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English for Future Careers:
Globalisation for Mechanical Technology Students


Paper presented at:“The Globalisation of ELT: Emerging Directions”

The 5th CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
21-22 February 2009.

Paper published in conference selected papers pages 45-54.

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Paper presented at:

The Graduate Research Conference UDRU, Building One, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand.
19-20 September 2009.


Paper published in conference selected papers pages 374-382.





English for Future Careers is taught in some government universities with the expectation that students will be armed with a CV (Curriculum Vitae) in English and interview experience to boost their chances of employment once they leave. In reality, many Thai students will not be working in an environment where English will be part of the job requirement and even less chance of English being used in the interview process to find work. This paper details how the course has developed over time to reflect a form of “creative subversion” in order to comply with government directives and enable teachers to “adapt the course creatively” to maximize the benefits for students. Mechanical Technology students have learned to appreciate that even in north eastern Thailand, English can be used to express what they can and have done in order to secure future work opportunities, making them part of the globalization process.


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