FEASIBILITY OF EQUIPPING BUSINESS UNDERGRADS WITH ESP E-TRAINING FOR GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY

N. Ismail1, C. Soo2, N. Ismail2

1Universiti Teknologi MARA (MALAYSIA)
2Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor (MALAYSIA)
The poor English proficiency, particularly ESL communicative ability remains a prominent problem for many graduates in Malaysia and this has impeded their employability chances (Nor Aslah Adzmi, 2009) which has led them to become unemployed for many years (Posiah Mohd Isa, Siti Akmar Abu Samah & Kamaruzaman Jusoff, 2008). The study analyzed ESL students’ ESL communicative competency and needs as well as readiness towards e-training. The instrument used is a set of needs analysis survey questionnaire which was deployed on 60 fresh graduates of BBA (Bachelor of Business Management) from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Johor Branch. The result from the needs analysis survey showed that the students perceived that an e-training program would be beneficial for them in order to enhance their ESL proficiency. The study also revealed that the students are particularly weak in reading and writing skills. Hence, ELET program module should stress on both these skills in order to help the students improve their ESL proficiency.
keywords: esp, e-training, esl.