Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is very important for all students who come from non English speaking countries because it can help the students to improve their ability in English language proficiency. TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is required by the students of non English speaking countries if they aspire to get admission in the colleges or universities of English speaking countries (Educational Testing Service, 2009). According to Gear and Gear (2006), “TOEFL is an examination to evaluate a non native English speaker’s proficiency in the English language.” The four skills in English (Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing) are important to be studied for adult learners who use English as foreign language or second language. It provides rules and general guidance that facilitate a better understanding of the skills of the target language.
In Universitas Advent Indonesia (UNAI), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an academic requirement. Since 2006, UNAI has conducted an English Entrance Examination (E3in) for its enrollee to find out the students’ qualification in English ability. Later the same test will be given before they graduate, but the name is called English Exit Examination (E3exit).
For the Entrance, the minimum score is 350 points. Those who can achieve this standard will be allowed to take regular class or English I. And those who do not reach this standard will have to take Remedial class for one semester, but those who have score 400 points and above are given option to skip English I and English II with a standard grade according to their level.
For the Exit, the minimum score is 375 points. Once they reach this minimum score or above, they are qualified for mini thesis examination and graduation. UNAI has purpose to increase this minimum standard from time to time.
At the same time, English Department has tried a new method of improving its curriculum to accommodate the need of General English from English I to English VI. The General English is as below: 1. English I is grammar/structure 2. English II is reading 3. English III is listening 4. English IV is writing 5. English V is English for Specific Purpose I (ESP I) 6. English VI is English for Specific Purpose II (ESP II) The General English above is conducted to all students in 180 hours during six semesters. This study attempts to answer the question, “Is there any significant improvement in students’ achievement of English language proficiency after taking English for six semesters?”
Name : Caroline V Katemba, Linda Simarmata, Anne Lou Hendriks
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