English Education Policy in Thailand: Why the Poor Results?

  • Amrita KaurEmail author
  • David Young
  • Robert Kirkpatrick
Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 11)


This chapter gives an overview of the development of the English language in Thailand from its past to its present status in Thailand. With the introduction of education reform through the National Education Act (NEA) of 1999, the Ministry of Education in Thailand sought to improve education standards in Thailand at all levels. Moreover, to prepare the nation to compete with other nations in the era of globalization, emphasis on English language skills acquisition was stressed. The chapter investigates a wide range of efforts, initiatives, national policies and education reforms that demonstrate Thailand’s willingness to compete in English language skills internationally. However, the current status of English language in the country shows slow progress in English language skills in relation to the effort made, and the chapter also examines policy related challenges and societal obstacles that inhibit or discourage the progress of English language in the country. Towards the end the chapter provides practical strategies and plans for various levels that may facilitate optimal growth of the English language in the country.


Thailand Policy English language Assessment Challenges Bilingual English programmes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Modern LanguagesUniversiti Utara MalaysiaSintokMalaysia
  2. 2.Language InstituteThammasat UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.English FacultyGulf University of Science and TechnologyHawallyKuwait

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