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Native Language Academy Office at Top of Zigzag

August 13th, 2019 · No Comments

Welcome to the new school year! Looking for the Native Language Coordinator? Find me in the new Native Language Academy office at the top of the Zigzag. 

Native Language Academy office

You can also find me this Saturday, August 18, 2019, at the Community Activities Information, Registration and Payment Day, to be held from 9 a.m.-noon in the Elementary School Air-Conditioned Gym.

I am sending surveys (Google Forms) to all language communities currently served by our after-school Native Language classes. Please kindly complete the survey for your language(s).

Sample survey (German)

Last but not least, reach me anytime online by emailing:

Here’s to a language-rich year!


Avery Udagawa, Native Language Coordinator

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After-School Native Languages—Double the Learning Time!

June 4th, 2019 · No Comments

We’re excited to announce that starting in the 2019-2020 school year, we will be expanding our after-school Native Language classes at ISB. Beginning in September, we will be offering two sessions each week for each language in which there is adequate demand. This will allow your children to have twice as much instruction time for the same cost. Instruction will be provided by passionate, dedicated teachers who will carry ISB’s Vision, Mission, Learning Attributes, and Values into each class.

ISB Native Language Academy 2019-2020. Click to enlarge.

The Native Language Academy will run after-school allowing for flexibility in class sizes, intentional groupings across age and language needs, and schedule setting. The native languages that are currently offered within the school day will remain unchanged, with classes every second day in Elementary School (Thai) and Middle School and High School (French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Thai). After-school classes are not a replacement for Native Language classes offered in school.

Most after-school classes will be offered twice a week for an hour each session. The languages on offer:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

For Pre-Kindergarten, Thai and Mandarin will be on offer once a week.

A native/near native language is generally described as a language that is used on a daily basis with at least one parent. This is fundamental to ensure that the language can be supported outside of the classroom. We believe that native language learning happens best when students experience a strong home-school partnership.

The schedule of classes will be shared at the start of next school year, as registrations are received and confirmed. To inquire about native language support for your children, in any of the languages above or a language not listed, please email:

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Reading from BKK to Europe

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Dutch Game

Dutch and Belgium students  are reading themselves from BKK to Amsterdam/Brussels. Students are collecting 20 kilometres for every 30 minute slot of reading at home. See attached picture of the ‘KLM’ plane on the world map.

Courtesy of Ms Jolanda Hofman (Teacher)

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After school Chinese class

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Activities in the Chinese after school mother tongue class – Semester 1 2016 / 17

There is an activity for elementary students, which is storytelling. The students create the story by their own, they actively share the story with everyone and enjoy it.
For the secondary school students, they have a speech to present. The topic is “China in My Eyes”, every student share what they understand about China.

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Japanese after school mother tongue teacher

September 12th, 2016 · No Comments

(Japanese) Kazuyo Oshiro 2

みなさん初めまして。 After schoolの日本語クラスを担当する大城和世(Ms.Kazuyo Oshiro)と申します。通算で8年ほど日本語を教えています。

バイリンガルの二人の息子(11歳と14歳)を育ててますが、パパとの会話や学校内ではタイ語という環境で、いかに子どもたちの日本語を伸ばすか? 親の立場で日々試行錯誤しております。


Class Objective



もしもIB Japanese A(文学)を選択した場合、詩や長編小説を含めた文学作品を読み、課題をこなす必要があるため、日本語を使った下記のような能力が必要となります。








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Meet the mother tongue teachers: Dutch

May 17th, 2016 · No Comments

foto Jo

Mijn naam is Jolanda Hofman en sinds 7 jaar geef ik Nederlandse les aan Nederlands/Vlaams-talige kinderen op zowel de ISB als de Patana school.
Daarvoor werkte ik als groepsleerkracht op een basisschool in Amsterdam.


My name is Jolanda Hofman and since 7 years I’m teaching Dutch as a home language at ISB and Bangkok Patana School. Before that I worked as a class teacher at a primary school in Amsterdam.

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Meet the mother tongue teachers: German

May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments


Ich heiße Michaela, bin aber unter dem Spitznamen Lena bekannt. Ich bin 32 Jahre alt und wurde in Bonn in Deutschland geboren.
Nach meiner Sekundarschulzeit machte ich eine Ausbildung zur Erzieherin und arbeitete in einer kleinen altersgemischen Gruppen einer Elterninitiative sowie in einer heilpädagogischen Einrichtung.
Um die Welt zu erkunden kehrte ich 2007 Deutschland den Rücken und arbeitete für eine Firma im Mittelmeerraum.  Im Januar 2009 reiste ich als Rucksacktourist nach Thailand und verliebte mich in das Land und seine Schönheit. Einige Monate später begann ich einen Job an einer internationalen Schule in Saraburi bis die Swiss School Bangkok mir eine Anstellung als Erzieherin in ihrer Primarstufe anbot und ich so nach Bangkok umzog.
Nun bin ich seit sieben Jahren hier, unterrichte Deutsch als Fremdsprache und Muttersprache für Schüler aller Altersgruppen und unterschiedlichem Sprachniveau und helfe ihnen bei den Hausaufgaben.
In meiner Freizeit verbringe ich gerne Zeit mit meinen beiden Hunden und kümmere mich um Rucksacktouristen, die in meinem Gästezimmer unterkommen. Fotografie ist meine Leidenschaft.
Deshalb reise ich viel und nutze jede Gelegenheit zu fotografieren.


My name is Michaela Thimm, known as Lena. I am 32 years old and was born in Bonn, Germany. After high school I have studied early childhood education and worked as a kindergarten teacher in different pre-schools and private institutions.

With the idea of exploring the world I left Germany in 2007 to work for a company around the Mediterranean Sea. In January 2009 I came to Thailand for leisure and fell in love with the country and its beauty. Soon after that I worked at an International school in Saraburi until Swiss School Bangkok offered me a position in their primary school department and so I moved to Bangkok. Being here since almost seven years, I teach German as a foreign language and mother tongue to students of all age groups and help them with their homework.

During my free time I like to be with my two dogs and host lots of travelers at my home. Travel photographing is my passion. Therefore I am always on a go for new photo opportunities and travel destinations.

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Meet the mother tongue teachers: Japanese

May 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

Miyuki Jessee




I’ve been teaching at ISB for six years.  It has been an exciting project for me to work on MT with children with diverse background even though they share the same mother tongue.  The opportunity to work on their MT while they are away from home country is very important and powerful experience for children not only for linguistic development of MT, but emotionally and to facilitate developing English proficiency as well.  It’s been great pleasure to witness very positive experiences among kids through MT classes.

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Looking back, looking forward

May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

Supporting languages at ISB: the after school mother tongue program 2015-16

As our school year draws to a close it is a good opportunity to both reflect on what has developed in mother tongue support at ISB, as well as look forward to further growth in the future.

Currently we have 21 after school classes covering 8 language groups (Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Swedish). In total we have 97 children participating in the program, the majority of whom are from the elementary school. The teachers we have employed are qualified, have appropriate clearance, and all receive the child protection training offered by the school.

Apart from the classes themselves, we have an ISB mother tongue blog ( which gives interested parents, teachers and community members the opportunity to explore the world of mother tongue maintenance and development; issues to do with the importance and benefits of bilingualism; brief snapshots of the classes in action; and biographies of the mother tongue teachers.

Other on-going projects commenced in Semester 2 include: a permanent mother tongue bulletin board outside the Elementary School Office where class activities are displayed on a rotating basis; the setting up of an Elementary School mother tongue special interest group; the development of a ‘Welcome to ISB’ video; the development of additional mother tongue classes in Middle School; and plans for the development of bilingual signage.

In a pleasing recent development, ISB is in negotiations with the educational group Danes Worldwide and NIST to formalize the teaching of Danish across a range of Bangkok schools based upon the ISB model. The involvement of the Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce has been important in this development.

Looking to the future, there will be opportunities to explore how we might integrate mother tongue perspectives into our day-to-day school activities. We will also be looking to expand the number of languages we support, especially with some of the larger language communities.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the parents who have supported the program. Their contributions, in time, enthusiasm and financial support has allowed the program to flourish. Thanks also to Olga Steklova for her contributions – looking forward to more next year.

I would also like to recognize the efforts of our mother tongue teachers in the after school program. Without them we wouldn’t have a program. They have made strong connections with the children; designed interesting and engaging lessons; and showed great commitment, especially so in the case of those who travelled long distances to get here each week.


  • Ms Guofang Tang and Ms Jingji Zhang for Chinese;
  • Mr Christoffer Granhøj for Danish;
  • Ms Jolanda Hofman and Ms Nicole Spanjer for Dutch;
  • Mme Laurence Poyer for French;
  • Ms Michaela Thimm (Lena) for German;
  • Ms Miyuki Jessee for Japanese;
  • Ms Mi Ok Choi and Ms Jung Young-Ae for Korean: and
  • Ms Agneta de Bekassy for Swedish.



Paul Dufficy, May 2016

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Chinese after school class

April 19th, 2016 · No Comments

Here are some images of the bulletin board outside the ES office with contributions from

the Chinese after school class.

Chinese MT 4Chinese mt 1


Chinese MT 2Chinese MT 3

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