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    Education Ministry assigned to improve Thais’ English proficiency

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has ordered the Education Ministry to come up with measures rapidly, to improve English proficiency among Thai people, students in particular, after Thailands very poor ranking on the global Education First (EF) English Proficiency Index 2023.


    Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke said the order was made during a weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.


    EF ranks 113 countries, where English is not the first language, based on scores in 2.2 million Education First Standardised English Tests taken in 2022. At the top of the list is the Netherlands, with an average score of 647 out of 800, followed by Singapore (631), while Denmark, scoring 615, and Norway, with 614, swapped places at fourth and fifth place.


    Thailand is ranked 101st, which places the country below seven other ASEAN countries, namely Singapore, the Philippines (578 20th), Malaysia (568 25th), Vietnam (505 58th), Indonesia (473 79th), Myanmar (450 90th) and Cambodia in 98th place with 421. Laos and Brunei were excluded from the listing. The average score is 502.


    Thailands score puts it in the category of very low English proficiency countries. It was also noted that Thailands average score has not improved since the index was introduced in 2011, except in 2017, when the score increased slightly.


    Of the 77 provinces in Thailand, only three stand out, with Chiang Mai having a score of 464, followed by Bangkok (457) and Phuket (456). They are still, however, below the global average.


    Move Forward party-list MP Parit Wacharasindhu, meanwhile, has proposed measures to improve English proficiency among Thais, which include a redesign of the English curriculum, new English teaching methods, which emphasise English communication rather than grammar, upgrading the standard of English among teachers, redistribution of funding to schools in the provinces, promoting English language learning after school hours and more exchange programs for teachers to learn English in English-speaking countries.

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    Wow, this is a rather ground breaking initiative! I wonder why it's never been attempted before!

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    upgrading the standard of English among teachers
    Maybe just try upgrading the teachers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Maybe just try upgrading the teachers.
    Why? Teachers are one of the three pillars of Thai society. A teacher is just one step down from the king.

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    Pish rots from the head

    Were it now for Cy Msskit Lulu and Harry I would have normalized C Mai's score mife wife writes bitter than eye

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