Teeraphong Meesat, 29, known as teacher Bally teaches English in a classroom at the Prasartratprachakit School in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand, July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
BANGKOK (Reuters) – 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 gray 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.
“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.”
Writing by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Nick Macfie