The idea of teaching communicative English is now widely accepted in Thailand. It is believed that this approach can foster the learner’s communicative ability because most of Thai learners are unable to communicate in English effectively although they have been studying English for many years. However, even though Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) has been promoted, many Thai teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) are still focusing on teaching grammar, also teaching English through Thai language. This study aimed to investigate beliefs of Thai EFL teachers at a Thai university about CLT. It examined their actual classroom practice for teaching communication as well. To collect data, various methods were used including questionnaires, interview and observations.
The study showed that the teachers differently understood what CLT was and the possibility of CLT in actual classroom practice mainly depended on course objectives. Area where beliefs converged with or diverged from practice were identified and discussed, including factors affecting teachers’ classroom practice.
|Keywords:||CLT, EFL, Teachers|
Lecturer, Department of Languages, Faculty of Applied Arts, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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