Posted on: ѹ¹ 25th, 2013 by Pixel@110


    Dr. Jaray Singhakowinta, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Language and Communication National Institute of Development Administration, has expressed some very instructive comments and practical advice about English and ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

    Since Thailand and other ASEAN countries are preparing for the integration into AEC, English has been chosen by ASEAN nations as ‘the working language of AEC’. This enhances the role and significance of English towards this regional solidarity. To be more precise, Thais have less than two years to prepare for the free movement of labour (only some professions). This imminent change has raised a question how we can develop and increase our communication skills of English in such a short time. It is undeniable that these skills will increase not only individuals’ potentials, but also career opportunities.

    It is true that we have different preferences. Some people are good at foreign languages and some are not. However, it is not impossible for people dubbed as ‘weak at languages’ to improve their language skills.

    Being good at languages is a skill. It requires rigorous learning and practices. To be able to command foreign languages, such as English, demands individuals’ perseverance and dedication. Some people might argue that they have learnt English since they were young, but they are still unable to speak the language. This might be due to the fact that for some people they have no chance to practice English outside their classrooms. To make this matter worse, English is neither our mother tongue nor Thailand’s official language. For some people, their chances to use English outside classrooms are almost non-existent. This lack of practice to an extent deteriorates their English skills eventually.

    Therefore, if you really want to improve your English, first, you must be willing to self-develop. Second, you must expose yourself to English as much as you can. With the increasing development of communication technologies, we have more channels and more English media and materials available for us to choose. For example, you can begin watching English language films with Thai subtitles and when you are more comfortable and you think you can understand even some parts of the dialogue, you can rewatch them without subtitles. This method allows you to self-monitor your progress. You can also practice reading English language newspapers, either printed version or online version. If you come across some vocabulary you don’t understand, you can look for their meanings in the dictionary. The more you do, the better your English will be.


    integration (noun): joining together

    solidarity (noun): unity and support for each other

    imminent (adjective): about to happen soon

    undeniable (adjective): definitely true

    preferences (noun): things you like better than others

    dubbed (verb past participle): described

    perseverance (noun): continue to apply yourself to a task

    dedication (noun): give time and attention to something

    deteriorates (verb): makes something worse

    expose yourself (verb): become involved with

    dialogue (noun): conversation

    self-monitor (verb): check your own progress