Active Learning in English at Work: Assessing Effectiveness and EFL Undergraduate Student Attitudes

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Patcharakorn Seemanath
Sasa Watanapokakul


Active learning is recognized as an instructional approach that engages students in active participation and encourages them to reflect on the learning process. This research study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of implementing active learning in the English at Work course and to explore EFL undergraduate students’ attitudes towards the active learning lessons. A one-group pre-test-post-test design was employed in this research, involving 67 EFL undergraduate students enrolled in the English at Work course during the second semester of the academic year 2021. Upon the study’s commencement, the English at Work test was administered as a pre-test. This was followed by a post-test and the completion of questionnaires at the course’s conclusion. Additionally, 12 students were randomly selected to participate in semi-structured interviews. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were conducted on the collected data. The findings indicated that the lessons developed based on the active learning conceptual model had a positive impact on students' English language proficiency and their attitudes towards learning English. The difference in the mean scores of the pre-test and post-test demonstrated significant improvements in students’ English language acquisition. Furthermore, the implementation of active learning lessons, coupled with a variety of engaging activities, fostered positive attitudes among students, enhancing their attention, motivation, and participation in the classroom.

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Seemanath, P., & Watanapokakul, S. (2024). Active Learning in English at Work: Assessing Effectiveness and EFL Undergraduate Student Attitudes. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 17(1), 538–571. Retrieved from
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Patcharakorn Seemanath, Rangsit English Language Institute, Rangsit University

A lecturer teaching English at the Rangsit English Language Institute, Rangsit University, Thailand. Her fields of interest are English language teaching and learning approaches, methods, and techniques (including active learning, task-based language teaching, game-based learning, and creative teaching methodology), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and technology in teaching.

Sasa Watanapokakul, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University

An Assistant Professor who teaches post- and undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Mahidol University, Thailand. Her fields of interest include English language teaching (especially in active learning, game-based learning, and creative teaching methodology), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Applied Linguistics in English Phonetics and Phonology, and Event Management.


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