IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(4): 241-246 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.4.235

Constructing Local Thainess-Based English Teaching Materials: Southern Thailand

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham
Abstract—In response to the influx of English influence which potentially leads to national identity subjugation, coupled with the prevalent importance for a nation’s citizens to be competent in English, this paper highlights the role of English education in Thailand as an appropriate channel to address the imminent need to not only develop English competence but also maintain and preserve Thai national identities. Given the pivotal role of elementary education as the grassroots of the entire educational paradigm, this study has the objective of developing a set of English instructional materials for Grade 4 students. Specifically contextualized in southern Thailand, prominent and distinguishing features of the teaching materials created lie in the focus placed on southern Thai features. To assure that the constructed materials reflect the actual needs of the community, a questionnaire consisting of a list of 46 tourist attractions in southern Thailand was administered to local residents to elicit the top eight most popular tourist attractions in Southern Thailand. The list of eight attractions in turn provides a basis for the construction of the eight English lessons. Conforming to the same format, individual lessons begin with 10 vocabulary items associated with each lesson topic, followed by 6 to 8 sentences integrating all of the 10 words. Finally, the entire set of lessons was validated by English school teachers in southern Thailand for content accuracy and the appropriateness of the English for Grade 4 students. This study represents one pedagogical attempt to ameliorate young Thai learners’ English and whilst inculcating into them Thainess features.

Index Terms—Teaching materials, elementary students, preservation, English lessons, southern Thainess.

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is with the Silpakorn University, Thailand (email: kanoksib@gmail.com).

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Cite: Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, "Constructing Local Thainess-Based English Teaching Materials: Southern Thailand," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 241-246, 2019.

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