Analysis of English Level of
Students at Braulio Carrillo Colina
High School Upon Complexion of
Third Cycle

Presented by
...
Problem
Statement
We are living in a globalized and
competitive world where
professionals have to study and
work hard to become qualified
ca...
The use of different technological
means are creating expectations in
the students who increase their
interest to learn a ...
The greatest problems in the
current education are the
desertion and the lack of interest
from the pupils to the curriculu...
There is a need for creating
techniques that involve all the
students in English lessons that
really work for the developm...
Why do students not take
advantage of the opportunity to
learn English that is offered in
public schools? What is going on...
And, in conclusion, why do
students from public high schools
have a low level of English when
they finish their studies, e...
Objectives
General Objective
To suggest how Conversational and
Academic English classes can be joined
to create an attractive method ...
Specific Objectives
To identify the main reasons why high
school students do not get a good level in
English at the end of...
To determine strengths and
weaknesses in the methodology used
in Conversational and Academic
English classes.
To find out ...
Theoretical
Framework
I. English Language
This part has as objective to get the
birth of English explaining where, how
and when the language was...
Talking about English as standard
language at this moment. It will try to
explain aspects in which this language
has had a...
II. Education
It is so important the meaning of this
word to clear our concept involving
good and intelligent people who a...
III. Motivation
Our Educational system has lack of
motivation in all of the
components in its structure. Piaget
and his th...
IV. Importance of English in Costa
Rica
As we know, this language is not
only a cultural reference. In another
hand, Engli...
V. Theories for learning TEFL methodology
When we talk about English teaching,
it means different ways adapted to focus
ea...
VI. English proficiency in Public High School
students
It is important to know what are the results as
result of a labor c...
Methodological Framework
Type of Investigation
Sources
Limitations
Variables
Techniques to Obtain the Data
Description of ...
Type of Investigation
• According to Harper Collins1 a descriptive
investigation follows an inductive research
process and...
Sources
• Students from Ninth level at Braulio Carrillo
High School
• Conversational and Academic Teachers at
Braulio Carr...
Limitations

• Population is not confident.
• Some of the teachers did not answer the
interview.
• Unreal information.
Variables

• Variable #1
– English Level

• Variable #2
– Methodology

• Variable #3
– Supporting Material
Techniques to Obtain the Data.
• A survey and the interview could identify and
classify events into groups or categories. ...
Description of the Instruments

• Students’ Survey: 29 items
• Teachers Interview : 18 questions
Attainments

• Students at Braulio Carrillo High School
• Teachers at Braulio Carrillo High School
• Magister University S...
Data Analysis and Results
• Students’ Survey:
First Part
First Part

Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
Second Part
Second Part

Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
Third Part
Third Part

Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
Third Part

Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
Teachers` Interviews
• How do you describe the level of domain of
the English language achieved by students
from public sc...
Teachers` Interviews
• “How do you describe your general
knowledge about pedagogical methodology
for the teaching of Engli...
Teachers` Interviews
• “How do you describe the support that you
receive for your labor as a foreign language
teacher from...
Teachers` Interviews
• “What strategies do you usually apply to
evaluate the students’ level of domain of the
English lang...
Teachers` Interviews
• “How do you describe your students’ general
attitude toward the English class?”
– Three professors ...
Conclusions
The main cause of low students’
English level is the students’ discipline
because the bad behavior interrupts
the English ...
The methodology applied by most of the
Academic and Conversational teachers is
appropriate. Professors try to apply
attrac...
The material used by teachers is
attractive and useful. However;
teachers need to find more
material from different source...
The evaluation between Academic and
Conversational English is very different. In
Academic English the written exams have
t...
Recommendations
The low English level is a problem that
professors at Braulio Carrillo can improve
through some strategies. First, teacher...
The methodology can improve if
teachers work together and share the
material they apply in their
classrooms. Students are ...
Supporting material in the classrooms is an
essential tool through the English learning
process. Students can learn better...
The evaluation in high schools with
technological orientation can help students to
work in their weaknesses and strengths....
THANKS!
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ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH LEVEL OF STUDENTS AT BRAULIO CARRILLO COLINA HIGH SCHOOL UPON COMPLEXION OF THIRD CYCLE

  1. 1. Analysis of English Level of Students at Braulio Carrillo Colina High School Upon Complexion of Third Cycle Presented by Vivian Campos Fuentes Roy Alejandro Gómez Gómez
  2. 2. Problem Statement
  3. 3. We are living in a globalized and competitive world where professionals have to study and work hard to become qualified candidates for any position.
  4. 4. The use of different technological means are creating expectations in the students who increase their interest to learn a foreign language and acquire knowledge about social and cultural aspects about it.
  5. 5. The greatest problems in the current education are the desertion and the lack of interest from the pupils to the curriculum subjects. They feel that the system is not attractive for them and that the best thing to do is to forget about the tasks.
  6. 6. There is a need for creating techniques that involve all the students in English lessons that really work for the development of own communities taking into account that English is the universal language.
  7. 7. Why do students not take advantage of the opportunity to learn English that is offered in public schools? What is going on in our high schools that students do not feel motivated?
  8. 8. And, in conclusion, why do students from public high schools have a low level of English when they finish their studies, even when they know there are so many opportunities waiting for them?
  9. 9. Objectives
  10. 10. General Objective To suggest how Conversational and Academic English classes can be joined to create an attractive method of teaching that improves students´ English level in Public High Schools.
  11. 11. Specific Objectives To identify the main reasons why high school students do not get a good level in English at the end of the teaching-learning process. To analyze the evaluation criteria carried out in Academic High Schools with Technological Orientation.
  12. 12. To determine strengths and weaknesses in the methodology used in Conversational and Academic English classes. To find out about the materials used as support in the teaching-learning process.
  13. 13. Theoretical Framework
  14. 14. I. English Language This part has as objective to get the birth of English explaining where, how and when the language was developed in a specific context giving a cultural fact for the humanitysuppported by authors who have given their reference through a chronological line.
  15. 15. Talking about English as standard language at this moment. It will try to explain aspects in which this language has had a great importance to different areas in many fields. The English like a tool to improve our future joined to the technology and it applied to many ways to communicate opening new opportunities.
  16. 16. II. Education It is so important the meaning of this word to clear our concept involving good and intelligent people who are giving real concepts about it. It is the key towards success for every country. It helps to boost the economy and to generate democratic society. The main resource of any country is Human Resource.
  17. 17. III. Motivation Our Educational system has lack of motivation in all of the components in its structure. Piaget and his theories about the constructivism are a master piece of this project.
  18. 18. IV. Importance of English in Costa Rica As we know, this language is not only a cultural reference. In another hand, English is a tool to increase economical, social, trade, political aspects. It is the best mean of communication referring English like language standardized.
  19. 19. V. Theories for learning TEFL methodology When we talk about English teaching, it means different ways adapted to focus each topic applying strategies. It allows keeping the knowledge using certain methods during the class and catching the students´ interest. It will develop the most adequate approaches to get the goal.
  20. 20. VI. English proficiency in Public High School students It is important to know what are the results as result of a labor composed by several members in its develop. Those philosophies, policies and currents facing a real situation when you are a teacher. These data will be taken of MEP´s instruments, others surveys, and proved thesis.
  21. 21. Methodological Framework Type of Investigation Sources Limitations Variables Techniques to Obtain the Data Description of the Instruments Attainments
  22. 22. Type of Investigation • According to Harper Collins1 a descriptive investigation follows an inductive research process and involves the collection and analysis of qualitative data to search for patterns, themes, and holistic features.
  23. 23. Sources • Students from Ninth level at Braulio Carrillo High School • Conversational and Academic Teachers at Braulio Carrillo High School.
  24. 24. Limitations • Population is not confident. • Some of the teachers did not answer the interview. • Unreal information.
  25. 25. Variables • Variable #1 – English Level • Variable #2 – Methodology • Variable #3 – Supporting Material
  26. 26. Techniques to Obtain the Data. • A survey and the interview could identify and classify events into groups or categories. They were presented and applied clearly in order to be filled out properly.
  27. 27. Description of the Instruments • Students’ Survey: 29 items • Teachers Interview : 18 questions
  28. 28. Attainments • Students at Braulio Carrillo High School • Teachers at Braulio Carrillo High School • Magister University Students
  29. 29. Data Analysis and Results • Students’ Survey:
  30. 30. First Part
  31. 31. First Part Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
  32. 32. Second Part
  33. 33. Second Part Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
  34. 34. Third Part
  35. 35. Third Part Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
  36. 36. Third Part Source: Students from Braulio Carrillo High School, Cartago, 2010
  37. 37. Teachers` Interviews • How do you describe the level of domain of the English language achieved by students from public schools once they complete secondary education?” – 4 teachers answered the students’ level is deficient and one answered the English level is average. This result shows 80% of the teachers think students do not have an average or a high English level, and 20% of the teachers think they have an average level.
  38. 38. Teachers` Interviews • “How do you describe your general knowledge about pedagogical methodology for the teaching of English as a foreign language?” – 3 professors answered it is adequate, one teacher said is excellent, and one teacher said is insufficient. They pointed out that teachers must be updated and try to speak English as much as they can.
  39. 39. Teachers` Interviews • “How do you describe the support that you receive for your labor as a foreign language teacher from students’ parents? – Three teachers said parents’ supports is insufficient and two said it is poor. Some of the professors mentioned students belong to lower class and parents never attend to meetings
  40. 40. Teachers` Interviews • “What strategies do you usually apply to evaluate the students’ level of domain of the English language?” – Professors said working in groups because students feel more comfortable, monitoring and clarifying questions, written exams, conversations, oral presentations, role plays and interviews.
  41. 41. Teachers` Interviews • “How do you describe your students’ general attitude toward the English class?” – Three professors said it is positive, one said it is negative, and one said is neutral. Some of the comments described by professors were: it is hard to catch students’ attention due to today’s huge quantity of distracters, sometimes they enjoy the activities in the class. Another comment is “We just need more time and a great change, try to do our best” (Leiva, Yanira)
  42. 42. Conclusions
  43. 43. The main cause of low students’ English level is the students’ discipline because the bad behavior interrupts the English learning process. Students present economic and social problems. These issues produce student’s insecure and a bad behavior.
  44. 44. The methodology applied by most of the Academic and Conversational teachers is appropriate. Professors try to apply attractive strategies in order to catch students’ attention. According to teachers’ observations there is not communication to among Ministry of Education, parents, and school’s authorities. It causes a lack of support for teachers and students.
  45. 45. The material used by teachers is attractive and useful. However; teachers need to find more material from different sources, create storage where all teachers can find material for the topic they need to teach.
  46. 46. The evaluation between Academic and Conversational English is very different. In Academic English the written exams have the biggest part of the evaluation. It is one of the causes why students do not improve what they are expected because they think Academic English is more important because of the National Exams in Fifth grade.
  47. 47. Recommendations
  48. 48. The low English level is a problem that professors at Braulio Carrillo can improve through some strategies. First, teachers should diagnose students English level by written and oral evaluations. Second, evaluators must give a complete feedback to each student. Third, professors should evaluate their lessons and go deeper those topics students have problems or are difficult to apply in the daily life.
  49. 49. The methodology can improve if teachers work together and share the material they apply in their classrooms. Students are going to feel secure and comfortable if they see the group of English professors working together and hard for their improvement in the subject.
  50. 50. Supporting material in the classrooms is an essential tool through the English learning process. Students can learn better and faster if professors used the proper material. In the case of Braulio Carrillo Colina High School, teachers can find out material if they ask for workshops and trainings about materials to editorials that sell books related to the topics they have to develop in the classrooms.
  51. 51. The evaluation in high schools with technological orientation can help students to work in their weaknesses and strengths. Professors have to look for professional and technical help; probably at the office of Technologies at Ministry of Education of Costa Rica. The evaluation between Academic and Conversational English is different, as a result; teachers must be updated in evaluation strategies. Students’ participation and English improvement must be important parts in evaluation.
  52. 52. THANKS!

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