THE MODERN ASSESSMENTS OF ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAMS
Assessment of learning refers to designed strategies to confirm what students learn, whether their obtained knowledge and skills have met curriculum outcomes and objectives of training programs. English training programs are offered to students in campus of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University regularly. Active learning is the popular method required for this kind of trainings to be more effective than old passive learning method. One of the best measurements of success of the training programs depends on both strategies for assessing students learning and students’ level of satisfaction. Therefore, it is necessary to be objectively measure both strategies for assessing and students’ level of satisfaction in five different areas: teachers’ techniques in teaching, the proper topics of teaching, the quality of classrooms and facilities, the qualification of teachers, and flexible time & schedule. The aims of this research were to survey and conclude the level of students’ satisfaction in five important areas: teachers’ techniques in teaching, the proper topics of teaching, the quality of classrooms and facilities, the qualification of teachers, and flexible time & schedule, as well as to provide some positive recommendations to enhance the quality of training program and how to improve the students’ level of satisfaction.
This study employed a mixed research of both a qualitative research method. About ten informants was selected for focus group of qualitative method, whereas a survey quantitative research study was conducted by interviewing with 100 students who were registered with the campus English training programs. Data collection was compiled by using five scales of questionnaire for survey research and in-depth interview questions was designed for qualitative research. Statistical analysis was generated by utilizing Excel program and SPSS program. Percentage, mean, and standard deviation were important tools for data analysis and conclude the results. The findings of this research investigation revealed that the majority of students reported a high level of satisfaction on English training programs in three areas of teachers’ techniques in teaching, the proper topics of teaching, the quality of classrooms and facilities and had a medium level in two areas of the qualification of teachers and flexible time & schedule. The recommendations from this study included more native English teachers to the teaching team, provide more activities, games, and events that students can learn English naturally, and allow students to select time & schedule online.