Understanding the English of Thai Visitors

This learning material aims to provide an environment within which students are able to learn intensively the characteristics of English spoken by Thai native speakers (ThaiE), designed specifically for learners within Japan’s hospitality industry.

Description of the material

The structure:
  • “Why do we learn Thai English?” - an introductory lecture
    • English as a lingua franca as a key concept in delivering hospitality
    • English education in Thailand and Japan as an Expanding-circle
    • The selected characteristics of the prosody and intonation of ThaiE
    • The differences from Japanese English
  • Situation-based Listening Exercise (20 lessons)
    • Learner’s situation as a member of hospitality staff
    • Listen to a Thai customer’s statement
    • Quiz 1: Check your understanding
    • Quiz 2: Respond to the customer
    • Explanation
    • Further listening exercise of related vocabulary
  • Review
Audio material:

read by two Thai narrators (one female, one male)

Material format:

E-learning content at Articulate Storyline3


This work was supported by KAKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, #16K13272, and is a part of a three-year study titled “An attempt to redefine marginal Englishes as learning targets: Creating ESP materials featuring Thai English based on Thai visitors’ experiences in Japan”(2016-2018).

March 2019
Miyamoto Setsuko and Watanabe Yukinori