Jean-Marc Chiche: Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Jean-Marc Chiche: Meet the Teacher


Doctorate in Teaching of Languages and cultures (Hons) – Sorbonne Paris III University (France)

PG Research Degree in Teaching of Languages and Cultures – Sorbonne Paris III University (France)

MA – Teaching French as a Foreign Language – Sorbonne Paris III University (France)

Higher Diploma in Chinese – Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (France)

What is your philosophy of teaching?

My essential idea is that learning is an active process: we retain and understand better the knowledge that we have built ourselves (that we have discovered) as opposed to knowledge we have received. Whenever a child is prematurely taught something that he could have discovered by himself, he is prevented from inventing it and thus completely understanding it. It is, therefore, more effective to learn French (and thus teach) through hands-on activities, games, and group exchanges than through a lecture, book, or presentation.

How do you make learning fun?

I think it’s important to create opportunities for hands-on learning. Children retain better information when their hands and brains are simultaneously occupied. To do this, I develop French lessons and activities that require students to speak French, listen and move. These types of lessons and activities benefit active, auditory and visual learners. Finally, students must be allowed to use their imagination. Rather than limiting or controlling their imagination, I want to encourage creativity by designing French lessons that encourage the use of role-plays or a similar range of activities.

What is your aim for this academic year at school?

My goal is to help my students to love learning French. I want them to know what French means in terms of language and culture. I want them to become curious and, thanks to my help, keep on hoping to learn different foreign languages.

What do you like about Bangkok Prep?

What I like most about Bangkok Prep is the spirit of caring and collaboration. People are courteous and well educated here. Teachers have the desire that they could help students to end up someday to become like them.

Our Campus


BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110


Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

School Fees

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