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Offline thaiga

Teaching of English to be ramped up
« on: December 19, 2011, 02:23:53 PM »
Students will be encouraged to speak English every week as part of the English Speaking Year 2012 project.

"At least one day per week, teachers and students must use English in communications through various activities," Education Minister Woravat Auapinyakul said last week.

The project will kick off on December 26 with cooperation from foreign embassies and other institutions, said Sasithara Pichaicharnnarong, permanent secretary of the ministry.

Woravat said the project would prepare Thailand for the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

The English Speaking Year project would stimulate greater use of the international language by students in all public schools, he said.

"For example, there will be English corner or English village. Or students will be sent to receive training as guides," he said.

The permanent secretary has been assigned to consult with the other agencies to provide training for teachers in organising activities for promoting English speaking.

The teacher training will be provided by the Basic Education Commission, Vocational Education Commission and Private Education Commission.

Practising English speaking would be given priority before studying grammar.

Sasithara said the project would be launched nationwide with the training of teachers so that they could communicate in English.

Teachers would join activities of foreign embassies or foreign institutions as well as receive training from representatives of Englishlanguage institutions and international schools.

The ministry would persuade teachers to participate in the project by surveying schools' readiness and offering rewards for successful schools.

The schools would be classified by colour - blue representing schools not ready, green fairly ready and pink very ready.

Teachers at pink schools might be rewarded with training in other Asean countries or the chance to go on fieldtrips to the countries, she added.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 03:40:26 PM »
Sasithara said the project would be launched nationwide with the training of teachers so that they could communicate in English.

Great idea to let the English teachers learn to communicate in English first. :salute

Crash courses for farang teachers in "How do I communicate properly in my native language English" weren't harmful either.  :-[
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sicho

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Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 05:05:53 PM »
Quite so, JF. I wonder which of those two would be the more difficult to achieve.

Other issues that need to be addressed are:

1. Should they teach British English or American English?

2. Should they teach any particular English accent or none at all?
 

Lebowski

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Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 06:22:31 PM »
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Great idea to let the English teachers learn to communicate in English first. :salute:

Yes, quite so.

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1. Should they teach British English or American English?

2. Should they teach any particular English accent or none at all?

There is no such thing as "British English", it's just "English".

As for accents, I would have thought (not claiming any authority on it though) that they should be exposed to as many different basic accents as possible so that their speech recognition skills can improve. However, many internal local accents in UK/US etc are almost unintelligible to many native speakers as well, so the value of.....say.....a Brummie (Birmingham) or US Hillbilly accent is questionable, whereas a general UK/US/Australian/Canadian etc accent is fair enough, to hazard a guess.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 06:26:11 PM »
There is no such thing as  British English  England is already in Great Britain.
must be difficult for the student.  As in uk.duvet .us.comforter. boot as in trunk.lift as elevator.Ect Ect.
 
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sicho

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Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 07:12:49 PM »
Thank you, Thaiga!  :salute   I meant British English Language rather than the version taken to a former colony by poorly educated emigrants.  ;)

Thanks also for the pussy compliment.  :wai
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 07:40:05 PM »
Thank you, Thaiga!  :salute   I meant British English Language rather than the version taken to a former colony by poorly educated emigrants.  ;)

Thanks also for the pussy compliment.  :wai
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 11:33:11 PM »
Typically, it's the use of the tenses and grammar syntax that tends to define a Native English speaker from the states or the UK.

For example, an American will say, "Did you do your homework" where as a UK speaker would probably say, "Have you done your homework." ....simple past vs present perfect.  In the past, I've had students ask me which one is correct.  The answer is that they are both correct.  So which one should they use?  Whichever flows naturally when they speak.
 

sicho

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Re: Teaching of English to be ramped up
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2011, 08:44:28 AM »
UK speakers use both forms too.

The differences that I had in mind include:

1. Spelling (e.g.colour)

2. Pronunciation (e.g. nuclear, fruition, February)

3. Correct word (US English users tend to invent words or change words unnecessarily - e.g. negatory)
 

 



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