Students’ Perceptions Regarding their B.A. in English Language Graduate Profile

Keywords: students’ perception, English, communicative skills, undergraduate, graduate profile, foreign language, learning strategies

Abstract

This paper examines the perception undergraduate students have, prior to graduation, regarding the attributes they have developed in terms of transferable and communicative skills. The goal was to shed light on how undergraduate students in the context of this research perceive their graduate profile. This study was carried out at a university school of languages in southeast Mexico over the course of a year, from August 2016 to July 2017. Thirty male and female students participated in the study. Their ages ranged from 21 to 30 years old. They all were about to complete the last term of the BA program at the time the data were collected. The data collection tools used for this inquiry were interviews and surveys. The former were used to get an insight, in general terms, into the participants’ perceptions whereas the latter provided richer information about the students’ perceived competences and skills. The data suggest that students perceived gains in critical thinking skills, research skills, language skills, autonomy, and motivation as part of the attributes they developed within the program. However, attributes regarding teaching skills, learning strategies, technology skills, teamwork and ability to develop new projects and ideas are perceived as poorly developed or not acquired at all. 

Author Biographies

Enrique Vez-López, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

is a full-time professor at the School of Languages of the University of Veracruz. He holds a CII level Certificate of Proficiency in English, a B.A. degree in English Language, a Specialization degree in English Language Teaching, both awarded by the University of Veracruz, a M.A. degree in Education awarded by Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, and a Ph.D. in Language Studies awarded by the University of Veracruz. Among his published work feature papers related to English teaching and learning processes, language and culture, and language death.

Briseida Jiménez-Velásquez, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

has worked as a professor at the Language Center of the University of Veracruz. She graduated from the University of Veracruz with a B.A. degree in English Language and a M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language awarded by the same university. She has participated as a Spanish Language Assistant in a programme sponsored by the British Council and the Mexican Ministry of Public  Education.

Published
2019-06-21
Section
Research Articles