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OUMH1203 Sample Assignment

OUMH1203 Sample Assignment



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Individual assignment for OUMH1203 semester May 07
Individual assignment for OUMH1203 semester May 07

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This topic was chosen because of the issue government’s effort to assist unemployedgraduates by introducing the Certificate in English language program through theGraduate Training Scheme. The graduates already finish their study in tertiary educationbut still have problems with the English language knowledge and communication skills.The government believes that this programme will enhance graduates knowledge aswell as increase their employability.This assignment was conducting an interview with OUM’s students regarding theimportant of mastering English language nowadays. Moreover, the question of what arethe problem in using English and implement the education in English.
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English in Malaysia today is as a second language which will provide Malaysian toaccess to the international society. Malaysia’s government believes that Englishlanguage standard needs to raise it among young people even teachers if Malaysianwants to compete effectively in the global market. Beside, the changes in the educationsystem are driven this global market forces as well as leading to a need for the Englishlanguage. Unfortunately, the reach of critical point of information technology in Malaysiaseem has no give the effect of English usage among Malaysian youngster which mightbecause of hampered by the dominant position held by mother tongue – Malay.Furthermore, the objective of turning Malaysia as educational centre of excellentare deceived with the not enough input on the content of world class education facilitiesand worsen by the teachers and lecturers are just as terrible as the English languageeducation level. It reveals by the Higher education minister that many lectures in publicuniversities lacked proficiency in the English language. In conjunction, Minister of highereducation suggested intensive refresher courses in English for lecturers are needed for
strengthen the foundation in English grammar among students for better proficient inEnglish.Today, English is no longer just seen as a language or a tool but considered abasic skill needed by Malaysians to function effectively at the international level. Theissues arise from the need of Education should be in English due to Tun Dr MahathirMohamad decided to use English language to teach mathematics and science since thelevel of English had gone down. However, this approach seems not enough because ofboth of these subjects not using the grammar heavily. Besides, English language onlypractice in class because of the environment is not conducive to practicing the use ofEnglish.Beside Malaysia, many countries recognize the need to place emphasis onEnglish to meet the demands of an increasingly borderless world – globalization. Suchas in Japan,
Malaysian can be defines as English Language Learner because Malaysian learnthis language by attending English classes as a second language. According Swansonand Howerton (2007) English language learners (ELLs) is people who are learning tohear, speak, read, and write a new language. Moreover, ELLs defines by Brow (2007) ispeople whose English is not proficient enough to be immersed in mainstream classesare nevertheless mainstreamed, except for the pull-out English as a second language(ESL) class.Many researchers had proposed technique and method how educators can helpsthe ELLs to mastering second language. Swanson and Howerton (2007) proposed 20ways in which teachers can influence the vocabulary acquisition of the students who areELLs due to believe the skills of vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension arekey for second language learners.Moreover, Speech-language pathologists identify that students need strongvocabulary skills to succeed in school. Johnson and Yeates (2006) concluded thatvocabulary development plays a critical role in students’ educational achievement andreading comprehension.Furthermore, Brown (2007) proposed that reading comprehension in the contentareas is essential to successful learning. Brown (2007) also mentions withcomprehensible reading materials, it will stimulate ELLs intellectual interests and helpdevelop the competence in academic reading.Johnson and Yeates (2007) also highlighted that storybook reading with briefexplanations of target words may be a promising evidence-based practice for improvingvocabulary learning in young school-aged children. While Juzwik & Sherry (2007) foundsthat potential aesthetic impact on readers and listeners, where by educators to present

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