English 1 is a compulsory subject that all first year students in Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya Songkhla have to study and pass. The achievement of the students each academic year was not satisfied. It was found that there are a large number of the students who did not pass in this course. The information obtained from the students who enroll in this course showed that some of them had taken this course more than three or four times until they were retired as a result of their poor achievement. Many possible techniques have been used such as tutorial sessions, additional assignment, adjustment of textbooks, including conducting research. The objective of this research was to investigate the attitude on English 1 course of the first students. The participants of the study were 297 first year students taking English 1 subject in Semester 1 Academic year 2012. The questionnaire of five rating scale consisting 2 sections was used as a main instrument: general information section and attitude section. It was revealed the students’ attitude towards English 1 course was at moderate level; 14 issues were at moderate and 6 issues were at high level. The first 3 high-rated issues were “I want to be competent in English”, “English is helpful in future career” and “English can help in professional development”. The first 3 lowest rated issues were “ English is easy to practice”, “ I always prepare before attending the class” and “English can create confidence and creativity”.
Jutaporn Parapob, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Songkhla, Thailand
Stream: Learning Systems Platforms
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