Teaching Physics in English: A Continuing Professional Development for Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers in Thailand

  •  Chaninan Pruekpramool    
  •  Theerapong Sangpradit    


The purposes of this study were to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) using English integrated science approach training curriculum and to promote physics teacher’s efficacy to be expert teachers and be able to teach Physics in English. The quality of the curriculum was at a high level corresponding to the congruence scores of the overall curriculum and curriculum content which equaled 0.85 and 0.93, respectively. Besides, the appropriateness scores of the curriculum content, instructional materials and curriculum format equaled 0.89, 1.00 and 0.53, respectively. The participants were 22 Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) who taught physics in the schools that attended the projects of “World-class standard school” and “English for Integrated Studies (EIS)” administered by the Ministry of Education, Thailand. Considering the participant’s opinions from semi-structured interview and satisfaction assessment form, the results found that the participants’ satisfaction was at a high level. From the follow up after training with 7 physics teachers, the results revealed that there were some concerns from teachers in several aspects based on their efficacy which were communication skills, choosing and using appropriate instructional materials, developing the physics lesson plan in English, dealing with classroom problems, and lifelong learning to improve their English skills and teaching. According to students’ opinions, students that were taught by these trained teachers were satisfied with learning physics in English because this way of learning can promote their communication skills. However, before they start learning Physics in English, improving their language ability was the most important that they required.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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