ERIC Number: EJ1129272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Re-Conceptualizing EFL Professional Development: Enhancing Communicative Language Pedagogy for Thai Teachers
Baker, Lottie L.
TEFLIN Journal: A publication on the teaching and learning of English, v27 n1 p23-45 Jan 2016
The spread of globalization means an accompanying growth in the importance of English as a lingua franca. Efforts to increase English proficiency are especially pronounced in Southeast Asia with the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. A common strategy to enhance English learning in Asian countries is to begin instruction at the primary level, but policymakers face the challenge of preparing teachers of young learners with the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge to provide high quality English education. This article reports on a professional development effort aimed to help Thai primary teachers of English integrate communicative language teaching approaches. After describing the Thai English education context and key project components, the author uses participant and trainer response data to identify factors that contribute to perceived quality of the project. From these findings, the author makes recommendations to re-conceptualize best practices in teacher professional development for Thai English teachers. Findings and recommendations are applicable both to Thailand and to other nations with EFL contexts.
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Educational Quality, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Best Practices, Language Teachers, Active Learning, Language Proficiency, Teacher Leadership, Elementary School Students, Workshops, Likert Scales, Surveys, Interviews
Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN). Malang, East Java, 65145, Indonesia. TEFLIN Publication Division, Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang, Jalan Semarang 5, Tel: +62-341-570566; Fax: +62-341-567475; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://journal.teflin.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand
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