Investigating Learning English Strategies and English Needs of Undergraduate Students at the National University of Laos

Thongma Souriyavongsa, Mohamad Jafre Zainol Abidin, Rany Sam, Leong Lai Mei, Ithayaraj Britto Aloysius

Abstract


This paper aims to investigate learning English strategies and the requirement of English needs of the undergraduate students at the National University of Laos (NUOL). The study employed a survey design which involved in administering questionnaires of rating scales, and adapting the items from (Barakat, 2010; Chengbin, 2008; Kathleen A, 2010; Patama, 2001; Richards, 2001), to measure learning English strategies and the needs of English skills from 160 Lao undergraduate students of NUOL. The findings of this study revealed that speaking skill was the most important skills that students needed to improve in their undergraduate program. All participants reported a medium frequency use of strategy on learning English. The most frequently used strategies involved in using vocabulary books and electronic dictionaries to remember new English words. Based on the research findings, the researchers provided some recommendations for course developers to be reconsidered and redesigned the curriculum and syllabus including the instructional materials, learning behaviours and learning strategies of the English courses in all faculties in order to enhance the quality of learning and teaching activities as well as to meet the learners’ needs and social demands for their prospective careers and country’s development.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v6n10p57

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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