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ERIC Number: ED501494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-30
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Linguistic Competence in English and Exposure Factors
Mota, Marisol
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This study examines Linguistic Competence in English Language (LCE) as a general indicator of Communicative Competence. A test and a questionnaire were administered to 1838 undergraduate freshmen from five major institutes of higher education in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The results of the test are analysed in their association with main features of previous educational studies, as well as with students' exposure to language in and outside formal education. This research replies the one carried out by Gonzalez, Vivaldo y Castillo (2004). The results obtained for the case of Aguascalientes are higher than those reported by these authors in relation to Mexico City. Although, both cases point out an unacceptable situation: majority of freshmen do not satisfy a basic level of LCE. The type of previous institutions was identified as the main factor associated with LCE: Students who attended public schools observe disadvantages in comparison to students who accomplished previous levels at private schools. As there is a pattern of continuity in the type of schools, the students who enrolled in a private higher education institute got significant CLE scores than those who attended a public one. The results show that English language teaching and learning, not only in public schools but also in private ones, requires urgently dealing with aspects of quality, more than those related to quantity. (Contains 3 endnotes and 6 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Mexico (Mexico City)