Yet another report has appeared that confirms the neglect in the Thai education system. This one, a worldwide survey by the group Education First (EF), laments the country’s “very low proficiency” in English . Of the 70 countries that the group tested, Thailand came in at No.62. Within our region, only Cambodia ranked lower. How could this be so?
It is neither secret nor mysterious why Thai students speak poor or no English despite mandatory classes. They “learn” by rote, essentially a waste of time. Teachers who don’t speak English concentrate on grammar rules instead of conversational skills.