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The study of the concepts of professional standards and qualifications is a part of Thailand Professional Qualification Institute’s (Public Organization) project on developing professional standards competencies for Chinese language teachers in Thailand. It aimed at obtaining data information from analyzing and synthesizing documents. Then, the analyzed data information was used to develop and formulate an approach for the preparation of professional standards for Chinese language teachers in Thailand. Through a study of concepts of professional standards and qualifications for Chinese language teachers in nine countries. The countries with outstanding practices were selected as a guiding model for the development of professional standards and qualifications for Chinese language teachers in Thailand. From the study, the following countries were selected: China being a native Chinese country, the United States having adopted Chinese language teacher official professional standards and professional qualifications that are internationally accepted, and Malaysia having interesting guidelines for making professional standards and having context similar to Thailand. By synthesizing the guidelines of all 3 countries, it was found that the competencies used as guidelines for the development of the Chinese language teacher professional standards in Thailand consisted of 4 competencies, namely 1) fundamentals of Chinese language, 2) knowledge and ability to teach and to transfer knowledge, 3) classroom management ability and assessment measures, and 4) ethics, teachership, and professional development.
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