This study is quasi-experimental in nature which utilized an intervention program sponsored by the US Embassy through the English Access Microscholarship Program to help develop the language skills of the students. Fifty (50) students ranging from 13-20 years old who have economically disadvantaged backgrounds and show low performance in English skills (speaking, reading and writing) were encouraged to learn English and develop their linguistic skills through after-school instruction and enhancement activities.This study aimed to measure the effect and its magnitude on the English language skills of students after being exposed to a prolonged non-contractual English intervention program. This study also assessed whether or not, the program has significantly changed their attitude and perception toward other cultures.Using th pretest and postest, the results show that there was a significant change in the linguistic performance of the students exposed to the prolonged non-contractual English intervention program. As far as English language learning is concerned, it is concluded that the students may improve their linguistic skills if they are exposed to an intensive intervention program without any pressure to pass the course. It is further concluded that the Access Program has openned the minds of the students to other cultures.
Anabel Wellms, Mindanao State University, The Philippines
Benecito Maratas, Mindanao State University, The Philippines
Stream: Learning Environments
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