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Who’s Steve?

Originally from London, I was, until recently, an English language teacher at Udon Thani Rajabhat University in the northeast of Thailand after spending my first two years in Thailand teaching secondary school pupils at St. John's-Bell Language Center in Bangkok. Having travelled the world and successfully completed a military career, I decided that education in Thailand was an important issue and have devoted my time and effort over the last ten years to creating an educational environment suitable for the local community where I live.

Udon Thani is an agricultural area and like many other areas in the Isaan region of Thailand, seems to be neglected, especially when it comes to education. Designing curriculum, syllabuses and courses, as well as presenting academic papers and teaching, I am of the opinion that one person can make a difference and that no task, however large or difficult is impossible to complete if you put your mind to it.

Unfortunately, the powers that be at Udon Thani Rajabhat University have decided that education at their university would be better off without my intervention; so with the majority of the foreigners working at the Language Center, I find that my services are no longer required. All was not lost, as the good people at Khon Kaen University International College deemed fit to employ me as a lecturer at their internationally recognised institution.

It may not surprise you to learn that the good people at Khon Kaen University International College were not as good as I thought and it took only three and a half years before I was asked to leave the not so internationally recognised Khon Kaen University International College and stake a claim at Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI), Khon Kaen Campus. Sources close to me are taking bets as to the length of time before my new relocation.

For those of you outside Thailand of a betting nature, I was able to stay at Rajamangala University of Technology Isan for two years before deciding that 23,700 baht a month salary was not enough for the work I was doing. Add to that there was not the possibility to work in the MA program and the prospects were bleak on the academic promotion front as I was informed that foreigners were not allowed to be professors.

I am now the Director of the English Preparatory Program at the American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. At last, a real job with responsibility and a living wage at the end of the month.

The story continues.........

 

English language and teaching qualifications:
EdD (pending October 2017), MA (TESOL),  PGCE (FE),  LTCL Dip.,  TESOL Cert.

Further post nominals include:
Dip. RSA,  FIAB,  LCGI,  MCMI,  MInstLM.

 

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Steve lives with his wife Phangwan and children Sam and Chelsea in Udon Thani, in the north east of Thailand. Both children go to local schools and can speak Thai, English and the local dialect Issan fluently.

 

 

What follows is a list of presentations and various articles that I have published over the last few years that may be of interest to some people.

 

 

Work History - Presentations

 

Smooth Transitions in ICT Classrooms

Paper presented at:

"Advancing Excellence in English Language Teaching  through ICT"

The 14th Annual LaoTESOL Conference 2017

National University of Laos, Vientiane Laos PDR.

23rd-24th February 2017.

Building Confidence through Roleplay

Paper presented at:

"Building a Regional Community: English across Platforms"

The 13th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching 2017

Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

18th-19th February 2017.

Encouraging the Professional Development of Language Teachers

Paper presented at:

"2016 Regional English Language Schools Seminar"

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn

Bangkok, Thailand.

12th May 2016.

Materials Writing and the Teacher

Paper presented at:

"Promoting Autonomy in Language Teaching and Learning"

The 12th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

20th-21st February 2016.

The Relationship between Thai Culture and the Learning and Teaching of English in North-eastern Thailand

Paper presented at:

CamTESOL-UECA Regional ELT Research Symposium 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

19th February 2016.

Materials Development for Laos Teachers of English: A Journey

Paper presented at:

"Creating Working Opportunity through English Language Education"

The 13th Annual LaoTESOL Conference 2016

National University of Laos, Vientiane Laos PDR.

4th-5th February 2016.


Self-Study on IELTS Preparation

Presented at:

“The Changing Landscape of ELT: Empowerment through Glocalization”

The 36th Thailand TESOL International Conference

The Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid, Khon Kaen, Thailand

29th-30th January, 2016


Self-Study on IELTS Preparation

Presented at:

“Empowering the 21st – Century Learners and Teachers”

Thailand TESOL Pre-Conference 2016, Mercure Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Friday 22nd January 2016.

 

Teaching Adolescents: Turning a Challenge into a Golden Opportunity

Presented at:

“Empowering the 21st – Century Learners and Teachers”

Thailand TESOL Pre-Conference 2016, Mercure Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Friday 22nd January 2016.


Kreng-jai Knowingly Undermines Individual Creativity

Paper presented at:

The 8th International Conference on Educational Research, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

11-12 September 2105.


The Role Culture Plays in Learner-centeredness

Paper presented at:

"English: Building Skills for Regional Cooperation and Mobility"

The 11th Annual CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

28 February-01 March 2015.

 

English for Communication in Multicultural Societies: An Example

Paper presented at:

"Empowering the Regional and International Links through Improving English Language Education"

The 12th Annual LaoTESOL Conference, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

02-03 February 2015.

 

External Quality Assurance 2014: What Effect does it have on the EFL Classroom?

Paper presented at:

"Enhancing Indonesian and Thai Educational Systems Compatibility towards ASEAN Community"

The 9th CRISU-CUPT International Conference 2014, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

27-30 October 2014.

 

Limitations to Applied Linguistics and Educational Research: Speech Recognition Software

Paper presented at:

"The 2014 International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Language Education"

Manila, The Philippines.

16-18 October 2014.

 

EIL in the Primary Classroom: Exploration and Innovation using DVDs for Communication

Paper presented at:

"Advancing Techniques and Skills for the Language Teaching Profession"

The 11th Annual LaoTESOL Conference 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

21-22 January 2014.

 

 

21st Century Global Citizenship: Understanding Students' Learning Preferences and Anxiety

Paper presented at:

"21st Century English Language Education: Towards Global Citizenship"
The 34th Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference, Chiang Mai.

17-18 January 2014.

 

 

Developing Materials for the 21st Century

Paper presented at:

Humanities and Social Science for Development"
9th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science, Khon Kaen.

14-15 November 2013.

 

 

Local to Global: Primary School English Audio-Visual Speech Recognition

Updated paper with data presented at:

"Englishes Across Asian Contexts: Opportunities and Challenges"
The 11th Asia TEFL International Conference 2013.
Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines.


26th-28th October 2013.

 

 

Publish and be Damned: Institutional Pressure to Conduct Research and be Published in Thailand

Paper presented at:

The 6th International Conference on Educational Research, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

13-14 September 2013.

 

 

A Case Study into Anxiety Facing a Pre-service English Language Teacher in North-eastern Thailand

Paper presented at:

"Building up of the Research Based Knowledge for Sustainable Development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region."

The 1st Nong Khai Campus International Conference 2013, Nong Khai, Thailand.

18-19 July 2013.

 

 

21st Century Global Citizenship: Understanding Students' Learning Preferences and Anxiety

Preliminary paper presented at:

"E-novation and Communities in ELT"
The 33rd Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference, Khon Kaen.

25-26 January 2013.

 

 

Cultural Awareness in the EFL Workplace: Balancing Globalization and Localization in the Thai Context

Paper presented at:

"Balancing Globalization and Localization in ELT"
CULI National Seminar, Bangkok, Thailand.

19-20 November 2012.

 

 

Planning, Preparation and Pretesting: The Implementation of a Research Project in North-Eastern Thailand

Paper presented at:

"Challenging Education for Future Change"
The 5th International Conference on Educational Research, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

8-9 September 2012.

 

 

Looking Beyond English: Language and Development for 2015

Paper presented at:

"Language and Development"
8th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

25-26 February 2012.

 

 

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

Paper presented at:

"Teacher Collaboration: Shaping the Classroom of the Future"
Post ThaiTESOL Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

30 January 2012.

 

 

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.

 

 

Reducing Political Conflict Through Education

Oral presentation presented at:

"Innovations for Harmonious Living in a Borderless Society"
The 1st International Student Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

23-25 January 2012.

 

 

English for Communication in Multi-Cultural Societies: Education for Sustainable Development

Paper presented at:

“Learning Community for Sustainable Development”
4th International Conference on Educational Research (ICER), Khon Kaen, Thailand.

9th-10th September 2011.

 

 

Comics in the Classroom: Something to be Taken Seriously

Paper presented at:

“English for Mobility”
The 7th Annual CamTESOL Conference.
National Institute of Education, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

26th-27th February 2011.

 

 

Local to Global: Primary School English Audio-Visual Speech Recognition

Paper presented at:

“Transforming the Language Classroom: Meeting the Needs of the Globalised World”
The 31st Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference 2011.
The Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

21st-22nd January 2011.

 

 

EIL in the Primary Classroom: Exploration and Innovation using DVDs for Communication

Paper originally presented at:

"Pathways in EIL: Explorations and Innovations in Teaching and Research"
Chulalongkorn Language Institute's 7th International Conference, Bangkok.

01-03 December 2010.

 

 

Reflection and Feedback: Primary School Teachers of English Take Control

Paper presented at:

"One World: World Englishes"
CamTESOL, National Institute of Education, Phnom Penh.

27-28 February 2010.

 

 

From the bottom up: A case study of teacher training for primary school teachers of English in a Thai school in north eastern Thailand

Paper presentd at:

“ELT in the Next Decade: Sharing, Caring and Daring.”
The 30th Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

29th-30th January 2010.

 

 

Developing Materials for English for Future Careers

Paper presented at:

“Empowering Teachers of English as an International Language”
Chulalongkorn Language Institute National Seminar, Bangkok.

24-25 November 2009.

 

 

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

Updated paper presented at:

"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.

6th November 2009.

 

 

English for Future Careers:
Globalisation for Mechanical Technology Students

Paper presented at:

The Graduate Research Conference UDRU, Building One, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand.

19-20 September 2009.

 

 

English for Future Careers:
Globalisation for Mechanical Technology Students

Paper presented at:

“The Globalisation of ELT: Emerging Directions”

The 5th CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

21-22 February 2009.

 

 

The Use of Flickr Photographic Networking in a Globalised World

Paper presented at:

“Englishes & Literatures-in-English in a Globalised World”
The 13th International Conference on English in South East Asia (ESEA) 2008.
National Institute of Education, Singapore.

4th-6th December 2008.

 

 

From the bottom up: A case study of teacher training for primary school teachers of English in a Thai school in north eastern Thailand

Paper presented at:

“Actualizing Potentials in Language Education.”
The 4th PALT International Conference on Language Education (ICLE), Manila, Philippines.

3rd-5th December 2008.

 

 

Proposed Teacher Training for Primary School Teachers of English in Thailand: Government Policy and Future Implementation

Paper presented at:

“English Language Teaching: Progress In Practice and Policy”
The 28th Thailand TESOL International Conference, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

25th-27th January 2008.

 

 

Writing, Chemistry and the Four Skills:
Trends and Directions & An Ongoing Process (2)

Paper presented at:

“Science, Mathematics and Technology Education: Beyond Cultural Boundries”
5th International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Udon Thani, Thailand.

16th-19th January 2008.

 

 

Writing, Chemistry and the Four Skills:
Trends and Directions & An Ongoing Process (2)

Paper presented at:

“Trends and Directions”
The 12th English in South-East Asia Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

12th-14th December 2007.

 

 

Proposed Teacher Training for Primary School Teachers of English in Thailand: Government Policy and Future Implementation

Paper presented at:

“The Seven Spheres of Language Teaching: From Tradition to Innovation”
The 3rd International Conference on Language Education and 47th Annual Convention of the Philippine Association for Language Teaching (PALT), Manila, Philippines.

4th-6th December 2007

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Paper presented at:

“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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Writing, Chemistry and the Four Skills: An Ongoing Process

Paper presented at:

"Science, Technology, Education and Local Wisdom for Sustainable Development." 
Udon Thani Rajabhat University.

01-03 November 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work History - Articles and Papers

 

Spotlight Interview IATEFL TEASIG 2017

Access PDF here.

 

Looking Beyond English: Language and Development for 2015 (June 2016)

Access PDF here.

 

Kreng-jai Knowingly Undermines Individual Creativity (September 2015)

Access PDF here.

 

English for Communication in Multicultural Societies: An Example (February 2015)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Publish and be Damned: Institutional Pressure to Conduct Research and Publish in Thailand (January 2015)

Access PDF here.

 

 

EIL in the Primary Classroom: Exploration and Innovation using DVDs for Communication (January 2014)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Developing Materials for the 21st Century (November 2013)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Local to Global: Primary School English Audio-Visual Speech Recognition (October 2013)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Publish and be Damned: Institutional Pressure to Conduct Research and be Published in Thailand (September 2013)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Planning, Preparation and Pretesting: The Implementation of a Research Project in North-Eastern Thailand (September 2012)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Spotlight (Spring 2012)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Looking Beyond English: Language and Development for 2015 (February 2012)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Shaping the Urban Classrooms of Tomorrow: Creating a Rural Myth? (January 2012)

Access PDF here.

 

 

English for Communication in Multi-Cultural Societies: Education for Sustainable Development (September 2011)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Comics in the Classroom: Something to be Taken Seriously (February 2011)

Access PDF here.

 


MWIS Newsletter (March 2010)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Reflection and Feedback: Primary School Teachers of English Take Control (February 2010)

Access PDF here.

 

 

From the bottom up: A case study of teacher training for primary school teachers of English in a Thai school in north eastern Thailand (January 2010)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Developing Materials for English for Future Careers (November 2009)

Access PDF here.

 


External Quality Assurance: What Effect Does It Have On The EFL Classroom? (November 2009)

Access PDF here.

 

 

English for Future Careers:
Globalisation for Mechanical Technology Students (September 2009)

Access PDF here.

 

 

The Use of Flickr Photographic Networking in a Globalised World (December 2008)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Mosaic How do you refresh yourself (language and methodology wise) (Spring 2008)

Access PDF here.

 


Proposed Teacher Training for Primary School Teachers of English in Thailand: Government Policy and Future Implementation (January 2008)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Writing, Chemistry and the Four Skills Trends and Directions (January 2008)

Access PDF here.

 


Get Ready for Business (2008)

Access PDF here.

 


Matters of Curriculum Programme Design for Business English (Autumn 2007)

Access PDF here.

 


Mosaic: How do you feel about the students gain in power and the ambiguity of your loss of power? Is it really a loss of power? Can power be willing handed over or must the handover be forced on the tyrant, the parent, the teacher? (Autumn 2007)

Access PDF here.

 


Matters of Curriculum Programme Design Business English for German Businessmen (Spring 2007)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Mosaic: How well should a teacher know their students? How well should the students know their teacher? (Spring 2007)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Implementing Curriculum Change in a Government University Programme in Issan: A Foreigner’s Perspective (January 2007)

Access PDF here.

 


Writing, Chemistry and the Four Skills An Ongoing Process (November 2006)

Access PDF here.

 

 

Reflective Thought (July 2006)

Access PDF here.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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