ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS OF GRADUATES: INPUT TO DESIGNING LANGUAGE INSTRUCTIONAL PORTFOLIO
Language acquisition takes a long process as it requires initiatives upon having set good attitudes and positive learning behavior. It is said that learning the language particularly English would not be automatic or innate, even born native speakers should have to learn the basic rules through varied skills and strategies to be communicative competent. This descriptive research aimed to improve a language instructional portfolio which includes a Purposive Communication course syllabus with specifications and module outline/course outline for higher education curricula. A self-constructed survey questionnaire was used to gather the data from 223 respondents considering the conflict of interests and ethical considerations. Results show that the graduates have moderately acquired communicative skills primarily in speaking and writing; they highly acquired reading, listening, and presentation/multimedia skills. It implies that graduates are more likely to perform their work in the company when they have learned the communicative skills based on the given tasks or work, but they are more likely to apply good attitudes and positive working behavior to integrate new things for productive, innovative, and transformative, and sustainable outcomes and output which are beneficial to the company’s targets and accomplishments. Based on the results, an action plan and strategies to create a language instructional portfolio have been proposed. Since this study concentrated on acquired communicative skills of BSBA and BSHRM graduates, future studies may consider other degree graduates of internal and external higher educational institutions in the Philippines.