EIS Thailand - 1st International Conference Rayong, Thailand

The English for Integrated Studies (EIS) Conference was held from 13 - 16 January 2011.
Venue: Rayong, Thailand

Focus: The use of English as a medium for teaching in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Target Audience: Ministry of Education (Thailand) officers, Educators, Master teachers from all over Thailand

Presenters/ Facilitators:
(a) University of Texas, United States
(b) RELC, Malaysia
(c) School of Science and Technology, Singapore

What is EIS ?

Dr Surapong Ngamsom
Sunthonphu Pittaya High School,
Principal, Rayong Educational Area 2, OBEC, Thailand

English for Integrated Studies (EIS) is an innovation for curriculum development and practice to improve the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in basic education.

EIS has its political agenda, that is, to increase educational profile and hence the economic opportunities of low income Thais.

EIS focuses on the use of English as a medium of instruction in the following:
(a) Mathematical methodology 
(b) Science methodology
(c) English language
(d) technology as a pedagogical tool in teaching
The instructional programme focuses on  pedagogical design and teaching approaches at the moment.

EIS in Thailand

EIS website
'In the year 2010, the minister of education,Thailand had announced and promoted EIS project as a leading pilot prototype school of Thailand. Now the new Minister of Education, Mr. Chinaworn Bunyakiat and Thailand Ministry of Education have accepted and engaged EIS model  as policy strategy to enhance the 2nd decade Thailand educational revolution.'

Presentations from SST

2 groups of presenters from SST presented on 14 January at 2 concurrent sessions.

Concurrent Session 1:
Singapore SST Executive Experiences: Past, Present and Future
presenter: Mr Chua Chor Huat

Presentation focused on the following key areas:
(a) the macro perspective on the formation of SST - economic relevance and strategic initiatives
(b) infrastructure and support for students' total learning experiences
(c) infrastructure and support for staff - recruitment and training

Concurrent Session 2:
Singapore SST Teachers' Experiences: Past, Present and Future
Presenters: Charles and Nur Johari

Presentation focused on the following key areas:
(a) pedagogical approach to teaching and learning in SST
(b) SST's key signatures - Applied Learning and the pervasive use of technology
(c) lesson exemplars and students' products
(d) infrastructure and support for academic staff

Key Learning Points

The conference has a left a positive impression on all of us in the following areas:

A.  Decorum and Hospitality
  • The Thai hosts showed us the true definition of hospitality and decorum. 
  • The main event was well organised - a showcase of educational practises as well as Thai culture.

B. Spirit of Learning and Applying
  • The commitment of the Thai educators in upgrading themselves and learning from the experts are commendable. Teachers Professional Development programme is rather intensive and they engage master trainers from overseas (US-Texas) as well as from within their own teaching fraternity.
  • The Thai educators are advocators of spirit of innovations. They infuse the Thai culture into the curriculum rather than embracing the Western pedagogical approach wholly.
  • Created 'buy-in' by modeling the way. Hierarchy of Master teachers is created to foster EIS in all schools in Thailand.
  • Robust networking culture - learning from one another.

C. The impression we, as SST, has created in the international education scene.

  • SST is acknowledged as a school for innovation, pervasive use of ICT and applied learning.