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Mr Napol Artmungkhun BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Napol Artmungkhun is a PhD research student within Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton, focusing on English-Medium Education (EME/EMI), pedagogy and assessment.

What I learned from doing both MA and PhD here at the University of Southampton is that EAP, ESP, GE, CLIL, and EME classroom-based assessments in practice are more than just teaching, learning, testing, and assessing.

Qualifications:

I completed my BA in English (International Programme) in 2014 at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. During my time there, I was working as a part-time freelance English language tutor, interpreter, and translator in between 2011-2014. As driven by the passion for working in English-Medium Educational context, I worked as a full-time Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) teacher during 2014-2015 for several schools in Thailand. To gain more experiences in English education, I decided to work as a full-time English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in the same context during 2016-2017 before deciding to begin my MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching in 2017 at the University of Southampton. As always driven by desire and enthusiasm, I decided to continue my postgraduate studies by doing a PhD degree in Modern Language Programme at the University of Southampton in September 2018. And during academic years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 at the University of Southampton, I was working as a temporary Research Assistant to gain more experiences in research and academia.

Research interests

My PhD research looks at an exploration into the contextualisation of assessment in an English-Medium tourism programme in a Thai university, to be specific on the relationships between assessment, English and pedagogy in policy and practice.

Besides a contextual study within the English-Medium Educational assessment in the higher educational context, I am also interested in the contextualisation of assessment within English language classroom including English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), General English (GE), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), especially in the Thai context, and local, national, and international English language standardised testing. And this reflected on my MA dissertation and BA thesis. For my MA dissertation, I was investigating about anxiety factors within classroom settings and test practices that influential on pre-sessional students and their integrated listening and speaking proficiency. Whereas for my BA thesis, I was investigating about the obstacles that prevent Thai local secondary school students from learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

Presentation

  • Lecturers’ Assessment Literacy in the English as a Medium of Instruction Programme at a Thai University (Poster presentation presented at Language Testing Forum 2019, Swansea University 22-24 November 2019)
  • The History of English Language Testing and Assessment in Thailand: A Story from Prior 1960-2000s (Formal presentation presented at The Journey of Testing: Local and Global Narratives at Highfield campus, University of Southampton 5 November 2019)
  • Assessment Perspectives on English as a Medium of Instruction in a Thai University Context (Poster presentation presented at the 3rd English Medium Instruction (EMI) Symposium at Department of Education, Oxford University 26 June 2019)
  • An Exploration of English for Specific Purposes Assessment in Practice in a Thai University Context (Formal presentation at Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) Postgraduate Research Seminars 1 May 2019)
  • Examining the Impact of Classroom and Test anxiety on Language Performance: A Case Study of an EAP Pre-Sessional Students in a British Context (Poster presentation presented at the Putteridge Bury campus of the University of Bedfordshire 23-25 November 2018)

PhD supervision

Main Supervisor: Dr Robert Baird; Second Supervisor: Dr Will Baker

PhD research: The Contextualisation of Assessment in an English-Medium Tourism Programme in a Thai University: An exploration of the relationships between assessment, English and pedagogy in policy and practice.

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Global Englishes (CGE), Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) , Special Interest Group in Language Testing and Assessment (SIGLTA), British Association for Applied Linguistics Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (BAAL TEASIG), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (IATEFL TEASIG), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Testing, UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA), European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), Language testing research and practice (LTEST-L)

I was active in a temporary Research Assistant role during the academic years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020. Moreover, I was part of Special Interest Group in Language Testing and Assessment (SIGLTA) during the academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Mr Napol Artmungkhun
Student Office, Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
Room Number: 65
Email: na1y17@soton.ac.uk
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