Exploring English Language Courses on the Thai MOOC Platform


  • Sutraphorn Tantiniranat
  • Phimpawee Treesorn
  • Pantipa Boonla
  • Rinda Warawudhi


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Thai MOOC Platform, English Language, ESP (English for Specific Purposes), General English (GE)


In response to the growing importance of lifelong learning, the Thai MOOC platform provides a diverse range of courses, including those specifically designed for English language skills. To gain insights into the current status of these English language courses, this study utilized a descriptive study design, analyzing the course documents of 18 courses available on the platform as of May 2023. The primary objective was to examine the characteristics of these courses in terms of their purpose, duration, and competency levels. The findings revealed that 56% of the courses were English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The remaining 44% were General English (GE) courses. ESP courses emphasized language skills, research proficiency, critical thinking, specialized vocabulary, and communication in professional settings. GE courses covered basic English skills, everyday life communication, and cultural awareness. Most courses had short durations of 5-10 hours and were classified as basic courses. This study offers insights into the English language courses available on the Thai MOOC platform, serving as a foundation for future research in this area. Understanding the landscape of these courses is vital for educational institutions to optimize their offerings and promote lifelong learning by avoiding duplication and developing targeted courses.


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