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Regional English Training Centers

Discussion in 'Education from Thailand' started by Stamp, 23 Oct 2016.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

    26 Nov 2010
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    Friday, 21 October 2016 08:58 nipa yamwagee


    On 13th October 2016, in conference room 1, OBEC Building no.4, Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan, the Minister of Education, presided over a press conference to open the Regional English Training Centers. The following dignitaries also attended this press conference:

    - Mr. Teerakiat Charoensettasin M.D., Deputy Minister of Education
    - Mr. Andrew Glass, Director of the British Council (Thailand)
    - Mr. Michael David Selby, Advisor to the Minister of Education
    - Maj. Gen. Natthaphong Phraokaew, Secretary to the Minister of Education
    - M.L. Priyada Disakul, Secretary Assistant to the Minister of Education
    - Mr. Karun Sakulpradit, Secretary-General at the Office of the Basic Education Commission
    - Director of the English Language Institute of the Office of the Basic Education Commission
    - Directors of the Regional English Training Centers
    - Lecturers from the British Council
    - Thai Master Trainers who were trained in the Boot Camp project
    - Executives and teacher representatives from the schools that established the Regional English Training Centers


    Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan said that establishment of Regional English Training Centers was an extension of the Boot Camp project for Thai English language teachers. The Boot Camp project was held during March-April 2016. The Ministry of Education needed to establish the Regional English Training Centers for the regional Boot Camp training according to the following factors:

    - English teaching and learning, and English communication problems: Only 10% of Thai people are capable of speaking in English

    - When compared to other countries, the English competency of Thai people is still at a low level. The average O-NET scores in English language tests in all levels of education are still lower than 50%.

    - English language is the central language for the ASEAN member countries to access and learn new information.

    - The necessity to develop the country according to the Thailand 4.0 policies focuses on the use of innovation and this is also connected to the development of English language competency.

    Therefore, the Ministry of Education has to vigorously resolve the English language problems of Thai people. The curriculums were adjusted by increasing English language class hours and English language teachers have received further training. The road map for solving this problem will focus on teacher development. It has been established that the Ministry of Education has around 44,000 English language teachers. However, only 18,000 of them graduated with an English language major.

    The regional Boot Camp training is intensive English language training for three weeks using a budget of 182 million baht. However, directors of educational institutes should monitor the teaching schedules of the teachers who will be trained because this training should not affect their class contact hours.

    In addition, the Ministry of Education has a plan to develop teachers of other subjects also such as mathematics, science, and other languages.

    The Ministry of Education plans to test the English language competency of candidates who will sit examination to be civil servants in the Ministry of Education. This issue will be discussed with other ministries because there should be one standard for testing the English competency of all civil servants.

    Mr. Teerakiat Charoensettasin M.D. said that the Ministry of Education has implemented this policy to enhance the standard of English language in all educational levels through the following projects:

    - The Echo English Application: People can practice English language communication using this application.

    - The creation of the CEFR-TH thru the adjustment of the international CEFR standard to fit the context of Thailand: The Ministry of Education created standards of English language competency for Thai students. It will be applied to English language curriculums for students of all age groups. Student assessments will be created based on these curriculums and standards.

    The British Council will send three foreign lecturers who are experts in training to each Regional English Training Centre. They will work with the 27 Thai Master Trainers who passed the Boot Camp training.


    The 1st to 4th Regional English Training Centers will start training teachers in October 2016 at Trium Udom Suksa School, Khon Kaen Wittayayon School, Wattanothai Phayap School, and Surat Phittaya School. The 5th to 8th centers will start training during February 2017 at Chonkalayanukool School, Benjama Maharaj School, Suranaree Wittaya School, and Chaloemkhwan Satri School.

    Mr. Andrew Glass said that British Council has been working with the Ministry of Education for more than sixty years. The Regional Boot Camp project is the largest cooperative project among all the other Asian countries. It is also consistent with the Thailand 4.0 policy.

    The content in the Boot Camp training by the British Council focuses on English language communication skills, English language teaching techniques, boosting the confidence of Thai English language teachers, and English language class management, etc. Another important problem is that teachers cannot teach efficiently because they only studied theories but did not get practical experience in teaching.

    The Boot Camp training at the Regional English Training Centers will concentrate on intensive teaching practice with clear indicators for training assessment. Therefore, it can be certain that this project will achieve the goal of enhancing the English language competency of many future generations of Thai students.

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