KANYALEK FUTRAKUL (NAVAMINDA KASATRIYADHIRAJ ROYAL AIR FORCE ACADEMY)

LISTENING PROFICIENCY AND LISTENING DIFFICULTIES OF AIR CADET STUDENTS AT NAVAMINDA KASATRIYADHIRAJ ROYAL AIR FORCE ACADEMY : LANGUAGE LEARNING

This study was conducted with 109 of first year air cadet students at Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Air Force Academy with the aim of investigating their English listening problems and listening proficiency. Questionnaires, TOEIC Test listening part, and interview were used in this study as tools to collect data. As a result, the data were analyzed by using SPSS. The result of the study revealed that the main reason caused listening problem in first year air cadet students’ was listening text. However, the factors that most likely caused listening problems were (1) difficult to understand well when speakers speak too fast, (2) unfamiliar words and (3) lack of practicing listening skill. The finding of this study would be a necessary step for English language teachers to recognize students’ listening problems. Regarding to the research studies, these results would be beneficial to probe the listening problem in a deeper level. On the contrary, this study would be helpful for the material developer to design effective listening materials for air cadet and undergraduate level students.

Kanyalek Futrakul is holds an MA in TESOL Studies from University of Leeds in the UK. She is also a full-time lecturer of English and Chinese at Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Air Force Academy of the Royal Thai Air Force in Thailand.