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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 3rd November 2013 13:23

    I hope I've got this right........

    1. Teacher Professionalism
    2. Educational Philosophy
    3. Language and Culture
    4. Psychology for Teachers
    5. Curriculum
    6. Classroom and Learning Management
    7. Educational Research
    8. Innovation and Information Technology
    9. Measurement and Evaluation
    10. Educational Quality Assurance
    11. Morality and Ethics

    There is a new upload on the TCT website that appears to support this.

    This is the google translate of the opening paragraph

    Whereas it is expedient to cancel Teachers Association . With professional standards and ethics.
    Professions Act of 2548 .
    By virtue of Section 9 (1) (11) ( f) and Section 49 of the Act .
    Teachers and Educational Personnel Council Act BE 2546 and the Joint Committee of the Council meeting.
    No. 5/2556 on 16 May 2556 and No. 11/2556 on September 2, 2556.
    With the approval of the Minister of Education. The Teachers' Council has issued regulations .
    With the following professional standards .
    New Standards? ...
    by Published on 3rd November 2013 13:26

    It's believed that in January 2014, TCT Professional Knowledge Test #12 will be announced. If that's the case, we can expect that test #12 will be held in April or May 2014.

    It's also announced that the 9 knowledge areas will be extended to 11 knowledge areas. This means that there will be most probably 5 sections instead of 4 and the test will be held over 3 days.

    New List of ELEVEN Professional Standards

    There's currently no information available about the exact names, content and essence of knowledge of the two new knowledge areas so studying for that has to wait.

    The time you have from today until April or May 2014 is about 6 months.

    Find motivation to start studying for TCT Professional Knowledge Test #12 now!

    Good luck.
    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 24th September 2013 16:42

    I went to KSP Chiang Mai to re-submit my license application today and I'm back to report that this time my docs are complete. The woman helping me at the Chiang Mai office called Khurusapha central (Bangkok) and confirmed over the phone that the checklist was complete. It seems that the original fee of 500 baht covers a re-submit. I wouldn't have been surprised if they wanted to charge 500 baht again, but there were no additional fees. I asked if I would have to wait the full three months for document processing, as before, and she said: "Yes, you have to wait, but maybe it will be faster this time". Now I wait.

    I showed her the article from a previous post about foreigners not needing a license anymore and she was already familiar with this piece. She said that there were changes coming and they were to be as follows:

    Professional knowledge tests for Thai teachers will be scrapped and replaced with a 1 year study course for teacher certification (license). This "fast track" with more reliable/predictable numbers of new teachers will supposedly take care of the looming Thai teacher shortage.

    Professional knowledge tests for foreigners will still be required and an additional test covering three new sections will be added to match the new course of study that the Thai teachers are required to take for certification. 5 tests now; 12 sections, and the culture course.

    Professional Knowledge tests are supposedly back on track twice yearly in 2014 and beyond. All of this information is already posted on Khurusapha website I'm told.

    Dont shoot the messenger. ...
    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 23:56

    Today Thailand Teaching received the email below from The Teachers' Council of Thailand.

    test@ksp.or.th

    3:37 PM (35 minutes ago)

    to me

    Dear sir ,

    For this year, Secretariat office of Kurusapha recruit exam only once. We maybe you can apply the 12th Professional Knowledge Test about January , 2014 . Please give me your name and mobile phone number for announcement knowledge test next time. We shall contact you back.

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