PRD Radio Online is a Thai and English radio news program produced by The Government Public Relations Department (PRD), Thailand. Its purpose is to provide the latest Thai news. This site has four different programs (1) Thai news: both Thai and English versions (2) Situation record (3) Dharma speech and (4) Samaks, who is a Prime Minister of Thailand, talk. Thai news broadcasts three times (i.e. morning, noon, and evening) everyday. Situation Record broadcasts everyday. Dharma speech and Samaks talk programs are broadcast once a week. There are retrospective files of these two programs available on this site. In addition, this site provides National Broadcasting for Education songs and The Government Public Relations song for listeners. Listeners can also listen to Thai latest radio news from 92.5 MHz channel of Thailand.
Type of Material:
Materials available on the site are listening texts.
Independent or group study
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learners who are studying the Thai language can improve their Thai listening comprehension. They can also learn about Thai culture.
Target Student Population:
The site is directed toward intermediate to advanced learners of Thai language.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Advanced Thai learners
This site consists of authentic material for learners of the Thai language. It provides Thai daily news which directs from 92.5 MHz in both the Thai and English versions. Its content is accurate because this site is run by The Government Public Relations Department (PRD), Thailand. This site also presents retroactive news which listeners can listen to from one week ago. Dharma speech program is very useful for practicing another style of Thai language and for learning about Buddhism.
Language use in the news is somewhat different from language use in casual conversation.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site can be used to practice Thai listening. Learners of Thai can listen to daily news from this site as often as they like. When they get stuck, they can repeat the audio as many times as they need. The articulation and speech rate of every program are authentic because this site comes from Thai radio broadcast news. This site can be used to prepare learners of Thai to comprehend Thai language news on the radio without transcription and images. It is a good resource for teachers who are looking for Thai authentic materials. Teachers can provide pre-reading, comprehension and expansion activities to enhance learners understanding of the Thai language. Teachers may search for appropriate topics from Thai news sites. In addition, this site is a useful resource for learners whose major is journalism.
Recommendations for the site would be to provide English translations of each program on the page because it would help advanced learners review their knowledge and understand the program easily.
Recommendations for teachers would be to provide some pre-reading and pre-listening activities. An addition of comprehension checking activities would be an enhancement as well. This site may not suitable for young and teen learners because of its contents and information.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigation is straightforward and links are all a click away. The font styles and background make the page clear.
This is an unnecessary scroll bar on the page. This means that there might be other ways to arrange the page. It is also slightly difficult to read words that type in bold.
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