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Shaping the Urban Classrooms of Tomorrow: Creating a Rural Myth?

 

 

Paper presented at: "Teacher Collaboration: Shaping the Classroom of the Future"
The 32nd Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
27-28 January 2012.

 

Paper presented at: "Teacher Collaboration: Shaping the Classroom of the Future"
Post ThaiTESOL Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
30 January 2012.

 

Paper published in The New English Teacher (2012) Vol. 6.2, pages 1-17.

 

Abstract

 

Many rural Thai teachers of English find themselves teaching a subject that they feel they are neither confident nor competent to teach. International conferences and teacher training seminars come and go, leaving these ‘up-country’ teachers with the same problems to deal with on a daily basis.

Some educational commentators have stated that there is an ELT divide in Thailand that pits qualified English language teachers in urban settings against those who are qualified in other disciplines that are required to teach English in the countryside as part of their weekly teaching requirement.

This paper offers suggestions as to how rural teachers can benefit from developments and support from urban settings and proposes ways that teachers can collaborate and work cooperatively together. Only when this ‘coming together’ has taken place will the English language teaching profession have one voice and be able to pro-actively shape our classrooms of the future.

 

 

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