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(Update) Teaching Kindergartens in Thailand

In less than two weeks Dr. Warong's pilot project of teaching the kindergarten will kick off. The pressure is piling up. I am beginning to feel nervous and nauseated. Will this work out? Will it yield expected result? What if not?

Exactly on the first of November the class will start. Two groups of students will be the subject, one hour each. Two teachers including myself are also involved. 

A few days before the end of this month, I'll be getting a call. It will be from Dr. Warong and friends. He said he would like me and Ajarn Lloyd to be at the meeting with people involved in the project. If time permits, former Finance Minister Khun Korn will be present. Possibly, even Democrat Leader and former Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva will be there as well. If they cannot make it at the meeting, they will be present during the first few weeks of the project to observe.

Dr. Warong is really serious to build a strong foundation in Thailand when it comes to English. He doesn't have problems in other fields like engineering, medicine, etc. However, when it comes to language such as English, Thailand is trailing behind other ASEAN countries. He wants to move English from foreign language to second language in a few years. He wants to change the current trend. And with the advent of ASEAN and the stiff global competition for work, things including communication and language competitiveness gives someone an edge over the others.   

For years the government gives a rather more focus to university students. Since they are the ones who will be working in different fields when they graduate, they are being prioritized. If you noticed however, some graduates can't make a rather understandable sentence. They may be good in Thailand, but they won't make a difference if they work abroad, Dr. Warong said.

There is more to his plan than just the language. Ethics and protecting ones' rights are also on the list. He has quite a long list, actually. But I can't spill all the beans just yet. I'll let him do it when he's ready. Above all though, he believes everything should start at the early stage of education.

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Louise ツ
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October 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM delete

I haven't been in Thailand but hopefully next year, I can pay a visit. But from the stories of my friends who has been there for their holidays, it is indeed one of the problems of the people... they find it hard to communicate using English. It's good that there are actions now to resolve that.

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dmhyf
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October 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM delete

I have a niece studying in an elementary school there in Bangkok and they have nothing but praise for it. (And they came from Singapore before that!) - Fred

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Franc Ramon
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October 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM delete

I think updating kindergarten would be a good move. That is like strengthening the base for students at an earlier age.

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Kareen Liez
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October 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM delete

Looks like kindergarten in Thailand is really great. How I wish I can send my daughter to a school like this.

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Rochkirstin Santos
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October 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM delete

I find that if Thai can only speak better English, they can be really competitive with others in the world in terms of the global workforce. Moving English as a second language will be a critical and great move.

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Kat
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October 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM delete

The younger you are, the better is your grasp of learning another language. Learning English has an advantage especially that the world is becoming a smaller place. However, I also believe in preserving one's culture. I hope that while learning another language, these kids won't forget their native tongue. -katrina centeno

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Khushboo Motihar
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October 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM delete

Sounds like an amazing initiative and English is a global language without which it becomes difficult to survive in this globalized world. All the best! :)

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Sin Yee
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October 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM delete

I always think being a teacher is really a difficult job ! Especially kindergarten... Imagine those kids running around and you have to keep shouting on them. Meanwhile there is a kid crying. OMG~~~~ Respect to you!

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Ling Tan
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October 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM delete

Could tell you are really passionate about this! Research has always supported that a language is easier learnt when one is younger. Kindergarten aged kids - that's about the right age! Best wishes on your undertaking.

Ling Tan
www.kidsonboard.net

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM delete

Thanks, Sin. I know it's going to be a lot difficult. But I'll handle it with pride and love. Wink!

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM delete

Thank you. And I agree now's the time. Otherwise, they will continue to fall behind other countries when it comes to communication.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM delete

I do hope so, Kat. I think they won't. Thai people simply love their native tongue.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM delete

True. They are quite good in IT too. language is one of the things if not the most that hinders them to be better.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM delete

That's right. I'm glad I am part of this.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM delete

Great. I'm sure she's doing well in school.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM delete

It can really be frustrating at times especially when you want to ask questions and nobody could understand. But still, Thai people in general are lovely, nice and hospitable, too.

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John
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October 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM delete

Thank you, Lin. The adrenaline is starting to pump like crazy. LoL.

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