be the best place to do so.

    Prior to this, I have experience of working in a care home with terminally ill patients and worked in Udonthani Hospital in Thailand for 9 years. There, I was able to compare the medical problems faced by each nation and how western and third world healthcare systems were setup. Having shadowed doctors through various departments, such as outpatients, paediatrics, pathology and radiology I have half-confirmed medicine as my career choice, but to be absolutely certain, I want to gain some experience here. I volunteered at British Heart Foundation for a year and during my time there; I was quickly promoted to cashier and was able to interact with members of the public from various backgrounds. I am a good communicator, compassionate, have good etiquettes and am very organised.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Yours sincerely,

    Prapasara Lovatt






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    **** Stubbs Gate
    Newcastle under Lyme
    Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    10TH June 2011

    The Manager
    Interpreting Service
    Burslem, Stoke on Trent
    ST6 2DJ.

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Re: Interpreting

    I am writing to ask if you have any work for an English/Thailand interpreter, paid or unpaid. I enclose my C.V.

    As you can see from my C.V., I have the Institute of Linguists Certificate in Community Interpreting from Udon Thani Rajabhat University. I have in the past worked as a volunteer, interpreting for people from my community at the DSS, Housing Department and hospital, since 1995.

    I am willing to work in the day or the evening. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully,
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  33. A job application form



    Name : Prapasara Lovatt

    Address : *** Stubbs Gute, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    Job applied for : home care

    What is your experience?

    I worked in a care home in Udonthani Hospital in Thailand for 10 years. I volunteered at British Heart Foundation for a year and during my time there; I looked after my mother in law on weekend. She was72 years old at the time.

    Do you have any qualifications? What are they?

    I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Critical Thinking and Maths from Thailand.
    I have Skills for Life Entry 3 , Maths GCSE and IT computer.

    Tell us about yourself and why you want this joy.

    I am a good communicator, compassionate, have good etiquettes and I am an organized person. I am a very careful and sociable so I like talking to people and I get on well with other people and I like to help people too. I am also studying English and I’d like to be able to use my English a lot more. I hope to pass more English exams. I’d like this job because I thing Newcastle-under-Lyme home care is a very good service and due to your excellent reputation, I feel that name of home care would be the best place to do so.






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  34. A job application form




    Name : Prapasara Lovatt

    Address : *** Stubbs Gute, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1LU

    Job applied for : Teacher of Mathmatics.

    What is your experience?

    I worked in school for the Thai government for 10 years. I teached Mathematics (12 to 15 year of students) and Computer (Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel)
    I worked Administration Support (Part Time) Dart, Manor Farm House, London Road, Shardlow, Derby, DE72 2GR

    Do you have any qualifications? What are they?

    I obtained a Master of Education (M.E) (Mathematics), Curriculum and Instruction from Thailand.
    I obtained a Bachelor of Education, Major Mathematics and Minor Computer Education.
    I have Skills for Life Entry 2 Speaking and Listening, Reading.

    Tell us about yourself and why you want this joy.

    I am a good communicator, compassionate, have good etiquettes and I am an organized person. I am a very careful and sociable so I like talking to people and I get on well with other people and I like to help people too. I am also studying English and I’d like to be able to use my English a lot more. I hope to pass more English exams. I’d like this job because I thing Holden Lane high school is a very committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and due to your excellent reputation, I feel that name of high school would be the best place to do so.








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  35. Entry 3



    Applying for Courses



    Text 1: Supporting statement for an application to a B.Ed course
    I am applying for a B.Ed course because I was a teacher in Nigeria and I would like
    to continue that career in this country. I very much enjoyed my six years teaching
    upper primary children and gained a great deal of satisfaction when I saw the children
    respond and understand the things I taught. I enjoyed thinking of different ways to
    arouse the children's interest and create a lively atmosphere for their learning. I also
    gained satisfaction from the counselling side of the teacher's work and took pleasure
    in seeing the children develop socially and emotionally.
    Now I have my own children whom I teach daily at home; this gives me more practice
    and experience of teaching, evaluating and monitoring children's development.
    Following their school career has given me an insight into the differences between
    education in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, and I am interested in exploring these
    further through my B.Ed studies.
    In Nigeria I studied education with English as my teaching subject. The education
    aspect entailed psychology and sociology of education, teaching methodology including discipline, teaching practice, teaching resources and the code of conduct
    expected of a teacher. The English part of the course covered English language,
    including grammar, and English literature written by English and African authors. My
    special subject was African writers, and I would enjoy following up this subject in
    future studies. I write as a hobby and am interested in working with children to
    encourage them to write both prose and poetry.
    Since I came to England five years ago I have worked as a volunteer in a community
    school in Camberwell on Saturdays, teaching English to children from the ages of 7
    to 16. This has given me an insight into the National Curriculum for English, and has
    shown me the kinds of problems that children have in schools in this country. For
    instance we have children of 12 and 13 who still have difficulty in reading. This
    means that they cannot get on with their other subjects, for instance history or
    geography, as they are not able to read the books and worksheets.
    As well as working in the community school, I help out at my Church, both with the
    Sunday school and with the Choir. These activities bring me into contact with other
    people and have given me experience of working as a member of a team. This will be
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  36. Text 2: Supporting statement for an application to a Business Studies course


    I am applying to study for a degree in Business Studies specialising in Management
    because I particularly enjoyed the Management part of my GNVQ Advanced course
    and because I worked in management in my country for 3 years before coming to the
    UK. In that job I was responsible for managing a printing workshop and had a number
    of management responsibilities; for instance budgeting, personnel, and sales. I was
    particularly interested in the personnel aspect of the job and look forward to doing
    more studying in this area.
    My work experience in the head office of The Pizza Palace gave me experience of
    office practice in this country. As part of my work experience I developed a database
    of regular customers, and I then trained the other staff in how to use it. This showed
    me how IT skills are used practically in business, and helped me develop my
    interpersonal skills.
    My current GNVQ course has provided me with a wide background to business in
    this country and in Europe. We studied maths, statistics and accounting as well as
    personnel, marketing and business law. In my second term we had a week's exchange
    with a similar course in Germany, and I was able to see how business practice and
    business studies courses in Germany are both similar and different to those in
    England.
    My GNVQ course and my previous experience have given me a number of skills. I
    am used to operating in different working cultures. I can speak Arabic and English
    fluently, and am currently improving my GCSE level German. I have had to develop
    IT and research skills and am now able to use common software packages and use
    the intemet to find information.
    I have also had to develop team-work skills as many of our assignments were done
    as part of teams. All of this will prepare me for the more rigorous work of the degree
    course.
    Outside my studies and work, I enjoy spending time with my children, and working
    for my community. I help my community organisation with their accounts and am
    on the management committee. This has given me experience of how voluntary groups
    operate.
    I feel I have the skills and experience to do a business studies degree. After I finish
    my studies I would like to work in either personnel or IT management, and a
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    e-x-t-l-:-0-b-s-er-v-a-t-io-n-R-e-p-o-r-t-F-o-r-m

    Introduction


    This is a record of a visit to a Mother and Toddler Group, "Dolly Mixtures", in
    Barnsley, carried out in June 2000 as part of the Diploma in Playgroup Practice Course.
    2 Description
    2a Organisation
    There are 15 children, aged 16 months to 2 112 years of age, on the register. The
    session runs from 9.30 - 11.30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The parents
    or carers are present while the children attend. Some younger siblings, mainly babies,
    also come. Parents run the group for themselves without a formal organiser but there
    are three mothers who take responsibility for running the group. The sessions are held
    in a bright, well-heated, local Scout hut.
    2b The session
    When the parents enter, they write their names in the register and pay SOp for the
    session. They also enter what they and their children wish to drink in a different book.
    There is free play from 9.30 - 11.00 am. Toys are arranged into play areas, for
    example dressing-up clothes in one corner, books in another etc ... After this, the toys
    are cleared away in preparation for a singing session. The chairs are arranged in a
    circle and songs are then sung for half an hour, led by one of the parents who helps to
    run the group.
    3 Evaluation
    3.1 Strengths
    • The toys appeared to be in good condition and there were many 'push and pull'
    toys, as well as, puzzles, books, paints etc ... The room was large enough to allow
    children to run around freely and choose different play areas.
    No parent or child is refused entry to the group and there are toys and books that
    show a range of cultures and races.
    3.2 Areasfor development
    • More parents could be encouraged to help run the sessions, for instance to set up
    the room or prepare drinks.
    Children could be taught songs in other languages by parents who speak those
    languages.
    4 Conclusion
    This is a self-help, non-profit making group. It gives parents and carers the
    opportunity to socialise while their children play. It meets local needs, particularly
    those of isolated young mothers. It also provides a good stepping-stone towards more
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  38. Family Life in Thailand




    A Thai family is very different from a European family. In Thailand the family is bigger and stays together.

    For example, in Thailand it is very rare to find old people living alone. They usually stay with their children or grandchildren or other members of the family. However, in Europe old people often live alone, or in homes.

    In Thailand father and mother are to be respected and honoured. Young people shall send money to support their parents until at least they get married.

    In previous decades parents chose the mate. Nowadays many young Thai people choose on their own.

    Often Thai children continue to live in their parent's house even if they are old enough to live their own life. Especially for girls, they should not leave their parent's home if they are not married.

    In Thailand there is no pension when workers retire. So the only support for the old parents are their children. Thai people don't like the westerner principle to send old parents in special nursing-home. They say it is not a nice way to thank parents for all the goodness they did. All the family shall live together. Children are the assurance for the parents.


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  39. Comparing Thailand and England








    I come from Thailand. It is in the south east of Asia. Thailand is very different to England.

    The first and most obvious difference is the heat; Thailand is very hot, at times even too hot for the Thais.

    Another difference is the lack of true seasons, in England have four very distinct seasons, sometimes all in one day.

    England has a stable system of law and government, Thailand is in a constant state of flux.

    Corruption in England is better concealed in Thailand.
    In England has a better health and Social Security system than Thailand.


    In England the cost of living is very high, food, clothes; houses are all much higher than in Thailand.

    Then there is food, rice is the staple in Thailand, in England it is Potatoes and bread.

    Thailand is more fertile than England, and we grow rice and other crops. Food is much cheaper than in England, and I think it tastes better too.



    Thailand is a very beautiful country, and I am happy that I grew up there.











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  40. A Comparison of the Education Systems in England and Thailand.








    Although Thailand is one of the largest democracies in the world the right to free education
    is still not available to all. In sharp contrast, education in England is not only free but
    compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16.
    The age groups in nursery, primary and secondary schools are very similar in the Thailand and English systems. Children start school at about 4 years old and finish secondary at
    either 16 or 18 years of age. The main difference is that in the English system until
    children are 16 they automatically move up to the next class at the end of the year,
    whereas in the Thailand system the students who fail the end of year exams are made to
    repeat the year. The embarrassment of failing encourages the students to work harder.
    The subjects (Maths, Science, English, History, Geography, Art, PE, Music, Design
    Technology etc) up to 16 years are again quite similar in both the systems. However,
    the English put more emphasis on IT and in Thailand children have to learn both a regional
    language and English.
    The methods of teaching in both countries are quite different. In Thailand, the students sit in
    rows and face the teacher. They mainly copy from the blackboard, learn by rote and use
    textbooks. In England the teaching methods are more student-centred, with group
    activities and project work. This encourages children to find out things for themselves.
    These methods help in the overall development of a child's personality. The disadvantage
    is that the atmosphere in the class is informal which can lead to discipline problems.
    Assessment methods are also different. In Thailand, the method of assessing what students
    have learnt is through examinations. These are taken at least every year. Whereas in
    England students are continuously observed and assessed. They also sit exams. This
    system seems more complicated and the teachers spend a lot of time on keeping records
    and filling in paper work.
    It would seem that there are good and bad things about both systems. However, both in
    Thailand and in England the systems are changing to cope with changes in society.

















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  41. The country or the city - which is better?








    In our street in London there are very few families with children. There are old people and there are young couples who have not yet had children or who have babies. But as soon as the babies start to walk, their parents move them to a better life in the countryside. But does the countryside really give them a better life? In this essay I will compare the benefits of country and city living.

    For families with children the countryside is considered better because there is more space. Housing is often cheaper than in the city, and gardens are bigger, so children have more room to run around. There are woods and fields where children can explore, build 'dens' and play independently of their parents. In the city children are more controlled, they have to go to playgrounds, be in their gardens or else play in the streets.

    This means they cannot develop independence as early as in the country. It is argued that the countryside has a better environment for living than the city. You can find beautiful views, and wide open spaces. There is peace and quiet and clean air. In contrast the city produces noise from traffic and people, pollution, and a feeling of being shut in.

    However, facilities are certainly much better in cities than in the countryside. There is always a hospital, doctor's surgery or dentist within easy travelling distance. There is a choice of schools, colleges and universities. And for entertainment there are theatres, cinemas, concert halls, clubs, leisure centres and sports fields. Whereas in the country people may have to travel long distances to find anyone of these. And all of these facilities create jobs.

    To sum up, it seems that the countryside provides a good environment for children as they grow up but when they become young adults then the city, with its facilities and jobs, is a better place to live.















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  42. Supporting statement for an application to a B.Ed course




    I am applying for a B.Ed course because I was a teacher in Thailand and I would like to continue that career in this country. I very much enjoyed my ten years teaching upper primary children and gained a great deal of satisfaction when I saw the children respond and understand the things I taught. I enjoyed thinking of different ways to arouse the children's interest and create a lively atmosphere for their learning. I also gained satisfaction from the counselling side of the teacher's work and took pleasure in seeing the children develop socially and emotionally.

    Now I have my own children whom I teach daily at home; this gives me more practice and experience of teaching, evaluating and monitoring children's development. Following their school career has given me an insight into the differences between education in the United Kingdom and Thailand, and I am interested in exploring these
    further through my B.Ed studies.

    In Thailand I studied education with English as my teaching subject. The education aspect entailed psychology and sociology of education, teaching methodology including discipline, teaching practice, teaching resources and the code of conduct expected of a teacher. The English part of the course covered English language, including grammar, and English literature written by English and Asia authors. My special subject was Asia writers, and I would enjoy following up this subject in future studies. I write as a hobby and am interested in working with children to encourage them to write both prose and poetry.

    Since I came to England five years ago I have worked as a volunteer in a community school in Camberwell on Saturdays, teaching English to children from the ages of 7 to 16. This has given me an insight into the National Curriculum for English, and has shown me the kinds of problems that children have in schools in this country. For instance we have children of 12 and 13 who still have difficulty in reading. This means that they cannot get on with their other subjects, for instance history or geography, as they are not able to read the books and worksheets.

    As well as working in the community school, I help out at my Church, both with the Sunday school and with the Choir. These activities bring me into contact with other people and have given me experience of working as a member of a team. This will be useful, both at university and in the teaching practice part of my course.






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  43. My favourite television programme




    There are many nature programmes on television. I like them all but my favourite is Nature Watch.

    Nature Watch is on Channel 4 on Sunday evenings, from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. It is about wild animals. Every week we see animals from different countries - tigers, lizards, monkeys, wolves. The programmes can be funny and sometimes shocking. We learn many things about the animals, for example, what they eat, how they hunt. Also, the programmes show that many animals are in danger.

    Nature Watch is interesting and educational. It teaches us about the world. I watch
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  44. Thai Rural Family .





    The rural family in the typical village setting is an extended family with many generations living in one house, or many houses within the same compound. It is here that the Thai child learns codes of behavior that will guide him throughout much of his later life, whether it is spent in the village or beyond.

    In the village, home is usually a simple house raised on posted; domestic animals, like buffaloes, chickens, etc. are kept below, and the family lives above, often in a single room. There is little privacy, though this is not as highly regarded as in Western countries, and the communal life style instills a strong sense of social harmony in which tact, compromise, and tolerance are essential. The father is regarded as the leader, but the mother also plays a significant role particularly in the family finances.

    Respect for elders in the family is taught very early. This same delineation of roles also applies to the wider world outside the family and will remain deeply ingrained throughout life, thus explaining the reluctance of younger Thais to oppose or confront a senior during their subsequent careers in business or government. A sense of responsibility is also inculcated in early childhood. Each child is assigned certain duties according to age and ability. One of the prime responsibilities is to take care of parents in their old age. It is a prominent feature of the Thai concept of family. There is no feeling of being inconvenienced by this duty of caring for aged parents; on the contrary, their acquired wisdom gives them an honoured place in the household and their counsel is sought in teaching their grandchildren to be responsible adults with the same traditional values





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  45. Comparisons between Thailand and England





    There has been much talk recently about comparisons, so I thought it might be interesting to list some.
    This is neither criticism nor praise, just simple comparisons, some are general and some are personal.
    The first and most obvious difference is the heat; Thailand is very hot, at times even too hot for the Thais.
    Another difference is the lack of true seasons, in England we have four very distinct seasons, sometimes all in one day.
    Then there is food, rice is the staple in Thailand, in England it is Potatoes and bread.
    Our roads are better and with the exception of a few bridges, toll free. But on the other hand compared to Thailand we pay very high road taxes, insurance and petrol duty, not to mention MOTs.
    Another very big difference is the British and Thai attitudes to their respective Royal families. Indeed the entire relationship between superiors and underlings is different.
    Britain has a stable system of law and government, Thailand is in a constant state of flux.
    Corruption in Britain is better concealed and is usually in the form of “freebies”, in Thailand it is more blatant and often simply cash.
    The cost of living is very high, food, clothes; houses are all much higher than in Thailand, often ten times more. This is partly offset by our higher earnings, but income tax, National Insurance and VAT all take a big bite.
    We have a better health and Social Security system but it is old and in decline, I cannot see it surviving much longer. Thailand has similar but it seems poorly administered and many people slip through the net. But for those who can afford it medical facilities are better than the British National Health scheme.
    Most English are reluctant to learn a foreign language, so are Thais, a bad combination.
    Both Britain and Thailand have a long history and traditions of which they are proud. Both claim to have never been conquered, in my opinion a dubious claim for both countries.
    Britain claims to be a secular Protestant Christian country, Thailand claims to be a secular Buddhist country, both claims I feel are doubtful.
    Britain has social problems, binge drinking, hooliganism, particularly football hooligans. Proportionally we have more unmarried mothers than any other country, education standards are in decline and we are swamped by immigrants.
    Thailand also has its problems, drinking, gambling, drugs and the sex trade, Thailand has the excuse of poverty, Britain has no excuse it is simply a decline in family relationships.
    This is another major difference between the two countries Britain has nuclear family ties, Thailand has strong extended family Thais.
    This reflects in our personalities, Brits are individualists; we speak our minds and often prefer to go it alone. Thais are group people they like the feel of a supportive group in everything they do.
    I think I have rambled on enough, I am sure people can think of plenty more comparisons.






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