Saturday, January 10, 2009

English classes in Cambodia

These are signs for English language classes at a pagoda here in Siem Reap. Chhun Hy attends English classes at New York International School, a private school, for USD12 a month. This is for an hour of English classes, 5 days a week. Pagoda lessons are slightly cheaper and some are taught by monks.

Chhun Hy also learns English for free, for an hour every day, 5 days a week, at Wat Preah Prom Rath, a pagoda (wat) near the Old Market Bridge. These classes are taught by a Khmer man, Peter, who was born in the US. Peter gives free classes every weekday from 12pm to 1pm.

The textbooks used are Oxford University Press' Headway. The books are photocopied of course, because Cambodians cannot afford to buy the real thing.

Some students also pay to learn how to read English language newspaper and they can choose from the Cambodian Daily, the Phnom Penh Post and the Bangkok Post.

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