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Volunteer to Talk
Talking to people in other countries assists them to improve their ability to speak and listen to English.
While you can volunteer to travel to Thailand and assist a teacher there with their English Language class by providing the students with a person who can speak with them in English you can help them from your home.
By connecting with them on the internet you can talk with them.
You can either use the exercises we can provide to improve their English or you can just have a conversation with them.
Some of the exercises are available elsewhere on the website.
Contact us if you are interested in helping.
The file names make more sense if you realise that these exercises started off as Maxwell's English Telephone Exercises but they have never been used for this purpose.
I use them in a number of different ways, some of which are shown below.
A. I ask each student in turn a question from anywhere on the sheet and they find the question and say the answer.
B. With the best classes I get a student to ask four questions and get other students from around the class to answer them.
C. With better classes I get each student in sequence to read a question from anywhere on the sheet and have the next student find the question, read the answer and read another question for the next student.
D. I get the students to read the questions in sequence for reading practice.
E. I get the students to stand. I then read a question from anywhere on the sheet. The first student to call out the number or correct answer (they have been told which is required beforehand) sits down.
F. I get the class to write the number of the question on the answer sheet as I say questions from anywhere on the sheet. I say each question twice and give them 15 seconds between questions.
G. Students can work in pairs asking the questions and answering them.
Here is an example of this exercise.
METE P4 01 - Exercises in listening and speaking
Listen to the question. Find the question on the sheet, then say the answer.
Q What is your name?
Q What time do we get up?
A Seven o'clock.
Q What is her name?
Q How much is the icecream?
A Seven hundred won.
The following exercises have this format.
METE 01 to 10
METE P4 01 to 13
Download METE P4 04
Download METE P4 05
Download METE P4 06
Download METE P4 07
Download METE P4 09
Download METE P4 10
Download METE P4 11
Download METE P4 12
Download METE P4 13
About Farming in the Nong Khai Area
Rice is the staple crop of the district. When the rice has been harvested the ground is used in some areas for a variety of crops. The different crops tend to be grown in particular localities rather than everywhere.
The field crops include Maize, Peanut, Cassava, Soybean, Sugarcane, Pineapple, Kenaf, Jute, Taro, Tobacco, Sweet potato, Yam bean
The fruit trees and tree crops include Betel leaf, Mango, Lychee, Longan, Pomelo, Rambutan, Sapodilla, Papaya, Banana, Sugar apple, Jujube, Guava, Sweet bamboo, Tamarind, Jack Fruit, Coconut, Para rubber, Santol, Java apple, Cashew nut, Kapok, Lime and Marian plum.
Vegetable crops include Chilli, Water melon, Spring onion, ,Garlic, Shallot, Pumpkin, Leaf mustard, Cucumber, Angled loofah, Chinese cabbage, Yard long bean, Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pakchoi, Chinese kale, Asparagus, Chinese convolvulus, Baby corn, Sweet corn, Tomatoes and Bird pepper.
Livestock in the Province includes Cattle, Buffalo, Ducks, Chickens, Geese and Swine.
Fish are produced in farm ponds and in cages in the Mekong.
Cotton weaving can be seen at Nong Khai at the centre run by the Good Shepherd Sisters. Handmade cloth can be bought. The cotton is not grown here, but at Loei. At Bung Kan which is about 200 km east it can also be seen and the nearby National Park has a waterfall worth seeing, particularly in the rainy season. You can also visit the Meditation Centre at Phu Thok.
Pineapples are grown and canned at Si Chiang Mai, about 40 km upriver from Nong Khai.
Silkworms are farmed at Chonnabot near Khon Kaen. Silk is also spun into yarn and woven into cloth.
Fish farms are in the Mekong and also on land, at Si Chiang Mai and Tabor.
Bananas are processed at a factory in Si Chiang Mai.
Tomatoes are grown on over 11,000 rai (about 2,000 hectares) along the Mekong River which is the northern border of the Province. The Province is along the river for about 300 km. Factories near Nong Khai process them.
While these were prepared for our daughter when she arrived in Australia after having been to school in Thailand for two years they could be useful with older students unfamiliar with English or for youngsters needing to practice their alphabet.
In these exercises the words are printed lightly and are written over to practice writing English.
The exercises are written in uppercase only and in lowercase, which have the additional L in the name, as shown below.