Spoken communication needs analysis for information desk personnel / Suchatra Singaran

Suchatra, Singaran (2016) Spoken communication needs analysis for information desk personnel / Suchatra Singaran. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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    English is considered as the medium of communication in different social and professional contexts. It is important to have the ability to communicate using the language in order to be successful in the job field. In the customer service industry which is a part of the business world, employees especially Information Desk Personnel are expected to have good communication skills as well as the ability to use the language to perform their duties as required. The purpose of this study is to examine the spoken English Language needs and challenges faced by Information Desk Personnel working in shopping malls in Malaysia. The main aim of this research is to conduct a needs analysis of Information Desk Personnel in shopping malls, explore their needs, problems faced in terms of speaking skills and propose a course design focusing on speaking skills. This study is a qualitative study complemented with quantitative findings in terms of frequency counts and percentages. A total of 40 questionnaires were distributed to Information Desk personnel from three different shopping malls. To obtain in-depth perception of the issue, 3 managers from the shopping malls were interviewed, 10 customers were chosen randomly to know their views on this issue and an observation session was conducted by the researcher to get a clear picture of the scenario involved, focusing on the communication between the Information Desk Personnel and customers. The key findings showed that the English language, especially speaking skills, is important for the Information Desk Personnel. The participants agreed that speaking is the main skill they use the most in their routine job and findings reveal that grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency are important aspects of their speaking skills. iv This study incorporated the Target Situation Analysis (TSA), Present Situation Analysis (PSA) and Learning Situation Analysis (LSA) in order to collect the information required. Recommendations on how to overcome some of the English language challenges faced by Information Desk Personnel working in shopping malls, particularly in Malaysia are included in Discussion (Chapter 5). Based on the findings, a course design was proposed to cater for the English language needs of Information Desk Personnel in shopping malls. The results of the survey would help related organizations such as the Tourism of Malaysia to design appropriate language training to meet the needs of Information Desk Personnel. Moreover, it is hoped that the study could also raise the awareness of learners’ needs, which are important factors for designing the language course. Keywords: Needs Analysis, Present Situation Analysis, Target Situation Analysis, Learning Situation Analysis, Course Design.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A) – Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2016.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication; Spoken language; Working environment; Information Desk Personnel working; English language
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
    Depositing User: Miss Dashini Harikrishnan
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 17:17
    Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 08:24
    URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/6667

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