มุ่งให้ความรู้เกี่ยวกับการเตรียมตัวเข้าสู่ประชาคมอาเซียนในปีพุทธศักราช 2558 (ASEAN Community 2015) โดยนำเสนอข้อมูลของประเทศสมาชิกอาเซียนทั้ง 10 ประเทศ เพื่อสร้างความตระหนักรู้ แก่นักเรียน นักศึกษา ครูและผู้สนใจทั่วไป รวมไปถึงการเรียนรู้ภาษาอังกฤษซึ่งพลเมืองของประชาคมอาเซียนจะใช้สื่อสารระหว่างกัน
This blog aims to promote understanding and awareness of ASEAN among Thai youths, teachers and any seekers of ASEAN knowledge.
ASEAN Corner offers ASEAN Quiz 11 for you to tease your brain and pits your wits against the ASEAN Charter. Go ahead and find out how much you know about the Constitution of ASEAN. Best of luck! ASEAN Quiz 11
The ASEAN Charter serves as a firm foundation in achieving the
ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for
ASEAN. It also codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values; sets clear targets for
ASEAN; and presents accountability and compliance.
The ASEAN Charter entered into force on 15 December 2008. A
gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in
Jakarta to mark this very historic occasion for ASEAN.
With the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN will
henceforth operate under a new legal framework and establish a number of new
organs to boost its community-building process.
In effect, the ASEAN Charter has become a legally binding
agreement among the 10 ASEAN Member States. It will also be registered with the
Secretariat of the United Nations, pursuant to Article 102, Paragraph 1 of the
Charter of the United Nations.
English as the
Lingua Franca of the ASEAN Community 2015
It’s just around
the corner! Is Thailand ready?
long-awaited economic integration, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), of 10 member states of ASEAN will commence in
a few years. According to Article 34, The Charter reaffirms that English is the
working language of ASEAN. In a nutshell, English will be used as means of
communication among 600 million people of different linguistic backgrounds
across the ASEAN region. Are we ready to become one economic zone and embrace English as an official language?
It is a sad
but true story that most Thais still don’t know much about ASEAN. Moreover, the
inadequate English proficiency of our people is a big problem that needs to be
tackled immediately. We have to admit that the Thai people, in terms of
English, are not as good as countries like Singapore, the Philippines or
Malaysia. Students could not pick up the basic language skills despite going
through 12 years, more or less, of classroom learning. Many graduates enter the
work force unable to communicate at even a basic level. At worst, the majority
of Thai teachers of English are not able to conduct lessons in English
The method of
English teaching in Thailand needs to be revamped. As far as we know, students spend
many years studying English grammar but neglect communication skills. The
problem resulted from focusing on grammar rules and reading skills in teacher-centred classrooms because Thai
education system is the overemphasis on exam scores.To boost communicative
skills , Thailand’s Education Ministry has decreed 2012 as English Speaking Year
in all schools. The project requires students and school practitioners to speak
the language at least one day a week. Can this project accomplish? Only time
dedicated English teacher, I’ve put my heart and soul into this blog to pave
the way towards the ASEAN Community for our young generations since its debut. The uniqueness of ASEAN CORNER is the integration between the knowledge of ASEAN and
the learning of the English language. Frankly, it’s a time consuming task to gather
information from sources and to create various kinds of quizzes month after
month. But it really dawns on me that what I have done is beneficial to those
who seek the knowledge of ASEAN and want to master the English language skills.
In closing, the government should think of ways to raise the English language awareness among the general public and put preparing English for the AEC on the national
agenda. Moreover, English must be taught through the use of English
at an early age of the students. The Ministry of Education should find more trained
and qualified Thai teachers with English communication skills. It's high time to produce our own human resources and then let them teach at schools across the country. I think it's great to stand on our own legs. Last but not least, all sectors of the Thai society - including government, private sectors, educational institutions, and media - must work hand in hand to encourage Thai people to speak more English in their daily life.