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The focus of this study is to highlight how multilingual society such as in the Philippines and Singapore use translanguaging (Garcia, 2009), an umbrella term which is more than hybrid languages (Gutierrez et al., 1999) and code-switching and code-mixing (Bautista 2004; Mahootian, 2006) in journalistic blogs provided by yahoo.sg and yahoo.ph. Translanguaging is a linguistic resource used by various respondents to express their thoughts and feelings. The data in this study suggests that the majority of the participants exhibit a h...
This article briefly looks at what changes might occur linguistically with the widening of English within ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) while at the same time looking at the changes that have taken place in both the language and attitude in the history of English in its country of origin in terms of two forms of imperative: the cooperative and the territorial. In one case, the cooperative imperative is seen as a need to continually modify the language in order to communicate with people within new contexts and cultures. On the other, the...
Western Travelogue Films Set in Siam during the Silent Film Era: A Case Study of In Siamese Society (USA 1919)
Thailand’s great variety of panoramas, its thriving domestic film industry and the country’s well-developed infrastructure, have been attracting western filmmakers for over one hundred years. Hence, the number of western-produced films in Thailand in the 20th century is substantial. However, only little research about selected films made after the Second World War has been conducted. And studies of relevant films made prior, when Thailand was still named Siam, are virtually non-existent. This apparent lack of academic interest in these fil...
For some inexplicable reason, contemporary Thai horror fi lms seem to be obsessively featuring members of medical profession as central fi gures of evil, capable of committing unspeakable crimes and not even once presenting them in a more positive light. By doing so, the fi lms in question upset the typical horror balance of good doctors vs. mad/evil doctors and make one wonder about the possible rationale behind such negative representation of the profession. This article argues that the negative portrayal of medical professionals in con...
This paper will shed light on how Thailand, which is a key player in ASEAN should reposition itself to the English language and education needs of AEC 2015. I will provide a brief overview ASEAN 2015 and examine the current status of English language teaching in Thailand before considering the role of English in education. I will introduce the concept of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and point out the differences between the time honored tradition of using English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) b...
This paper is a study of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) features of English text books used in the high schools of Thailand. In the first part of the paper, the author will provide an overview of the study in terms of background and rationale before explaining the theoretical concept of ELF. In the second part, the author will discuss ELF features in terms of characters, contexts of use and varieties of English found in the materials selected for the study. The findings are meant to create awareness among teachers and language educa...
In translation, not only two languages but two cultures come into contact which means that translators must consider who wrote the text, when, why, for whom and who is now reading it and for what purpose. In the wake of rapid technological advances and the need to spread information quickly and efficiently, translation has grown in importance in the globalized world. So has its reliance on English in its role as a global lingua franca. English is often being used for ‘interculturalizing’ native languages but it is also true that E...
The novel Bangkok Days (2009) by Lawrence Osborne offers reflections on the identity of Thailand’s capital and its expatriate residents. The novel taps into Westerners’ imagination and misconceptions of Asia and their fascination with Bangkok. Through a semi-fictional narrative where personal experiences of a wandering narrator, subjective impressions and historical facts merge, the novel attempts to disentangle many of Bang-kok’s apparent complexities and enigmas. This paper seeks to analyze Bangkok Days ’ portrayal of the city and its ...
This study investigated the language choices in the writing of freshmen students at an English medium university in Thailand in response to visual stimuli. The study involved identifying the genres and the lexico-grammatical features associated with such genres. 600 samples of writing were collected but only 72 were randomly selected from 12 students in order to compare their progress over a period of 14 weeks (one semester). The framework for the analysis of the students writing was based on a detailed approach to these texts as semantic...
This research investigated the development of language choices in the Academic writing of students at an English-medium university in Thailand. The ﬁrst part involved looking at the writing in the ﬁrst semester of their English program at the university, representing the level of the students’ writing on entry into the university. Seventy two samples of ﬁrst year students’ writing were collected, but only 12 were randomly selected for this study in order to compare their progress over a period of 14 weeks (ﬁrst semester). The secon...
A linguistic analysis of Chinese patients' attitudes towards the health care providers of BNH hostptal
(Bangkok : Assumption University, 2017-04)
A study of gender representations in English textbooks used in grade eight under national and state boards, India
(Bangkok : Assumption University, 2017-07)
Hospital medical personnel's perceptions of English competency and impact on quality of medical services: a case study of a private hospital in Bangkok
(Bangkok : Assumption University, 2017-05)
(Bangkok : Assumption University, 2016-12)
An investigation on effects of reading strategies: primary 6 students of Mahachai Christian Wittaya School
(Bangkok : Assumption University, 2017-06)
A study of undergraduate students' ideal L 2 self and ought to L2 self based on the L2 motivational self system
(Assumption University, 2016)
The study of motivation has been one of main interesting areas in second language teaching and learning. The integrative and instrumental motivation proposed by Gardner and Lambert (1972) has been challenged by the rise of global English and the changing purposes of English language teaching, learning, and using worldwide. In this study, the recent theory of L2 Motivational Self System (Dornyei, 2005) has been used as the framework. The objectives of the study were to: 1) study students...
(Assumption University Press, 2017-01)
This small scale study looks at some of the major strengths and issues of genre writing of a group of Thai high school students. The study was limited to recount and information reports genres as these are considered to be among the prototypical genres in educational settings. The findings indicate that many of these high school students were able to construct text at the level of the basic linguistic features of the genres but needed to develop the nominal groups for elaboration and expansion. However there were issues in organizing and contex...
The effects of self-directed learning on the English reading comprehension ability of MBA students
(Assumption University Press, 2017-01)
In this study, self-directed learning (SDL) refers to practices for English reading comprehension ability of individual students outside of a classroom for 7 consecutive weeks. The objectives were to investigate the effect of SDL on English reading comprehension ability and its effect size; and to explore how SDL improves English reading comprehension ability of the 33 MBA students of Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok, Thailand. This research project took the form of an embedded mixed methods design with a variant of the embedded experiment...
(Assumption University Press, 2017-01)
This article presents a conceptual paper, which proposes a concept of employing translanguaging as a pedagogical tool to promote the learners’ CIC – Classroom Interactional Competence, which lies at the heart of learning. The aim of the concept is to bridge two practices of monolingualism between Thai teachers who teach English through Thai only and native speakers who use English only. Translanguaging reflects reality in terms of using both languages to interact to improve the interactional competence of the learners. When both the teachers an...