Investigating primary school english as second language (ESL) children's unwillingness to communicate

A preliminary study

Nur Nadiah Osman, Hamidah Yamat @ Ahmad

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Abstract

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced the Highly Immersive Programme (HIP)to promote student communication in English during English lessons. However, implementing the programme is a challenge for teachers, particularly in rural primary schools in which English is a foreign language to the students, despite its status as a second language in Malaysia. Hence, this preliminary study aims to identify issues that hinder students from speaking in English, including those already competent in the language. A survey involving 30 students of different ethnic groups was conducted in a rural school in Sarawak. The findings show that anxiety and lack of confidence to use the language have made them unwilling to communicate in English in the classroom. This implies that teachers should find means or strategies to help students overcome anxiety and lack of confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalMan in India
Volume97
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Willingness to Communicate (WTC)

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Investigating primary school english as second language (ESL) children's unwillingness to communicate : A preliminary study. / Osman, Nur Nadiah; Yamat @ Ahmad, Hamidah.

In: Man in India, Vol. 97, No. 13, 2017, p. 63-69.

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