Teach students to use English, expert says (Thailand)

An internationally recognised Thai educator yesterday urged the Education Ministry to implement its English Speaking Year 2012 policy in line with proven techniques and a results-oriented approach.

“I don’t want to see the Education Ministry go ahead without a clear direction,” Associate Professor Saowalak Rattanavich said.

As a lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University, she has conducted extensive research on Concentrated Language Encounter-based teaching. Many of her projects have been funded with foreign grants.

Countries including Japan, India, Malaysia and South Africa have adopted teaching models developed by her.

“Language classes must focus on content relevant to learners’ daily lives. The content must be practical,” she said.

The Education Ministry recently unveiled the English Speaking Year 2012 policy as a way to prepare the country and its population for the full advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

Read more in The Nation

The Thai should finally been learned that there is more across the border of the country and that a foreign language (NOT only Japanese or Chinese) is very important to develop the country AND it’s business. A cheap start is to get rid of Korean movies and, whenever a movie is in English, leave the original language in place with Thai sub-titles!!!

Might be, when Khun Suthep takes any distance of groundless judgements like “I don’t respect farangs”, more Thai shall be interested in “Farang”-languages………………

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I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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