Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education

Melor Md Yunus, Gan Ek Hern

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Abstract

The increased demand towards literacy and proficiency in the English language as a result of globalisation in the world today has prompted the Malaysian government to take various steps in enhancing the use of English (as a second language) in the national higher education system. Various value-added programmes have been created to increase undergraduates' proficiency in English including conducting 'soft-skills' workshops in both the Malay and English languages. This paper reports the perceptions and attitudes of undergraduates in a local Malaysian university regarding the use of English in their education process. In addition, it reports their views on bilingual education in general. The survey research method which incorporated the use of the questionnaire was applied to obtain the required data from the respondents. A total of 60 (sixty) students from an undergraduate programme responded to a questionnaire distributed. The data collected was later analysed and the results obtained were discussed descriptively. From the study, it was found that the majority of respondents agreed that further steps should be taken to enhance the use of English in their education process. These respondents were also in favour of having a Bilingual Education Policy to promote the use of English along with the Malay language in their institution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages2618-2622
Number of pages5
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 Feb 20117 Feb 2011

Other

Other3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period3/2/117/2/11

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Bilingual education
  • Education process
  • Malaysian undergraduates
  • Perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Md Yunus, M., & Hern, G. E. (2011). Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 15, pp. 2618-2622) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.157

Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education. / Md Yunus, Melor; Hern, Gan Ek.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. p. 2618-2622.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Md Yunus, M & Hern, GE 2011, Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 15, pp. 2618-2622, 3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 3/2/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.157
Md Yunus M, Hern GE. Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15. 2011. p. 2618-2622 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.157
Md Yunus, Melor ; Hern, Gan Ek. / Malaysian undergraduates' perceptions and attitudes on bilingual education. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 2618-2622
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