Back to business for Thai teachers

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24 May 2012

A group of Thai business tutors visiting Christchurch for a language and culture programme at CPIT met Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker this week.

The group, the third to visit from Rajamangala University of Technology, were more nervous about adapting to a new culture than experiencing aftershocks.

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Tutors from Rajamangala University of Technology, Bangkok, and CPIT staff met Mayor Bob Parker.

Umawasee Sriboonlue, one of 15 business administration tutors from Rajamangala University of Technology, Bangkok, said that the purpose of the trip was to improve their English language skills and learn about New Zealand culture and they were not concerned about safety.

“This is my first time in New Zealand. I was not concerned as there are good safety standards,” she said.

The one-month intensive specialised programme offers English classes, business classes, excursions to attractions such as the Antarctic Centre and accommodation with local families.

“I can learn a lot from this, for example about New Zealand food, which is very different to Thai food. We can talk together and discuss our cultures.”

Umawasee said the English language and business classes had been very helpful. “I know some English, but I can remind myself about pronunciation and grammar. We can adapt what we have learned to our classes.”

Before leaving for home next week the group will be treated to a farewell dinner at Visions and a graduation ceremony.