Title

Faculty Perceptions of Communication Skills and Needs of Business School Undergraduates in Singapore

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

In Singapore in 2000, the government launched a Speak Good English Movement to improve English language skill and to limit the use of Singlish (a local variety of English) by promoting the use of (Standard) English among the general population. This campaign was motivated by government perception and media reports of a decline in English language skills. Using a 40-item questionnaire, this study investigated whether faculty at a large Singapore business school shared similar perceptions of inadequate communication skills, in this case among undergraduates, and also sought to explain their perceptions. The findings indicate that the faculty perceived undergraduate communication skills to he in need of improvement, thus [ending support to employer and government criticism. An analysis of survey responses revealed some probable underlying causes for faculty perceptions, including an apparent lack of real commitment to the improvement of such skills. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Corporate Communication

Publication

Business Communication Quarterly

Volume

65

Issue

4

First Page

39

Last Page

59

ISSN

1080-5699

Identifier

10.1177/108056990206500405

Publisher

SAGE