English language in the Malaysian education system: its existence and implications

Darmi, Ramiza and Albion, Peter (2013) English language in the Malaysian education system: its existence and implications. In: 3rd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2013), 4-5 July 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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This article sets out to give a historical account of English language education programs in Malaysia as a foundation for understanding the existence of English language in Malaysia and its importance to Malaysian learners. The language background of Malaysians is very much tied up with the historical and educational background of the country. English is taught as a compulsory subject in schools despite the evolution of the Malaysian education system toward Bahasa Malaysia as the language of instruction. Since 1974, communicative language teaching has been proposed for the English language syllabus and it is an approach to engage learners in interaction and meaningful communication. However, differences between the school and university classrooms differentiate the language learning process. Malaysian learners who still have to learn English in universities need to develop a positive attitude for meaningful learning to occur.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This proceedings are open to public.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 05:43
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2014 22:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language; Malaysian education system; communicative language teaching; language anxiety; bilingual system
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24021

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