Influence of language proficiency, age and gender on academic performance

Ting, Su Hie and Musa, Muriatul Khusmah and Yong, Siaw Hua (2009) Influence of language proficiency, age and gender on academic performance. In: Conference on Language Learning and Teaching (CoLT), "Confronting Realities in Diverging Horizons", organised by UiTM Kedah, 5-6 March 2009, Sunway Hotel, Seberang Perai, Pulau Pinang. (Unpublished)


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The study investigates the relationship between language proficiency, age and gender on academic performance of undergraduates in a TESL degree programme. In this study, language proficiency was gauged using the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) band scores and academic performance using the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Data from a questionnaire administered to 121 students enrolled in Years 1,2 and 3 of the TESL degree programme indicated a positive relationship between language proficiency and academic performance. Age and gender were found not to influence academic performance. The findings suggest that the academic success of university students is dependent on their mastery of the language of instruction. The implications of the findings on university entry requirements are discussed

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, language proficiency, academic performance, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 02:26
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 02:23

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