Team-based learning (TBL) is a structured type of cooperative learning that has growing application in many education fields. As opposed to the conventional lecture where instructor lecturing to a group of students in some didactic presentation format, the role of instructor has changed to a cognitive coach in TBL. TBL improves academic outcomes by shifting the instructional focus from knowledge transmission to knowledge application. (Parmelee and Michaelsen, 2010: 118). This presentation aims to demonstrate how to design and implement the essential elements of TBL (i.e., individual and group readiness assurance tests, forming permanent teams, application problems, team decision making, and peer-assessment) for teaching and learning of Thai as a Foreign Language course. This presentation also points out the important findings of this experiment from the student survey regarding the effectiveness of TBL in comparison with conventional teaching methods. The application of TBL in this study can also be used as a template for other foreign language studies to follow and emphasize the contribution of TBL in foreign language education.
Sureenate Jaratjarungkiat, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore