Family opens doors to tourists to help boys learn English

A family in Phitsanulok’s Muang district has opened its doors – with free accommodation for foreign backpackers to expose their two young sons to everyday use of English. The aim is to equip their children with English-language proficiency to benefit their futures. And the move appears to have worked. The boys – one a Mathayom 1 student and the other Prathom 6 – have gained more confidence, improving their English and are able to lead tourists whom the family meets via the Couchsurfing travel community website to visit a local market, temples and other attractions in the province. Xingmin School sixth-grader Panapat Liamtrakulpanich eagerly led his family’s latest guest, a Swiss woman identified only as Yasmina, 27, through the busy Talad Tai morning market last week to show local people’s lifestyles and cuisine, and sample the fruit and delicious snacks. 

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