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Thailand requests 10,000 Chinese language teachers from China

(Xinhua)

09:02, June 26, 2012

BANGKOK, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Thailand asked Chinese educational institutes to send 10,000 Chinese language instructors for Thai learners as parts of a Sino-Thai educational and cultural exchange plan, state media MCOT reported Sunday.

Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech on Sunday said after meeting with Xu Lin, director of the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and delegates from Chinese universities and educational institutes that Thailand and China agreed to an exchange of education and culture, according to MCOT.

As a result, the education ministry asked the Chinese educational institutes to send 10,000 Chinese language teachers to offer language instruction for Thai students, Suchart said.

Currently, China supports Chinese language education in Thailand by sending some 1,200 Chinese native speakers to Thailand annually, the education minister added.

According to the minister, Chinese officials agreed with the request and asked the ministry to send 500-1,000 Thai language instructors to China to introduce and teach Thai language as well as teaching methods to graduated Chinese language instructors in six-month preparatory courses before the graduates are sent to Thailand to teach Thai students.

Suchart said that he would later discuss with relevant agencies about the feasibility of the plan to send Thai language teachers.

In addition, both sides also discussed potential expansion of Thai language courses at universities in China. Currently, 24 universities in China offer Thai language courses for interested students.

Thailand's Education Ministry is attempting to enhance the country's educational revolution and to achieve a goal ahead of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that Thai students will be able to speak both English and Chinese within 2015.

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Bill at 2012-06-26101.51.56.*
Thai students will never learn Chinese, theyhave been trying to learn English for 30 years with no progress. The problem is theyare to lazy to study anything and Chinese teachers do not speak Thai. So how will they teach Chinese? They won"t this is being paid for by China to try and stop the influence from the USA. Most of the teachers have no training in teaching and how many will be from the government?
  

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