A Study of English Communication Strategy Use of Undergraduate Students Majoring in Science


  • Kritnucha Sutthinaraphan
  • Punchalee Wasanasomsithi


communication strategy, second language speaking, survey


The study of communication strategy has become an important aspect of English language teaching and learning. This paper aimed to examine communication strategy use of Thai undergraduate students majoring in science. Eighty-six first-year students at Chulalongkorn University were asked to complete a questionnaire adapted from Nakatani (2006). The participants studied in three science-related faculties: Science, Engineering, and Sports Science. The results of the study revealed that most of the participants used “nonverbal strategy.” On the contrary, “Attempt to think in English” was the least often employed strategy. It is necessary that students should be trained to use other achievement strategies such as attempt to think in English, accuracy-oriented, and fluency-oriented strategies.

Author Biographies

Kritnucha Sutthinaraphan

Kritnucha Sutthinaraphan is a lecturer of English at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University. He completed his Master's Degree in  English as an International Language at Chulalongkorn University and Bachelor's Degree in Business English Communication at thammasat University. His areas of interest include Sociolinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, and Second Language Speaking. Email: s.kritnucha@gmail.com

Punchalee Wasanasomsithi

Punchalee Wasanasomsithi is an associate professor at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute.


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