Our Staff

Ajarn Suvanna, owner and founder of the Intensive Thai Curriculum, has co-worked with Ajarn Sasithorn and Ajarn Maturot to design the curriculum at Sumaa Language and Culture Institute

Our instructors specialize in teaching Thai language to foreigners in a fun and engaging manner, while giving them a deep insight into real Thai culture. We’re dedicated to providing the highest level of teaching as well as dedicated personal attention to each and every one of our students.

SUVANNA KRIENGKRAIPETCH

SUVANNA KRIENGKRAIPETCH

Director & Founder

Education

Education record M.A. (Anthropology) 1985 Cornell University, U.S.A.
M.A. (Thai Lang. & Lit.) 1971 Chulalongkorn University,Thailand
B.A.Hons. (Thai Lang. & Lit.) 1968 Chulalongkorn Univer
sity,Thailand
Fields of Studies Cultural Anthropology (minor: Southeast Asian Studies)
Thai Language and Thai Literature
Specialization Modern Thai Literature (Literary Criticism)
Folklore and Folktale / Ethnic groups in Southeast Asia (Cultural
studies)

Professional experience

2005 – Present Director, Sumaa Language and Culture Institute
1998 - 2001 Department Head, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1970 - 2001 Department of Thai, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1992 - 1993 Deputy Dean (Foreign Affairs) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
1987 - 1993 Deputy Director (Admins.) Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute
1993 - 1995, 2011-2005 Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan
2009 - 2012 Director, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (Public Organisation)

Academic Experience

1985 – present Committee member for Thai Dictionary of Literary Terms, The Royal Institute
1993 - 2004 Special Expert on Thai language and Literature, and Southeast Asian Cultures, Min. of University Affairs

Academic Awards

1996 The Honorable Award ForThe Best Thai Language Teacher, Min. of Education
1994, 1995 Children Book Awards from The National Committee on Book Promotion,
Min. of Education

SASITHORN PITYARATSTIAN

SASITHORN PITYARATSTIAN

Principal and Curriculums Supervisor

Education

1994 - 1997 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University: M.A. Thai Literature
1990 - 1993 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University: B.A. Thai (Major), English (Minor)
1998 - 1989 Triam Udom Suksa School

Professional experience

Present Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University: M.A. Thai Literature
1997 – 2005
Institution
Intensive Thai Programme, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Date appointed Triam Udom Suksa School
1998-1989 July, 1997
Main responsibility : Teaching Thai language and culture to foreigners
: Making the textbooks (Basic 1-3 and Intermediate 1-3)
: Organize and conduct the courses in the Basic and Intermediate levels, both for the Intensive Thai Programme and short courses required by the university
1996
Institution
Wattana Wittayalay School
Date appointed May, 1996
Main responsibility : Teaching Thai grammar to grade 9 students
: Advisor in Thai Poetry Club

Other relevant experiences

2010 : Speaker and trainer “Teaching Thai for Foreigners Training Programme”Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
: Teacher “Advanced Speaking Course” Institute of Confucius of Chulalongkorn University
: Speaker “Personality Development Through Language” Faculty of Human Science, Srinakharinwirot University
2009 : Lecturer “Fundamental Thai” Dhurakij Pundit University
2005 : Lecturer “Contemporary Thai Literature” Faculty of Art and Science, Dhurakij Pundit University
2002 : Teacher “Thai Language and Culture for Engineering Students”International School of Engineering Faculty of Engineer Chulalongkorn University
2001 : Lecturer “Thai Academic Writing Skill” Faculty of Commerce, Chulalongkorn University
: Was in “The Thai Writing Proficiency Project” team
1994 - 1996 Teaching Assistant Department of Thai Faculty of Arts Chulalongkorn Univers
ity

MATUROT PENSRI

MATUROT PENSRI

Manager

Education

2000 - 2004 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand Maters of Arts in Translation and Interpretation
1992 - 1996 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language and Literature
1991 - 1992 Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland, New Zealand(1-year Exchanged Student in AFS programme)

Professional experience

September 2005 - Present Manager, Thai Language InstructorThe Embassy of the UnitedState, Bangkok Thai Language Contract Instructor
September – December 2008 “Get by in Thailand”,Thai Instructor, The Mary Ward Centre, London
June 2005 - October 2006 :
Guest Lecturer “Foundation Thai” (June–October 2005), “Literature and-Society” (June-October 2006)Department of Thai, Faculty of Humanity and Science,Dhurakijbandit University,Thailand
June 2006 – February 2007 : Guest Lecturer “Foundation Thai” (June–October 2005), “Literature and-Society” (June-October 2006)Department of Thai, Faculty of Humanity and Science, Dhurakijbandit University,Thailand
June 2006 – February 2007 : Guest Lecturer “English I, English II”Department of English, Faculty of Arts,Silpakorn University, Thailand
November 1996 – April 2002 : Instuctor Intensive Thai Programme, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

THEEKAYU  JIAMJUANKHAO

THEEKAYU JIAMJUANKHAO

Vice Principal

Professional experience

2011 M.A. (Linguistics) Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
2001 Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn UniversityB.A ( 2ndClass Honours ), Pali–Sanskrit with English and Thai Minor

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2006–present Vice-principal, Sumaa Institute, Head of Cultural Training Program
2007–2010 Thai language teacher for foreigner at Sumaa Institute
2006–present Thai language teacher for Assumption Convent School
2008–2010 Thai language lecturer for Sirindhorn Thai Language Center, Chulalongkorn University
2001-2002 Editor Assistant for the Romanized Tipitaka Edition Project ( patronized by ML.Maneerat Bunnag Buddhist Fund underthe Royal Patronage of H.M. the King )
Teaching Assistant for Pali-Sanskrit Section, Department of Eastern Languages, Chulalongkorn University
OTHER EXPERIENCE
2003-2005 Academic Assistant for Science–Arts Pinnacle Tuition School
2004-2005 Presenter Assistant for“Linguistic Rich” TV Show onChannel 3
2002 Information Management Officer for Traditional Craft Training Project
(supported by Bangkok Tourism Center)
MEDIA EXPERIENCE
2003-2004 Script Writer and Presenter Assistant for “ Interesting Thai with Miss Lilly ” TV Show on Channel 5

JUTAMAS BUPPHA

JUTAMAS BUPPHA

Instructor

Education

2007-2011 B.A. (Thai) Faculty of Arts,Dhurakij Pundit University,Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
June 2011–present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • British Embassy, Bangkok
  • Australia Embassy, Bangkok
  • The Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok
  • CEO of QBE Insurance (Thailand) CO., LTD
  • JUSMAGTHAI

MAYURA PULWAMARA

MAYURA PULWAMARA

Instructor

Education

2009–2012 B.A.(Business English)Faculty of Arts,Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University,Thailand

Professional experience

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Nov 2012–present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Austrian Embassy, Bangkok
  • Embassy of the United States, Bangkok
  • Delegation of the European Union to Thailand
  • CEO of Watson Farley and Williams (Thailand) Limited
  • CEO of CIGNA Insurance Public Co.,Ltd
  • CEO of ABC Tech Co.,Ltd
  • JUSMAGTHAI

WANPEN OUTHARASAWAT

WANPEN OUTHARASAWAT

Instructor

Education

2013 B.A. (English)Faculty of Arts,Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
RELATED EXPERIENCE
2011–2013 Thai Language Instructor(Part-time), Sumaa Institute
June 2014-present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Embassy of the United States, Bangkok
  • British Embassy, Bangkok
  • CEO of Watson Farley and Williams (Thailand) Limited
  • CEO of QBE Insurance (Thailand) CO., LTD
  • CEO of British Council Thailand
  • JUSMAGTHAI

CHANITA SOMSUWAN

CHANITA SOMSUWAN

Instructor

Education

2013 B.A. (English) Faculty of Liberal Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
RELATED EXPERIENCE
June 2014-present Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Australian Embassy, Bangkok
  • The Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok
  • CEO of British Council (Thailand)
  • Delegation of the European Union to Thailand
  • JUSMAGTHAI

Surangkanang Kiangkitiwan

Surangkanang Kiangkitiwan

Instructor

Education

2016 B.A. (2nd Class Honours) (English) Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand
RELATED EXPERIENCE
2016 Thai Language Instructor, Sumaa Institute
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Australian Embassy, Bangkok
  • British Council (Thailand)
  • The French Embassy
  • Mercedes-Benz (Thailand)
  • Office of International Affairs and Global Network, Chulalongkorn University

WATCHARAPORN THANOMRATTANA

WATCHARAPORN THANOMRATTANA

Administrative Assistant

Education

2001–2006 B.A. (English)School of Humanities, Bangkok University, Thailand
RELATED EXPERIENCE
July 2007-present Administrative Assistant,Sumaa Institute