The language aptitude of the graduate Students

Pujianto, Catharina (2011) The language aptitude of the graduate Students. Masters thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

This thesis is an attempt to find out the correlation of aptitude and achievement scores of students from Graduate School of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. The researcher was particulary interested in this topic, because aptitude has the main characteristic as a prediction tool. It can be used to help maximizing the chances of successful language learning for students. Moreover, it is also useful to identify strengths and weaknesses of each student, and give advice for teachers or counselors to make decision about students’ language training program. In addition, it is still an uncommon thesis topic in Indonesia, and it is interesting, as well as challenging, to have a deeper understanding of it. There were two instruments used: first, the Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery (PLAB) was used to find out students’ aptitude scores. It was chosen because it incorporates intelligence and motivation besides language. Its contents include the Grade Point Average and interest in learning a foreign language. The second instrument used was the final Advanced English scores, which were regarded as students’ achievement scores. The research participants were students of batch 12 and 13 of The Graduate School of TEFL (MPBI) Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. The reason why they were chosen as participants was because they were assumed to have advanced proficiency level in English. In order to be able to work on the test, participants should acquire qualified proficiency in English, and therefore they were the right candidates. The finding was quite unpredictable, since it turned out that the correlation between aptitude and achievement was only 0.1, which means that the relationship was very weak or even none. The lack in the number of participants became the major weakness of this study, and it was assumed to have impact on the finding.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Graduate School" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language aptitude, Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery (PLAB), achievement in foreign language learning, Advanced English, graduate students of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MPBI Students)
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Graduate School > Master Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 03:15
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 03:15
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/1869

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