ERIC Number: ED395461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Language Teacher Education by Distance Mode: A Pilot Programme in Thailand.
This paper examines the development and success of a pilot teacher training program in Thailand. The 1993-1994 long-distance, English teacher, secondary education pilot program was an inexpensive, effective model that could be used throughout the country and that would benefit teachers who are not able to take advantage of conventional inservice programs. Due to limitations of time, finances, and availability of trainers, language skills and teaching methodology of foreign language teachers in Thailand were difficult to maintain. This summary of the pilot program results identifies the determining factors of success, outlines some of the drawbacks encountered, and concludes with an assessment of the likelihood of sustainability of such a model. The program was developed by a cooperative funding effort between the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Secretariat (SEAMES). The York University English Language Institute (Canada) collaborated with the Singapore-based Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Centre on the design of the program, provision of material writers, and transfer of distance education knowledge and skills to the Thai team. The program initially targeted 45 teachers in 2 areas of the country; 36 successfully completed the course requirements. It is noted that those who completed the course showed significant improvement in teaching skills and knowledge and English language proficiency. (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Canadian International Development Agency; Southeast Asian Ministers Education Organization; Thailand; York University ON
Note: In: Crooks, Tony, Ed., ESP in Southeast Asia; see FL 023 776.