Challenges for the Online English Curriculum


Curriculum is a control for any study; it exemplifies the teaching and learning theory including what to teach (content), how to teach (teaching pedagogy), and how to measure the results (evaluation). Online curriculum faces additional challenges both in theoretical implementation of English content and skills and by means of Information Technology. As English is important in international business, and limited places are available to study it, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) attempted to educate a large number of Thai students from various backgrounds in their B.A. English program. The purpose behind the program is to upgrade Thai students in English language performance. This paper examines (1) the present curriculum and the governing theory of language learning in Thailand; (2) the online B.A. degree in English; (3) the evaluation system; (4) the challenges of advanced technology and new context of learning; (5) the contributing factors in the curriculum to succeed in learning English; and (6) the effective curriculum. The author proposes that the online English curriculum should focus on basic content and language skills; multi-literacies; learner autonomy; and new technology to facilitate students’ learning. Multi-literacies and modality, with care about the possibility in any context, are two keywords for the quality improvement of online curricula.

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Alisa Vanijdee, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand

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Conference: IICLLHawaii2017
Stream: Learning Environments

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