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The relationship between students’ language abilities and their educational backgrounds

Wudthayagorn, Jirada (2007) The relationship between students’ language abilities and their educational backgrounds. In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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This study, sponsored by Thailand Research Fund, examines the correlations between the students’ language abilities and their educational backgrounds. About nine hundred ninth grade students in six public high schools across the country participated in this study. The language abilities measured were word analogy, grammar sensitivity, reading comprehension, and new word invention. Their educational backgrounds comprise of grade point average, age when began studying English, and years of English education were collected. Pearson product moment was used to investigate the correlations between the language abilities and the educational backgrounds. The major finding shows that new word invention is highly and significantly correlated with grade point average. It seems that good students understand the concept of “word” and enjoy playing with words. The significant implication of this study is dealing with the selection of the students to the English program.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 01:41
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 01:41
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3257

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