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General Discussions / Re: Social media clips - committing sin at a temple
« Last post by thaiga on January 15, 2019, 05:19:18 PM »
the thief at the temple - she steals a purse - committing sin @ a temple tut! tut!

Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Taman Tun on January 15, 2019, 07:27:21 AM »
Thaiga, thanks for this. I have forwarded it to a friend who always starts his meetings with a 5 minute “Safety Moment”.. I am sure he will make good use of it.
Teachers-to-be can graduate with poor English, panel decides

A STRONG grasp of the English language will not be required of teacher-education graduates, the committee in charge of preparing a teacher qualifications framework has decided.

"We have reached this resolution because most stakeholders at a forum on the draft Thailand Qualifications Framework (TQF) disagreed with the plan to set too ambitious goal about graduates’ English,” the committee’s chair, Rathakorn Kidkan, said this week.

“There were serious concerns that students may not be able to graduate” if the English mastery requirement was set to high, he said. Rathakorn also chairs the Council of Rajabhat University’s Education Deans.

It was initially proposed that the TQF require that teacher-education graduates who have not majored in English attain a B2 level in English under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Those majoring in English would be expected to reach the C1 level.

CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability, using a six-point scale from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.

To reach the C1 level, a person must be able to communicate in English with a significant degree of fluency based on appropriate use, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.

To reach B2 level, a person must be able to achieve most goals for that level and express themselves on a range of topics.

Rathakorn said most students in teacher-education programmes were only at A1 and A2 levels. A1 refers to a basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way, while A2 reflects an ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.

“So, most committee members have the opinion that B2 and C1 levels should not be mentioned in the TQF,” he said.

Rathakorn said he had already raised the issue with Deputy Education Minister Udom Kachintorn.

According to Rathakorn, it has now been decided that while English knowledge is important, TQF will not require teacher-education graduates to demonstrate a CEFR-based English proficiency.

“We will just set English tests as criteria in the Education Ministry’s regulations,” Rathakorn said.

He added that the committee decided that regulations would also reduce the required level of teaching graduates’ English proficiency from B2 to B1, the level at which the speaker could express themselves in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information. For English majors, the required level will drop from C1 to B2.

“As well, we are going to make a clear plan on how to improve teacher-education graduates’ English,” Rathakorn said. Several universities have until now required their graduates to demonstrate a good level of English knowledge as a graduation criterion.

For example, Mahidol University has required its graduates to get TOEIC scores of at least 600 while grads of Kasetsart University and Rangsit University must reach TOEIC scores of at least 500.
Handicapped American man claims taxi driver theft police are not so sure

Scams & Crime / Korat rice farmer endures drought, now rest of crop stolen
« Last post by thaiga on January 14, 2019, 06:46:49 PM »
Korat rice farmer endures drought, now rest of crop stolen

 A drought-afflicted farmer in Nakhon Ratchasima has discovered that Bt100,000 worth of rice went missing from her warehouse during December.

The 102 sacks of rice were found missing from the warehouse owned by Mallika Thamsej, 57, in Ban Nong Muang, Amphoe Huai Thalaeng.

The rice was there on December 1 and gone on Mallika’s next inspection on January 1, leaving her without any rice to sell to repay the debt she accrued while growing it.

She suspects the thief  broke into the warehouse in the middle of the night while she was toiling at a construction site in the city, while her elder sister was alone at home.

The drought last season was bad enough, Mallika said, but the loss of the rice was a double misfortune for her family.

She harvested 250 sacks of rice the year before, but the drought reduced her 2018 yield to just 102 sacks.

She urged police to conduct a speedy investigation and bring the thief to justice.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand - no value for life
« Last post by thaiga on January 14, 2019, 06:30:33 PM »
Footage posted online showed a level crossing in Bangkok where many motorcyclists and pedestrians were playing a dangerous game as a train approached.

World of Music / Re: Elvis is ALIVE
« Last post by thaiga on January 14, 2019, 05:42:03 PM »
worth a listen

Thailand News / Re: Saudi girl at Suvarnabhumi
« Last post by Taman Tun on January 14, 2019, 11:59:16 AM »
This young lady, Latifa, was not nearly so lucky.  But then, her dad is the ruler of the U.A.E.  Pity she did not pick up some twitter skills.
Thailand News / Re: Saudi girl at Suvarnabhumi
« Last post by Kev on January 14, 2019, 08:38:49 AM »
“Brace yerself Sheila.” Could have been the case of out of the Saudi frying pan and into the fire.

LOL Tamun Tun you really should stop watching Crocodile Dundee movies  ;D
Thailand News / Re: Saudi girl at Suvarnabhumi
« Last post by thaiga on January 13, 2019, 09:52:45 PM »
“Brace yerself Sheila.” really ;)

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