Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages

Rohaty Mohd Majzub, Maisarah Muhammad Rais

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    Abstract

    The Malaysian Vision 2020 as propagated by the ex Prime Minister stipulated among its challenges the respect towards freedom of its people to practice their own religion and culture. The indigenous group still maintain their own way of life although government efforts have been extended to assimilate them into the mainstream. This study examined the responses of lecturers and university students towards the preservation of the endangered languages belonging to the indigenous community in Malaysia namely the Bateq community. Thirty students attending the Learner Diversity Course at the undergraduate level at the Faculty of Education Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia were involved in a focus group interview session. The focus groups consisted of five groups. Ten lecturers teaching undergraduate courses were also involved. The Preservation of Endangered Language Questionnaire (PELQ) was used to guide the discussion. The reasons for the preservation of endangered languages are (a) propagation of One Malaysia and vision 2020, (b) death of the indigenous people, (c) diversity in Malaysia, (d) promotion of inclusivity, (e) cultural heritage and identity, (f) multiculturalism, (g) political-social stability, (h) creativity and expression and (i) globalization effects. While the barriers to preservation of endangered languages are (a) the majority versus minority issue, (b) ignorance or lack of knowledge of the indigenous groups, (c) physical inaccessibility and (d) lack of Input from the indigenous groups. The findings indicated high agreement on the need to preserve endangered languages of the ethnic minority in Malaysia. Policy makers and implementers need to develop educational and social programs to enhance the use of endangered languages through the curriculum and the co-curriculum. The findings suggest a more comprehensive holistic approach from the micro to the macro level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Pages1677-1683
    Number of pages7
    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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    Malaysia
    Language
    university teacher
    Students
    language
    Group
    student
    Focus Groups
    Curriculum
    Cultural Diversity
    social stability
    curriculum
    Internationality
    Creativity
    political stability
    lack
    holistic approach
    Religion
    way of life
    macro level

    Keywords

    • Endangered language
    • Indigenous language
    • Strategies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Psychology(all)

    Cite this

    Majzub, R. M., & Rais, M. M. (2011). Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 15, pp. 1677-1683) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.351

    Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages. / Majzub, Rohaty Mohd; Rais, Maisarah Muhammad.

    Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. p. 1677-1683.

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

    Majzub, RM & Rais, MM 2011, Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 15, pp. 1677-1683, 3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 3/2/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.351
    Majzub RM, Rais MM. Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15. 2011. p. 1677-1683 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.351
    Majzub, Rohaty Mohd ; Rais, Maisarah Muhammad. / Perceptions of students and lecturers on the preservation of endangered languages. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 1677-1683
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