‘Who We Are’ in Enhancing Rural Students’ English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning

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‘Who We Are’ is a project which aims to familiarize rural students with English language by requiring them to create a graphic narrative about any unpublished folklore of their respective community in English language and consequently present them using various social media. The project is in line with the characteristics of 21st century learning as it promotes collaborative learning, integrates technological material and develops students’ creative and critical thinking skills. Thus, this study aims to explore the use of ‘Who We Are’ to enhance rural students’ English as A Second Language (ESL) learning through a case study. 24 Form 4 (16 years old) students from a rural secondary school in Dalat, Sarawak were selected to participate in this study through a purposive sampling technique. The participants’ feedbacks regarding the helpfulness of the project were collected through an open-ended questionnaire and the researcher’s field note. The findings indicated that ‘Who We Are’ is an effective tool in improving the students’ ESL learning. The students’ interest in learning English language and their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills have been enhanced. The findings of the study are hoped to provide rural school teachers with insights into the benefits of using graphic narrative in English language classroom in order to go in line with current Malaysia Education Blueprint which greatly emphasizes the use of English language among students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • English as a Second Language
  • Graphic narrative
  • Interest
  • Language skills
  • Rural students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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‘Who We Are’ in Enhancing Rural Students’ English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning. / Chien, Chan Hua; Md Yunus, Melor; Mohamad, Maslawati.

In: Asian EFL Journal, Vol. 2, 01.01.2016, p. 5-17.

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