Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University - on-line course
Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University

Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University

Arch to Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University celebrating Her Majesty the Queens 72nd birthday
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Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University

Language Center at Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University

Course description

A step by step approach on how to gather information on current events and stories and be able to write opinions and express personal points of view. (Course was taught from June - September 2004)

Instructor: Ajarn Willard Van De Bogart - TESOL Certificate May 2003-SIT

The History of the course which prompted its developement at Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University:

Click here to see student opinions of the course from a questionaire

Click here to see student's final papers

Additional Course work, Theory and Methodologies:

"Computers and the Internet are now an integral part of everyday life. Machines are increasingly replacing the human workforce. Young people must be prepared for utilizing new technologies, and their consequences."
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Opening ceremony of the Seameo-Unesco Education Congress and Expo
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center May 2004


Ajarn Willard Van De Bogart - Click on image for larger view.

The goal of this on-line course is to help Thai students develop their own ideas and points of view on social issues and everyday problems and situations through the process of reading, writing and internet search strategies.

Examples of stories will be shown by providing links to other sources on the internet, as well as access to a loose leaf binder of collected news articles organized in categories and a supplemental classroom book that complements the on-line chapters. The loose leaf binder has been designed to help Thai students organize their own ideas.

Each chapter of the on-line course, both on the internet and in the classroom text, has been designed to help Thai students organize their material and to be able to take notes and write opinions and points of view.

Students will be quided on how to get information as well as analyzing the information from various sources.
Independent portfolios will be required so students will have a reference for later use in their career.

Sources which will be coverd on-line with the internet:
Newspapers - Learning with the Bangkok Post
Internet search strategies with Google, Noodle, and A9.
Political Cartoons

Related links:
Developing a Pedagogy for Active Learning - June 8, 2009

  • Negotiation Skills - Special Corporate Course for Dutch Mill managers. (A yogurt millk producer in Thailand)
  • Search Strategies in the IT and Internet Era - November 22, 2007
  • - Presented at the 10th International Thai Studies Conference - Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand January 10, 2008
  • Using Google for Education - One Minute Video on YouTube - Oct. 18, 2006
  • The History of the course which prompted its developed at Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University:
  • Internet Based Learning for ESL in Critical Thinking
  • Teaching Conversational English to Thai Students

    At the end of the course students will be required to pass in a portfolio of their own opinions and points-of-view which they have prepared over the course of the semester as well as a final paper of 500 words. An explanation of the content of the portfolio will be discussed on the first day of class.

    Collect and Store all your Portfolio Items Carefully
    Determine the best method of storage (or combination thereof) for the material you plan to include in your portfolio. Since you will collect items over an extended period of time, use binders, boxes, clipboards, or plastic containers with lids, as appropriate for each set of materials. Label each item to make it easy to find when it comes time to assemble your portfolio. While the term portfolio suggests a singular presentation, a comprehensive teaching portfolio will probably actually require several storage vessels.

    Introduce Portfolio
    Write a short introductory for your portfolio. Be sure to include a table of contents that allows readers to find materials quickly and easily.

    Plan For Your Portfolio
    Think of the story or stories you will be covering and plan to organize materials that relate to the stories in your portfolio.

    Mid-Term portfolio requirements are listed in Chapter 5

    Related link:

    Developing Ideas and Expressing Opinions:

    Chapter one: Finding sources and getting ideas for your story.
    Chapter two: How to gather information
    Chapter three: How to take notes
    Chapter four: How to organize your story
    Chapter five: How to write your story - Getting ready to write
    Chapter six: How to use verbs effectively
    Chapter seven: How to use nouns effectively
    Chapter eight: How to write a point-of-view
    Chapter nine: How to write an opinion

    Begin to write Draft I, and prepare your final paper

    Chapter ten: How to express your ideas in writing - Draft I
    Chapter eleven: Using the Internet - Boolean Search Strategies to help support your opinions - Return Draft I corrected
    Chapter twelve: How to find libraries - Finding references to support your opinions - Final paper due Sept 30th
    Chapter thirteen: Final Paper - Notes and Requirements

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