On October 7, 2013 at Phuket Merlin Hotel, PPAO Advisor – Mr. Boonserm Suwannarathphoum presided over the closing of an English language communication training program entitled “The 2nd United Forces to Drive Phuket Towards AEC” held for Phuket teachers and school executives under the project “With English We can – Festival 2013,” organized by PPAO together with Sukhothai Thammathirat University. Joining Mr. Boonserm were PPAO Council Members – Mr. Theera Jiasakul and Miss Wisansaya Polsin, PPAO officials, and the 250 executive and teacher participants from various Phuket schools.
The said program aimed to develop the skills and potential of all 250 participants which was made up of PPAO executives, Phuket schools’ executives and teachers, and to increase their ability to communicate effectively in at least two languages, understand and use IT for communication, use foreign language effectively, and have the chance to participate in study trips abroad and bring back their experience to bear on Phuket’s educational environment. Activities of the program included revisit the vow, what have you done to fulfill your objectives, introducing the teacher’s English play competition and judges discussion, English village discussion, education in Malaysia discussion, forming clusters discussion, Phuket English education policy, activities “the vows” to drive work, activity “inspire, expand idea, and victory over quality”, see you again next year, and English dramas among others. Activities already concluded were analysis of education problems and their solutions, the need for programs to develop the communication potential of Phuket schools, establishing a framework for ideas and development policy, English communication skills training program for Phuket schools’ executives and teachers both inside and outside the classrooms. This program took the form of an English camp with the provision of teaching media, curriculum development in the form of textbooks, and internet e-learning for the target group comprising of schools’ executives and teachers. It also included activities organized under the project “United Forces to Drive Phuket towards AEC.”
Mr. Boonserm said: “I am happy to see that Phuketians have had the chance to participate in this English communication development program, which, apart from preparing us for the upcoming AEC in 2015, also results in quality education development for our young people. Phuket has many foreign visitors each year and the chances for our young people to use foreign languages are plenty. If we can train them to have the ability to communicate well, their chances for a future career here are increased, opening up education and career opportunities, which will reflect in their future lifestyle. However, even if this training program is the last of the “United Forces to Drive Phuket towards AEC” I hope that many more quality programs will follow and are supported by many sectors as in previous year.”
He concluded: “Finally, I thank all concerned in helping drive the program to its success. Special thanks go to the team from Sukhothai Thammathirat University who provided us with knowledgeable and experienced experts to lead the program and fulfill all the objectives of PPAO.”