Main Article Content
This survey study examined the junior high school students’ attitudes towards their English learning, after participating the English Language Camp, at Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya's College Phatthalung. The samples were 75 students from grade 10 to 12 selected by Krejcie & Morgan’s sampling formula with the confidence of 99 percent and 1 percent of margin of error. The quantitative data were collected through a five-point Likert Scale questionnaire, containing 10 items and with the reliability at α ≥ 0.837, while the section of open opinions was also used to gather the qualitative data. To analyze the obtained data, the SPSS statistical software was used and mainly focused on the descriptive statistics. The study revealed that the level of students’ attitudes towards their English learning was overall high at 4.2, with the standard deviation error at .04. The female students reflected a slightly higher mean at 4.2 than male students at 4.1, and the younger students were almost commensurate the mean at 4.3 with the older ones at 4.2. For the content analysis, students offered positive opinions; for example, the English Camp emboldened them to learn English faster and perceive the importance of English.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
The owner of the article does not copy or violate any of its copyright. If any copyright infringement occurs or prosecution, in any case, the Editorial Board is not involved in all the rights to the owner of the article to be performed.
Ajzen, I., & Fishbein, M. (1980). Understanding attitudes and predicting social behavior. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Al-Tamimi, A. (2009). Motivation and attitudes towards learning English: A study of petroleum engineering undergraduates at Hadhramout University of Sciences and Technology. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 9(2), 29-55.
Aswad, M. (2017). The effectiveness of English camp (A model in learning English as the second language). Retrieved December 13, 2018 from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323545176_The_Effectiveness_of_English_CampA_Model_in_Learning_English_as_The_Second_Language
Behzadi, A., & Sayadian, S. (2015). Speaking Fluency and Phonological Accuracy among Iranian EFL Teachers. International Journal of English and Education, 4(3), 54-66.
British Council. (2018). The English effect. Retrieved October 2, 2018, from https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/english-effect-report-v2.pdf
Chee Choy, S., & Troudi, S. (2006). An investigation into the changes in perceptions of and attitudes towards learning English in a Malaysian College. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2006, 18(2), 120-130.
Clement, R. (1994). Motivation, self-confidence, and group cohesion in the foreign language classroom. Language Learning, 44(3), 417-448.
Dzanic, N. D., & Pejic, A. (2016). The effect of using songs on young learners and their motivation for learning English. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(2), 40-54.
Falk, J. (1978). Linguistics and language: A survey of basic concepts and implications (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
International Schools Thailand. (2018). International summer camps and holiday schools in Thailand. Retrieved October 2, 2018, from https://internationalschoolsbangkokthailand.org/summer-school.html
Ismail, S. I., & Tahir, I. M. (2011). English camp activities: A strategy to enhance students’ English proficiency. Studies in Literature and Language, 12, 61-72.
Kittivirote, F., Yaseng, N., Juychum, D., Hayeehasa, K., & Smahae, S. (2017). The study of effectiveness of English camp academic service of primary school students in Mauang District, Narathiwat Province. Princess of Naradhiwas University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1), 15-26.
Lee, J. S. (2011). Globalization and language education: English village in South Korea. Language Research, 47 (1), 123-149.
Mamun, A. A., Rahman, M., Rahman, M., & Hossain, A. (2012). Students’ attitudes towards English: The case of life science school of Khulna University. International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1), 200-209.
Mitchell, T. (2006). South Korea's new English town: English camp part of national strategy to reduce overseas education. Ohm news International, 1.
Park, J. (2006). Korea-Japan English camp: A case study of English immersion program in Korea. English Language and Literature Education, 12(4), 91-115.
Phansrisuwan, C., & Adipattaranan, N. (2018). Using of communicative activities to develop English listening-speaking skills and self-confidence of Mathayom Suksa 3 Students. Journal of Education Naresuan University, 20(2), 47-57.
Rugasken, K., & Jacqueline, A. H. (2009). English camp: A language immersion program in Thailand. Learning Assistance Review, 14(2), 43-51.
Rukh, S. (2014). Students’ attitude towards English language learning and academic achievement: A case of business students in Punjab. European Academic Research, 2(4), 5596-5612.
Shirbagi, N. (2010). An exploration of undergraduate students’ motivation and attitudes towards English language acquisition. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 20, 1-14.
Soleimani, H., & Hanafi, S. (2013). Iranian medial students’ attitude toward s English language learning. International Research Journal of Applied and Basic Sciences, 4(11), 3816-3823.
Swatevacharkul, R (2016). Readiness for Autonomous English Learning and Learning Achievement of
Ep Students. Journal of Education Naresuan University, 18(1), 22-32.
Thai Ministry of Education. (2016). Moderate class more knowledge. Retrieved September 30, 2018, from http://www.moe.go.th/websm/2015/sep/319.html
Thai Ministry of Education. (2008). The basic education core curriculum B.E. 2551. Retrieved September 30, 2018, from http://www.ibe.unesco.org/curricula/thailand/th_befw_2008_eng.pdf
Thanakong, K., & Adipattaranan, N. (2017). Using communicative language teaching activities to enhance English listening-speaking abilities and grammatical knowledge among undergraduate students. Journal of Education Naresuan University, 19(2), 51-64.
Twin Training International. (2018). What is an English summer camp? Retrieved September 30, 2018, from https://www.twinsummercentres.com/blog/what-is-an-english-summer-camp
Wighting, M., Nisbet, D., & Tindall, E. (2005). Exploring a summer English language camp experience in China: A descriptive case study Regent University. The Asian EFL Journal Quarterly, 7(4), 85-108.