Introductory session to Ordinary National Education Test (ONET) for English subject to students of underserved schools…
Location: Than Deu School, Muang district, Nong Khai
Question to students: Are there any people of countries in Asean speaking English well, what countries?
Answers received from 48 student of Mattayom 1 to Mattayom 3 are people in many countries e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia. It has only 1 student to answer Thailand. This is as reflection from students to the existing perception of Thai people to English communication. Also, looking to previous ONET test of English subject of Thai students, the final score is average of 20-30% of the students of underserved schools, it is in low to very low performance.
Obstacles and limits to make this low learning quality are concerned in different factors both of teachers and students or learners. It’s considered to raise many-related questions what and why… This is better than to say whose faults and blame other sides. The most important thing is about how to make it better in the future to develop all teaching and learning tools including potential accountabilities of the teachers in teaching English. Inputs are also appropriate to add in additional or special activities and initiatives for example of special tuition and practical English camp. However, it is good to do this things but it seems impossible for small schools in rural areas to this things due to limitations to budget and personnel resources.
FCYD Foundation set up the new initiative of special tuition of English subject with a focus of target to small and underserved schools in rural areas. With good collaboration among FCYD and World Horizon from Germany, we do hope to continue this good activity and networking to other schools all year round and in long term… Thank you for all donations e.g. clothes, toys and gifts – it is good to give it to students in class and make them strong to participate and encourage to speak out English in the classroom. Thank you