British teachers to improve Thai youths’ English skills


BANGKOK, March 7 – The Thai Education Ministry is launching an eight-week project on English language teaching to students in state-run and private schools nationwide.

Deputy Prime Minister/Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said Wednesday that the “English Teaching Assistants Project 2013” is in cooperation with the British Council which has recruited 792 students from the United Kingdom to teach in 621 schools.

The scheme, aimed at improving Thai students’ foreign language skills to prepare for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, will enable Thai youth to learn the language from native speakers, he said.

The Education Ministry and British Council have also cooperated in developing an English language application on computer tablets to enable students to improve their speaking and listening skills. It is applicable to specific occupational groups such as taxi drivers.