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EVALUATION OF THE LANGUAGE CAMP 2012: TOWARDS USEFUL EVALUATION

EVALUATION OF THE LANGUAGE CAMP 2012: TOWARDS USEFUL EVALUATION

 

Shubashini Suppiah

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

This article reports on a formative and summative evaluation of the English Language Camp which is a compulsory course in B.ED TESL foundation programme. A need for an evaluation of the English Language Camp programme was initiated in the hope that the effectiveness of the programme can be articulated. In doing so, a utilization-focused evaluation approach was adopted  to focus on two key areas namely to see if the activities planned had fulfilled the objectives stated in the course syllabus and to identify areas of strengths and shortcomings that could further be improved on. In envisioning the centrality of evaluation use and responding to issues of under-use, non-use or even misuse of evaluation findings, Michael Quinn Patton (1997) developed the utilization focused evaluation (UFE). The main crux behind the Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE) is that it is ‘done for and with specific, intended primary users for specific intended uses” (Patton, 1997:23). In line with this particular purpose, data was gathered through the use of a perception questionnaire and reflective logs on a purposive sample of 24 participants. While most of the responses from the perception questionnaire yielded positive feedback in that they fulfilled the stated outcomes in the course objectives, the reflective logs on the other hand provided some valuable feedback into addressing the strengths and areas that could be improved. Articulating the findings of the evaluation  would be essential as it would provide the necessary feedback for the next English Language Camp which would once again be organised at the institute level.