Thailand’s English Language Education Landscape and Thainess (72925)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Session Chair: Anne Ihata

Thursday, 23 November 2023 17:05
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

It is often said that the success of a nation state can be attributed to how it is able to construct its identity through the connection it makes with its own people and how the latter, in return, connect back with it, developing a collective sense of oneness at a national level and eventually paving the way for successful governance. While this can happen in many different ways and various sectors of society, the role of language articulated in a country’s national language education policies is crucial in running nation states. In Thailand, where a collective effort emphasizing the importance of shared culture has served as a national project for years, examining how it has played out vis-a-vis the country’s English language education is deemed crucial. Drawing from the concept of Thainess (kwam pen Thai), this study examines how said ideology has created an impact on the current state of Thailand’s English language education. Employing data from existing public documents and related literature, this study uses document research methodology (DRM) aided by Norman Fairclough’s categorical data analysis (CDA), allowing for a content analysis of gathered information. This study ultimately explores whether Thailand’s language education policies and classroom practices embody Thainess.

Analiza Liezl Perez Amurao, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Analiza Liezl Perez Amurao is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Mahidol University International College in Thailand

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