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SHINING A LIGHT ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN LAO-TOP COLLEGE

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Welcome back to Lao-Top! Lao-Top Robotic Club has been launched and will compete in next year’s Robot competition. New members are always welcome. See Mr Song for more details.

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Lao-Top College welcomed in a brand new term on September 9. Six new classes of diploma students joined our adult course while the number of foundation students also rose. Lao-Top is now a firmly established college providing quality instruction in a variety of subjects including English, Chinese, Korean, Business and Information Technology.

very happy you have chosen to study at Lao-Top. We hope you join and enjoy the activities we regularly organise throughout the year. The Lao-Top football team was successful in the ULeague last year and we are hoping to emulate that success this year.

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“I would like to welcome all students, both new and retuning, to Lao-Top College.

Important dates to remember in November

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All students and teachers are welcome to submit stories for the Ivory Post. Please see Ben or Paul for further details.

Lao Top has several new members of academic staff who are all looking forward to teaching you and getting to know you well over the course of the next few months. All the staff at Lao-Top hope you enjoy and make the most of your time studying here. Lao-Top doesn’t have too many difficult rules so please ensure you follow them by arriving on time for your classes and by showing respect to your teachers and classmates by behaving well in class.

Director of Lao-Top Mr Kwun has the following message for students.

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Mr Kwun opened Lao-Top College in 2007.

I wish you great success during your time at Lao-Top and I’m looking for to getting to know you all.”

Life course students take to the kitchen By Paul Siriphongsavath Lao-Top Life Course students recently enjoyed a delicious opportunity to put their English language skills to the test in the kitchen.

The final products weren’t all as successful as these!

fell apart all the students really enjoyed the experience.

tual entrance into Lao-Top's diploma programme.

“The activity aimed to get the students to use vocabulary associated with cooking in a real kitchen context,” said Mr Paul Bite-sized pocket pie pastries Siriphongsavanh, who runs the were baked up and sampled by hand by the hungry students. To Life Course. prepare the pies students mixed The Life Course is a specially dough, peeled and chopped created class to prepare general vegetables before baking and English course graduates for frying the mini-morsels. real world situations. While some of the pocket pies tasted a bit bland and some even The course also prepares high school students for their even-

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First LTC bachelor students graduate at NCC By Ko Phandanouvong Year 3

Mr Kwan Young-Wook presents Mr Khamphone Xaysomphou with a bouquet of flowers.

The 2013 Lao-Top College graduation ceremony took place on October 18 at National Convention Centre. This year a total of 44 students graduated with a diploma in either Information Technology or English while a further five students became Lao-Top College’s first bachelor graduates of English. The ceremony was opened with a speech from His Excellency Mr Khamphone Xaysomphou, Director of the Private Education Advisory Council Office who offered his advice to the graduating students. Lao-Top College Director Mr KwanYongWook then followed with a speech detailing the history and current position of Lao-Top

College. He also spoke of his full support for the education system reforms currently taking place in Laos which aim to improve education standards so they are aligned with other countries. He added that the measures will improve the career prospects of students. The Director also thanked parents for the trust they had shown in sending their children to LaoTop College. The speeches were followed by interesting and impressive performances from the Lao-Top College dance team as well as a variety of performances from the graduating students themselves.

Lao-Top reenergises teaching staff with new faces Mr Toby: “I have been teaching for eight years at the NUOL and in a variety of private colleges.

Mr Jason: “I am a native English speaker from southern England.

Lao-Top is the second college I have taught in here in I have a Masters degree Vientiane and I’m really enin TESOL from Austra- joying it. lia and I am looking forThis term I’m teaching ward to sharing my knowledge and experi- speaking and reading. ence with you. Despite my appearance I am

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My advice to students is not a strict authoritarian so to try to stay motivated. don’t be shy if you want to If you study in both the have a chat. Be confident, but don’t let that confidence morning and evening, become arrogance.” rest in the day.”

Miss Duangchay: “I studied English teaching and French language at NUOL. I have been teaching for three years at a private college and as a private tutor. I am teaching general English and Grammar here at Lao-Top. I believe it is important for students to respect their college and their teachers by dressing properly and ensuring they get to school on time.”

Nov 1st - Robot Club launch. Nov –18th That Luang Festival. Nov—23/24th Vang Vieng trip (Business and IT). Mr Toby.

Mr Jason is from London.

Miss Duangchay studied French.

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