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Offline thaiga

English teachers face test
« on: March 02, 2015, 01:27:39 PM »
English teachers face test

THE 46,000 English-language teachers in government schools are set to undergo an international-level proficiency test - the first of its kind in nearly a decade.

It will be conducted this month and next month, Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) secretary-general Kamol Rodkhlai said yesterday.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) test was last conducted in Thailand nearly 10 years ago, and will cost almost Bt25.5 million - or Bt350 per head for the 46,682 teachers.

The test is part of an Education Ministry policy to enhance Thailand's integration into the Asean Economic Community by lifting the country's English-speaking standards, Kamol said.

This means the standard of Thailand's English-language teachers needs to be improved, which will happen after the result of the test are known, he added.

"We don't know the skill levels of Thai English-language teachers because large-scale evaluations and tests were conducted a long time ago," he said.

There are 33,811 teachers in government primary schools under 183 area offices and 12,871 teachers in secondary schools under 42 area offices.

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Offline Baby Farts

Re: English teachers face test
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 05:44:41 PM »
This is classic. 

"We don't know the skill levels of Thai English-language teachers because large-scale evaluations and tests were conducted a long time ago,"

Why not do a teacher observation with one of the 46,000 teachers?  Show up unexpectedly, and just sit in on a class.  Better yet, give these teachers a TOEFL or TOEIC test and see how well they score.  Make a sure it's a Farang who administers the tests and not a Thai (that's if the Thai teacher even shows up for it).  I'll bet the majority wouldn't even score over 300 on a TOEFL.  Then again they can always fork out some of the folding stuff under the table to increase their scores.
 

 



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