It’s not soon enough to declare English the second language for teaching in schools.

It is a well-known fact that there is a paucity of decent Thai teachers well versed in English. It is going to be a tough road and take some time for Thailand to attain its goal of improving its citizens’ English skills. Still, it is better than doing nothing. To achieve that goal, Thailand needs a large number of native English speakers who are qualified and experienced, as well as good Thai English teachers who can assist foreign teachers and impart a rudimentary knowledege of the language to students. Futhermore, the people who are in charge of drawing up the school curriculum need to allow foreign teachers to exercise their own teaching ability and methods to an extent, without being hindered by an overly restrictive Thai teaching methodology. From my experience of studying English in the UK, lecturers are permitted to choose what kind of stuff and material they want to focus on. In the classroom students are encouraged to participate actively in the learning process. They are able do this because classrooms are not overcrowded with too many students. I could go on and on about this issue, but I’d rather leave it at that for now. The most important thing is that the country needs to create an environment where people can familiarise themselves with the language on a regular basis. Otherwise, learning without having the chance to use the knowledge gained in the real world is like pouring water into a sieve. It will be a waste of time.

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