Undergraduates' Perception of the English Language Proficiency Courses…
Undergraduates' Perception of the English Language Proficiency Courses at Tertiary Level
As for English language courses, the students have
to acquire 4 units (2 courses) in order to fulfill the graduation requirement
Band 1 indicates the lowest level of English language proficiency and Band 6 indicates the highest level of English
English is recognized and used as the language of living and learning, the general populace and university language instructors in particular should recognize the inescapable fact that it is a language that is critical in determining the students’ capacity to learn, and later to use it for earning a living
Knowledge workers of the Information and Communication Age will not be able to participate effectively in global and local production of knowledge if they do not master the English language
Malaysian government’s support for the enhancement of English language proficiency and graduate employability, it has approved a new policy imposing that minimum pass in English language at tertiary level is compulsory for graduation purpose
The students are encouraged to take the language courses for their personal improvement and for job purposes and indicated that there is a need for variation in activities used to teach the language.
Teachers should embed new media and other teaching methods in the teaching and learningprocess and also given allowance and encouragement to improve their teaching methodology and skills through in-house and externaltraining on language teaching and learning as wellas contemporary issues in language education
We can note that external motivation exist to ensure these undergraduates undergo the minimum two courses equivalent to 4 units for graduation and also note that a high level of intrinsic motivation exist in the undergraduates for their self improvement and betterment.
Learning of english
The other activities that interest students such as role play, language games, drama, debate, use of internet and computer software are limited and could be more beneficial in helping the undergraduates improve their language proficiency as well as enjoy the language class
This is one area that the language teachers need to pay attention and allow more talk time for the students and teachers should play the role of facilitating the classroom discussion and giving more space for student communication
92.3% indicated that it is the most important skill speaking to be learned compared to the other skills.
Be acknowledged that English language is an important language that the undergraduates are exposed to in their study at tertiary level