Intensive English for Thai teachers. Can it work?

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A story by Dumrongkiat Mala in today’s Bangkok Post reports that the Education Ministry plans in March to kick off its first six-week “train-the-trainer” program me for 500 Thai teachers to teach English in state-run schools.

Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, who oversees the program, said Tuesday the teachers will be trained by 50 British Council English specialists.

“The 500 teachers will live in what we call an immersive environment for six weeks, speaking only English.

I was one of about 100 Peace Corps volunteers who did our Thai-language training in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. We had twenty Thai teachers and for about two months we had five hours of classes a day, with a different teacher for each class.

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