The Language Institute of Thammasat University (LITU) was officially established as a university faculty in 1985 to serve the ever-growing need for English language training for students in all faculties at Thammasat University. LITU conducts courses at all three of Thammasat University’s academic campuses (Tha Prachan, Rangsit and Lampang in northern Thailand), as well as providing diverse language services to the general public and private, academic and governmental organizations in Bangkok and throughout the nation. For over two decades, LITU has been committed to developing the quality of its teaching consistent with international standards of excellence while dedicated to Thammasat University’s mission of serving the nation.
Academic and Graduate Degree Programs
Adhering to the principles of learner-centered teaching, developing student autonomy, and encouraging independent, creative and critical thinking among the students, LITU is responsible for English-language instruction for students first entering the university (Foundation courses), throughout their four years of academic studies (ESP-English for Specific Purposes), and for graduate students who must achieve minimum standards of English language proficiency. In addition, the Language Institute offers international graduate degree programs in English Language Teaching (MA-ELT, previously known as MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and Career English for International Communication (MA-CEIC, previously known as MA English for Careers), and a graduate diploma program in English for Careers. Also, to serve the needs of English teachers in the ASEAN community and international settings, LITU is now offering an international Ph.D. program in English Language Teaching (PhD-ELT). Students in these graduate programs also have research opportunities in presenting their studies at the LITU International Graduate Conferences (LITU Conference) and in publishing their research papers in the LITU Graduate Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2286-881X).
Community Outreach Services and Training
To share its teaching and research experience with academic communities nationwide, LITU provides complementary outreach programs for public school teachers who have no formal training in English language teaching or whose language skills need improvement. As well, LITU offers tuition-free English courses for Buddhist monks, intensive teacher training programs for English teachers from the south of Thailand, an English Camp for provincial secondary school students, and teacher training in Self-Access Learning and the use of instructional media in language teaching.
LITU is responsible for developing and administering the Thammasat University General English Test (TU-GET), required of all applicants seeking admission to or graduating from Thammasat University graduate programs. It is a nationwide test administered every month. LITU also provides language testing services for public sectors (Thammasat University Standardized Test for English Professional Skills: TU-STEPS) and for schools (Thammasat University School English Test: TU-SET), as well as for other faculties at the university (e.g. for direct faculty entry exams), government, commercial and private agencies, upon request.
Publications and Research
LITU faculty have authored a number of popular English textbooks and receive substantial support to pursue research interests. Faculty research articles have appeared in international and domestic professional journals. LITU also publishes its annual Journal of Language Education and Acquisition Research Network (LEARN Journal), an indexed, peer-reviewed academic forum for English teachers and researchers to share their teaching experience and research findings in linguistics, applied linguistics, ELT, communication studies and interdisciplinary area studies. Additionally, to disseminate research among professional scholars, LITU organizes bi-annual international conferences in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (FLLT Conference) and publishes the FLLT Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2286-8836).
Lampang campus is the third campus of Thammasat University. Located in Lampang, the northern province of Thailand, the campus has offered 4 undergraduate degrees in Interdisciplinary studies of social science, social administration, Industrial Craft and Design, and law; in addition, one Master’s degree in Policy and Welfare Administration.
The Language Institute of Thammasat University is responsible for English courses for up to 500 students from all departments each year. The current teaching courses include:
- English Foundation courses 1,2 and 3 (EL070, EL171, and EL172)
- English for Master’s degree students (TU 005, TU 006)
The teaching team consists of:
- Mr. Chongrak Sitthirak, Language Institute
- Ms. Paradee Aimjirakul, Language Institute
- Asst. Prof. Thirawat Tanthanis, College of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Ms. Sumittra Supaporn, College of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Mrs. Judith Duncan, Activity Coordinator at Self-access Learning Center (SALC)
- Mr. William Gibson, College of Interdisciplinary Studies
English Learning Activities
Not only providing English courses to fulfill the curricular requirement, but the teaching team also has arranged a number of activities to improve students’ English skills outside classroom. Annual activities have been arranged to promote Self-experiential learning and Self-access Learning. Special past activities have included:
- LITU Got Talen Contest (2011)
- LITU-SALC Annual Christmas Party (2011)
- Summer Excursions to Thai Elephant Conservation Center and Lampang Horse Carriage Museum (2012)
- Incorporating Native Speaker Volunteer Activities (2011-2012)
Online photos and comments are available at http://www.facebook.com/litu.lampang
The Major Activities in 2012
In addition to regular activities, the vibrant activities also include:
- TU Olympics (August 2012)
- Thammasat Lampang Welcome Booklet and Website
- Inauguration an “English Day” once a week, in concert with ASEAN and AEC goals for improving English in preparation leading to 2015
Getting to Know Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) at Lampang Campus
By Judith Duncan
Mini – SALC, TU Lampang ( Campus) has been fully operational since June 2011. On September 6, 2011, the Agon Shu Foundation which funded the renovation and furnishing of SALC, cut the ribbon for the official opening. Since then, Mini SALC, serving primarily foundation year students, has been the hub of LITU English activities , promoting and encouraging English in a variety of ways.
Brightly painted walls and modern décor ; inviting conversation corner; mini movie theater; games and puzzles; books, magazines and English Newspapers; computer and audio listening section; meeting room and small stage, present a most attractive invitation for students to supplement their classroom learning. Various themes and current events are imaginatively posted to stimulate students’ participation.
Creative presentations, LITU Christmas Extravaganza, participation in National Speech Competition have all been facilitated by the presence of this additional innovative space. In addition, SALC has hosted over twenty English speaking volunteers, some for a few hours and many with an ongoing weekly commitment. Their presence has been an enthusiastic incentive, motivating and stimulating students’ confidence in practicing conversational English.
Future plans incorporate broadening the contact campus wide, (supporting its use among all faculty and students, ) and creating a focal point for English in all aspects at TU/Lampang. Our mission is especially important in this time leading up to Thailand’s leadership of ASEAN in 2015.