English medium instruction at crossroads : Students’ voice and way forward

Soubakeavathi, Rethinasamy and Joseph, Ramanair and Chuah, Kee Man (2021) English medium instruction at crossroads : Students’ voice and way forward. International Journal of Academic Research in Business & Social Science, 11 (14). pp. 109-123. ISSN 2222-6990

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Abstract

Globalisation and extensive use of technology have enhanced the status of English as an international language and increased its value as an important commodity in various fields. This has encouraged the use of English in the teaching of content subjects especially those related to science and technology in many countries across Asia. This paper starts with an overview of English medium instruction policy in the region with an emphasis on the ongoing debate regarding the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English in Malaysia. Drawing on data from a longitudinal study which utilized questionnaires and the paper presents empirical evidence on the learners’ views and experience in learning Science in English, as well as their performance in the standardized national examination. The data gathered from a total of 1000 students from urban and rural schools in Sarawak, Malaysia, indicate the they have rather positive view about their ability in English, had positive experience in learning Science in English. Their positive view and experience conform to their performance in the subject. The results also correlate with the majority of the students’ language preference for learning Science which is English and bilingual instruction in English and Bahasa Malaysia. The paper ends with a discussion on possible amicable options for medium instruction issues in ESL/EFL contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: English Medium Instruction (EMI), English as an International Language (EIL), Bilingual Education.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language & Communication
Depositing User: Rethinasamy
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 07:10
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 10:20
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/34379

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