Frequently Asked Questions

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Direct Method

FAQ about Direct Method.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE IN THE DIRECT METHOD?

There are 9 books that take you to CEFR (Common European Framework for References) level C2 (the most advanced level).

DO I NEED TO TAKE A LEVEL TEST?

On the first day, when you arrive at school, you will be given an assessment to test your level of English. After testing you will join your first class. If your class seems too easy or difficult, you can change your level

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY COURSE?

There is no additional charge to make a change to your course. If there is a difference in the price of the course you want to change to, you simply pay the difference. Any changes are however subject to availability.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN A CLASS?

There is a maximum of 8 students allowed per class. However the average number of students attending on any particular day is 4-7.

WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE AT THE END OF MY COURSE?

Yes, you will receive a certificate stating the length of your course, as well as the stage you reached on completion of your studies, plus a certificate of guarantee.

WHERE DO THE STUDENTS COME FROM?

We have students from all parts of Thailand and many foreign students as well.

ARE ALL YOUR TEACHERS NATIVE SPEAKERS?

Yes, all our teachers are British and American, who are fully qualified and trained.

WHERE IS THE SCHOOL LOCATED?

NASA MALL
3RD FLOOR
SUPHANBURI CITY
THAILAND – 72000UILDING.

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Entrance Exams

FAQ about Entrance Exams.

CAN I TAKE THE TOEFL MORE THAN ONCE?

Yes. Previous scores will be reported, but most schools consider only the most recent score. Many students take TOEFL more than once.

WHAT MATERIALS MAY I BRING TO THE TOEFL?

Bring your admission ticket or official authorization, your official identification document, a completed photo file record with a recent photo attached. (For information on the above, seethe Bulletin.) Also bring three or four sharpered medium-soft (Number2 or HB) black lead pencils, a good clean eraser, and a watch (but alarm are not permitted).

WHAT MATERIALS MAY I NOT BRING?

You may not bring any paper, food, calculators, dictionaries (or any other books), tape recorders, or cameras.

IF NECESSARY. MAY I CANCEL MY SCORE?

Yes. You may cancel your score on the day of the test by completing the score cancellation section of your TOEFL answer sheet.

SHOULD I GUESS ON THE TOEFL?

Yes. There is no penalty on TOEFL for incorrect answers, so DO NOT LEAVE ANY SPACES BLANK. On your answer sheet. Of course, it is best to eliminate the answers that you are sure are not correct, and then choose among the remaining answers. Some educators suggest that if you have many spaces blank when time is almost upon a section, you may slightly improve your score by choosing one letter and filling in all the spaces with that answer rather than randomly choosing answers.

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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE TOEFL?

You should study all the material in the book provided at SEA, and complete all the exercises and practice tests. Also, be sure that you know the directions for each section and know the format of the test. Be sure to consult the TOEFL bulletin in case of changes in format.

WHEN IS THE TOEFL ADMINISTERED?

The TOEFL is administered every month in some areas. Consult the TOEFL bulletin for the administration dates of areas near you.

IS TOEFL ADMINISTERED ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES?

No. TOEFL is administered in many countries. You can receive information on foreign locations by writing to the SEA office and asking for the Overseas Edition of the TOEFL bulletin.

WHERE AND WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR TOEFL?

Most schools with foreign students have copies of the TOEFL bulletin and application form. If your school does not, write to the TOEFL office and request the application form. Remember to register as early as possible before the deadline date in the bulletin. There are a limited number of seats in the testing center. When you fill out the application form, be sure you make a note of your registration number, (printed in red at the top right of the application form.) You will need this number if you need to contact the TOEFL office about your registration.

IS WALK-IN REGISTRATION PROVIDED?

No. You MUST register in advance.

ONCE I HAVE RECEIVED MY CONFIRMATION TICKET, MAY I CHANGE THE DATE?

Changes in test dates are not allowed. If you decide to take the test on a day other than the one that you originally applied for, you must submit a new application with the total fees. You may then request a partial refund for the original amount with in sixty days of the original test date.

CAN I CHANGE THE TEST CENTER ONCE MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED?

Test center changes are no longer permitted. If you can not attend the test center you are scheduled for on the date of your test, you may go to another center on that date. If space and test materials are available, you may be permitted to take the test.

CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND IF I DO NOT TAKE THE TEST?

If you did not enter the test center and did not take the test, you are eligible for a partial refund. Consult SEA for further details.

IF I FINISH A SECTION BEFORE TIME IS CALLED, CAN I GO TO ANOTHER SECTION?

No. During the time allotted for a given section, you must work only on questions in that section. If you are found working onanother section, your score may be cancelled.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I MISPLACE ANSWERS ON MY ANSWER SHEET?

To avoid this problem, you should check your answer sheet every ten questions to be sure that if you have skipped a question in the test booklet, you have also skipped it on the answer sheet. If you find that you have misplaced a number of answers, DON’T ERASE THEM. Simply, raise your hand and ask for another answer sheet to finish the test beginning in the place that you realized the mistake. After the examination, a proctor will assist you in correcting your answer sheet.

CAN I ERASE AN ANSWER THAT I FEEL IS WRONG?

Yes, but it is very important to erase mistakes completely. Before you go to the test, be sure that your erasers are clean so that they will not smudge the paper. If there are two marks for one question on the answer sheet, even if you have tried to erase the incorrect one, the question will not be counted.

HOW CAN I CONTACT EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE?

Contact Smartys office during any of the working hours seven days a week for further information.

Language Learning

FAQ about Language Learning.

 

HOW IS LANGUAGE NATURALLY ACQUIRED?

Languages are naturally acquired by people listening to language. The human brain is built to analyze it. You know, there are a lot of places in the world-not in America-but in supposedly “backwards” places like West Africa, New Guinea, where it is commonplace to find people who speak half a dozen languages. How do they do that? There are no language schools. So, they do it because it’s part of their lives. They go down to the market, they find people talking in 4 or 5 languages and if they’re going to do any trade-or buy anything-they have to know just enough of the other language to get by. So, this is how languages are learned, whether by adults or by children-by listening and interacting with real people in real-life situations.

HOW DOES THE SMARTYS APPROACH MIRROR THIS?

The way language is naturally acquired-in real-life second language learning situations-is by listening to the language itself. And analyzing it yourself. The people who learn second languages most successfully, are not those who go to language schools. If you go to a language school, you tend to go somewhere where they have a special theory about how language should be learned, and they impose that theory upon you. But actually, the human mind is constructed to learn language. That’s one of the basic things. Just as a spider spins its web, so too do people acquire language. It’s just as natural as that. If you try to constrain that process by imposing some regime that you’ve thought, theoretically, that ought to work, it really doesn’t help. The Smartys approach’s success lies in its ability to mimic natural language acquisition insofar as any teaching method can.

WHAT IS THEY KEY TO LANGUAGE LEARNING?

You have to ask yourself, why is it that so many people try to learn foreign languages and fail. I think there are 2 reasons why they fail: they’re not motivated enough and they don’t have sufficient exposure to the real thing. The key to language learning is a combination of these two things. In regards to motivation, a lot of that’s got to come from the learner. But given the learner has a reasonable amount of motivation, then the burden lies upon the course to hold the learner’s attention and continually present them with material that is both interesting in itself, and relevant to the kinds of things the learner will have to do when he’s using the language. That will keep up the motivation.

 

Now, as for the material, if you have material produced by a native speaker of that language, and a sufficient amount of that material is provided, then language learn learning takes place. Since we are equipped to learn languages, the brain does the rest of the job for us. All it needs is sufficient motivation and sufficient first-class, first-language speaker material from which to learn.

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE CONCEPT BEHIND SMARTYS COURSES.

From a linguist’s standpoint, Smartys courses work in a very natural manner. Lots of people try to learn foreign languages, it’s rather like people trying to lose weight. Lots of people try to lose weight and very few do. Lots of people try to learn foreign languages, but they get bored, they get discouraged, they find that it’s too hard for them. By presenting the learner with material in the target language, Smartys courses expose the learner from the earliest stage to real life dialogue in real life situations. So, it’s going to keep the learner interested and teach the learner language that can be used immediately. There’s a payoff right away.

BRIEFLY, WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS THAT MAKE UP ANY GIVEN LANGUAGE?

Our brain is automatically programmed to take words and put them together. It differs from language to language, but not as much as you’d think. Every language is cut to so close a pattern, that some linguists regard them basically as dialects of one language. So, in other words, you already have in your brain a machine that is ready and waiting for language.

 

What do you have to do? You have to learn the sound system of the language, which may different from yours. Then, you have to learn the words. And when you’ve done that, you have to learn what the particular properties of the words are, because the properties will tell you how to put them together in a sentence. You do this by hearing them used correctly in sentences, preferably, by a native speaker of that language. That’s all you need to know. You don’t have to be given a lot of elaborate grammatical rules, because your brain’s already equipped to figure them out for you.

HOW DOES THE BRAIN ACQUIRE NEW INFORMATION?

When you hear anything at all, it is stored in your short term memory. The short-term memory will hold it, but unless it is repeated and re-emphasized, it is not going to hold on to it. Many things pass, so to speak, through your memory. In order to make long-term memories, the information must be transferred. This occurs through repetition, but if they’re repeated exactly as they were the first time, that becomes monotonous. So, the best way to do it is to take the same information, or similar information, and present it in a slightly varied so you see the same situation from different angles.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE SMARTYS APPROACH WORKS?

I think what makes the Smartys approach most effective is that it engages the learner from the very first stage and presents him with situations that hold his interest and attention-and it’s been carefully prepared to do so. Let’s face it, lot of foreign language work can be terribly boring. And one of the key elements in language learning is motivation. If the learner is not motivated and gets presented with mechanical, repetitive kinds of exercise, then it becomes a chore. To find a language program that holds the learner’s interest is really something quite rare. And Smartys approach certainly does that.

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Learn Thai

FAQ about Learning Thai.

How much does it cost?

School fee 32,000 Baht only.
Extensions 1,900 Baht every 90 days

How long do I have to wait for the visa?

First we will need to apply for a letter from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Thailand requesting a one year ED visa for you. This takes between 1-2 days. Once we receive this letter, you will need to go outside Thailand with this letter to one of the Thai consulates (most nationalities can go to Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore, some nationalities like Indians, Chinese, Pakistanis and middle eastern countries will need to go back to their country) where you will be issued a 3 months non-immigrant ED visa. With this visa you will need to come back to us and we will get a second letter in your favor from the MoE certifying your enrolment, this letter will get you a 1 year ED-Visa stamp at the local immigration office for the duration of the course. No visa runs required at all.

Due to our good contacts we are able to provide the ED-Visa within a weeks time, provided your documents are complete.

How many years can I study Thai at Smartys?

You can study at least 5-6 years, but you will be required to have a new visa for every year. Once this visa runs out and you are still interested in continuing your studies we will repeat the same procedure and you will be able to extend your study period for another year.Our ED-visa is eligible for 5-6 years.

Do you guarantee that I will receive this 1 year non-immigrant ED visa?

Yes,we do guarantee. Smartys is registered and licensed by the Ministry of Education Thailand for providing education to international students and promoting Thai language and Thai culture. We can also help with obtaining this visa for people who are not in Thailand at present but who wish to come to Thailand in order to learn Thai; we can send all the documents required to your country to facilitate the issuance of 1 year ED- Visa.If you need any further information,please feel free to contact us through our email or on any of our office numbers.

Can all nationalities apply to study Thai at Smartys and receive the ED visa?

Yes, all nationalities qualify for the Thai course. The Ministry of Education (MoE) does not make any discrimination based on color,nationality or creed among the students.. Europeans, Asians and Africans are all treated the same and are welcome to study Thai and learn about the Thai culture.

Which Nationalities have to apply for the ED visa in their country?

India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Iran, Middle Eastern countries.

How many lessons?

200 hours each of Beginners,Intermediate and Advanced.
At the end of the course each year, you shall be provided a certificate by Smartys, duly stamped by the Ministry of Education.

How often do I have to come to school?

You will need to study at least 4 lessons a week, we have two options:
2 days a week for 2 lessons or 1 day a week for 4 lessons. (Saturdays and Sundays)

How do I apply?

Simply come to Smartys and bring your passport, six recent pictures (3 x 4 cm.) along with the fee.

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