The university students need to prepare themselves to be ready as the competent workforce for industry. On-the-job plays an important role in a student's development as it applies the theoretical learning of a student to day-to-day practices in the industry. To enhance students’ skills to be stronger and ready as competent workforce for borderless world, communication especially languages is important and it is undeniable that students’ development has to do during their stay in university. The International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) offers international internship which covers 90 countries around the world. English language skills present the most critical barrier for Thai students who would like to join IAESTE’s on-the-job training program for technical experience over the last 40 years. Therefore, this research was aimed to study the relationship between the personal data and English testing scores of the student applicants who had joined IAESTE Thailand in 2009 – 2011 and to synthesize and find out an English training model suitable for IAESTE Thailand ‘s student applicants by using backward design technique. Based on 1,477 student applicants in 2009 - 2011 it was found out that most undergraduate students studying engineering, science and technology who got low GPA also failed in English Competency Test. The English teaching experts both Thais and foreigners rated teaching listening skill most important and then speaking skill, reading skill and writing skill but for teaching vocabulary and grammar structures was rated least important. Hence, 36 – 72 hours training model was purposed to prepare the students which include language, multicultural and adaptability competency.
Tongdee Cheevapruk, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
Supitcha Cheevapruk, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
Stream: Professional Training
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