Thailand may encounter both crises and opportunities when the ASEAN Economic Community is implemented in 2015. Newly graduated student may face the difficulty in the domestic and international workforce regarding to the use of English language. To prepare university students, especially those whose major were English is the mission of the department. This study, therefore, focuses to study the problems in using English language that the undergraduate students faced while working with the entrepreneurs on their internship. The subjects were 32 fourth-year students who enrolled Practicum course in the two-month summer semester of 2013. Students were asked to complete the questionnaires at their last week of the internship. The findings in the first part reported that the majority used English language at work and they mostly used their English with their customers who are the foreigners. They recognized their English ability at the intermediate level. Speaking and listening skills were the most frequently used skills while they rarely used writing skills at their workplace. However, students reported in Part Two that they perceived that speaking and listening skills were their first and second rank problems in their internship. Also, it was found that writing and reading skills were lesser used than the aforementioned skills in Part One and students rated these skills at the third and fourth place of their problems. The findings, hence, could be used as a basis in developing English courses for English major students in order to enable them to acquire higher English proficiency before internship.
Rinda Warawudhi, Burapha University, Thailand
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