The British Council is pleased to announce its latest UK-Thailand Research Grants. This grant is aimed at a partnership between a Thai higher education institution (HEI) and a UK HEI, to conduct high quality research on “Pre-Service English Language Teacher Education in Thailand”. 

About the Grants

The resulting report should detail focused research in this field in order to give a better understanding of specific aspects of pre-service English language teacher education in Thailand. The research findings are expected to build on current research in this area, both in Thailand and globally. The report should provide useful insights into the opportunities and challenges currently faced by the sector in specific areas, attempting to drill down in finer detail into some of the specific major challenges and issues raised, potentially with resolutions and recommendations for practical interventions that could be made by HEIs, Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers, schools, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), the Ministry of Education (MoE) and/or the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESRI). It should also identify other important aspects of the field that may not yet have been extensively researched. 

The research should focus on the situation in a diverse range of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers across Thailand, taking into account both rural and urban ITE providers, so that the resulting research report can capture English language teacher training across Thailand. The quality of the report and its findings aim to attract key stakeholders including the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), ITE providers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and the Ministry of Education (MoE). Resulting articles will be published as part of the British Council Research Papers series online. The resulting report is expected to be published in 2025. 

English Programmes 

The British Council’s work in English Programmes aims for transformational change in English language policy and practice. We believe that better teaching and learning of English increases academic and career opportunities and enables people to participate actively in a global society. Our research and innovation with UK and overseas partners provide evidence of 'what works' in English language teaching and learning and contribute to the development of English language teaching and learning worldwide. We support language teaching and learning in a multilingual world, helping to ensure inclusive and equitable quality language education in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Our programme programmatic framework is thematically organised into three key impact areas: (1) English in Education (2) TeachingEnglish (3) English and Empowerment.  Underpinning these priorities is our approach harnessing UK expertise in teacher education, education technologies and inclusive pedagogies and research, insight, and innovation. We seek to document and share learning gained from practical experience. Our role in global English means that advancing thought and positioning the UK as leaders in English language education are at the heart of our mission.