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Offline Johnnie F.

Northeast Thailand - lowest level of English proficiency
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:19:06 PM »
It must be a compliment challenge for those native speakers hired to teach in Isaan.

https://news.thaivisa.com/article/27913/thailands-english-proficiency-is-getting-worse-study
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Kru Kannika

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Re: Northeast Thailand - lowest level of English proficiency
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 08:24:05 AM »
The biggest obstacle is, that Thai teachers of English don't get sufficient chances to study abroad. Our teacher students need to have seen the countries and culture behind the language they are teaching with their own (Thai) eyes to be able to explain the language and use of idioms to a Thai student. While the foreign teacher has the problem to make his language and culture understood in the context of Thai culture, what he often not understands himself.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Northeast Thailand - lowest level of English proficiency
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 09:56:40 AM »
Hi Kru Kannika,

yes, I agree, a language as a socially agreed upon system of signs cannot be acquired without that society's culture behind it. And "explaining" one's own language to somebody with another cultural background requires understanding of that person's cultural background. A foreign teacher needs to find the "bridge" between the two cultures. What makes learning English even harder for Thais is the Roman alphabet, that has no real correspondence to the Thai alphabet.

And for students in the northeast the acquisition of English is even harder, as the common language spoken here is not pure Thai, very often it is mixed with Lao etc. Another problem is, that the northeast has not been developed for Tourism much; chances of communications with foreigners, the practicing of English, are very limited. Also there are not many bilingual road signs etc. to get students subconsciously used to the Roman alphabet.
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