Students selected on basis of “vulnerability” by PTEEP (English Proficiency Test), were directed to English Development Course. After about 8 months, underwent similar English Proficiency test; outcomes compared by Student t–test for dependant samples - accounts for intracorrelation.
Result Significant (α=0.5) increase in means of pre-test to post test
But Means were 37% and 47%, whereas maximum scored by anyone in 2006/7 in PTEEP was 90%
And Comparisons of mean differences for particular constraints (e.g. vocabulary) weren’t available – could prove interesting.
3 TYPES OF DATA ANALYSES (cont..)
Correlation matrix of 5 variables (not age) with 1st and 2nd Eng. Proficiency test scores of this group of about 200 students yielded……
- No significant correlation between 1st test score and end-of-year results, but
- Significant correlation between 2nd test score and end-of-year results.
- Bigger and significant correlation between
2nd test score and score in English Development Course
Comparisons among 2006-2007 first-year intakes
The variables are:
PTEEP = Test in English for Educational Purposes (UCT)
Distribution of two groups, in AvgPercent, for example.
Test group versus control group cont’d… Means of average percentage obtained differed significantly (*) between the two groups.
Valid N ENProf
Valid N NONE
Voluntary essays on students’ own perceptions of benefits of development in academic English proficiency were very positive.
Extend qualitative investigations to systemic analysis, with random sample of essays and interviews as well.
HE obliged to invest resources in English Academic Proficiency improvement.
Trade-off between burden of shouldering secondary education’s level shortcomings, taking decade at least, with Students’ success ….less attrition, efficient throughput, economic gain, less wastage and trauma.
Student academic language proficiency: an investigation into a non-first language developmental intervention
Dr Cay van der Merwe, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein
Prof Driekie Hay, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein