The Importance Of English Proficiency In Thailand

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What the teacher does or does not do any classroom can make the difference between a student succeeding or fail, but it is not just about the teacher’s knowledge or creating an environment in which the students want to learn in, methodologies and knowing how the students learn best is of paramount importance. English proficiency amongst Thai students is relatively low compared with the world average, this paper examines how and why Thai students’ English proficiency is so low and what methodologies could be used in classrooms in Thailand where English learning is taking place. Keywords: methodologies, teaching, Teaching English in Thailand and Teaching Methodologies of ESL Teachers English is widely taught in Thailand as a second language and analysis of English test results has not yielded overwhelmingly good results. English scores are quite poor. According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 Thailand scored 45.35 which places Thailand 62 out of the 70 countries tested. Topping the list is Sweden with a score of 70.4. OBEC secretary-general Kamol Rodkhail (2015) commented on how poor students did in O-net tests, especially in English and said that schools need to improve teaching methods. It is embedded in Thai law that all students learn both Thai and English, English as a second language. It was back in 1996 when English was introduced into the curriculum and is now a compulsory subject for all students

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