Investigating learning difficulties in economics english medium classes among malay students / Roslilee Ab. Halim and Norliwa Ab. Halim

Ab. Halim, Roslilee and Ab. Halim, Norliwa (2013) Investigating learning difficulties in economics english medium classes among malay students / Roslilee Ab. Halim and Norliwa Ab. Halim. Gading Journal for the Social Sciences, 17 (01). pp. 35-47. ISSN 2600-7568

Abstract

English language is spoken globally where many people in the world purposely learn it as a second language. In order to prepare students to venture into this global world and be part of the growing society, many universities are using English as the medium of instruction in lectures or tutorials. For most Malay students whose mother tongue is not English, the level of English proficiency might influence their capability in comprehending the courses taught. A very minimal ability in English would lead to learning difficulties. This will definitely disturb the learning process. As such, the main objective of the paper is to investigate the learning difficulties faced by the Malay students in comprehending the subject with English as the medium of instruction. 100 questionnaires were distributed among Malay students who enrolled for Economics courses. The selection of sample was based on simple random technique. The findings showed that the overall degree of students’ comprehension in their Economics English-medium classes is at the average level and that the comprehension level will improve if the lecturers reexplain in their mother tongue language which is Malay (M=4.14). About half of the respondents were found to respond that the difficulties in understanding Economics were due to either solely to the difficulty they had with English language or at least part of the difficulty was due to English.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Ab. Halim, Roslileeroslilee@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Ab. Halim, Norliwaiewa@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Learning. Learning strategies
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > English language
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > UiTM Press, Pahang
Journal or Publication Title: Gading Journal for the Social Sciences
Journal: UiTM Journal > Gading Journal for the Social Sciences
ISSN: 2600-7568
Volume: 17
Number: 01
Page Range: pp. 35-47
Item ID: 29608
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics courses, English-medium instruction, Learning difficulties, Malay students
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/29608

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