The fact cannot be denied that English has become the language of science and technology in the global scenario for teaching the same. Taking into consideration the worldwide scenario, a large number of students today are taking admission to professional scientific courses than in the past. Hence, it is quite necessary to find out the difficulties of these students in English usage for ascertaining their excellence in today’s education system. In India also, English is extensively used in the field of science and technology. This is also true for agricultural education. In our country agricultural education is getting more and more importance as agriculture is considered as the backbone of the Country, and hence, the present study is important one.
Taking into consideration the importance of use of English the study was conducted with following specific objectives.
1. To study the educational background of the students,
2. To examine the attitude of the students towards present English language course, and
3. To ascertain the constraints faced by the students in learning English.
The study was conducted at the eight agricultural colleges under all the four SAUs. From each university two colleges, one constituent and one private affiliated, were chosen. From each college fifty students were selected randomly. The questionnaire was the major instrument used in collecting data of this study. It is employed to collect information from the perspectives of the students regarding issues undertaken. The analytical process of the questionnaire device was reckoned under four main headings.
• Background of the students,
• Students’ English education prior to undergraduate level,
• Difficulties faced by the students in English at their degree programme.
• Suggestions sought from the students on the current English language teaching.
Interpretation of the data obtained
Background of the students
Section one of the questionnaire is an introductory phase; it encouraged the informants to provide some personal information about themselves and previous education received. “In the investigation of a certain issue, it is very important to constitute a wide picture about the background of the subjects of such research” (Evans, 1984).
The table below illustrates the distribution of the candidates according to sections, gender and background of previous education.
Table (1): Distribution of the informants of the study
No. of Respondents Gender Background
Male Female Rural Urban
400 226 174 315 85
Percentage 56.50 43.50 78.75 21.25
The student informants of the current questionnaire instrument were 400. The sample was comprised of 56.50 per cent male and 43.50 per cent female students. Majority of them were from rural background. As a matter of fact, there is a great correspondence among the responses of the informants regarding the evaluation of the agriculture English materials and learners’ needs. Therefore, the...