Undergraduates' Perception of the English Language Proficiency Courses…
Undergraduates' Perception of the English Language Proficiency Courses at Tertiary Level
At some universities, English Languages Courses is one of compulsory course need to be taken to fulfill the university's graduation requirement.
The inescapable fact that it is a language that is critical in determining the students capacity to learn, and later to use it for earning a living.
English language skills that cover specified areas of speaking, writing, listening and reading are the basic skills or core skills for required for job entrance.
English is the lingua franca of international commerce, science, engineering and technology.
The undergraduates perception of the English language course that are offered at tertiary level institution in Malaysia.
The participants in the study were 130 students (27 male and 103 female undergraduates) who were attending English language proficiency courses at a tertiary level institution for a particular academic session.
The number of samples with Malaysian University Entrance Test (MUET) results
The main methodology used in this research was a survey questionnaire.
Majority of the respondents
are motivated intrinsically to attend the English language courses.
External motivation exist to ensure these undergraduates
undergo the minimum two courses equivalent to 4 units for graduation.
The most important skill is speaking.
The objectives of the English Language Course,
teaching methodology in the English Language Classroom, teaching and learning of English and lastly, teaching and learning material.
Teachers should play the role of facilitating the classroom discussion and giving more space for student communication.
Activities that interest students
such as role play, language games, drama, debate, use of internet and computer software limited but actually helping improves their languages proficiency.
Reading skill has the highest rating
Teachers should use “force” to encourage students to talk and conduct more presentations for job readiness.
Teaching methodology also needs
to be diversified to incorporate more interesting activities
Teachers need to have computer proficiency to be able to use technology
in their teaching.
Allowance and encouragement to improve their teaching methodology and skills through in-house and external training
The students are encouraged to take the language courses for their personal improvement and for job purposes.
The students have also indicated that there is a need for variation in activities used to teach the language.