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.
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
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
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
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
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
*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
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
Atiwat (center), and 1st year trainees, Surachai (left) and Samuey
(right), pulling weeds from the garden.
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
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.
Aj. Gloria Sexton instructs female
trainees in basic swimming.