HARMONIZING REGIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION
Building ASEAN Best Practice in ELT Accreditation and Centre Management.
English is the international language of business, science, technology, diplomacy and education.Quality Assurance in ELT course delivery, ELT Centre management and ELT teacher qualifications requires the application of Global Best Practice standards to underpin the integrity of the system. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from regional professionals engaged in the roll out of best practice systems covering ELT Management and Teacher Standards. It will draw on both the Australian and ASEAN experience and reference Gobal Best Practice. With Transnational Education hubs being further developed in ASEAN centres such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand , Vietnam and in the future Indonesia this panel discussion is of particular relevance.
1.English is the official language of ASEAN yet standards differ significantly between countries;
2.Quality Assurance in ELT centre management is crucial for professional delivery but there is little formal QA in the ELT sector across ASEAN;
3.Harmonisation of ELT Teacher quailifications will strengthen ASEAN and assist in buidling regional education hubs. This will attract better quality international students, particularly to Transnational campus locations;
4 Free Movement of ELT professionals will assist in developing the ASEAN Economic Community and allow offshore campuses to move teachers around the region. Agreed minimum regional standards for engaging qualified ELT teachers need to be addressed. NEAS is vastly experienced in this process with over 25 years of experience in Australia and significant recent experience in ASEAN .
Mr Michael Fay
ASEAN Focus Group Pty Ltd
Michael Fay is an Australian and ASEAN focused advisor on Education and Skills Training.He is Chair of the Australia Indonesia Business Council NSW, an Honorary Fellow of UTS University Sydney and was formerly a board member of the National ELT Accreditation Scheme( NEAS).
Mr Patrick Pheasant
Patrick is an ELT professional who was previously the Director of the University of a Sydney English Language Centre.He is currently the CEO of the National ELT Accreditation Scheme which is expanding its global footprint into ELT accreditation in ASEAN.
Dr Alexander Nanni
Associate Dean for International Affairs,
Mahidol University International College (MUIC),
Alexander Nanni is the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), which is located in Salaya, Thailand. He began teaching English in Thailand in 2005. From 2012 to 2018, he was director of the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics at MUIC. During this time, he and his team applied for quality assurance through NEAS, becoming the first program in Thailand to do so. Alexander holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College and an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston.
Ms Lau Wai Cheng
Director, ELC English Language Company,
In 2012, Ms Lau Wai Cheng started the English Language Company in Malaysia, and has in a short while, established ELC as the premiere language center, winning the coveted NAPEI “Best Language Centre” Award. Wai-Cheng also serves as President of English Malaysia – the national association of private language centers, and is actively involved in the promotion of Malaysia as S.E. Asia’s premier destination for edu-tourism.