Attitudes of Nursing and Business Students of Asia-Pacific International University Towards English Language Learning

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Nakhon Kitjaroonchai


This study sought to investigate the attitudes towards English language learning of nursing and business students at Asia-Pacific International University. It looked into difficult language learning skills as perceived by the students and examined the significant correlation between academic achievement (GPA) and attitudinal level. The subjects were 275 students comprising 214 students from the Faculty of Nursing and 61 students from the Faculty of Business Administration who enrolled in general English courses. The research instrument used in this study was a modified 20-item attitude survey adapted from Gardner’s (1985) Attitude/ Motivation Test Battery (AMTB). The data was analysed using SPSS version 16 and the significant correlation was analysed using Two-Sample T-test. The findings of the study revealed that the nursing and business students in the Thai-medium program of Asia-Pacific International University had positive attitudes towards English language learning. Students perceived listening and speaking to be the most difficult language skills to acquire. The study also showed that there was no significant correlation between students’ academic achievement (GPA) and attitudinal level. Following the findings some pedagogical implications were discussed.

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