Investigating university graduates' English language competency towards employability: A proposed research method

Zarina Othman, Faridah Musa, Nor Hasni Mokhtar, Azizah Ya`Acob, Rozmel Abdul Latiff, Harieza Hussin

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The study on the Academic Achievements and Employability of Graduates in Institutions of Higher Learning (Morshidi et. al. 2004) reveals that English language skills have significant impact on employability. It has been identified that failure to be hired among the Malay graduates especially in Malaysia is due to their competency in English language (Berita Harian, March 4th 2002). This paper presents a proposed research method in identifying the reasons for the low employability rate amongst university graduates at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) focusing on their level of competence in the use of global English. Findings from this paper will reveal the proposed method and a reflection to the procedural method adopted in the process of the data collection. As this study is an on-going project, measures, recommendations and limitations to the study are still being reviewed in order to unravel the actual dilemmas of undergraduates in facing the demands of the employers and vice versa as well as capturing the actual experience of those UKM employed graduates most importantly. It is hoped that the findings to the project will shed light for further measures and recommendations in bridging this gap to increase the employability rate amongst UKM graduates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-440
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume17
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Employability
  • Research method
  • Undergraduate English language competency

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Investigating university graduates' English language competency towards employability : A proposed research method. / Othman, Zarina; Musa, Faridah; Mokhtar, Nor Hasni; Ya`Acob, Azizah; Abdul Latiff, Rozmel; Hussin, Harieza.

In: International Journal of Learning, Vol. 17, No. 7, 2010, p. 429-440.

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