A Consideration of the Role of The Four Iddhipada and the Sutta in Teaching English in Thailand Today

| December 31, 2004
Title
A Consideration of the Role of The Four Iddhipada and the Sutta in Teaching English in Thailand Today

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David Brown
Dhurakijpundit University, Bangkok, Thailand

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The author has been a journalist, Australian Army officer, and corporate executive in the field of Public Affairs. More recently he has taught English as a Second Language to migrants to Australia and is currently an Instructor within the English Department at Dhurakijpundit University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract
This article discusses aspects of two 2,500-year-old eastern frameworks for learning, based on the teachings of the Buddha. They are the Four Iddhipada, a philosophy of principles and process in teaching and learning, and the Sutta, a Thai oral tradition that describes the habits of a scholar. The Four Iddhipada and the Sutta are either unknown or disregarded by foreign English language teachers in Thailand, and they have fallen into disuse with most modern Thai teachers of English. The two philosophies are compared with various western language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies. The conclusion is that they are complementary and compatible with each other, and should be given more consideration by both Thai and native English speakers in the teaching of English in Thailand.

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