A paper Khwan and Richard are co-writing has been accepted for a conference in Thailand in 2018. Digital Literacy in English Language Learning and Teaching is the 2018 conference theme.
Tantiniranat, S. and Fay, R. Teaching English for intercultural communication in Thai higher education: some challenges and possibilities. A paper to be presented at the 38th Thailand TESOL International Conference 2018, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 26-27 January 2018.
Respectful of the macro-level policy influence of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) of which Thailand was a founding member, the discussion in this paper is informed by a thematic analysis of policy documents regarding English language education (ELE) in Thai Higher Education (HE). It is also informed by insights generated in recently completed research (Tantiniranat, 2017) into the perceptions of TESOL practitioners in Thai HE regarding the purposes of their teaching and the paradigms underpinning it. In particular, in order to enhance coherence between policy directions and classroom practices, we are proposing that English language educators might consider repositioning the purposes of their teaching so that English is taught as an International Language (EIL) used for face-to-face and online Intercultural Communication (IC) rather than a Foreign Language for exams and/or academic purposes. We conclude with some suggestions for promoting this newly-articulated approach to Thai teachers of English.