Cite this article as: Arunrangsiwed, P. (2020). Thai students taught to be good hosts in Thailand. Retrieved from https://sw-eden.net/2020/01/02/good-host-thailand/
The last class, after all students took the final exam, I allowed students with too-many absents to participate some special active learning activities run by me. These special classes I added at the end of semester could help these students to pass the class. Another purpose of these special classes is to test new active learning activities. I designed new activities which were firstly recommended by my good students in last semester. His name is Mavin. Mavin experienced a difficulty in his bus ride. The foreigners wanted to go to some places and no one there could answer. Mavin tried to help. He could help, but he needs to be able to help better than he actually did. He told me that in our text book, it normally teaches students to survive in other countries. In fact, in Thailand, all students should be taught to be good host. They should be able to suggest the direction for the foreigners.
Hence, I designed new active learning activities. I drew the map of my own university and surrounding neighbors. I made copies for the students and gave each group of students different questions. For example, they would face an experimental situation that they were asked, “How can I go to the nearest coffee shop?” The students would suggest the direction for the foreigners.
I would recommend teachers who teach this class in next semester to use this activity and also other activities that I tested in the additional class. They could change the location or use other maps to teach their students. They could find the suitable places that their students may have an opportunity to face the foreigners.