Will English Coexist with the Indonesian Language?
Keywords: globalization, EIL, national identity, Bahasa Indonesia, curriculum
Lusia Neti Harwati
The Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Brawijaya University of Malang, Indonesia
Lusia Neti Harwati currently teaches at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Brawijaya University of Malang, Indonesia. She earns her M.Ed. from Flinders University of South Australia. She has presented several papers related to foreign language teaching at both national and international conferences.
The current Thai education system is well funded but is not producing sufficient graduates skilled in English. This paper, after summarizing the situation, and looking at one private university, makes several recommendations including: opening of more bilingual schools; implementation of the planned tablet for every child policy; greatly expanded English training for teachers; incentives for English skills among government employees; partial funding of good quality private institutions involved in teacher training; and the adoption of English as an second official language.