ERIC Number: ED367181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Factors Affecting the Second Year Students' Achievement in Learning EAP: A Path Analysis.
A study investigated the possible reasons for low achievement gains in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses among Thai university students in their second year of EAP instruction. Second-year EAP midterm and final examination grades were compared by path analysis with a variety of student variables (sex, English language background, age, secondary school type and location, tutoring, course load, family income, educational attitudes, motivation, and study habits), teacher variables (experience in an English-speaking country, degrees held, major field of study, English teaching experience, instructional attitudes, and knowledge about and appreciation of the communicative approach to language instruction), and curriculum design variables (teaching methods, course length, and supplementary teaching). Subjects were 460 students in a number of disciplines at Chulalongkorn University. Results indicate that second-year EAP achievement is directly correlated with: student gender; secondary school program; general English background; motivation; teachers' qualifications, English-teaching experience, experience in an English-speaking country, and major field of study; teaching method; and supplementary teaching. An additional five variables had statistically significant indirect effects on student achievement. Some explanations for the results are offered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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