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    by Published on 19th December 2013 10:34

    The Ministry of Education considers using the CEFR as evaluation tool of English language teaching in Thailand.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ministry of Education View Post
    The CEFR: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was defined for evaluating the knowledge and efficiency of teachers and students. This framework has been used worldwide and can be applied to the main issues such as teaching and learning, and the reform of teaching and learning of English at the most basic education level. A proposal will be made to the Minister of Education to sign in the announcement with the Ministry of Education. The Minister requested that OBEC should gather feedback from the conference to gain additional information after the announcement.
    What's CEFR about? Here's information from the CEFR's website. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR)

    The CEFR: transparent, coherent and comprehensive

    The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 39 languages.

    Six levels of foreign language proficiency

    The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It also defines three ‘plus’ levels (A2+, B1+, B2+). Based on empirical research and widespread consultation, this scheme makes it possible to compare tests and examinations across languages and national boundaries (see the section “The CEFR and language examinations: a toolkit”). It also provides a basis for recognising language qualifications and thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.

    The CEFR’s illustrative scales of “can do” descriptors are available in a bank of descriptors together with many other related descriptors. ...
    by Published on 19th December 2013 10:33

    Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:13 nipa yamwagee

    On 16th December 2013, at the Chandrakasem Conference Room, Mr. Chaturon Chaisaeng, the Minister of Education presided over a conference with executives of the core organizations of the Ministry of Education. The subject matters can be summarized as follows: --

    -Acknowledgement of progress in mobilizing the reform of the teaching and learning of English

    The Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) reported the results of the seminar to announce the implementation policy to reform the teaching and learning of English on 7th December 2013. The five-year strategies to reform teaching and learning English were announced. These strategies concern seven issues of teaching and learning methodology, teacher development, the use of ICT and the development of teaching and learning innovations, the expansion of special projects, a standard international test of English language knowledge, increasing class hours, and arranging intensive support mechanisms.

    The CEFR: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was defined for evaluating the knowledge and efficiency of teachers and students. This framework has been used worldwide and can be applied to the main issues such as teaching and learning, and the reform of teaching and learning of English at the most basic education level. A proposal will be made to the Minister of Education to sign in the announcement with the Ministry of Education. The Minister requested that OBEC should gather feedback from the conference to gain additional information after the announcement. ...
    by Published on 15th October 2013 18:20

    Published: 10 Oct 2013 at 07.33Online news:

    School terms will stay as they are, despite a push to bring term start dates in line with the Asean norm.

    Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng on Wednesday said he has told schools to stick with the status quo.

    He made the decision even though 27 universities under the Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) have announced they will change their term dates to synchronise with universities in Asean countries.

    The CUPT had agreed to start their first term around August and the second term in January.

    The ministry on Wednesday raised the matter in talks with school executives, who agreed not to follow the CUPT's example.

    The first school term runs from May 16-Oct 11 and the second term from Nov 1-April 1.

    Mr Chaturon said Mathayom 6 (Grade 12) students will graduate in early April, which will give them four months to prepare themselves before universities start their first term.

    School term dates to stay unchanged | Bangkok Post: breakingnews


    by Published on 24th September 2013 16:43

    Published: 23 Sep 2013 at 00.00
    Newspaper section: News

    The Teachers Council of Thailand (TCT) has insisted licences are still a must, in response to suggestions by Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng that the requirement be relaxed.

    TCT board president Paitoon Sinlarat said the license requirement must remain in place to maintain quality.

    Mr Chaturon recently suggested experts and specialists could enter the teaching profession without being officially licensed as a way to teach shortages in related subjects.

    Dr Paitoon said it is not as hard to graduate in teaching and obtain a licence as people might think, so students should not be deterred.

    "Graduates with non-teaching degrees are allowed to work in the teaching profession, but they must be licensed," he said.

    "So far we have granted teaching licences to about 60,000 graduates from other subjects."

    Those who had not yet received teaching licences could obtain a four-year temporary permit to teach, he added.

    "We do not impede any experts and specialists with other academic degrees who seek to teach," Dr Paitoon said. ...
    by Published on 14th September 2013 23:49

    Foreigners may no longer require a teachers license? - Teaching in Thailand Forum - Thailand Forum

    I always thought it was strange that Thailand would keep raising the requirements for native teachers, but would not want to raise the salary levels. I guess the laws of supply and demand might be happening.
    by Published on 14th September 2013 23:52

    Hi gang,

    A question for those who are more familiar with the TCT and any recent changes. A few weeks ago I lost my job at a school because I was unable to get a 3rd waiver. Since then I have had to humbly ask for my job back at my previous school, and more recently I have been offered a position at a university. I would be teaching at their technical school campus with students around the ages of 17 and 18. When I interviewed for the position I asked if the school was under the jurisdiction of the TCT. They had no idea what the TCT was. Then soon after being offered a job they sent me an email they got a notice saying that universities now have to follow the rules of the TCT. Today I received another email from the university saying they called the work permit office and everything is good and I can work there.

    I am curious if anyone on the board has heard anything about the TCT overseeing universities now. Obviously I am now more cautious and I would rather not burn a bridge with the school I am currently working at if 4 months from now I can't get a work permit because I need and am unable to get a TCT waiver.

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