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Title: THE DETERMINATION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY OF FRESHMEN: AN EXPLORATION OF SOME OF THE VARIABLES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH
Authors: Mekonnen, Disasa
Advisors: Dr. Lakew W. Tekle
Copyright: May-1984
Date Added: 14-Nov-2012
Abstract: This study is an attempt to assess the influence of a number of variables on the English language proficiency of first year students at Addis Ababa University. The selected variables were the exposure to the English language formally or informally, the reading resources, the reading background, and the quality of instruction. To achieve this goal, a questionnaire entirely devoted to the students' senior high school English background was distributed to 140 Freshmen, out of which 106 were taken as full participants in the study. The subjects were given two language tests: (i) The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (offered by the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan), and (ii) The Addis Ababa University Freshman English lOl-A Course Test. The students' responses to the questionnaire were tallied, coded and computed to see the correlation between the responses to the selected variables, and the subjects' performance in both tests. On the average, the group with the highest positive responses to the selected variables was found to be the "A" students in the .tests. Those who had the least positive responses were the "F" students. The differences among the "A", liB", and "C", and "D"students were also significant: the study revealed that as the amount of positive responses to the selected variables increased, performance also increased. The reverse was also true. The multiple regression analyses showed a positive correlation between the selected variables, and the tests' results. Moreover: the variation in the students' performance in the tests was accounted for by the coefficient of determination. On the basis of these findings. recommendations are made to provide the senior high school students with what they lack. These recommendations ar~ worth considering if Freshmen are to do better at university level.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3756
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