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None of us native English speakers needed grammar to learn how to converse and grammar remains a stumbling block for any child. Why does a 7 year old need to know what a place preposition or a subjugated verb is? Once they have learned to hold a conversation then grammar could be introduced into the school curriculum. Just an opinion, but although an engineer I did many years ago teach English to children, adults and executives, that of course would not happen today.  

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9 hours ago, Scot123 said:

They are so blind with xenophobia, tm30++ and work permits they can not see the answer. So many native speaking expats unable to work even part time. To blind to see this asset. Its jut St really sad oh and I do not have a horse in that race or when I lived in Thailand any interest but new somany who would have liked to have even a few hours a week. 

I have 2 X bachelors degrees, a Masters and a doctorate (the doctorate is from an accreditation exempt university - did it as a hobby), 2 years at primary, 5 years at secondary and 3 years at university level and yet ............. OBEC says that I am not qualified to teach. Only provisional licence for me!

 

I am also a NES speaker, but apparently that doesn't qualify me to teach English!

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Another bilingual scheme doomed by the dearth of proficient English teachers - a shortage which can only worsen as Immigration makes it ever harder to live and work here.

 

In any case, why invest billions of baht in teaching kids to rote learn the intricacies of English grammar when digital simultaneous translation devices will soon enable anybody to communicate effectively in any language?

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/17/groundbreaking-gadget-claims-to-fit-in-your-ear-and-translate-fo/

 

Just imagine what educators could do with all that lesson time saved not learning a foreign lingo. They might even consider (perish the thought!) teaching future generations of Thais how to think.

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12 hours ago, Scot123 said:

They are so blind with xenophobia, tm30++ and work permits they can not see the answer. So many native speaking expats unable to work even part time. To blind to see this asset. Its jut St really sad oh and I do not have a horse in that race or when I lived in Thailand any interest but new somany who would have liked to have even a few hours a week. 

Being able to simply speak a language and being able to teach it effectively are two very different things.

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Too bad the Thai English teachers can't hold a basic conversation in English.  This is again, doomed to failure.  Everyone will forget about it next week.

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P{art of the problem is the apathy of most Thai teachers, they do not understand or are too stupid to realise that Thai as a language is so hard to learn , teaching any subject in Thai almost requires Rote learning as there is no other way .First you hav to teach the teachers then the children but as others have said their xenophobia and lack of logical thinking the Thai Governments including this one throw away one of the biggest advantages they have a huge pool of Native English speakers who would like to help but are unable to do so because of archaic and restrictive laws, made in part due tpo pandering to Thai teachers who in the main are unable to teach outside the book provided . 

 

They only have themselves to blame and until they stop pretending they have the answers and seek outside NES speakers to assist in each and every school then it will not get any better.  

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problem nr 1 :  thai teachers thinking they can actually speak, read & write understandable english

 

my daughter goes to IEP sarasas :  reception does not speak a word of English in an international educational program (= double price of bilingual) and vice director refuses any contact, direct or blocked in line / facebook

 

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It will be very difficult to hire Native English speaking teachers.  Will the income be enough to qualify for the visa and work permit?  Will the teachers be granted the teaching license the Ministry of Education requires?  It all sounds good on paper but in practice the Thai government continues to put up roadblocks.

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