Organised by: Oxford University Press, ELT Division, Bangkok
Date: 24 January 2006
Location: Orchid 2, Ambassador Hotel, Sukhumvit 11, Bangkok
In the first session the couple gave an overview of the current issues in education as they had come up during a Thai TESOL conference in Chiangmai recently. The main themes and trends in education at the moment
are as follows.
are as follows.
- Discourse grammar: more focus on the functions of language. E.g. asking for a favour comprises the introduction of the need and the request itself, not just “Can I borrow your car?”
- Effective learning
- Classroom practice: e.g. teaching learners lexical phrases instead of individual words, using jokes to teach grammar.
Teachers as researchers:
- Observing, reflecting and getting feedback; e.g. what activities do the students like and dislike?
- Exploring a problem; e.g. investigate why the students are reluctant to talk, their learning strategies.
CALL (Computer Aided Language Learning) and IT
- Developing systems; e.g. selfstudy websites (“Very complex”, Dave stressed)
- Methodology; e.g. open-endedness of assignments
- Research; e.g. a dictionary of academic vocabulary based on analysis of the course books used.
- Ideas for projects, mini-tasks for new language
- ESP (English for Special Purpose); e.g. business English, academic reading. New trend is that the students can be involved in choosing the topics, because they know best in what situations they need English.
Collaboration and Networking
- Sharing ideas with other teachers
- Internet links across the region
- TESOL SIGS (Special Interest Groups)
The 26th Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference. Teaching, Learning, Researching: Three Pillars of TESOL. 19-21 January 2006. 2006. Thai TESOL. 31 January 2006. <http://www.thaitesol.org/conf2006/>
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