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Welcoming Digital Age With Soft Skills

Majority of us have spend many years going to school such as international school in Bangkok and then we proceed to university before we can move on to further our education. All of this is because of one single goal – to have deeper knowledge of the field we are in. Our pursuit for formal education has led us to learn various subjects and courses that were intended to hone our skills.

Even at a young age, we are already learning to adapt skills, either hard or soft. Hard skills are the ones that can be learned and measured to see how much we have absorbed. Soft skills, however, is a different matter as it cannot be measured and it depends on the person’s personality.

Our education though focuses more on adapting hard skills because this is what employers are looking for when they post ads for job vacancies. These hard skills can only be learned when we go through formal education. This is not to say that one will be guaranteed to have success with hard skills alone.

In fact, many schools and universities are already realizing that in order for their graduates to be well-rounded individuals, they must learn soft skills aside from the hard skills already instilled on them. This is why subjects and courses that tackle soft skills have been offered such as innovation, leadership, negotiation and presentation among many others.

There is no denying that hard skills are on the verge of being replaced because of the technological advancements we now have from artificial intelligence to machine learning. These are the innovations that could replace human hard skills later on. There is no need to hire someone to do data analysis or data entry because it is now possible with automation.

The thing is that, while these machines are already advanced, they cannot replace humans when it comes to soft skills. These machines are not capable of showing emotions nor is it able to respond to it accordingly. This is why international school in Bangkok and various educational institutions are placing importance on soft skills to highlight that these skills can never be replaced by even the most intelligent robot.

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Bangkok Welcomes New International Standard Primary School

The inauguration of the city campus of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok was held last week with the attendance of Mr. Brian Davidson, the British ambassador, Sir David Lees who is Shrews bury International School Bangkok’s board of governors’ chairman and Shrews bury School UK’s governing body chairman, Mr. Tim Haynes. The location of the school is close to a modern hotel in Sukhumvit where it sandwiched with Rama IX Road. The total land area is 15 rai or equal to 2.4 hectare. For the first academic year of the school, there are a total of 168 students that are officially enrolled.

The school is designed to handle kids between the age of 3 and 11 years old. A large amount of money was allocated for the investment of the school amounting to 2,600 million baht. It is the sister school of the well-known Riverside Campus, the Shrews bury International School. The main reason why the extension was built was because of the waiting list at the Riverside Campus and the management wishes to accommodate these students.

Ms. Dennison used to be the head of the Riverside Campus’ Junior School of Shrewsbury. She said that it has been 15 years since the school has been established and they have managed to maintain a good reputation in terms of excellence. She is positive that the two campuses will be providing equal standard of learning. This plays a huge part in the decision making of the parents thus they have decided to enrol their kids at the City Campus.

She added that parents have consented to send their children to school there because the curriculum is designed mainly for primary school students. The parents are also happy to know that their children’s teachers are all qualified individuals that were hired from Britain. Majority of the teachers in the City Campus were also previously assigned in the Riverside Campus.

Once the students have completed their primary school learning there, they are guaranteed a spot at the Riverside Campus’ secondary level. Parents who wish to check out the campus but living far can book a modern hotel in Sukhumvit for close access while in the city.

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Helpful Tips From Experienced TEFL Teachers

TEFL teaching is a challenging profession. While you may think that there is not much to teaching, it is actually a difficult profession. Regular teachers every day are faced with the task of making sure that their students are learning. They would have to plan lessons, observe students, write exams, and give grades. This is even made difficult since they are working with many different students every day. Now, TEFL teachers have the same responsibilities as regular teachers but what makes their work even more difficult is the fact that they would have to leave their homes and all the things they have grown accustomed to and adjust to a new environment.

TEFL teachers would be living with different people with different cultures and mindsets. The best way to survive all of this is to adapt and adjust, adjust and adapt. Making friends and building good relationships with students can make things much easier.

Here are some helpful tips from experienced TEFL teachers.

  1. Dress appropriately. If you wish to be respected, then you should wear the right clothing. While it is okay in the US for teachers to wear jeans and sneakers, the same cannot be said at certain parts of the world. For example, in Korea, black is the color of authority and if ever you are to be sent there, it should be the first color that you should be wearing. Wear what teachers would wear. Dress properly and formally.
  2. Behave appropriately. Appropriateness is a must in the teaching profession. If you want your students to listen to you, you must deliver yourself in a respectable and dignified way.
  3. Silent Students. Don’t worry if your students are silent at first. Remember, while in the US and other western countries students often like to speak and participate, in other cultures especially in Asia, students are trained to listen and memorize.
  4. Careful Topics. You should be careful when choosing topics because some topics are considered taboo or offensive in other countries.
  5. “Do You Understand?” A pro TEFL teacher would never ask such a question because he/she knows that students will always respond with yes even without truly understanding the lesson.
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