Malaysian graduates: what and why

Darmi, Ramiza and Albion, Peter (2013) Malaysian graduates: what and why. In: 3rd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2013), 4-5 July 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Malaysians are bilingual, many are trilingual while a few are multilingual; language is essential for communication and to make connection. What do the local graduates need to equip themselves upon graduation? Communication skills as one of the soft skills, in particular the English language are important which is introduced and incorporated into the curriculum of English language courses in public universities in Malaysia. Why is the number of unemployed Malaysian graduates on the rise? The local graduates have done well academically but language proficiency and communication skills seem to be the competitive factors to secure jobs. This article discusses the needs for Malaysian graduates to be competent users of English language. It also draws some of the challenges in teaching English language to Malaysian learners.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: These proceedings are open to public.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 05:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2014 22:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia, English language, globalization, soft skills, communication skills, employment
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24010

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