Ready or Not? The State of Thai Schools in Response to the ASEAN English Language Policy
This article investigated the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint in the Roadmap for ASEAN Community 2015 with a focus on the importance of English as a common language and the opportunities it presents for citizens of ASEAN nations. As English is a basic tool for communication among the peoples of ASEAN community, the study explored the preparedness of Thailand in becoming part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community in the year 2015. Current status of ASEAN-related policy led by the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Thailand, the National curriculum, Thai teachers and ability of Grades 1-12 students in the Thai educational system are examined. Factors that will affect Thailand’s standing as an ASEAN Community member country were pointed out with recommendations for improvements so that the nation can achieve its goal of an English-speaking populace in response to the ASEAN educational and language policy as well as the ASEAN market.
Keywords: ASEAN, Socio-Cultural Community, English Language Policy
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