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    Thai Education ministry wants more native speaker English teachers

    Embassies urged to find English teachers

    Bangkok Post
    15 February 2020

    The Education Ministry is calling on foreign embassies to help find native speakers who can teach English at Thai schools.

    Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said on Friday that he had met ambassadors from English-speaking countries and asked them to find teachers who can teach English and other subjects in English to Thai students, as part of government-to-government cooperation programmes.

    "The aim of the discussion was to seek cooperation from embassies. A large number of teachers are necessary as we are working on upgrading the entire education system," Mr Nataphol said.

    He said there are currently some 7,000 foreign teachers in Thai schools, but this is not enough, adding that another 10,000 teachers are required. He said the ministry has earmarked funds for their recruitment.

    The aim of the effort is to improve students' proficiency in the English language, boost their confidence and equip them to seek further knowledge, he said, adding that Thai teachers will also be able to learn and benefit from native English speakers.

    The minister said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from elementary to university levels, with the aim of cutting down on the number of foreign teachers in the next three years.

    Mr Nataphol added that foreign teachers must have some professional training to qualify for the job, adding that a language teaching certificate is preferred.

    He also said the accent of English teachers does not matter as long as they can make the lessons fun.

    Embassies urged to find English teachers
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    The minister of education popped into my class without warning yesterday and quizzed me about the state of Thai students. After he left the whole class went wtf.
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    Do Filipinos count as native speakers?
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    Thai Education Ministry Seeking 10,000 Native English Speakers

    Thailand’s Education Ministry has reported its calling on foreign embassies to help find native speakers who can teach English at Thai schools. The education ministry is seeking 10,000 more native English speakers.


    Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said on Friday that he had met ambassadors from English-speaking countries and asked them to find teachers. Individuals who can teach English and other subjects in English to Thai students. The request is part of government-to-government cooperation programs.


    “The aim of the discussion was to seek cooperation from embassies. A large number of teachers are necessary as we are working on upgrading the entire education system,” the Education Minister told the Bangkok Post.

    He said there are currently some 7,000 foreign teachers in Thai schools, but this is not enough, adding that another 10,000 teachers are required. He said the ministry has earmarked funds for their recruitment.


    The aim of the effort is to improve students’ proficiency in the English language. Also boost their confidence and equip them to seek further knowledge, he said. Even more that Thai teachers will also be able to learn and benefit from native English speakers.


    The minister said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from elementary to university levels. With the aim of cutting down on the number of foreign teachers in the next three years.


    Mr Nataphol added that foreign teachers must have some professional training to qualify for the job. Also adding that a language teaching certificate is preferred.


    He also said the accent of English teachers does not matter as long as they can make the lessons fun.

    Thai Education Ministry Seeking 10,000 Native English Speakers



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    Good news for Cyrille. He can leave the desert.

    However, they may consider Philippine nationals as native speakers as he specifically mentioned accents?
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thai Education Ministry Seeking 10,000 Native English Speakers
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The minister said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from elementary to university levels. With the aim of cutting down on the number of foreign teachers in the next three years.
    You just have to love the logic..

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    It suggests a plan, you see.

    Now things are like this ...in three years time (despite decades of previous failures) they'll be like that...

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    Whatta rhetorical ruse.
    Just going through the motions.

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    Dear minister, are you actually planning on paying them a decent living wage?

    Pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

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    There's already a thread on this, posted earlier today.

    Thai Education ministry wants more native speaker English teachers
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    I knew a bloke, a baker by trade, who accepted a job English teaching for 15k a month. Really sucks. And (of course) they didn't follow through on their promise to get him an employment visa.

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    I might apply,as IR35 comes into force in April.

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    OK – The Goal – Proficient English Speaking Thais

    The Plan

    1) English speaking Embassies will provide 10,000 professionally trained teachers to supplement our current supply of 7,000 Elementary Level English Teachers. And these 10k English Speaking English Teachers will make the classes “both Fun and Enjoyable” Sanuk for All.

    Icing on the Cake

    2) We will upgrade our English as a Second Language studies from the current Elementary Level to University Level.

    The Timeline

    3) We will accomplish this all within three years so we can get rid of all those extra unnecessary English-speaking English Language Teachers.

    Well, seems quite feasible to me. Within three years the Thai's will all be speaking English - works for me.



    Perhaps, just perhaps, Minister Teepsuwan should enroll in a “Managing Your Expectations” seminar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    accepted a job English teaching for 15k a month
    hmm... how much do bakers get paid?

    I have real trouble doing more than a week on 15k

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thai Education Ministry Seeking 10,000 Native English Speakers
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    I might apply,as IR35 comes into force in April.
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    Upto until the 70's Australians referred to themselves as Pom's.
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    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    ^^ I don't know how he got by, especially because he was a pisshead too. I know he managed to score a rental in one of those Thaksin el-cheapo boxes, for next to nowt. Visited him there one time (supplied the piss obviously), but he moved out to a government school in a real remote village not long after, prolly because this one flashed maybe 20k cash at him. Guess ya gotta make ends meet.

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    The General's plan to make Thai a world language will make learning English unnecessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Perhaps, just perhaps, Minister Teepsuwan should enroll in a “Managing Your Expectations” seminar.
    He's probably already been on one. A Thai one.

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    Quote " Even more that Thai teachers will also be able to learn and benefit from native English speakers."

    Never ever have I had a Thai English teacher try to improve his or hers skill by working with an NES. I have had teachers of other faculties study with me but there is no way a Thai English teacher is going to admit they need help, assistance, knowledge.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Do Filipinos count as native speakers?
    No, but I think that is why they added this "He also said the accent of English teachers does not matter"

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    didn't they have a similar plan 5 years ago? how did that work? it's a PR stunt for a minister to show certain influential people that he is there behind his desk

    and now that everyone is leaving, they may be facing a skill shortage of dodgy Teflers on monthly visa run

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Good news for Cyrille. He can leave the desert.

    However, they may consider Philippine nationals as native speakers as he specifically mentioned accents?

    ... or
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    An article from 3 months ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Public Schools Across Thailand to Get More English Classes

    Thailand’s Education Ministry has decided to introduce more English language classes in state schools across the country. The ministry announced after a meeting on Monday.

    The special English classes will help Thai students achieve at least B2 Level under The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), Amnat Wichayanuwat, secretary-general of Office of the Basic Education Commission told the media afterwards.

    The CEFR standard is popular among European countries and internationally accepted. It one of the most widely accepted metrics for assessing foreign language learners.

    In addition, the ministry is in talks with foreign embassies to find more English teachers.

    “What we found is that despite Thai students passing the B2 Level, they do not always communicate efficiently with native speakers. So we need English speaking teachers to boost their English language skills,” he said. Adding that the ministry will ask the Philippine embassy for help with procuring teachers.

    The extra English classes will be gradually introduced in state schools nationwide starting next year semester, he said.


    Thailand’s English-Language Skills The Lowest in South East Asia

    Thailand has the lowest standard of English skills in south east Asia and, in years, little improvement has been seen. Even after 12-15 years of learning English, few Thais can hold a conversation in English. On anything more than a basic level and some can’t even do that.

    In Thai schools, students are taught to copy what the teacher writes on the board and memorize it. When learning English, grammar and vocabulary is written on the board.

    Students copy and memorize. There’s no discussion, no questioning the teacher and no thinking for themselves. It’s no wonder Thailand’s English skills are the lowest in south east Asia.


    Public Schools Across Thailand to Get More English Classes
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    My son's school already has flip flop English teachers, pity the kids can't understand them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    The minister said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from elementary to university levels, with the aim of cutting down on the number of foreign teachers in the next three years.
    Not very motivational that is it?


    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Dear minister, are you actually planning on paying them a decent living wage?

    Pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
    Not really, pay a Farang 15-20k a Month and you'll get a sexpest.

    Pay someone a lot closer to home, ie Malaysians and Philippinos 15-20k a month and you get someone a hell of a lot more proficient than Chico and Chitty and those sexpests

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