ERIC Number: ED219421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
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Attitudes and Attained English Language Proficiency of University Students in Thailand: A Sociolinguistic Study.
Boykin, Arsene; Trungamphai, Arunthadee
English proficiency of Thai university students studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL) was studied in relation to attitudinal scores on social, economic, travel, or prestige scales. Secondarily, the subjects' attitudes toward their native group and toward the target language group, and their motives for learning English were studied in relationship to their attained level of proficiency. Characteristics of the learners, including sex, status in school, and numbers of years studying English were studied as moderator variables. A cloze test of English proficiency and a student questionnaire adapted from Chihara and Oller were administered to 52 females and 61 males by 2 teachers at a national university in Thailand. Results show positive correlations between factors distilled from the attitude measures and attained EFL proficiency. High ratings of one's own people on selected attribute scales correlated negatively with foreign language proficiency. Sex differences were found in terms of motivations to study English. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).