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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)Entry3

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)Entry3


Trinity College London


Entry 3 Past Papers

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Entry 3

Certificates in

ESOL Skills for Life

Speaking and Listening

Specimen Role-play and Group discussion prompts

Entry 3 Role–plays (Task three — up to three minutes)



1. You are at the Job Centre looking for a job. I work at the Job Centre. I need to ask you

for information in order to find out what kind of job you would like.



2. You are at the library. You want to register. I work at the library. I need to ask you for

information.



3. You are at the council offices. You would like to change your accommodation. I work

at the office. I need to ask you for information.



4. You are at the local sports centre. You would like to become a member of the tennis

club. I am a receptionist and I need to ask you for some information.



5. You are at the local community centre. You would like to do some voluntary work. I

am the manager and I need to ask you for some information.



6. You are at college. You would like to change your ESOL class. I am the Head of ESOL

and I need to ask you for some information.









Certificates in

ESOL Skills for Life

Speaking and Listening

Specimen Role-play and Group discussion prompts

Entry 3 Component 2 Specimen group discussion prompts

(Up to 10 minutes)

1. For this part of the exam you are going to plan a tennis competition for the children

who live in your area. Decide when and where it will take place, what you will need to do

and how to organise the children.

Supplementary point – ONLY to be used if the discussion comes to a

natural end well before the allocated time.

Now talk about why sport is important for young people.

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2. For this part of the exam you are going to talk together to plan a leaving party for

some students in your class who are going away next month.

Discuss the arrangements for the party, such as when and where it will be, what you

need to prepare and what you will do at the party to say goodbye to the students.

Supplementary point – ONLY to be used if the discussion comes to a

natural end well before the allocated time.

Now talk about the last party you went to.

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3. For this part of the exam you are going to talk together to plan an event when you will

make money for the local children’s hospital. Decide what kind of activity to organise,

where the activity will take place and what you will each need to do.

Supplementary point – ONLY to be used if the discussion comes to a natural end

well before the allocated time.

Now talk about what the money should be spent on.

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4. For this part of the exam you are going to talk together to plan a day out for one of

your classmates who loves fishing. It could be on a river or lake, or at sea. Decide when

and where to go, what is the best way to get there and what arrangements for eating

and drinking you need to make.

Supplementary point – ONLY to be used if the discussion comes to a natural end

well before the allocated time.

Now talk about what you will do with the fish you catch.



Entry 3 Past Papers



Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two tasks. Complete both tasks.

Task 1

Your college newsletter wants you to write an article about a film or TV programme you saw recently. Include information about:

• where and when you saw it

• what happened in the film or TV programme

• why you did or did not enjoy it.

Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final article.) Plan/draft below








Task 2

One of your classmates is getting married. You want to arrange a party for him. Write an email to your classmates. Invite them to the party and say when and where it will be. Ask them for ideas about what wedding present to give.

(About 120 words)
























Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two tasks. Complete both tasks.

Task 1

You saw an accident when you were in the town centre last week. The police have asked you to write what happened. Write about:

• what you were doing when you saw the accident

• who was involved in the accident and what happened

• what you and the other people in the street did.

Plan your account by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your account. Then write the final account, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final account.) Plan/draft below




Task 2

You want to go to the cinema next week. Write an email to a friend, telling him/her about the film you want to see and asking him/her to come with you. Suggest a time and place to meet and ask for suggestions about what you could do after the film. (About 120 words)








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two tasks. Complete both tasks.

Task 1

Your college newsletter wants students to write the story of a day when they tried a new hobby or sport. Write about:

• why you chose to do this activity for the first time

• what happened on the day

• what you enjoyed most.

Plan your story by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your account. Then write the final account, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final account.) Plan/draft below








Task 2

You have a new friend in your class. Write an email inviting him/her to come to your house for a meal. Suggest a date and time, and ask what kind of food they would like you to cook. Ask your friend to bring some of their favourite CDs or DVDs. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You are going to have a job interview next week. The interviewer has asked you to write a short account of a day in the past when you felt proud of yourself. It could be because you passed an important examination, got a better job or achieved something special. Plan your account by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one

paragraph of your account. Then write the final account, making sure that you proofread it.

(About 200 words. This includes the plan, draft and final account.) Plan/draft below








Task two

Your cousin’s wife has had a baby and your family are having a party to celebrate. Write an email to a friend, asking him/her to come to the party. Tell him/her the arrangements, explain the reason for the party and try to arrange a present for the baby. (About 120 words)














Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You read this in your college magazine:


In the next issue we will have a travel section. Tell us about an interesting journey you have been on.

We would like to know what transport you used, what happened on the trip and why it was interesting.









Write an article about your journey for the magazine. Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it.

(About 200 words. This includes the plan, draft and final article) Plan/draft below






Task two

You want to join a new college. You’d like your friend to come with you to meet the teachers and see the building. Write your friend an email explaining where the college is and tell them about the date and time of the visit. Ask your friend to let you know whether he/she will be able to go with you. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You read this in your college magazine:


In next month's issue, we will be writing about difficulties people have when moving to a new home.

We want our readers to write to us giving an account of the day you moved into your current accommodation.









You decide to write about the day you moved into your current accommodation. Include any difficulties, misunderstandings or funny things that happened on the day. Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it.

(About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final account.) Plan/draft below






Task two

You are going to visit a friend in the mountains in Scotland. Write an email to your friend and tell him or her about what you would like to do while you are there. Ask what type of clothes you should bring and if there is anything else you should bring. Let him or her know exactly when you will arrive and ask him or her to come and meet you.

(About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You read this in your college newsletter:


Can you help?

We are looking for suggestions for day trips from our town or city/in our town or city.

Can you tell us about a place you visited recently?

How did you go there, what did you see and what did you do?

Other students would love to read about it.













You decide to write an article for the newsletter. (About 200 words)

You will need to show evidence of planning. Make notes and then draft at least part of your answer. Plan/draft below




Task two

Your English teacher is going on holiday to your country and would like to visit your friends or family there. Write an e-mail to your friends or family asking them to welcome your English teacher and suggest what they could do with him or her. (About 120 words)








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You are preparing for an interview for a job in a travel agency. The travel agency has asked you to write an account of a visit you have made to a famous place. You can include details of:

• when you visited it

• why it is famous

• what you saw when you were there

• how you travelled there

Plan your account by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your account. Then write the final account, making sure that you proofread it.

(About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final account.)

Plan/draft below






Task two


College trip to Scotland 1 August—2 August 2006

Meet outside the college at 7am.

We will stay overnight and visit the world famous Edinburgh Castle.

Bring some food and entertainment for the coach journey.











You see this notice in your classroom. Write a letter to a friend to invite him/her on the trip. Give details of when and where the trip starts and where you will visit. Tell your friend what you are going to bring for the journey and ask him/her to bring something different. (About 120 words)

Dear.......................................................................................................................








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

Your college is having a competition to find the most interesting story about a day of celebration (e.g. national or local festival, marriage, birth or personal success).

Write about a day of celebration you took part in, what happened and why you were celebrating. Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final article.)

Plan/draft below








Task two

You have recently moved into a new flat or house. Write a letter to a friend. Invite him or her to your ‘flat-warming’ or ‘house-warming’ party and give details of the day and the time. Give your friend your new address and telephone number and suggest the best way to get to your new home. Ask them to let you know whether they can come or not.

(About 120 words)










Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You read this in your college magazine:


Wanted—Children’s stories from around the world.

Can you tell us a children’s story that you heard or read when you were young?

Why not write your story for our next magazine?









Write your story below (about 200 words).

Plan your story by making notes of the most important points and then write a draft.

Then write the final story for the college magazine and check it carefully for mistakes.

Plan/draft below










Task two


College International Evening

Staff and students—Come to a party to welcome our international students! Bring a friend!

Where?—The Assembly Hall

When?—Next Tuesday at 7:30pm

Bring and Show. Bring an interesting object from another country to show everyone OR bring some food to share.













Your college is having a party next week. Write a letter to a friend and tell him or her about the party. Invite your friend to the party. Give details of when and where the party is and say what object or food you are going to take. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

The editor of your community magazine has asked you to write an article (about 200 words) about a recent event in your area. It could be a party, a sporting or cultural occasion or a meeting.

Include the following in your article:

• preparations for the event

• what happened on the day

• the people who came

• how the event finished

Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then write a draft. Then write the final article for the magazine and check it carefully for mistakes. Plan/draft below








Task two

You and your family are planning a big celebration for a member of your family who is coming to visit you soon. Write a letter (about 120 words) to a married couple you met recently, telling them about the visit, your plans for the day and inviting them to join in the celebration. Ask them to let you know their response to your invitation and what time they plan to arrive.








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

Write an article for your college newsletter about EITHER a television programme OR a film you have seen recently. Describe what happened briefly and say what you thought of the programme or film. (About 200 words)

Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then write a draft.

Then write the final article for the college newsletter and check it carefully for mistakes. Plan/draft below






Task two

You are planning a day trip to another town to meet some old friends next month. Write a letter to another friend, inviting him or her to go with you and giving details of when and how you want to travel. Say how you would like to spend the day and ask your friend to help with something you want to take with you. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

Your college is having a competition to find the most interesting story about a day of celebration (e.g. national or local festival, marriage, birth or personal success).

Write about a day of celebration you took part in, what happened and why you were celebrating. Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words in total. This includes the plan, draft and final article.)

Plan/draft below








Task two

You have recently moved into a new flat or house. Write a letter to a friend. Invite him or her to your ‘flat-warming’ or ‘house-warming’ party and give details of the day and the time. Give your friend your new address and telephone number and suggest the best way to get to your new home. Ask them to let you know whether they can come or not.

(About 120 words)








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

Before you go for a job interview, the company asks you to write an account of a typical day in your last job OR a typical day in your life in the past. (About 200 words)

Plan your account by making notes of the most important points and then write a draft. Then write the final account for the company and check it carefully for mistakes. Plan/draft below










Task two

Write a letter to a friend about a social occasion you want to organise for people in your country. Say when and where you are planning to meet and what you would like to do.

Ask him or her to help you with the arrangements and on the day of the meeting. (About 120 words)








Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two tasks. Complete both tasks.

Task one

You are going to have a new class teacher next week. Write a short account for your new teacher about what has happened to you since you came to this country.

Write about:

• when and how you arrived here

• what happened in the first few days/weeks

• what you have done since you arrived

(About 200 words)

You will need to show evidence of planning. Make notes and then draft at least part of your answer. Plan/draft below










Task two

You want to spend a weekend at the seaside next month. Write a letter to a friend, inviting him/her to come with you and telling him/her what you plan to do there. Suggest the best way to travel, where you think you could stay, and ask your friend for some advice. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

Your college is making a display about different places to visit. Your teacher has asked you to write about somewhere you have visited recently. The best ones will go on the display. Write about your trip, making sure that you proofread it. (About 200 words) You will need to show evidence of planning. Make notes and then draft at least part of your answer.

Plan/draft below








Task two

You have been invited to a party in another city. Your friend or relative lives in the same city as the party. Write a letter to your friend or relative telling him/her about the party, and asking if you can stay the night at his/her house. Also tell

him/her about your other plans for your trip. Suggest some things you would like to do together and ask if there is anything you need to bring. (About 120 words)






Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3—Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes.

This examination paper contains two questions. Answer both questions.

Task one

You read this in your college newsletter:


Enter our prize

story-writing

competition and

WIN £100

The title of the story is

‘The best day of my life’















Your teacher wants you to enter the competition. Write your story below (about 200 words) and

include the following:

• where you were

• how you felt

• why the day was special

• who was with you

Plan your story by making notes of the most important points and then write a draft. Then write the final story for the competition and check it carefully for mistakes. Plan/draft below








Task two


Summerfield Residents’ Association

Special Meeting

Tuesday 28th September 7:30 pm

Christ Church Hall, Gillott Road

You are invited to an important meeting to discuss the local facilities and plans for spending the recent government grants. It will be a chance for you to decide what the new community centre will be like, and it could lead to employment opportunities as well. Please come along and share your views.

Free tea and biscuits!



















This leaflet came through your front door. Write a letter inviting a friend to go to the meeting with you and suggest where and when to meet. Tell your friend some of your ideas for the new community centre and what kind of jobs your ideas might create. (About 120 words)


















Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Entry 3 — Writing

Time allowed: 60 minutes

This examination paper has two tasks. Complete both tasks.

Task 1

Write an article for your college magazine about a book or film that you enjoyed. Write about what happened in the story.

Plan your article by making notes of the most important points and then draft at least one paragraph of your article. Then write the final article, making sure that you proofread it.

(About 200 words. This includes the plan, draft and final article.) Plan/draft below




Task 2

You want to have a party at your house. Write an email to your friend and invite him/her to come. Tell your friend when you are having the party and ask if he/she knows how to get there. Tell your friend what to bring. (About 120 words)































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  1. 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.


    These are just a few things one can say about Thai family.










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  2. 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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  3. 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 achild'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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
    it with my family and we all enjoy it.




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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. My favourite television programme




    There are many programmes on television. I like many of them but my favourite is Dragons' Den.


    Dragons' Den BBC Two on Monday to Friday evenings, from 6.00 -10.00 p.m. It is the contestants product designers or service operators who have what they consider to be a viable and potentially very profitable business idea, but who lack funding and direction. They pitch their idea to five rich businesspeople. The contestants have, before the show, named an amount of money that they wish to get, and the rules stipulate that if they do not raise at least this amount from the dragons, they get nothing. In return, the contestant gives the dragons a percentage of the company's stock, which is the chief point of negotiation.


    Dragons' Den is interesting and educational. It teaches us about the concept of business investment.I watch
    it with my husband and we all enjoy it.










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  10. Thailand



    Thailand is in South East Asia,is a country located at the center of the Indochina peninsula. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea. The capital is Bangkok. The politics of Thailand are currently conducted within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister is the head of government and a hereditary monarch is head of state. The population is 65.4 million.



    The official language of Thailand is Thai, a Kradai language closely related to Lao, Shan in Burma. Southern Thai is spoken in the southern provinces, and Northern Thai is spoken in the provinces that were formally part of the independent kingdom of Lannathai. Education is the government provides free education through to age group 17. The main religion is Buddhism. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.



    The countryside is very beautiful. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,565 metres above sea level. The northeast, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. Southern Thailand is natural features, and level of social and economic development. The Andaman Sea is regarded as Thailand's most precious natural resource as it hosts the most popular and luxurious resorts in Asia. Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga and Trang and their lush islands all lay along the coasts of the Andaman Sea. They continue to be and ever more so, the playground of the rich and elite of Asia and the world.


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





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  11. Thailand



    Thailand is in South East Asia,is a country located at the center of the Indochina peninsula. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea. The capital is Bangkok. The politics of Thailand are currently conducted within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister is the head of government and a hereditary monarch is head of state. The population is 65.4 million.
    The national language is Thai, a Kradai language closely related to Lao, Shan in Burma. Southern Thai is spoken in the southern provinces, and Northern Thai is spoken in the provinces that were formally part of the independent kingdom of Lannathai. Education is the government provides free education through to age group 17. The main religion is Buddhism. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.
    The countryside is very beautiful. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,565 metres above sea level. The northeast, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. Southern Thailand is natural features, and level of social and economic development. The Andaman Sea is regarded as Thailand's most precious natural resource as it hosts the most popular and luxurious resorts in Asia. Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga and Trang and their lush islands all lay along the coasts of the Andaman Sea. They continue to be and ever more so, the playground of the rich and elite of Asia and the world. In the towns there are modern building, schools, houses and shopping centres. The traffic is heavy in some towns and Bangkok the air is polluted.
    Thailand is a very beautiful country, and I am happy that I grew up there.




    Prapasara Lovatt 25/09/2011






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  12. Thailand





    Thailand is in South East Asia,is a country located at the center of the Indochina peninsula. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea. The capital is Bangkok. The politics of Thailand are currently conducted within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister is the head of government and a hereditary monarch is head of state. The population is 65.4 million.


    The national language is Thai. Education is the government provides free education through to age group 17. The main religion is Buddhism. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.


    The countryside is very beautiful. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,565 metres above sea level. The northeast, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. Southern Thailand is natural features, and level of social and economic development. The Andaman Sea is regarded as Thailand's most precious natural resource as it hosts the most popular and luxurious resorts in Asia. Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga and Trang and their lush islands all lay along the coasts of the Andaman Sea. They continue to be and ever more so, the playground of the rich and elite of Asia and the world.



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









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  13. Thailand





    Thailand is in South East Asia,is a country located at the center of the Indochina peninsula. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea. The capital is Bangkok. The population is 65.4 million.


    The national language is Thai. Education is the government provides free education through to age group 17. The main religion is Buddhism. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.


    The countryside is very beautiful. The north of the country is Southern Thailand is natural features, and level of social and economic development. The Andaman Sea is regarded as Thailand's most precious natural resource as it hosts the most popular of Asia and the world.



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



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  14. Bangkok





    Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Bangkok is considered to be one of the world's tourist hotspots.
    Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand, as well as being it's capital and main port. It is the cultural, educational, political and economic center of Thailand. Bangkok has an important influence on Southeast Asia's industrial and financial sectors.

    The population of Bangkok is close to 9 million people. This very highly populated city is currently faced with pollution problems in addition to traffic congestion and critical housing shortages, like any other large city. Bangkok's weather is hot and humid year round with temperatures ranging from 26 to 31 degrees C



    In Bangkok, numerous beautiful temples can be found featuring traditional Thai architecture. The old sections of Bangkok are immensely popular tourist spots, particularly with the royal Grand Palace. Bangkok is an interesting blend of traditional buildings and modern skyscrapers.






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  15. Udon Thani



    Udon Thani is an important regional hub that connects northeastern Thailand with the rest of the country as well as neighbouring Laos. The population is 1.5 million. Udon Thani is one of the more bustling markets for agricultural goods in the relatively dry northeast of Thailand, and received its biggest economic boost in the 1960s when the US built the Udon Royal Thai Air Force Base as a joint-force military base during the Vietnam War. Udon Thani was also the largest base in the region for CIA's anti-communism campaign

    Besides its military past, Udon Thani is home to one of the world’s earliest bronze-age civilizations, at Ban Chiang. Archaeological evidence earthenware pottery and bronze fragments. Other ancient structures and artifacts are also found inside Phu Phra Baht Historical Park. Here, rising amidst a vast sandstone mountain are peculiar rock formations, as well as dinosaur foot prints, cave paintings and Buddhist structures.

    Udon is approximately 560 km from Bangkok. The urban centre, Udon City, is home to a large concentration of expats, some of whom settled down here after the war. Udon’s dining and nightlife scene is, therefore, culturally diverse and offers good choices.








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