EFL Learning in the 21st Century Thai Classrooms

This session provides the overview of the history of English language education in Thailand at different levels. The presenter will discuss how the history relates and contributes to Thai students’ attitudes toward learning English. The relevant perspectives regarding the English language teaching and learning will also be presented, including the types of teaching methods that have been used historically, and what effects these have had on students’ attitudes. Additionally, the discussion of the current view of English by the government, by the population in general, and by university students will be made. Other significant issues in connection with EFL learning in Thai classrooms; for instance, how historical and cultural factors as well as other possible factors affect students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Finally, voices from some students on why they are interested or not interested in English and what challenges Thai teachers face when they teach English will be presented.