The British Council, together with Thailand’s Ministry of Education, has launched the “Thailand English Teaching Project 2012”. The project will bring UK undergraduates and recent graduates to support the teaching and learning of English in Thai schools.
The first 67 British volunteers will arrive in Bangkok on the weekend of 21st – 22nd July and take part in an induction programme on 23 and 24 July. After this, they will leave to work as English Teaching Assistants in host schools around the country. They will stay for an initial 8-week period until mid-September.
The project will support the skills development of Thai school pupils who face the future of an integrated ASEAN and a more internationally competitive global world in which English will be a basic skill. For the UK volunteers, the project will help to develop more rounded and employable UK graduates with an international outlook.
Language Assistants will work together in the classroom with Thai teachers of English and support extra-curricular activities outside of classroom hours. They will bring British Council resources to the schools and use these to teach and motivate the learning of English. They will not replace Thai teachers of English, but complement and support their work.
The English Teaching Assistants will be coming from a variety of different Universities all over the UK. Universities represented are
- Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- Heythrop College, University of London
- Leeds University
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- Leicester University
- Liverpool University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Newman University College Birmingham
- Northumbria University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Queens University Belfast
- School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
- University of Wolverhampton
The English Teaching Assistants will be placed in pairs in schools across Thailand. They will be placed in both primary and secondary schools in state and private sectors.
The project is supported by