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In today’s fast-paced society, Intensive English Program (IEP) continue to thrive as more and more English language learners (ELLs) patronize them. This study aims to identify the expectations of Thai learners enrolled in these programs in Thailand. It employed a qualitative research inquiry among 185 freshmen students from different regions in the country. The result of the study presented four key areas which Thai learners value in an IEP program: teaching quality, characteristics of people in the institution, learning environment, and expectation of oneself. The study also revealed that the learners’ expectations are complicated probably as a result of the sociocultural value reflecting both the characters of traditional and progressive learners in Thailand.
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