Upholding the Malay language and strengthening the english language policy

An education reform

Hamidah Yamat @ Ahmad, Nur Farita Mustapa Umar, Muhammad Ilyas Mahmood

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Today's global economy and dependency on technology has led to educational reforms in Malaysia, which includes language policies; namely the Upholding the Malay Language, and Strengthening the English Language (MBMMBI) policy. This policy underpins the project presented and discussed in this paper; on the development of a bilingual education and assessment framework for higher education providers (HEP). This paper discusses the analysis of documents on the language planning and its implementation policies at three HEPs; namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universtiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) as well as the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Findings of the comparative analysis indicate that each university interprets bilingual policy differently thus implement it differently which in return resulted in different language abilities among their graduates. This also implies the vital need for a clear framework on bilingual education as well as its assessment in order for the education reform to be successful in its aim to strengthen the English language competency and at the same time uphold the Malay language among its nation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Education Studies
Volume7
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Education reform
  • Language policy
  • Strengthening the english language
  • Upholding the malay language

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Upholding the Malay language and strengthening the english language policy : An education reform. / Yamat @ Ahmad, Hamidah; Umar, Nur Farita Mustapa; Mahmood, Muhammad Ilyas.

In: International Education Studies, Vol. 7, No. 13, 2014, p. 197-205.

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Yamat @ Ahmad, Hamidah ; Umar, Nur Farita Mustapa ; Mahmood, Muhammad Ilyas. / Upholding the Malay language and strengthening the english language policy : An education reform. In: International Education Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 7, No. 13. pp. 197-205.
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