Pragmatic Competence and Learning Needs of English of Students in Tourism Vocational Schools

Speaker:Muhammad Amin| Location:Room 12| Date:August 12, 2016| Time:5:30 - 6:00 pm


The presenters will show the results of their research on the investigation of the gender-based pragmatic competence of students in Tourism Vocational Schools and their learning needs of English in West Nusa Tenggara province. The samples of this study were 115 students in three tourism vocational schools in two different regions in the province. This research employed mixed-method design. To collect the data three instruments were used:  Multiple Choice Discourse Completion Test (MDCT), questionnaire, and interview.   The findings show that as a whole students’ pragmatic competence in this area, in both receptive and productive skills, is still low (with the means score of 44.6 and 24.81 respectively). There is a significant difference between male and female students’ performance in the test of English pragmatics. Students prioritize speaking and listening skills in their learning of English. In relation to the problems they have in learning English, the students list vocabulary and grammar as the main inhibiting factors in expressing themselves pragmatically.


(501)Muhammad Amin is a lecturer in English Department of the University of Mataram, Indonesia. He has been teaching at this faculty since 2005 and been involved as a teacher trainer and teacher mentor in several teacher training programs since 2008. His research interests concern teacher professional development and EFL teaching.


Category: Day 2 | August 12, 2016, Presenter Schedule