Linguistics and environment in english language learning: Towards the development of quality human capital

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One of the aims in the decision to change the language of instruction in teaching Mathematics and Science is to improve the English proficiency of the students because the inability or limited ability to communicate in English has been identified as one of the reasons of the high unemployment rate among Malay university graduates. In the recent 2006 UPSR results, it was reported that 70% students are weak in English (Utusan Malaysia, 16th November 2006 - however, no reasons and elaborations on students' profile were given). The same findings were also recorded in a research entitled "English as a Second Language: Problems and Solutions" where 70% of the respondents were found to be weak in English. Among the reasons that have been identified are linguistics and environment factors. Structural differences between English and Malay have also been identified as another problem faced by the students in learning English. In addition, weaknesses in morphology and syntax, which are part of the main thrusts in language learning, further exacerbate the problem. Environment that is not conducive to language learning further add to the problem. Hence, efforts to improve the pedagogy, linguistic knowledge of teachers and learning strategies should be stepped up in line with the nation's aim to build and accelerate the development of quality human capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-642
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • English proficiency
  • Environment factors
  • Linguistics knowledge
  • Quality human development

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