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English To Become Second Language In Thailand?

Posted by RealDaffyDuck on October 11, 2010

The Education Ministry plans to declare English the second language for teaching and learning in schools with an aim to enable Thai people of the new generation to communicate with other people in Asean and world communities in English, Chinaworn Boonyakiat said on Thursday.


The education minister said he had discussed this matter with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij.

A plan to develop learning and teaching in English is being drafted by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), he said.

Mr Chinaworn said in order to successfully carry out the plan it is necessary to have foreign teachers from countries using English as the mother language for all schools for Mathayom 4-6 level (Grades 10-12).

Schools for Mathayom 1-3 level (Grade 7-9) should at least have Thai teachers majoring in English.

Elementary schools should also have more English teachers, he said.

“After having enough foreign teachers and Thai teachers majoring in English, schools will then be able to arrange an English programme,” he said.

Mr Chinaworn said the OBEC will decide how many foreign teachers are needed, the Finance Ministry will be asked to provide budgetary support, and the Foreign Ministry will be asked to help recruit foreign teachers.

“We have eyed American teachers who are retired under an early retirement programme,” he said.

Mr Chinaworn said the ministry has tentatively set Oct 22 to declare English second language in schools.

From the recent article in the Bangkok Post . (thanks for the correction, ‘Raider’)

Of course, you know what that means — not only are Prufrock’s future career aspirations safe, but Kenny just might have a chance at a future in Thailand’s lucrative teaching market.

(Remember, it’s never too late to move to a foreign country, teach English, and to write pornographic fantasy stories about your female students — chances are, Thai students are less legally savvy to slap a lawsuit together 🙂 )

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5 Responses to “English To Become Second Language In Thailand?”

  1. david shiel said

    I ruv Engrish

  2. Raider said

    Nice try.

    The article appeared four days ago, on the 7th of October.

    7/10/2010 is not read the same way in Thailand as it is in America. Thailand does it the way the rest of the world does… day, month, year.

    You’d have gotten it right if you’d paid attention to what was written in the Bangkok Diaries blog where you undoubtedly saw this article quoted.

    http://www.bangkokdiaries.com/2010/10/07/english-teachers-needed-to-support-english-as-a-second-language-in-thailand/

    “If you’ve always dreamed about living in Thailand, you may want to sit up and take notice of this announcement from the government reported in today’s Bangkok Post:”

    • Excellent, and thank you for that correction — red-faced, I acknowledge my mistake, and make the appropriate edit. Thanks for catching that.

      Honest regional-based mistake — why the hate?

      (I didn’t see it in BangkokDiaries — I’m sure you realize this would be reported in quite a lot of other venues)

  3. Raider said

    Where do you see hate?

    • Fair enough – maybe not ‘hate’, but then maybe ‘smugness’ (“You’d have gotten it right if you’d paid attention to what was written in the Bangkok Diaries blog where you undoubtedly saw this article quoted.”)

      Either way, I appreciate the correction.

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