Re: ''Losing out for lack of English (BP, Editorial, Jan 10). I am a Thai who has taught at universities in Europe, Australia and the US. In July 2011, I accepted a teaching position in the English-language BA course in journalism and mass media studies at Thammasat University. I resigned after one semester.
I had become increasingly frustrated with the poor language skills and unruly behaviour of students in this English-language programme. It is difficult to teach people who lack the ability to communicate in the language of instruction.
However, the more substantial problem relates to the Thai culture and the way education forms part of it. It is not only rote-learning and lack of creative and critical thinking that needs to be addressed, but also a cultural system which prefers form above substance.
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