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Implementing Curriculum Change in a Government University Programme in Issan: A Foreigner’s Perspective


Paper presented at:

“Facing EFL Challenges”
Chulalongkorn University Language Institute’s 6th International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. 27th-29th November 2006.

“Beyond Boundaries: Teaching English for Global Communication in Asia”
The 27th International Thailand TESOL Conference and 10th Pan-Asian Consortium International Conference 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. 26th-28th January 2007.



This paper investigates the processes involved in a recent project conducted in Udon Thani Rajabhat University, whilst implementing government changes to an existing Batchelor of Education (B.Ed.) English language major. It also takes into account the wishes of the Language Center and the English Language Programme to have learning outcomes in line with an internationally recognised organisation, in this case, Cambridge, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and their Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) and also Cambridge University Press and their course-book for the aforementioned test.


Three areas are given particular attention:

1. Observed problems in English language teaching at Prathom level.
2. The standard of existing B. Ed. Programmes in Udon Thani Rajabhat University.
3. The Cambridge TKT test and course-book.


This paper demonstrates that government procedures, commercial products and a will to succeed can be blended to create a different innovative language teaching approach.


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