Class act: Thai teacher learns how to make English lessons fun

Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally teaches English in a classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic
Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally teaches English in a classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic

BANGKOK, July 17 — Thai English teacher Theeraphong Meesat has a unique way of boosting his students’ confidence in class and making sure they loosen up — by wearing outrageous outfits and makeup.

Theeraphong, 29, struts into his classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi province in a grey wig that resembles Lisa from the popular K-pop band Blackpink and eyelashes made from a feather duster.

Theeraphong, also known as “Bally”, said many students used to dislike learning English because they were embarrassed by making mistakes. His stunts help break down the barrier, he said.

Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally applies make up before his English class at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic
Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally applies make up before his English class at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic

“Some students were scared... But now they are more curious and eager to learn what is going to happen in class,” Theeraphong said.

Many of his students said classes were less boring.

“Bally will ask questions in class and encourage students to be confident,” said Metas Wiriyakitkaset, 15. “It’s really fun.” — Reuters

Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally teaches English in a classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic
Teerapong Meesataya, 29, known as teacher Bally teaches English in a classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand July 10, 2019. — Reuters pic

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