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14 April 2022

Teachers across Thailand celebrate Scottish culture as language development course with College in partnership with Thai TESOL comes to an end

In early April, Edinburgh College celebrated the successful completion of a bespoke English language and teacher training course for Primary and Secondary school teachers across Thailand, delivered in partnership with project partners Thailand TESOL.

As part of their final online class, our tutors were delighted to see course participants prepare and deliver their own micro-teaching session on Edinburgh and Scottish culture.

The programme was part of the wider PRELIM2 project, organised by the British Council, IATEFL and EnglishUK, which brought together UK language teaching centres with teaching associations in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries to support the continuing professional development of English language teachers around the world.

As part of the project, the College’s English language and teacher training team designed and delivered 11-week language development and teacher training courses for 2 groups of Primary and Secondary school English teachers in Thailand.

In addition to improving language proficiency and professional confidence in using English in the classroom, a key focus of the project was to support and encourage new Communities of Practice to establish networks for continuing professional development and peer-to-peer learning.

Mahrosi, a Primary school teacher on the course said: “This program offered me a chance to talk, interact, discuss and practice so I feel more confident to communicate in English and I can use English as the main language for my classes.”

Anek, Group Representative and Secondary school teacher said: “Personally, beyond the experiences and knowledge, the relationship between friends is the uttermost reward I have received from this splendid seminar. I won't forget the moment we share and discuss to each other.”

Edinburgh College looks forward to exploring new projects with partners in Thailand, and continuing to engage with Communities of Practice to support the continuing professional development of teachers worldwide.