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Students invited to submit essays in English for 13th Dublin Awards

By The Nation

 

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STUDENTS ACROSS the country are welcome to join the ongoing 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand contest.

 

Organised for The Nation’s NJ Digital and City Life Chiang Mai, the essay competition will accept English articles for consideration till the end of this month. 

 

The theme for the competition is “Moving Forward”. 

 

Entries can be submitted via njdigital.net/Dublin or facebook.|com/Njdigitalfanpage.

 

For more than a decade, the annual event has attracted interest from students in Thailand. 

 

In support of the contest, workshops for teachers have also been held to equip English-language teachers with additional skills so that they can improve their lessons for their students. 

 

The latest workshop was held last Saturday at the Nation University Bangna Campus.

 

The topic for this year’s seminar is “Common mistakes in writing English”, with the session broadcast live on Facebook at the NJ Digital fan page so that people who did not attend could watch it too.

 

Professor Ingtip Rattarangsee from Chulalongkorn University’s Language Institute led the workshop.

 

“Grammar and structure are important. Do not think that just because your writing communicates you point, it’s already okay because it may be misleading, “said Ingtip. 

 

A teacher who joined the workshop said it had been very useful. 

 

“We should start teaching English from the very basic level like grammar. From there, we can gradually move to higher levels,” she said.

She also said English language was very important to children in the current period.

 

This year, the Embassy of Ireland, OCS l PCS (Outsourced Client Solutions), Kerry Group, the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce and Emerald Cultural Institute have supported the 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand contest.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336508

 
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starting off by teaching grammar is a mistake and puts students off. They need to learn how to speak and build up vocabulary first, grammar is hardly needed. Most native English speakers know next to nothing about it.

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5 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

starting off by teaching grammar is a mistake and puts students off. They need to learn how to speak and build up vocabulary first, grammar is hardly needed. Most native English speakers know next to nothing about it.

“Grammar and structure are important. Do not think that just because your writing communicates you point, it’s already okay because it may be misleading, “said Ingtip. 

 

Try the following :   “Grammar and structure are important. Do not think that, just because your writing communicates your point, it’s already okay, because it may be misleading.

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Ghostwriter heaven has appeared in the not too distant future!

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Lots of Thai students want to learn to speak good English The problem is the out of touch dinosaurs who run the education department and only got their  job because they are mates of the Junta. Here we have situation in Thailand where students are being taught by teachers who cant't speak or understand English themselves so the students loose interest and learn nothing because the teacher knows nothing also She or he should probably be sitting in class with the students to learn the language also Oh they did come up with an idea They were going to pick 380 top speaking English Thai teachers to go out and teach other Thai teachers the language It would be the blind leading the blind

Be a bit like getting a mechanic trying to teach an apprentice electrician the electrical trade

I can say this because my step daughter who is in the last year of her schooling days has been doing English lessons once a week for about 4 years now And guess what? She does not understand one word of English What a complete waste of time Might as well given her a bag full of marbles  and told her to go have a game. She has all Thai teachers

Maybe they should instead of buying military equipment take those 380 teachers send them to school in England for 1 year to learn English properly then come back and teach the other Thai teachers Then they might get results

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This is an exceptional award the embassy has given out for nearly two decades. The dinners are amazing.

 

Students writing at this level are excellent students, often with years of good EP programs behind them, all from the best schools in Bangkok and a few throughout the country. Possibly a few luk krung with father's that are actually literate.

 

They don't need your advice or assistance lol.

 

L1 indeed often know little about the rules of grammar, but it is intuitive and instinctive. That does not mean we don't understand or certainly use grammar.

 

Hilarious to read all the nonsense about grammar and structure being practically meaningless. These

comments always come from those who know nothing about grammar and structure. Much like those without degrees whinge on about - bits of paper.

 

Most or all of you have never taught one child that would have an ice cube's chance in hell of even making the semis in this event.

 

Carry on about the unimportance of grammar - please Mr Happyman

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