Case Study:
A Thai Learner in the Learning Context
1. Introduction
The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), offered by the University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations), is run in over 120 centers around the world and it is considered by many authorities as the most important form of training in the
TELF (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) industry. Between 30th of August and 24th of
September 2004 I attended the Cambridge CELTA course at English and Computer College
(ECC) from Bangkok.
Cambridge ESOL is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. It is part of the
Cambridge Assessment Group, Europe¶s largest assessment agency. Cambridge Assessment was established in 1858 as the University of Cambridge local Examinations Syndicate (UCLESS).
Cambridge ESOL provides exams and tests covering a large range of subjects and levels with more than 8 million assessments taken every year in over 150 countries.
English and Computer College was established in 1990 and is the largest private language school from Thailand, with more than 50 branches spread all over the country. It runs a wide variety of courses from general conversation and grammar to specialized test preparation. It also provides pre-service and in-service teacher training programs for native and non-native speakers of English.
During the CELTA course that I attended, the trainers exposed the students (most of them teachers of English themselves) to the principles of effective teaching while the students acquired a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. The course included theory sessions, teaching practice with real students, observation of experienced teachers and completion of a range of practically focused written assignments.
The present paper was built upon one of these assignments. It is a case study of a Thai young woman who was a student in my CELTA teaching practice lessons. The paper focuses on the



References: 1. Eastwood, John, (1992), Oxford Practice Grammar. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 2. Martinet, A.V. and Thomson A.J., (1990), Oxford Pocket English Grammar. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 3. Smyth, David, Thai speakers in Swan, Michael, (1987), Learner English , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp

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