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This was the plan in 2004.

what happened? EP schools that hire English teachers to teach are not doing their job. 

Many classes are allowed to play games during class. I often asked why the games were part of learning. Nonsense. 
This is why M1 students did not understand basic subject principles, as they were promoted from P6. 
The Filipino teachers are waiting to fill these vacant needed positions! 

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7 minutes ago, miamiman123 said:

This was the plan in 2004.

what happened? EP schools that hire English teachers to teach are not doing their job. 

Many classes are allowed to play games during class. I often asked why the games were part of learning. Nonsense. 
This is why M1 students did not understand basic subject principles, as they were promoted from P6. 
The Filipino teachers are waiting to fill these vacant needed positions! 

Playing games is good for the teacher. It means they don't have to think too much or work at actually teaching. It also helps to pass the time for the teacher.

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Bilinguals are useless. Teachers are either Thai or flippers. The result is sub par English. Both of my daughters had to spend a year getting their language skills to the level needed in a true international school after the primary in one of them.

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Another knee jerk reaction from the ‘government ‘ when the horse has already bolted.

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5 minutes ago, donnacha said:

The great danger is not that Thais cannot speak English, but that they do not realize how bad their English is.

As a native speaker surrounded by Thais running various small businesses, I am often asked for help in coming up with a brand name, slogan, or simple content that will appeal to an English-speaking audience. I write for a living, went to a fancy university and, of course, people see me reading all the time, so, they tend to conclude that I am literate in my own language. What blows my mind, however, is how often my suggestions are then later second-guessed by other Thais who, literally, cannot string a sentence together in English.

One example. My girlfriend's sister wanted to launch a brand of cute clothes for young children, nostalgic stuff such as sailor suits and butterfly nets for boys, frilly dresses and hats with ribbons for girls. It turns out that many Thais will dress their kids up in these specifically to take photos to post on Facebook and Instagram. The clothes are then packed away and never worn again. My girl's sister, already had a brandname, but wanted a slogan, so, I spent a while pondering something that would convey this idea of capturing that golden moment, while being short enough to fit on a clothes label.

I came up with the slogan "You are Only a Child Once", and I was pretty pleased with it. Job done.

Off they went to the printer to order 10,000 labels. The box arrived the following week but the slogan had changed to "You are Only Once a Child". Not a huge difference, but I was crestfallen because it simply wasn't right.

"What happened?" I asked. Well, she explained, when they got to the printshop, and the printer felt the slogan was incorrect. He was quite insistent, and she was now unsure. So, they settled the matter by asked a passing white guy who was obliging enough to give his opinion. He was from Romania but turned out to be an English teacher, which everyone was terribly impressed by. He agreed with the printer, so, the matter was settled and that became their slogan.

 

I like the Romanian version better. The first one sounds belittling. 

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I have strong views on ths, developed probably the same as others who have half thai children and an ex who ran an english kindergarten. I could go on for ages about lack of strategic thinking, lack of english outside of school, etc etc but the best way of describing the issue is that if you spend a fortune on painting an elephant to look like a tiger, underneath all the paint it's still an elephant.

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25 minutes ago, Artisi said:

No problem, there are thousands of highly efficient Thai teachers experts in teaching English just busting to break loose and start using their expertise, this is beside the other few thousand native speaking teachers who are given ever opportunity to teach, complete with high wages, lucrative working conditions without all the immigration nonsense tracking their every move. 

 

So why wait till next year, it could be implemented today - no problems 

All I can say to this post is....BS.

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16 hours ago, taichiplanet said:

too late, better off teaching Chinese or Hindi,

They already teach Chinese at our school. 

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14 hours ago, mok199 said:

If it were only that simple....

"Simple" is one thing you can rely on government officials to be...

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22 minutes ago, Megasin1 said:

I have strong views on ths, developed probably the same as others who have half thai children and an ex who ran an english kindergarten. I could go on for ages about lack of strategic thinking, lack of english outside of school, etc etc but the best way of describing the issue is that if you spend a fortune on painting an elephant to look like a tiger, underneath all the paint it's still an elephant.

But they can’t see the elephant in the room.

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