Developmental Education in a Thai University

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Catherine Owens
Robert Burgess
Peerasak Rojana-apichatsakul


Non-native English users enter English medium programs at universities in Thailand under-prepared for the coursework required of them. Research conducted during academic year 2012 determined the academic and linguistic skills demanded in the undergraduate curriculum at a small private university in Thailand. Faculty and student respondents agreed on the importance of skills demanded to a large extent. Findings show that skills ranked highest by both faculty and students are those that need explicit teaching. The curriculum may be strengthened by building on results of the research by using two methods: 1) mapping skill development onto General Education course syllabi and 2) creating an academic development center to provide learning support.


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Owens, C., Burgess, R., & Rojana-apichatsakul, P. (2014). Developmental Education in a Thai University. REFLections, 17, 1–22. Retrieved from
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