The research is a quasi-evaluation of Language Practicum (LP) 2012-2013, the on-the-job (OJT) component of the AB English Program of Bicol University. Largely, the intention is to use the findings to propose policy recommendations and guidelines for the improved conduct of the LP, now on its third year of implementation. The research looked into the attainment of objectives of the newly implemented requirement for graduates, the training experience of the students, and the job performance of the Language Practicum trainees. The results showed the remarkable success of the first year of implementation in terms of attainment of objective, as viewed by the trainees themselves. The development of Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) was rated outstanding as well, indicating satisfactory work performance and experience. The academic skills developed in the AB English program found to be most applicable to job performance are: interpersonal; work-readiness; and, business letter writing. Least applicable are: folk and ballroom dancing; playing sports; and, scientific literacy. Over-all, the trainees are one in saying that the AB English Language Practicum 2013 was beneficial and successful. While saying so, others also expressed the need for improvement in terms of implementation. Among these are: increase the number of hours; schedule the practicum in summer of the 3rd year; provide a pre-orientation seminar to better prepare the students before deployment; provide a list of possible sponsoring agencies that accommodate language practicum trainees; and regular visits by the Language Practicum Professor. These were the sound bases for the guidelines formulated.
Jocelyn I. Bartolata, Bicol University, Philippines
Stream: Student learning
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