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CHAYANANT PITIKORNPUANGPETCH

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

Upon completing my Bachelor’s degree in English, I was interested in teaching so I continued my Master’s degree in Graduate School of Language and Communication (GSLC) at National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand and graduated in 2010. My research interests include English Language Teaching (ELT), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Business English, Mobile/Computer Assisted Language Learning and Academic Writing. I work as an instructor at Business English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, listening to songs, watching TV, and cooking.

Dissertation topic: Thai EFL Teachers’ Beliefs about Communicative Language Teaching in a Thai University Context: A Study of Rajabhat Universities in Lower Northeastern Area

Advisor: Asst.Prof.Dr. Kasma Suwanarak


MANATCHAI AMPONPEERAPAN

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English at Kasetsart University, I applied for the MA study in English for Professional Development at the National Institute of Development Administration. After I graduated, I continued studying at NIDA, applying for the PhD Program in Language and Communication. Initially, I aimed to become an English teacher. However, I soon discovered that the English language could be studied, researched, and used for something far more personal to my interests. The coursework has taught me that language embodies human culture: It plays parts in constructing personality, relationships, morality, history, and even certain aspects of reality. Additional lectures in popular cultures have made me realize my passion for analyzing, understanding, and teaching the importance of English in fictional media on how a person develops social behaviors and morality. For example, in my dissertation, I analyzed the antagonistic yet supportive friendship between two fictional superheroes Superman and Batman, who traditionally have opposite traits, attitudes, ethics, and worldviews. Not only is this kind of relationship possible in the superhero world, but the writers also insisted that these two characters must be best friends. Communication and relationship shared between the two characters; therefore, became the tool that reflects underlying desires for comic book writers and superhero fans to develop optimistic views on human relationships and socialization despite the overwhelming skepticism and cynicism in the 21st century. Correspondingly, my research interests include English as a communicative language, communication theories, cultural studies, literary criticism, and other analyses involve how popular culture and fiction have been used to affect or reinforce personhood, relationship, and morality.

Dissertation topic: Dialectic of Friendship: Discourse Analysis of Communication and Relationship between Superman and Batman in Superhero Comics

Advisor: Asst.Prof.Dr. Jaray Singhakowinta


PITCHAPA SMUTRADONTRI

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I completed my PhD in 2020. I am currently a published and an independent author. My PhD journey at GSLC has been an invaluable experience. I’ve met great people both the faculty members and my fellow students, especially my advisor, Asst.Prof.Dr. Savitri Gadavanij. My research topic was relatively new to both of us. It was challenging for me but she was very attentive and supportive all the way. I’m grateful for all the experiences and opportunities I gained from GSLC.

Dissertation topic: Unraveling discursive construction of Thai fandom: An analysis of Thai fans’ culture and identity in online communication

Advisor: Asst.Prof.Dr. Savitri Gadavanij


PIYAPORN BOONCHUAYROD

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

Being part of GSLC, NIDA is like staying in a warm family. This family makes me feel happy, comfortable and motivated although studying Ph.D. seems to be tough. Most of my impressions are about professors, staff, and curriculum. The professors are approachable, and the staff members are supportive. Here, I have experienced to learn systematically, develop a good balance, and work steadily throughout my Ph.D. program than to work intensively and burn out. Studying here is one of my wonderful experiences

Dissertation topic: Demotivation, Personality Traits, and EFL Achievement: An Exploratory Study

Advisor: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Kanyarat Getkham


SIRIN SAWANGWAN

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

After pursuing Ph.D. in Language and Communication from Graduate School of Language and Communication, NIDA, I have returned to my university with pride and soon I received the greatest opportunity to be an associate dean for student affairs. It has been a great journey and an immense pleasure to have been nurtured during my graduate studies in GSLC. It has not only been the academics but also the relationships carried out with supports of our respected advisors, principals, teachers, administrative staff, and friends. GSLC shaped who I am in profound and fundamental ways, and it has been the greatest privilege of my life. I am very happy to be part of this amazing family of GSLC.

Dissertation topic: An exploration of the Effectiveness of the Use of MCAEW

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Kasma Suwanarak


KANCHANA CHEEWASUKTHAWORN

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

If you are looking for a graduate program that can help you become “smarter” and “wiser”, the Ph.D. in Language and Communication of NIDA is your right choice. Here, you are not only equipped with academic skills, but also essential life skills like time management, self-directed learning, reasoning and critical thinking. Teaching staff are friendly, caring and always accessible when you need help. Highly recommended for those who want something more than just knowledge!!

Dissertation topic: Thai EFL Learners’ and Teachers’ Perceptions toward Intercultural Communicative Competence: Its Roles and Possibilities for Integration into Thai EFL Classrooms

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Kasma Suwanarak


PRATABJAI TATSANAJAMSUK

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I am impressed by NIDA’s motto ‘Wisdom for Change’ and truly believe that investment in yourself is the greatest way to yield not only personal but also professional growth. I set my goal around my education and started researching the great place to start. Given the best university in Thailand, NIDA is at the top of my list. Thus, I did not hesitate to study for both MA and PhD in Language and Communication at NIDA. Studying at the LAC program is challenging, constructive, and authentic. Also, the professors at NIDA are highly professional, supportive, informative, and approachable. I really adored the research classes that offered me practical and valuable knowledge. Studying for PhD was a difficult task that required much endeavor to complete my dissertation. I dedicated myself to it and finally had a doctorate in Language and Communication. Experience and knowledge gained help me grow into a new role of a PhD teacher.

Dissertation topic: The Roles of Indirect Asynchronous Electronic Feedback Versus Direct Corrective Feedback in Improving Students’ L2 Writing: A Multiple-Case Study of Thai Undergraduate Students

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Saksit Saengboon


THAPANEE MUSIGET

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I was graduated from GSLC, batch 2, in 2017. I am grateful to have an opportunity to study in this program which greatly broadens my intellectual perspectives. The degree has helped me pursue my academic profession and allowed me to pass on my knowledge to younger generations. I am a proud alumna.

Dissertation topic: Interactional Metadiscourse Markers in Applied Linguistics Research Articles: A Cross-cultural and Cross-sectional Analysis

Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanyarat Getkham


ARAM IAMLAOR

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

As I completed my bachelor’s degree in English major and I am very interested in translation, I decided to get a master’s degree in translation studies. After I graduated, I have been working as an English teacher and a translator. After a few years of full-time work, I considered that I need to further my study in the field that would be useful for my career. So, I chose the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Language and Communication (International Program) of Graduate School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration. I believed that the program would benefit me a lot. As I work with English language and translation, I was sure that I would gain more knowledge and understanding in language and communication that can be applied to my work. However, after I got an opportunity to study here, I thought what I learned in the classes was a little different from I had expected. I found it was a little difficult at first. After a while, I could adapt with the teaching here and I learned a lot from the instructors, especially Assistant Professor Dr. Savitri Gadavanij, who became my advisor later. I have learned a lot of things from her classes. The two subjects that I was very interested in her class were semiotics and critical discourse analysis (CDA). They led me to do my dissertation (The 2013-14 Thai Political Crisis as Reflected in Thai Political). I quite enjoyed doing the dissertation. Although I took years to finish it, my advisor was really nice and always gave me insightful advice. I have never regretted studying here. It was such a great experience since the first day until the day of my graduation. I have to thank my advisor and everyone in the program. At present, I am a full-time instructor of the Department of Western Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi. I have used the knowledge I obtained from the program to teach in many English classes here, especially Discourse for Communication in the Workplace, which is a course of master’s degree.

Dissertation topic: The 2013-14 Thai Political Crisis As Reflected in Thai Political Cartoons

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Savitri Gadavanij


WORAVIT KITJAROENPAIBOON

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

The school does not offer only wisdom and knowledge but also life-long accomplishment. (Kitjaroenpaiboon, 2021)

Dissertation topic: A Comparative Corpus-based study of Nursing and Language Teaching Research Articles: A Multidimensional Analysis.

Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanyarat Getkham


KORNKAMOL WIYARAPHUTRA

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

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Dissertation topic: Interaction Patterns of Thai Policants' answer during broadcast tv interviews

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. M.L. Jirapa Abhakorn


PIYAPORN PUNKASIRIKUL

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I received my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in English, and I wished to gain knowledge beyond the realm of language. I, therefore, pursued my PhD here at GSLC NIDA. Due to the nature of most courses which are interdisciplinary and the teaching styles of qualified professors, the program provided me not only academic knowledge but also skills in doing research which are very beneficial for my current job as a university lecturer. In addition, the professors are very nice and supportive, and the supportive staff are very helpful.

Dissertation topic: The Commodification of Security: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Thai Insurance Advertisements

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Jaray Singhakowinta


WORAYA SOM-INDRA

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I had a Bachelor’s degree in English from Mahasarakham University, and held a Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Linguistics from Mahidol University. As I work in academic field as a lecturer in the Department of Western Languages and Linguistics, Mahasarakham University, I always want to acquire more knowledge in language and linguistics. To give myself an opportunity to explore more dimension in language studies, I decided to pursue a PhD in Language and Communication at NIDA, which I obtained in 2017. My research interests include linguistics, critical linguistics (A Critical Discourse Analysis) and social issues in communication.

Dissertation topic: Development Discourses in the Context of Mekong Hydropower Development: A Critical Discourse Analysis

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Savitri Gadavanij


JANTARAWAN SAMRANSAMRUAJKIT

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I am so proud to have a chance to study at NIDA, the institution established by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. After graduation as the first batch of GSLC, I have been inspired from the dedicated teaching staff with expertise and compassion to their students, especially my advisor. I have realized that Graduate School of Language and Communication program at NIDA is one of the best institutes where students can improve their academic knowledge as well as apply it to their lives forever.

Dissertation topic: Politeness strategies in Refusal Situations: A Cross Cultural Study

Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanyarat Getkham


NATRADA TIYAPHORN

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

2018 National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Language and Communication Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 2001 National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Language and Communication Master of Arts (M.A.)

Dissertation topic: Using Metacognition Training in Improving Business Writing : A Case Study of EFL Tertiary Students in Thailand

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. M.L. Jirapa Abhakorn


WORATHANIK PHOTIJAK

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

I completed my Ph. D. from GSLC in 2017. It is always a great academic enhancement which I received from this program. The program greatly widens my intellectual perspectives and builds good professional and social connections. Fulfilling the doctoral degree here not only facilitates me to build up professional imperative skills but also enables me to reciprocate my pupils, people and communities, both locally and internationally. I owe all my thanks to this program.

Dissertation topic: Contentious identities of the mekong karaoke girls: a nexus analysis of social actions and a critical discourse analysis of ideologies

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Savitri Gadavanij


YUTH THONGCHAROEN

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

Achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in General Management from Assumption University (ABAC) as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in International Business and Management of Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Spent 12 years as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Business English, Faculty of Arts, at Assumption University responsible for such courses as: Business Communication, Public Speaking, Business Research Methodology and English for Entrepreneurship. Also acquired experience as an adjunct lecturer at Sripatum University, Bangkok University, and Naresuan University to lecture on such topics as Management, International Business Communication, Cross-Cultural Communication, Entrepreneurship, Negotiation and Problem Solving and Preparation for AEC. Recently pivoted careers and is currently a full-time fitness coach at New Moves Bkk with an emphasis on assisting clients with 3D planar movement, Strength Training, Fat-loss and Human Performance.

Dissertation topic: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PERCEPTIONS OF THAI INTERNATIONAL TERTIARY STUDENTS TOWARDS THE OUTWARD ETHNIC LOOKING APPEARANCE OF THEIR EFL TEACHERS IN THAILAND

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Yu-Hsiu. Lee


NARATHIP THUMAWONGSA

Program: Language and Communication

Personal Background

After graduating from Assumption university, I pursued my education at the Graduate School of Language and Communication (GSLC), National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) both MA and Ph.D. degrees in Language and Communication. The obtained knowledge from GSLC has contributed me to be a qualified lecturer at a graduate level. As the university’s MOTTO “Wisdom for Change”, the GSLC has changed me to be a person who continues to search for lifelong learning in the field of language and communication.

Dissertation topic: The Effect of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Learning Program on Thai College Students’ Pronunciation Performance and Autonomous Learning Capacity

Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanyarat Getkham


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