Factors Causes Students Low English Lan

Topics: Language acquisition, Teaching English as a foreign language, Education Pages: 14 (5370 words) Published: November 19, 2014
International Journal of English Language Education
ISSN 2325-0887
2013, Vol. 1, No. 1

Factors Causes Students Low English Language
Learning: A Case Study in the National University of
Laos
Thongma Souriyavongsa (Corresponding author)
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Tel: 601-6690-9027

E-mail: thongam_2008@yahoo.com

Sam Rany
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Tel: 601-7506-3234

E-mail: sr11_edu045@student.usm.com

Mohamad Jafre Zainol Abidin
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Tel: 601-9415-2105

E-mail: jafre@usm.my

Leong Lai Mei
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Tel: 601-6454-1068

E-mail: lmleong@usm.my

Received: December 6, 2012

Accepted: January 21, 2013

Published: January 22, 2013

doi:10.5296/ijele.v1i1.3100

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ijele.v1i1.3100

Abstract
It has been generally well-known that most people faced some problems in learning English as a second or foreign language in non-English speaking countries; for example, in Lao People Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). This paper has a main purpose to explore students-teachers’ weakness towards English language learning as a foreign language of a Continuing Summer Program for Bachelor’s degree of Teacher Education in English at the 179

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International Journal of English Language Education
ISSN 2325-0887
2013, Vol. 1, No. 1

Faculty of Education (FOE), the National University of Laos (NUOL) in Lao. A study focuses on the reasons that impact on their poor English performance. Data were drawn from the question “Why Lao students weak in English?”. This question was administered to 30 English students-teachers in order to respond with their own views. Each respondent listed ten reasons that mentioned why students are poor in English language performance. Based on the findings of this research, main causes have been included namely: first, the majority of students stated that the English teachers are not well-trained; for instance, they use Lao language when teaching, so they cannot perform well to attract the interest of the student. Secondly, students lack of English foundation background. Third, students lack of confidence to use English because they are afraid of mistakes and shy feeling. Fourth, the curriculum is inappropriate for helping students to improve their English proficiency. Last but not least, English language is difficult to learn due to students are not well-motivated, encouraged and gained learning strategy. Furthermore, students do not practice speaking English with English native speakers, and class environment is crowded and noisy that is not fulfilled with teaching pedagogy.

Keywords: English language learning, factors, weakness

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1. Introduction
This paper has a main purpose to investigate the perception of English student-teachers who have registered in the Continuing Summer Program for Bachelor’s degree of Teacher Education in English about the causes of students’ poor performance in English language learning at the Faculty of Education (FOE), the National University of Laos (NUOL) in Lao PDR. This Program has been conducting during the school vacation. It offers a good opportunity for English teachers who had already graduated diploma certificate in the field of English program to further their studies in the same field. The duration of this program is three years, but students have to take time for two months for this extra-course annually. The program has been offered as a module depends on teachers’ available times and teaching schedule during the semester opening.

Nevertheless, students generally are weak in English language learning were found in many parts of the world, especially for the countries...


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