Thai students learn English in Penang
Sunday July 8, 2012

FIVE Thai students met their English proficiency targets after completing a three-month English enrichment programme at Disted college.

The students who came from Surat Thani, Krabi, Hatyai, Phuket and Yala in Thailand were happy they managed to improve their English skills.

Celebrating their successful completion of the programme are Thai students (from left) Kornkanok Niyombandit, Watchari Puechphol, Kittisak Rodnakared and Ada Yu. With them is the college’s School of Psychology head Dr Gavin Macdonell (back).

“I took three months’ leave from work to attend the course in the hope of being able to achieve IELTS Band Six in order to take up PhD studies in human resources. After completing the course, I returned to Thailand to sit for the IELTS exam and I did it with Band Six!” said Watchari Puechphol, a lecturer at Surat Thani University.

Another student. Kornkanok Niyombandit, who holds a degree in aqua biology from the Prince of Songhla University and intends to do a masters degree in biology, said studying English in Penang was “exciting and effective as the language is widely used here”.

Disted English programme coordinator Audrey Keong said: “The foreign students were given an extensive variety of exercises to improve their English and communication skills. The aim was to help them use English confidently in different settings,” she added.