Ongon Thananart

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This paper discusses three things: the importance and use of English in Thai society, a report on the students' needs with regard to the learning of English, and some possible suggestions for new materials. The introduction describes why the English language has become increasingly popular in a country in which the vehicle for interpersonal communication is largely Thai. In the second section, the author reports on a study focusing on the needs of Chulalongkorn University students and their use of the English language. The majority of students responded that they needed more practice on listening and speaking skills, as well as further practice regarding the expressions that they could use in their daily lives. The final section suggests guidelines for materials that focus on listening and speaking skills. The materials for the future curriculum are in line with Chulalongkorn University Language Institute (CULI)'s current Development Plan as well as with its Long-Term Plan.



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