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The Kimchi Affair Conspiracy by Peter Masters

The recent resignations (foreign lecturers) from KKUIC all relate to the FALSE accusation of Harassment made by Aj Kanakorn (Pao) against Pete Masters, Michael Cooke, and Paul Hughes.

This situation led the foreign lecturers to consider the very real possibility that more, FALSE, accusations could be made against any foreign lecturer who dared question Dean La_arosi’s management decisions. If the accusation involved Lese Majeste we may be put in a Thai jail. We were genuinely worried and therefore we had to resign and most of us have left or are leaving Thailand. Read on……

Aj Kanakorn wrote a letter to Dean Lar_orisi asking her for advice relating to the foreign lecturers being very unhappy about the trip to Korea arranged by the dean; and that we were making it obvious that we were very unhappy (see Letter 1 in Thai) https://drive.google.com/…/0Bwq5n-kSm_bOUEU2QW1KR19Ld…/view….

This was true. We were very unhappy that the dean invited Thai lecturers and staff only, and actually told them they must keep the trip a SECRET from the foreign lecturers (why??). The foreign lecturers believed that the 700,000 ++ baht (of student fees!!) the dean spent on this Thai only holiday would have been much better spent buying decent computers and a printer, that actually worked, for the foreign lecturers on the 8th floor. We, foreign lecturers, were told that this Thai only holiday was actually a “RESEARCH FIELD TRIP”. This was a LIE and everyone knew it, ask Chavis, Kate or any Thai lecturer if you can see this “research”, they cannot show you because it’s a lie. They told us that Goh (IT officer) was surveying Koreans in English???? Goh can’t speak English and neither can 98% of Koreans. But the Dean and others think all farangs are stupid and that we would believe this lie.

The dean’s advice to Aj Kanakorn was “Write a letter, in English, directly accusing the farang ring leaders i.e. Pete, Michael and Paul. Aj Kanakorn did this (see Letter 2 in English) . https://drive.google.com/…/0Bwq5n-kSm_bOWG5BazNIZ0pzb…/view…

Next we were told that we MUST go to the President’s Building to be interrogated by Assoc. Dean Kate and a KKU lawyer. We asked for some information about why we must do this but we were told “It’s a SECRET” and we were not allowed to know anything about it!?!

Michael was the first to face questioning from Assoc. Dean Kate and the KKU lawyer. At the finish of his interrogation, Assoc. Dean Kate told Michael that she already knew the accusations were false but she had to continue with Pete and Paul anyway.

Pete was next, however he had been told some information about what to expect by Michael and thus was very well prepared for the farce that followed (listen to the Inquisition recording – it’s quite long but worth a laugh). https://drive.google.com/…/0Bwq5n-kSm_bOVFZpQ1ZNUWFnM…/view…

Pete made it obvious to Dr Kate and the KKU lawyer that these accusations were TOTALLY FALSE and that the process the dean, Kate and the KKU lawyer had followed was totally illegal (they did NOT follow Due Process) because they refused to provide us (the accused) with any information/details, before or during our interrogations. Letter 1 and Letter 2 only came into our possession because Pete snatched them from the KKU lawyer’s hand (literally). Again, listen to the recording.

We have never received an apology from Kanakorn , Kate and of course not the dean. The dean and Kate informed Michael a few months ago that “this matter is closed”. Well, Dean La_rosi, Assoc Dean Kate and Kanakorn we are telling you that the matter of falsely accusing foreigners and then refusing to acknowledge your mistake, relating to appallingly bad management decisions at the students expense is far from over.

I feel very, very sorry for all the KKUIC students because you are the ones that are suffering from this incompetent management (academically and financially).

I can say this now because I am no longer in Thailand.

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As a footnote, I would like to add that I have taken my premature retirement from Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC) to arbitration and look forward to seeing everyone again in a different setting.

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The right of reply Kanokon Rattanapon

Imagine that you are by yourself in your office, and your colleagues who are not closed to you at all come to you and lash at you about an oversea trip that you joined. The way they communicate with you are full of emotional sarcasm, abusive words and gestures and attempts to defame your dignity. What would you do?


Unfortunately, the mentioned dissident incidents happened to me for real, and it didn’t happen just one time. It happened to me twice when I was by myself at my own working desk. Thus, I didn’t let it happen again for the third time. I could not take these abusive behaviors towards me for granted and I believe I’m entitled to the rights to protect my own dignity. I wrote to two letters to my boss asking for justice. Then the internal investigation was conducted, and both conflictual parties were summoned to the interrogations. Since then I haven’t been formally informed about the result of the internal investigation process. However, after the investigation process started I started to received intimidating letters (both in electronic and hard –copy form) from one of those colleagues also. Moreover, there was also a counterfeit letter sent to KKU president under my name. I have no idea who did this…so I have reported this to the police and I’m sure the case is being under investigation.


I’ve learned that there are some people trying to relate my case to other KKUIC matters and I’m worried that all of KKUIC personnel and students would get this wrong.


My complaints to the boss are just about me myself being psychologically harassed at work and about me myself to regain my dignity. I hope this message help clearing the dust. I’m speaking on my part for my dignity and my pride as being a lecturer and a part of KKUIC.


ถึงนักศึกษาวิทยาลัยนานาชาติ มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่นทุกคน
อาจารย์ขอใช้พื้นที่นี้ในการให้ข้อมูลเกี่ยวกับ เหตุการณ์ที่ได้เกิดขึ้นกับอาจารย์ดังที่มีการนำมาเปิดเผยในที่สาธารณะ เหตุการณ์ที่เกิดขึ้นคือ มีเพื่อนร่วมงานของอาจารย์จำนวนมากกว่าหนึ่งคน ได้เข้ามาพูดจาเสียดสี ถากถางและดูหมิ่นศักดิ์ศรีของอาจารย์เกี่ยวกับเรื่องที่ไปเข้าร่วมทริปการเดินทางไปต่างประเทศของวิทยาลัย โดยเพื่อนร่วมงานเหล่านั้นได้กระทำการดังกล่าวพร้อมกันในขณะที่อาจารย์อยู่คนเดียวถึงสองครั้ง อาจารย์ไม่สามารถปล่อยให้เรื่องนี้เกิดขึ้นเป็นครั้งที่สามได้ เนื่องจากสิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นถือเป็นการการปฏิบัติในทางที่มิชอบจากเพื่อนร่วมงาน ในสถานที่ทำงาน ซึ่งเพื่อนร่วมงานเหล่านั้นไม่ได้มีความสนิทสนมกันเป็นการส่วนตัวกับอาจารย์เหล่านั้นแม้แต่น้อย อาจารย์จึงได้มีการร้องเรียนไปยังผู้บังคับบัญชา และทางหน่วยงานจึงได้มีการสอบสวนภายในขึ้นเพื่อหาข้อเท็จจริงและข้อยุติ โดยทั้งสองฝ่ายถูกเรียกไปให้ปากคำและข้อมูล อย่างไรก็ตามอาจารย์เองก็ยังไม่ทราบผลสรุปของการสอนสวนภายนี้ในค่ะ ทั้งนี้ทั้งนั้นหลังจากมีการเริ่มการสอบสวนภายใน ก็มีการส่งจดหมายข่มขู่มาหาอยู่เรื่อยๆ ที่เลวร้ายกว่านั้นคือมีคนปลอมจดหมายและใช้ชื่อของอาจารย์ส่งไปหาอธิการบดีของมหาวิทยาลัย อาจารย์ได้ให้ตำรวจช่วยสืบหาผู้กระทำแล้ว ขณะนี้อยู่ระหว่างการสืบสวนสอบสวน 
เรื่องที่เกิดขึ้นระหว่างอาจารย์และเพื่อนร่วมงานเหล่านั้นเป็นเรื่องเกี่ยวกับการปฏิบัติต่อกันที่ไม่ถูกต้องและไม่สมควรในที่ทำงาน ขอวอนนักศึกษาอย่าเอาเรื่องนี้ไปเกี่ยวโยงกับกรณีอื่นๆ และขอให้ใช่วิจารณญาณในการรับข้อมูลข่าวสาร ในส่วนของอาจารย์ อาจารย์ขอต่อสู้เพื่อศักดิ์ศรีของตัวอาจารย์เอง ซึ่งอาจารย์มีสิทธิ์ที่จะทำเช่นนั้น เพื่อไม่ให้ใครมาดูหมิ่นศักดิ์ศรีความเป็นคนและความภาคภูมิใจในอาชีพการเป็นอาจารย์ของ KKUIC

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Further footnote: 'I’m speaking on my part for my dignity and my pride as being a lecturer and a part of KKUIC.' I would like to restore my dignity and pride as a lecturer and part of KKUIC; however, by not having my contract renewed due to the warning letter that was issued and rumours and lies perpetuated by KKUIC administrators and management, I don't have the luxury of regaining my dignity.

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KKUIC

(Kreng-jai Knowingly Undermines Individual Creativity)

Final Letter to the Dean by Steven Graham

 

 

To:       The Dean KKUIC

From:   Steven Graham

Date:   28th August 2014

Dear Dean,

I have just finished marking the latest placement tests (writing tests) for our new students from China. I have spent the whole afternoon testing and evaluating two students. It has taken me five hours. I don't mind doing this as I feel that it is very important that we take care of our students as they are our number one priority. A wrong decision at this stage could be costly for a student's future. Having spent more than twenty years in TESOL, I understand the importance and responsibility of the task that I have been given.

What I find difficult to accept is that I completed a similar undertaking two weeks ago. This also took five hours to complete. I am happy to do this once again, because of the significance of the task at hand. However, what I do find disturbing is the fact that I am still not being kept informed about what is going on with regard to the testing, evaluation and assessment of new students and their eventual placement. As you can see, I put in more than my fair share of hours; however, I feel that I am being deliberately marginalized by support staff and management.

We have already had the situation where I was intentionally left out of the loop and testing took place without my knowledge. Now I find out that not only are my recommendations for the placement of new students being ignored without any explanation, but I have just discovered that I have AEP 1 students in my Critical Reading and Writing class. I was not aware that AEP 1 students were in the mainstream classes. When did this start? One student I taught in the morning was tested in the afternoon. I will help out and be flexible when I can, but we now have students who have not even sat their placement test in the mainstream classroom.

I put forward my recommendations concerning the students from two weeks ago in an email to you (copy to Pook) on 20th August 2014 based on sound knowledge and experience in the TESOL field. If I am to once again be ignored, I would have welcomed some communication stating why my advice had been snubbed. I appreciate that I am not considered to be in a position to make any management decisions; however, once again a lack of communication has been demonstrated, masking what I believe to be, respectfully, the wrong decisions being made with regard to the placement of our new students. From what I can see from paperwork I have asked for from the support staff, the writing examination has been ignored completely and a false weighting given to the TOEFL test of 75%. The speaking test I conducted did not even appear on the results sheet. The students should be in AEP 2 in accordance with my previous recommendation, not in AEP 3 and AEP1.

As far as AEP 1 students in mainstream English classes are concerned (and other classes I presume), the class sizes are already too big. Now there are students who need the extra care and attention that they deserve (and pay for) in large classes where they cannot have the consideration they need in order to succeed. This will put a strain on the lecturers, whose performance will suffer in the classroom and could have an adverse affect on the remaining students. I believe this is a recipe for failure. In addition, I would have thought that if there had been a change in policy, that it would have been conveyed to the lecturers concerned in order for the lessons that had been planned to be adjusted accordingly.

We discussed class sizes several times previously and you were in agreement that they should be reduced. So far, they have increased. We talked about a lack of communication at KKUIC and this too has not improved. I believe that our pursuit of KPIs has clouded our vision. The students are what matter and should be the focal point of our attention, not the quest for KPIs and money. Quality on a daily basis centered on the needs of our students is what is required. The KPI’s will follow naturally. Short term financial gain will result in long term failure. We need to invest in our students by reducing class sizes, hiring more teachers and paying existing teachers to undertake extra duties.


We are now in the dangerous position of acquiring a bad name. The Chinese students are not happy with the class sizes and neither are their parents. Moreover, a program leader from Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Khon Kaen Campus recently contacted KKUIC asking for help. She tried twice to ask for assistance, but was spoken to in a rude and disparaging way. Her opinion of our faculty is not good and will unfortunately have a knock-on effect. In addition, someone from KKUIC telephoned the Primary Education Area 4 offices in Udon Thani asking for a fax of the paperwork I sent to you concerning the community service that I conduct on a regular basis. Imagine my surprise when I was at a seminar last weekend and I was questioned concerning the telephone call. I was informed that there was nothing wrong with the signature on the paperwork and that KKUIC were checking up on me. Moreover, I still have Dr. Eric waiting for an interview with you. He departs next month for UK and was hoping to discuss the possible cooperation between our two universities in regard the Communication Arts program. What am I supposed to tell him? He is staying opposite me in my apartment block. It just adds more fuel to the flames.


I am sure you are tired of my constant rants and continual moaning, as I am. The problem is that when we meet, you agree in principle to many things we discuss; however, nothing seems to happen. If you believe that I am out of order and that there is no substance to my diatribe, then would you please tell me and I will cease immediately.

 

Yours faithfully,



Steven Graham

Lecturer

 

 

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ขออนุญาติแสดงความคิดนะคะ โดยส่วนตัวเป็นหนึ่งในนักศึกษาคณะนี้ค่ะ
การเรียนการสอนที่นี่อยู่ในขั้นที่ดีค่ะ อาจารย์ฝรั่งและอาจารย์ไทยสอนดีค่ะ รุ่นพี่ที่จบไปมีงานทำและฝึกงานที่ดีก็มีค่ะ 
แต่ปัญหาที่เจอกับตัวเองโดยตรง
ประเด็นที่1 - เป็นเรื่องพี่ๆสตาฟ เพื่อนๆพี่ๆหลายคน(ส่วนน้อยที่ไม่พูดอาจจะมี) 
คือพี่สตาฟพูดไม่ดี น้ำเสียงในการพูดไม่ดีเท่าที่ควรนะคะ น่าจะมีการปรับปรุงตัวหรือเปลี่ยนใหม่ไปเลยก็ดีค่ะ
(คหสต. คือรู้สึกอารมณ์เสียทุกครั้งเวลาเข้าไปในห้องนั้นเพื่อถามข้อมูลเล็กๆน้อยๆ แต่กลับตอบแบบขอไปที)
ประเด็นที่2 - คือเรื่องตึกเรียน เรียนที่ห้องสมุดหรือไปตึกคณะอื่นบ้าง ก็ไม่ได้เป็นปัญหาอะไรค่ะ แต่ก็อยากให้มีตึกเป็นของตัวเอง
ประเด็นที่3(ที่สำคัญมากๆ) คือเรื่อง AEP ค่ะ เราเองก็เคยผ่าน AEP มาค่ะ 
(AEP คือ ACADEMIC ENGLISH PREPARATION หรือการเรียนปรับพื้นฐานนั่นเอง)
AEP มี 1,2,3(AEPละ18,000) หรือ Pass(ไม่ต้องเรียนAEP)ก็ดีไป
*สำหรับคนที่ติด AEP ต้องได้ลงเรียน 3 วิชา ถ้าผ่านแล้วถึงลงเรียนปกติหรือลงวิชาสาขาได้ค่ะ
**ประเด็นคือเพื่อนๆที่ไม่ผ่าน ทั้งๆที่เปอร์เซ็นเข้าเรียนและคะแนนสอบผ่านค่ะ 
อยากทราบและขอความเป็นมาตรฐานกับข้อสอบ AEP และการเรียน AEP มากกว่านี้ค่ะ
โดยความเห็นส่วนตัวไม่ได้อยากจะประจารคณะหรืออะไรนะคะ อยากให้มีการปรับปรุงหรือแก้ไขในบางส่วนเท่านั้นบ้างค่ะ
ปล.AEP ก็มีส่วนช่วยให้ภาษาอังกฤษเราดีขึ้น แต่สำหรับคนที่เรียนซ้ำๆก็น่าเห็นใจนะคะ โดยที่ไม่รู้ว่ามาตรฐานที่แท้จริงเป็นยังไง
จึงเรียนมาเพื่อทราบค่ะ


 

 


Introduction to Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC)

 

“We build future global citizens where there is unity in diversity.”

 

 

 

Khon Kaen University (KKU) is the oldest and largest university in north-eastern Thailand, covering an area of approximately 9000 hectares. It was established in 1964 as one of four regional universities.

 

Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC) is a recent addition which aims to be a focal point for international education in the region, by focusing on the integration of theory and experience with the benefit of cultural diversity, critical thinking and innovation. This is achieved by mutual respect, cooperation and responsibility.

 

At KKUIC, it is the students themselves that are the priority as they are groomed to be the future leaders of our respective societies. To enable this to happen, programs are tailored to our students with individual support and mentoring to allow everyone the opportunity to succeed in a safe and friendly environment.

 

Have a look at the website: http://www.ic.kku.ac.th/ic/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Training for Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4  - 24 August 2014

 

 

More than one hundred Thai teachers of English from Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4 attended training concerning the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is proposed that this framework will be adopted in Thailand in the future and these teachers were very keen to understand what the framework means for Thai teachers of English in this education area. Having worked in UK for eight years using the framework, KKUIC was only too happy for me to help with the training.

 

 

 

English Language Training for Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4 School Directors and Supervisors - 02 August 2014

 

 

This training was different from the normal training that I have conducted recently because these school directors and supervisors have a different set of problems compared to the teachers that I usually have the pleasure to train. This was a very enjoyable session and I look forward to next year when I hope I will be invited again to contribute to the English language development of these very motivated directors and supervisors of Area 4.

 

 

 

Teacher Training for Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4  - 20 July 2014

 

 

Teachers from all four districts under the supervision of Area 4 attended this training at the Karin Hotel in Udon Thani and it was great to see many teachers who were formally my students at the event. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and came away with at least something they could use in their classrooms in the future.

 

 

 

KKUIC Songkran Celebration - 10 April 2014

 

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun! Another year over and time to have a bit of a laugh with our students as everyone prepares for the holiday that is nearly upon us. Best wishes to all at KKUIC and I hope that everyone is safe over the Songkran period.

 

 

Congratulations to the Third Graduating Class of KKUIC - 28 February 2014

 

We were very lucky to have some good entertainment during the celebrations. A special thank you to Thomas and the boys for a cultural show with a difference. What a great way to say 'congratulations' to the most recent graduates of KKUIC and wish them all the best for the future.

 


Congratulations to our Graduating Class - December 2013

 

 

 

On 14th December 2013, the KKUIC staff and graduating students gathered to record the coming of age of our latest students. Good luck to our graduates and I wish all of them well for the future in their chosen careers.

 

 

 

Boribalphumikhet English Camp, Ban Phue District, Udon Thani - 22 November 2013

 

 

Mattayom students from Boribalphumiket School attended an English Camp and KKUIC were actively involved in providing support for these grade 7-9 students. The area that was given to KKUIC to focus on was pronunciation, so various card games and activities were organised to ensure that all the students had the opportunity to be involved and to practice their English language pronunciation.

 

A special thank you to everyone at the school for making me feel so welcome. In addition, thank you to the students who were not part of the English Camp who also joined in with some impromptu activities.

 

 

 

45th Annual AUA/Ministry of Education Seminar at Chamchuri Square, Bangkok - 18th October 2013

 

 

 

KKUIC was very happy to contribute to this annual event. This year, the theme was Initiating ASEAN Integration: Empowering English Teachers. The event was well attended by very enthusiastic participants who took part in lectures and activities from 14th - 22nd October 2013. Thai English language teachers from all over Thailand attended the seminar with a view to preparing their students for the ASEAN Economic Community and the changes that will take place in the region over the coming years.

 

The photograph was taken from the new offices in Chamchuri Square. What a view!

 

 

 

English Language Training for Supervisors at Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4 - 15 September 2013

 

Supervisors from Area 4 were put through their paces at the Karin Hotel in Udon Thani as part of a concerted effort by the management to help improve the English language skills of all staff. Activities included shopping, which I found particularly interesting as most of the supervisors knew more about it than me.

Giving directions and describing places were also demonstrated and role-played allowing all participants the opportunity to practice their language skills.

 

 

Udon Thani Primary Education Area Office 4 - English Language Training for School Directors - 1 September 2013

 

 

 

There are 156 schools from four districts under the watchful eye of Primary Education Area Office 4 and it was back to the Karin Hotel for the school directors this time as they were put through their paces by PEER Center staff and invited teacher trainers. KKUIC were very happy to help with the training and look forward to the opportunity of assisting again in the future. The school directors were very enthusiastic and participated very well in the activities that were laid on for them.

 

 

 

English Language Training for Ban Nong Ya Sai School in Wang Sam Mor District Udon Thani - 29 August 2013

 

 

 

This school was interested in KKUIC providing some training for the annual round of competitions that are coming up soon. Subjects included speeches, listening, pronunciation, spelling and story-telling. I have not been to this school before; however, the teachers were very persuasive, so I decided to pay them a visit. They made me feel very welcome and the students worked very hard as I put them through their paces. I am sure the students will do very well when they compete in their various competitions and I thank them all for making me feel so at home during my stay.

 

 

 

English Training for Prathom Teachers Grades 1-3 - 17/18 August 2013

 

 

 

The Karin Hotel in Udon Thani was the venue this weekend for 160 primary school teachers who were there to learn about the new Teachers' Kit. Remember that the majority of English at primary school level is taught by teachers who majored in other subjects. The teachers were very good and between taking photographs, they took an active part in all the activities that were provided by the trainers selected from the local area under the guidance of Primary Education Area Office 4.

 

Everyone had a good time whilst they listened to their trainers and produced their lessons for the demonstration phase of the training.

 

 

 

The 1st Khon Kaen University, Nong Khai Campus International Conference - 18/19 July 2013

 

 

 

 

This conference was titled, 'Building up of the research based knowledge for sustainable development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region' and involved participants from the GMS region sectioned into two strands. The first strand was Science and Technology and the second contained Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Business management and Tourism.

 

 

 

Mekong Forum 2013 - 11/12 July 2013

 

 

 

This highly interactive forum allowed delegates the opportunity to formulate policy and present it to the six governments of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) for consideration when deciding the future development of the region. The forum was split into three parts:

 

Improving agricultural productivity through pro-poor strategies

Improving national and regional business facilitation and development services for SMEs

Facilitating freer cross-border labor movement and better mutual skill recognition arrangements

 

This allowed plenty of time for groups to present their findings to the attending delegates for scrutiny.

 

 

 

English camp at Bantatprachanukoon School, Ban Phue district, Udon Thani - 7 June 2013

 

 

Prathom 5 and 6 children from surrounding schools joined the students from Bantatprachanukoon School in a three day English camp organised by the PEER Center located in Bantatprachanukoon School. Activities were laid on for students covering all four skills as well as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and activities emphasizing ASEAN.

 


Teacher training at Holy Redeemer Northeastern Region School - 24 May 2013

 

 

 

This training consisted of presentations and activities designed to illustrate how soft skills development and an ASEAN context can be added to a teacher's repertoire with the minimum of effort allowing the teachers to prepare their students for ASEAN integration in 2015 and at the same time, giving them the tools they need to think critically, solve problems and develop their remaining soft skills at the same time.

 

 

 

The 3rd Khon Kaen University International and National Conference on Sustainable Rural Development - 9/10 May 2013

 

 

This conference was titled, "Local Community: The Foundation of Development of the ASEAN Economic Community" and took place at the Centara Hotel and convention Center in Khon Kaen over two days.

Khon Kaen University has an important duty to create innovative learning processes to solve problems and develop the community, particularly in the north-east of Thailand. As the leading international educational provider for the Isan region of Thailand, Khon Kaen University International College is very proud to play an important role in this process.

More details can be found here.

 

 

English Language Training for Primary School Teachers in Nongsaeng District, Udon Thani - 25/27 April 2013

 

 

 

The Nongsaeng PEER Center in Udon Thani, in conjunction with Khon Kaen University International College recently held some English language training for approximately fifty primary school teachers. The first two days, teachers learned how to use communicative activities in the classroom and then on the third day, they put their new skills to the test by simulating their own English Camp. The teachers were very enthusiastic and made the whole experience extremely enjoyable.

 

At the end of the training, each school was presented with their own set of 'Smooth Transitions' DVDs for use in their classrooms by Udon Education Foundation (UEF).

 

More details can be found here.

 

 

 

KKUIC Songkran Celebration - 11 April 2013

 

 

 

Another year over and a good excuse to break out the loud shirts again. Happy holidays to everyone, especially our KKUIC students. Remember to be safe over the holiday period, it's a jungle out there!

 

 

Congratulations to our Graduating Class - April 2013

 

 

 

Finally, our students were able to have their graduation ceremony and be on their way to bigger and brighter things. Good luck to all our graduating students.

 

 

English for Communication Training Course at Khon Kaen Vocational College - 18/28 March 2013

 

 

A nine day course took place to allow the teachers at Khon Kaen Vocational College the opportunity to practice their English language skills in an ASEAN environment. English language functions were used in conjunction with the languages and cultures of ASEAN countries allowing the participants to conduct presentations and role-play activities for the duration of the course.

 

The teachers were very motivated for the tasks that were presented to them and the course proved enjoyable for all those who participated; especially me! I would like to personally thank all those concerned for making my time at Khon Kaen Vocational College so memorable.

 

 

 

Khon Kaen Vocational College has many very active teachers. Here is an example of a physical training instructor at work during her English language training. A shy retiring person, she manages to overcome her fear of public speaking to successfully deliver her presentation during the initial days of the course.

 

 

English camp at Ban Khok Na-Gnam Plasiem School - 7 February 2013

 

 

 

Students from Khon Kaen University International College conducted a successful English Camp for children in grades 4-6 at Ban Khok Na-Gnam Plasiem School in Khon Kaen as part of their ongoing community service activities. Around 130 children took part in communicative activities and vocabulary and grammar games over the course of one day, allowing the Prathom pupils to use English in context as well as have the opportunity to mix with International College students who acted as role models, demonstrating what they themselves could become in the future.

 

 

 

Changing roles and policy of ELT schools for the preparation of AEC - 23 January 2013

 

 

 

Khon Kaen University International College hosted two half-day seminars for primary and secondary school teachers on the subject of government policy concerning Thailand's integration into the ASEAN Economic Community and the socio-cultural effects that impact English language teaching in Thailand's basic education sector.

 

A special thanks goes to MM Publications for their co-operation and collaboration in producing this seminar.

 

 

 

Demonstration of KKUIC research project for the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Office of Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education - 30 November 2012

 

 

Khon Kaen University International College in conjunction with Udon Education Foundation (UEF) were given an opportunity to show visiting dignitaries as well as the general public the scope and progress of recent research that has been carried out in Bantatprachanukoon School in Ban Phue district, Udon Thani province over the last semester. The ERIC Center at this school, its staff and pupils have been cooperating for some time in helping to develop teaching materials, teacher training and the implementation of voice recognition software.

 

On display were the Smooth Transitions DVDs for use with primary school English language learning as well as students being assessed using the SpeaKIT voice recognition software. In addition, the latest language analysis and user guides for course books was made available for public scrutiny, as well as classroom videos and photographs of students using the materials and equipment.

 

 

1st KKUIC Debating Competition - 17 November 2012

 

 

Khon Kaen International College held their first debating competition which involved training and support for all interested parties before the competition started. The idea was to introduce everyone to this demanding English language event with a view to KKUIC entering teams in regional, national and international competitions in the future.

 

The winning team is pictured above in deep thought, planning their tactical strategy.

 

 

 

English for ASEAN at Peth Pittayakan School, Chaiyaphum province with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - 11/12 October 2012

 

 

 

 

KKUIC were invited to help out with teacher training for Thai teachers of English who wanted to learn communicative English in a relaxed environment. After completing activities over the two days, teachers gave role-play activities demonstrating the skills they had learned over the period. Everyone had a really good time and found the activities challenging and most of all, a lot of fun.

 

 

English Camp at Nongka School, Khon Kaen - 21 July 2012

 

 

 

Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC) conducted a successful English Camp staffed by lecturers and students for four schools in the local area as part of its ongoing series of outreach programs. The schools attending were Nongka, Kambon, Naprang and Kaina schools and all the participants were primary school children. The English Camp was attended by the Dean of KKUIC, Assoc. Prof. Yupin Techamanee, Ph.D. and the Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Kamoltip Brown, Ph.D. who watched as the school children were put through their paces by the faculty staff and students from a variety of majors who volunteered to help run the camp.

 

This was a very successful day, judging by the response of the young participants and KKUIC look forward to the opportunity of conducting similar training in the future with these four local primary schools.

 

 

Teacher and Student Training in English Language Communicative Activities, Watnonsamran School, Roi-Et - 18 July 2012

 

 

This time it was off to Roi-Et with Ajarn Anu for some communicative activities with the students and teachers from Watnonsamran School, which is the primary school that Ajarn Anu attended when she was a young student. We look forward to visiting again to see the progress that both teachers and students will be making in the future.

 

 

English for Communication 2012, Udon Thani Primary Educational Service Area Office 4 - 30 June to 8 July 2012

 

 

 

This training was devised in order to offer support to members of staff from Udon Thani Educational Service Area Office 4 and directors of schools in the area. Participants gave presentations and demonstrations of various language functions illustrating their competence in the use of English in a range of situations. Materials for this training were adapted from the course, English for Communication in Multicultural Societies which was developed from an existing course at Khon Kaen University International College.

 

 

English Summer Camp for Prathom Teachers, Bantatprachanukoon ERIC Network Center Ban Phue District - 29 June 2012

 

 

 

Prathom teachers of English took part in various activities that could be used effectively in local classrooms once they returned to their schools. Areas covered were the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) as well as vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. Teachers had the opportunity to have a hands-on approach to this training allowing them to experience for themselves what their students have to do in the classroom.

 

 

EP Foreign Teachers' Development & Best Practice Seminar - 28 June 2012

 

 

 

An audience of approximately 150 foreigners and English Program Heads attended a seminar dealing with such topics as Curriculum 51, Thai culture and the use of course books and supplementary materials in the English language classroom. Throughout the seminar, participants were encouraged to take an active part in discussions and activities so that they could take away as much as they could from the experience.

 

The seminar was well administered by Loeipittayakom School and took place in the excellent Chiangkhan River Mountain Resort. A big thank you to everyone at the resort, Loeipittayakom School and Oxford University Press for making everything run so smoothly.

 

 

Teacher English Camp 2012, Udon Thani Primary Educational Service Area Office 4 - 27 June 2012

 

 

 

Mathayom teachers of English took part in an English Camp designed to give them the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and exchange ideas in a friendly environment. Games and activities were carefully chosen so that teachers understood their relevance and appropriateness to the learning process. As well as being an important part of the participants continual professional development, it was also great fun as everyone took an active part in everything that was going on.

 

 

English Camp at So Phisai - 16/17 June 2012

 

 

 

A great English Camp took place administered by the ERIC Center involving about 220 primary school students from So Phisai district. This was also the chance for old friends to get together. In this picture Maliwan, Sky and Irada joined me to remember the BA English, MA TESOL and B Ed English courses that we took part in over the last seven years.

 

 

Teacher Training at So Phisai - 9/10 June 2012

 

 

 

Two days of teacher training were undertaken by primary school teachers from So Phisai. Some of these teachers had been trained to be English teachers and some were majors in other disciplines. All the teachers worked really hard and had an enjoyable time preparing for the forthcoming English Camp that they have planned for their students; as well as refreshing their classroom methodologies for use in the normal school environment.

 

KKUIC were happy to assist the ERIC Center and look forward to the forthcoming English Camp.

 

 

Bantatprachanukoon School English Camp - 7/8 June 2012

 

 

 

One of the responsibilities of KKUIC is to help out at English Camps around the country. About 120 students from local schools in the Ban Phue district attended an English Camp hosted by the ERIC Center at Bantatprachanukoon School. Teachers from four districts came and helped out to make the camp an enjoyable as well as an educational event.

 

 

Congratulations to the First Graduating Class from KKUIC - 28 May 2012

 

On 28th March 2012, KKUIC faculty and staff celebrated with our first graduating class in the Pullman Hotel in Khon Kaen on the occasion of their graduation. Everyone at KKUIC wishes them well for the future and look forward to when they return as part of our alumni.

 

 

Integrating English Teaching with an ASEAN Context - 21/22 May 2012

 

 

This year, the KKUIC annual seminar drew approximately 130 participants to Khon Kaen with a view to learning how existing materials and methodologies could be adapted to reflect a more ASEAN flavour as the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community draws nearer.

Have a look at the winning presentation that had the audience in stitches as well as me. It's all very well saying that learning has to be fun, but this is just unbelievable.

 

 

KKUIC Songkran Celebrations -  12 April 2012

 

 

This year, Songkran produced three wise monkeys. See no grammar, hear no grammar, speak no grammar (Lucas 2012).
Can you correctly match the category to the monkey?

 

Have a look at our Songkran video below:

 

 

 

The 1st GMS Inter-University English Speech Competition - 2/3 February 2012

 

 

 

 

KKUIC took part in the first ever competition of this kind. The contest was open to university students from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Thailand, Vietnam, Lao PDR, China, Cambodia and Myanmar) and took place at The Language Institute, Nakhon Phanom from 2-3 February 2012. The competition was to be staged last November but had to be postponed due to the floods.

 

This is an excellent competition and was thoroughly enjoyable. The organisers were very welcoming and the competition was conducted in a very student-friendly way. This year's topics were focused on the forthcoming ASEAN economic community and how it will affect local communities, universities and students. KKUIC hopes to bring more students to take part in the next competition, probably in November later this year.

 

 

 

KKUIC Public Relations Visit to the College Fair at Ekamai International School - 27th September 2011

 

 

 

KKUIC was invited to the College Fair at Ekamai International School as the International College has a reputation for providing up to date information about the significant benefits that students can obtain by having an international education. Our PR Officer, Nonglak is seen here giving a presentation to the Head of Guidance and Counseling, Udom Saengsawang at the end of a fruitful day of activities.

 

 

 

 

Teacher Training at Rajamangala University of Technology, Isan - 19th August 2011

 

The training was for high School teachers of the area as well as 4th year students from the university and a few teachers. The idea of using newspapers to teach English is nothing new; however, all participants were able to take something from what was on offer and hopefully will try out their new skills in the classroom in the near future.

Khon Kean University International College (KKUIC) is always willing to assist local educational establishments with teacher training and educational support as an ongoing commitment to the local community.

Look at the slideshow to see the participants taking part in the workshop.

 

 

 

 

Primary School English Language Teacher Training - 28th July 2011

 

The Deputy Director of Udon Thani Primary Educational Service Area Office 4, Panya Jankong brings to a close a successful workshop in English language teaching methodology for selected primary school teachers of English in the area.

For more details go to: http://www.steves-english-zone.com/primary-school-english-language-teachers.html

Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC) in conjunction with Udon Education Foundation (UEF) are actively working with primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions to provide support and training in order to better prepare students and teachers for their lifelong learning and teaching needs.

 

 

 

Student Centred Communicative Activities for Thai Teachers of English - 9th/10th May 2011

 

 

A successful 2 day workshop was held at Khon Kaen University International College in an ongoing commitment to assist high schools in the Isaan area with their English language teacher training.

Look at the slideshow to see the teachers taking part in the workshop.

 

 
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