PIMYUPA PRAPHAN (MAHASARAKHAM UNIVERSITY)

THE TALE OF THE OTHER TONGUE: THAI ENGLISH AMONG THE OTHER ENGLISHES : GLOBAL ENGLISHES

This talk will first present the concept of World Englishes dating back to the publication of the seminal book “The Other Tongue: English Across Cultures,” and the legacy that Braj B. Kachru left to the field of Linguistics and English Language Teaching. Then, the discussion will focus on the existence of Thai English or lack thereof based on various studies including the analysis of the first Thai English author’s book, and the subsequent publications. The analysis is carried on to the new era of Information Technology when Thai English is seen in the advertising discourse on webpages. The talk continues with the discussion of the attitudes of learners and teachers toward Thai English and the other Englishes in Kachru’s three concentric circles. The talk concludes with the debate of how the field of World Englishes can contribute to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages in the diverse and ever-changing world today.

Pimyupa W. Praphan is a lecturer of English and Teacher Education at Mahasarakham University in north-eastern Thailand. She had the privilege of studying with Braj B. Kachru, who encouraged her to write about Thai English. She was granted several scholarships including Fulbright and the Royal Thai government for her graduate studies. Believing in paying it forward, she now works actively to seek scholarship opportunities for her students. One of her main projects is supervising the English Access Microscholarship program sponsored by the US government. This program offers free English lessons to underprivileged secondary school students in her hometown.