Perceived Problems and Needs of English Usage of Thai Caddies


ผศ.ดร.กษมา สุวรรณรักษ์, น.ส.สุธินันท์ จันทถิระ


์NIDA Journal of Language and Communication


This study aims at investigating the needs of English usage of the Thai caddies working in a golf course in Ban Chang district, Rayong province; the major problems the Thai caddies have encountered when using English; and the characteristics of a required English training course. The data were collected by questionnaire consisting of closed-ended questions and open-ended questions. The quantitative data from the closed-ended questions were analyzed by descriptive statistics and the qualitative data from open-ended questions were analyzed by coding. It was found that English usage needs of local caddies involve English for General Purposes and English for Specific Purposes. Listening and speaking skills, in particular, which directly affect their work performance, are extensively required while writing and reading are considered unnecessary.