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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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Meet the mother tongue teachers: Danish

April 25th, 2016 · No Comments



Mit navn er Christoffer Granhøj, jeg er 27 år og jeg kommer fra Danmark. Jeg underviser i dansk på ISB. Jeg har siden september boet i Bangkok sammen med min kæreste, som også er dansklærer. Før jeg flyttede til Bangkok, har jeg boet i København i 6 år.

Sidste sommer færdiggjorde jeg min bachelor i Psykologi & Pædagogik og uddannelsesstudier.

Når jeg ikke arbejder, så kan jeg godt lide at spille fodbold, læse og at rejse.


My name is Christoffer Granhøj, I am 27 years old and I come from Denmark. I work as the Danish teacher at ISB. Since September I have been living in Thailand with my girlfriend who is also a Danish teacher.

Before I moved to Bangkok I  lived for 6 years in Copenhagen. Here I took my degree in Psychology and Educational Studies, which I finished last summer.

When I don’t work I like to play football, read or to travel.

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Meet the mother tongue teachers: Chinese

April 25th, 2016 · 2 Comments


I’m Jingji Zhang, I have nine years of experience in education as a Mandarin teacher. During the past five years I have been teaching Mandarin at the Singapore International School of Bangkok. I like to adopt creative, innovative and hands-on activities in my teaching approach to engage my students. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Beijing Language and Culture University of China, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Assumption University of Thailand.

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Meet the mother tongue teachers: Swedish

April 8th, 2016 · No Comments


My name is Agneta Bekassy de Bekas. I was born in Sweden, graduated there and went to University studying “Ancient Life” and “Art history”. Moved to Switzerland, married and started a fashion business, imported garments from Thailand. Since 2007 I have been living in Bangkok with husband and daughter. Today my daughter is 21 and studying in Rotterdam, Netherlands. I have been teaching complimentary Swedish a couple of years now. Usually I have classes at ISB, NIST,Pattana and KIS. This term there were not enough students at Pattana to teach a class. I am not an educated teacher, but I know my language and Sweden’s culture and traditions.

My hobbies are; reading, music, cooking and writing. I am an active member in both SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) and IWC (International Women’s Club) there I’m on the board as program director. As I have an itch to write, I monthly contribute with articles to both the publications EXPAT LIFE and ScandAsia magazine.

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