[lg policy] Malaysia: Improve teaching of English

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 16 15:22:02 UTC 2010

Forwarded From:  edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

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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