Reading Comprehension Proficiency of English Major Students


This study aims to investigate the reading comprehension ability of English majored students using the Thai Reading Evaluation and Decoding System (Thai READS), which has been developed based on the Malaysian READS by the researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM); the system contains three components: the Encoder, the Reading Matrix and the Decoder. The sample group consisted of 362 English majored students, Faculty of Liberal Arts from one public university in Bangkok, Thailand. The instrument employed in this study was the Thai version of READS adapted by Khemanuwong, Mohamed and Ismail (2018). The statistics used for data analysis were descriptive statistics (percentage, mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics of one-way ANOVA. The results revealed that a majority (59.94%) of the students performed satisfactorily at Band 4 or Meet Standard with regards to their level of reading proficiency based on the Reading Matrix. The findings from one-way ANOVA showed that there were statistically significant differences in the Thai READS scores among the educational levels (Year 1 –Year 4), F (3, 358) = 20.42, p = 0.00). Post-hoc comparisons using the Tukey HSD test indicated that the mean score for Year 2 (M = 45.50, SD = 5.25) did not differ significantly from Year 3. (M = 44.31, SD = 5.96), p > 0.05. Even though on average the students were reported to perform at a satisfactory and expected level of Band 4 in the Thai READS test, intervention support needs to be given to the underperformers to enhance their reading comprehension proficiency.

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Thapanee Khemanuwong, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
Thanate Angsuwatanakul, Rangsit University, Thailand
Ekkapon Phairot, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand
Duangporn Jarijitpaibul, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
Pimjai Promsuwan, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand
Piriyaporn Uampittaya, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2021
Stream: Higher education

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Khemanuwong T., Angsuwatanakul T., Phairot E., Jarijitpaibul D., Promsuwan P., & Uampittaya P. (2021) Reading Comprehension Proficiency of English Major Students ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2021 Official Conference Proceedings
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