Creating an English Environment Using Communities of Practice
Following Proposal is to conduct research at BUUIC to explore the International Community: such research is intended to have a better understanding on the contextual setting in order to improve the design of a viable English centered community. Theory concerning Community, Language etx, will be examined to help design practices that will promote an English speaking community within a non-English setting. The practices will be tested…
Countries within ASEAN, are in the process of creating International Organizations such as Educational Institutes that can provide English environments. Thailand has designated four Universities:
- Burapha University
- Asian University
- Chulalongkorn University
- Mahidol University
- Chiang Mai University :
to meet the needs of Educating ASEAN members in English. While the Universities have been able to recruit locals into their program with hopes of becoming proficient in English, they have yet to create truly International communities that reflect an English bias.
The ASEAN University Network (AUN) is an Asian university association. It was founded in November 1995 by ASEAN member countries including 13 universities. After the enlargement of ASEAN by the ASEAN Charter in 1997 and 1999, the AUN membership has been increasing. Following the latest membership enlargement, the AUN membership increased to 26 Member Universities.
The ASEAN University Network is an arrangement between 33 universities in the ten ASEAN countries. The AUN is composed of a Board of Trustees (BOT), the participating universities, and the AUN Secretariat. The Board of Trustees consists of one representative from each of the ASEAN Member Countries, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, the Chairman of the ASEAN subcommittee on Education (ASCOE) and the Executive Director of the AUN. The BOT has the task of formulating policies, approving project proposals, the allocation of budgets and coordinating implementation activities. The board makes decisions on these activities on the basis of consensus. The participating universities have the task of implementing the AUN programmes and activities. When AUN was founded in 1995, it consisted of thirteen universities from seven countries. Due to the inclusion of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia in ASEAN, the network grew to 21 members (for a list of the members, see appendix I). Although numerous applications for membership have been received, it was decided to only admit universities from the new member countries. Non members from the region however, are invited as observers on a regular basis. The AUN Secretariat is involved in the planning, organisation, monitoring and evaluation of AUN activities and also in the development of new ideas and the acquisition of funding. The permanent office of the Secretariat was established in 2000 and is located on the campus of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The operating costs of the secretariat are (at least until 2005) allocated by the Thai Government.