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ERIC Number: ED171108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 107
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Why Students Study English: A Trinational Study of Student Attitudes Towards English in Singapore, India, and Thailand.
Shaw, Willard David
In accordance with the growing trend in language teaching philosophy towards assessing learner needs before choosing methods and materials, this study concentrates on the attitudes of final year bachelor degree program students towards learning and using English. These 821 students from Thailand, India, and Singapore were majoring in the fields of: (1) English language, literature and teaching; (2) engineering; and (3) commerce/business. A closed format type of questionnaire with 111 items was used. The general conclusions drawn in the major areas studied were: (1) although use of English was primarily for international purposes, some English was used for intranational purposes; (2) reasons for studying English and the skills preferred overwhelmingly indicated instrumental rather than integrative needs; (3) if these students are representative of other groups and countries, the future growth of English to meet the development of a world society and international market seems to be a certainty; (4) expansion of English will be further aided by decolonization and indigenization of English, as it becomes less a symbol of imperialism, and more a valid candidate for an international language and a local language for intranational purposes; and (5) English is being accepted as the country's own language with native varieties and teachers. Appendices include lists of cooperating institutions and the questionnaire with some tabulated results. (MHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; Singapore; Thailand