Bridging the Gap in the Diagnostic Scores in English of UB Freshman Students

Ely Jose F. As-il, Ed. D.

This study purposely delved into bridging the gap between the minimum and maximum diagnostic test scores in English 1 of the freshman students of the University of Baguio.  It was noted that after conducting the diagnostic test, there was a 30-point gap in the scores, the lowest being 48 points and the highest at 78 points.  This result prompted the researcher to identify remediation strategies that would ultimately lessen the gap.  Among the identified remediation strategies, peer teaching is most preferred by the students in improving their English proficiency.  It is recommended that the various strategies identified in the research be implemented and monitored by the English teachers in the University.  It is also suggested that diagnostic examinations during the first two weeks of every semester be conducted so that teachers could employ the remediation strategies sooner.
Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, July – December 2009