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External Quality Assurance: What Effect Does It Have On The EFL Classroom?

Paper presented at:

“Diversity in the EFL Classroom”
Chulalongkorn University Language Institute National Seminar 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. 26th-27th November 2007.


Updated presentation, "The Assessment Result and its Utilisation in Learning and Teaching" was given at the ONESQA 9th Anniversary Conference held at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall in Bangkok on 6th November 2009.

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Paper published in the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG), March 2009 Issue, pages 17-29. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

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This paper looks at work conducted by the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) and the influence it has over the way Thai teachers of English approach the teaching of English in Thailand.


ONESQA has produced standards and key performance indicators for both basic and higher education. This paper concentrates on higher education and highlights problem areas where the author perceives there may be conflict between personal aims of individual teachers and the good and benefit of the teaching establishment and students.


Suggestions are put forward to adapt existing external quality control measures to make internal quality control within higher educational establishments more relevant to tertiary providers of education and the diversified careers that Thai teachers of English face today.


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