Good News for English teachers in Thailand. Bangkok Post today ran an article about the need for Thai’s to learn languages to keep competitive with other South East Asian nations.
Thai students have been urged to improve their English and also learn a third language so they can compete with people from other Southeast Asian nations when the region becomes a single economic community of more than 600 million people in 2015.
Sakkarin Niyomsilpa, a demographic expert at Mahidol University’s Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), said Thailand’s weakness was its language limitations, especially in English. He said Filipino labourers could speak better English than Thais, giving them a much better chance of getting hired in other countries.
It was now time for Thai students to improve their English and learn a third language such as Vietnamese, Bahasa, Japanese or Korean, he added.