Regional English Training Centres Project (RETC Project) 

British Council Thailand has now been working in close partnership with the Thai Ministry of Education for more than one year on a project which seeks to transform the teaching of English in state primary and secondary schools across Thailand.  The Regional English Training Centres Project, known popularly as “Boot Camp”, started with twelve British Council expatriate teacher trainers based in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani and Bangkok. It has now expanded to forty-four trainers in fifteen locations across Thailand.  

Ian Clifford, the Project Director said: “great privilege extremely excited, struck by the high commitment and motivation of the Thai teachers”.

The project built on the success of the ‘Boot Camp’ intensive teacher development pilot programme which took place in March 2016. In the first twelve months, the project helped to develop the communicative teaching skills, methodological practices and English proficiency of more than 5600 primary and secondary school teachers across the country.

Each teacher takes part in a three-week intensive course which uses British Council course materials tailor made to the Thai context. The trainers provide a fun, dynamic and interactive training environment while giving the teachers attending the courses the skills they need to deliver effective English lessons back in their own schools.

The project is also training 45 Thai master trainers (TMTs), who successfully completed the Boot Camp teacher and trainer development programme in March 2016 or one of the Boot Camp intensive courses. The TMTs complete a range of training development tasks including team-training or delivering Boot Camp training sessions. This is aimed at building sustainability into the project with, in the future, TMTs able to pass on their skills and autonomously train other Thai teachers.

Andrew Glass OBE, Director, British Council Thailand says “As the British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, we are passionate believers in the power of English language learning to transform people’s lives. This project will support 5,100 teachers across Thailand and help hundreds of thousands of their students in the years to come to communicate more effectively in English.”

For more information, please contact Benjaporn Phomahad: Benjaporn.Phomahad@britishcouncil.or.th

Programme Manager, English for Education Systems, British Council Thailand