Malaysia: Improve teaching of English

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Sat Jan 16 13:44:12 UTC 2010

The Malaysia Star


Improve teaching of English


THE ability of young Malaysian English teachers in teaching the English language as effectively as senior teachers has long been argued and debated. Apparently, there are a number of reasons which are not unknown to us. More than three-quarters of the present English teachers went through primary and secondary education with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction.


They were not immersed in the English language during their school lives, unlike the seniors, especially those who did it in the 1950s and 60s. The loss of a generation of contact with the English language as a medium of instruction has affected the teaching profession.


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