Wayesa Mekonin Haile


In Ethiopia, English is taught as a foreign language, where the students have very limited opportunity to develop their English language proficiency and this can create an impact on their academic achievement. English Language Proficiency as a determinant of student performance have attracted the attention of academic researchers from many areas. The intent of this paper is to examine whether there is a link between English language proficiency and Academic achievement of the learner. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative data by utilizing a questionnaire survey and in-depth interviews.  Ex-post -facto research design was used.Ambo preparatory school was purposively selected. For this study, 120 students were selected from both genders using random sampling technique. Descriptive statistics like, percentage, mean and standard deviation, ‘t’ test and Chi square test were used to analyze and describe the results. Pearson correlation was used to find out the relationship between English Language Proficiency (ELP) and Academic Achievement. Regression analysis was carried out to determine the magnitude of the relationship between English Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement. It is found from this study that English language proficiency is a good indicator and predictor of academic achievement of Ambo Preparatory school students.    The results have indicated that there is a positive strong relationship between ELP and academic achievement in English which has high significance at 0.01 level. The increase of ELP makes improvement in academic achievement. It implies that, the more proficient in English a student is, the better s/he is in academics. Therefore, all the concerned bodies are expected to give due attention to students’ ELP. Though the new text book is designed in English and student-centred, still the class teacher talks in local language often. To change this, on-job training, workshops, seminars should be organised to English teachers.

Key Words :        English Language Proficiency, Academic Achievement, Ethiopia

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