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Caitlin Ashworth

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Thailand officials want more native speaking English teachers and plan to recruit more than 10,000 English teachers for 300 schools to improve English proficiency among Thai students. To help draw in potential teachers, the Education Ministry is teaming up with the Canadian Embassy in Thailand.

Teachers will be placed in schools once the pandemic has eased. Recruitment for the plan is expected to be completed by May, according to Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan. He says the Cabinet has approved an agreement between the ministry, embassy and the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce for the recruitment plan.

The ministry plans to focus on teaching language in early levels of education because young students are at a suitable age for building communication skills, Nataphol says. Teachers will be either native English speakers or Thai teachers who hold an English degree, according to Nataphol.

Along with 10,000 English teachers, the Cabinet also plans to recruit 10,000 Chinese teachers. Teachers will also receive training.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Joseph Walls

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 3:11 am

    I am a teacher; I am a principal teacher of technology.
    English is becoming the go to language for technology business.
    Great idea.
    This will benefit so many children in terms of career prospects and trade.
    It will also mean that the quality of tourism can be even better when we come out of the COVID lock down situation.

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    Ian

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Just curious why Canada they speak Canadian lol only pure English people speak English, I trully can’t understand most Scottish or Irish when they speak so God help the thai students

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    max corrigan

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:04 am

    What brand of English are you talking about, Liverpool scouse, Birmingham brum, Newcastle geordie, London cockney, even the strangulated Queen’s English and others, all of which have trouble understanding each other let alone teaching foreigners!
    I don’t see the trouble with Canadians (other than French Canadians)teaching English, I’m from London by the way!

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    Walter

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:58 am

    “… Teachers will be either native English speakers or Thai teachers who hold an English degree, according to Nataphol.

    How about all those foreigners, who hold an educational degree, spent years in the U.S. or England or both, and write and speak English just like their mother tongue? I consider the differentiation criterion “native speaker” as highly discriminatory.

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    Walter Breymann

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    “… Teachers will be either native English speakers or Thai teachers who hold an English degree, according to Nataphol.

    How about all those foreigners, who hold an educational degree, spent years in the U.S. or England or both, and write and speak English just like their mother tongue? I consider the differentiation criterion “native speaker” as highly discriminatory.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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