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The Legacy Leadership Training Center is a three-year program.  Trainees come into our program with varying degrees of prior English knowledge, so each student is given a placement exam upon arrival.  Our curriculum is slightly flexible depending on the available teachers and resources for each year.  The set classes are as follows:

Beginning English (1st Year)

Beginning English places a large emphasis on phonetics, basic sentence structure, basic verb tenses and vocabulary. Trainees are encouraged to speak often in class and also gain listening skills form the all-English instruction.  After the first semester, ALL students are required to only speak English in all common areas around the compound as practice.



Volunteer Teacher Erika Pedersen teaching
English parts of speech.


Intermediate English (2nd Year)

Trainees who are in their second year, or first year students who have tested at a higher level, are placed in this course. They are taught the parts of grammar and sentence structures, writing in paragraph form and reading comprehension. Learning descriptive vocabulary is emphasized.

Advanced English (3rd Year)

By their third year, most trainees are conversationally fluent in English.  This class focuses more on grammar and developing their skills to pass standardized tests such as the TOEFL. For those interested in pursuing further university education, doing well on these tests is a must.  Legacy Foundation offers to pay for any student to take these tests if they are interested.  Legacy also offers private instruction for trainees in preparation for these (quite difficult) English proficiency exams.


3rd Year Trainee, Lanunan, using preparation software for the TOEFL English proficiency exam.

Journalism (3rd Year)

Trainees who are in their third year, or have tested higher in writing skills are placed in this class. They are taught prewriting and organizing techniques, writing and revising drafts, and how to write several forms of articles. These article types are informative, persuasive and editorial, as well as creative writing and how to give an interview.

Computer Office (2nd Year)

Students learn how to use the Microsoft programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint over the course of two semesters.  Skills from these classes are incorporated with other second-year classes such as Public Speaking and Leadership.

 Mailwan and Aj. Nathan Kimmons working on the computer.

Computer Design (3rd Year)

Trainees learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop over the course of two semesters. They learn how to create illustrations and format text in Illustrator, and how to manipulate photographs in Photoshop. Then they learn to use both applications together to create compositions.

Principles of Public Speaking (2nd Year)

During this course each trainee will give 6-7 speeches in front of the class. Trainees learn to present ideas in an organized way, to communicate to achieve a goal, and to use colorful and educated English vocabulary properly. In the process, they will also gain greater self-confidence.  At the end of the year, students use Microsoft PowerPoint in their speeches to help convey information.

Principles of Leadership (2nd Year)

This course is required for all Legacy Institute trainees. It teaches the basic principles of ethical leadership. The class material is based on the book The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey. 

Music Theory (2nd Year)

This challenging course gives trainees in-depth knowledge of principles that are the basis for music. They not only learn notes, but learn about scales, key signatures, intervals and may other aspects. By the end of this course, trainees have gained enough know-how to create their own short compositions.

Study Skills (1st Year)

First Year trainees learn some basic educational psychology and skills to do well in school while improving their English.


Trainees learn to sing together as a group. This includes a focus on the harmonizing, blending, and a correct pronunciation of the words. Trainees learn several songs, some of which are performed at the annual Festival of Tabernacles meeting and Legacy graduation.


This class is for those who truly have an interest in learning to play the piano by reading music. It also reinforces what is learned in the Music Theory course. Eventually, some will be able to play for Legacy performances and other activities and gain a basis to continue learning by themselves in the future.  Also, private guitar lessons are offered to interested trainees.

*subject to availability of teacher

 Performance for the F.O.T. in Chiang Mai, 2008.

Introduction to the Bible (1st Year)

This course was created to accommodate those who have little or no English skills and/or little knowledge of the Bible on their arrival at Legacy Institute. The course covers the basics such as: the books of the Bible; their inspired authors; Bible stories/introduction to Bible characters; the Ten Commandments; and the meaning of the annual Holy Days.

Survey of Old Testament History (2nd Year)

Trainees are taken through the creation story of Genesis to discover the foundations of modern civilization. Then they survey the Great Flood narrative and the beginnings of post-deluge nation building. In the next section, trainees study the Abrahamic Covenant and its implications for our modern world and the practicing Christian today. Finally, the class studies the sojourn of Israel in Egypt – Joseph through Moses; the Exodus and the Covenant with Israel at Sinai. At the end of this course, the student will have a general understanding of Old Testament history and it’s major events that have so powerfully influenced the world in general and Western civilization in particular.

Life and Teachings of Jesus the Messiah (3rd Year)

This course takes one through the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as some history and geography of the Middle East to properly understand context. An important part of this course is to study the major Christian doctrines as they were lived and taught by Jesus Himself.  His teachings are then compared and contrasted with modern Christian doctrine as taught by major denominations.  By the end of this course, students will have read and studied all four gospel accounts in detail in a parallel chronological order. 

Basic Organic Gardening

This hands-on course is all about the importance of growing your own organic food and developing a mind-set toward self-sufficiency. Trainees learn by doing. Every trainee at Legacy Institute gets their hands dirty by engaging in soil preparation, planting and nurturing plants at the Institute’s vegetable garden.  Legacy also now has two fish ponds for raising and harvesting tilapia.

Garden manger, Atiwat (center), and 1st year trainees, Surachai (left) and Samuey (right), pulling weeds from the garden.


Legacy's organic garden produces many different kinds of vegetables (here: roselle, hot peppers, chinese kale, and corn) that are used for daily meals.


1st year trainee, Peto, working in the garden.


Tilapia catching some sun in Legacy's fish pond.

Athletics/Physical Education

Trainees participate in individual and team sports. Teamwork and fair play are emphasized. All trainees are also instructed in water safety and basic swimming techniques based on the standard Red Cross program.

Legacy Soccer Team, 2009.


Aj. Gloria Sexton instructs female trainees in basic swimming.




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