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Pages: 7573-7580
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain

ELECTRONIC PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING FOR ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATES

A legacy of the British who once colonized Malaysia, English has been and is still the most important lingua franca for administrative, economic and academic functions in Malaysia. However, command of the English language among Malaysian graduates especially those who were locally trained has been deteriorating since the National Education Policy was implemented in 1970 when Bahasa Melayu or the Malay Language was set as the medium of instruction in National Schools. Various corrective measures have been implemented and millions of Ringgit Malaysia spent but to no avail. This paper presents part of the findings of a larger on-going study on the use of Electronic Problem-Based Learning (ePBL) towards improving communication skills in the English language among undergraduates in Malaysia. Using purposeful sampling, 223 students from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) participated in the semester long study. As part of their bachelor degree programmes, all undergraduates have to learn and use English extensively across disciplines and in this context via ePBL. In small groups of 5-8, students worked with local communities on particular issues like entrepreneurship, education, crime, health and heritage. The tasks necessitated them or best said “provided them with lots of meaningful opportunity” to interact among themselves, their lecturers, relevant authorities and the respective target community in both face-to-face (F2F) and electronic settings using the English language. At the end of the study, students shared their experiences using a set of questionnaire administered online on Google Doc. Findings reveal that ePBL has a positive effect in enhancing proficiency of the English language among the students. Across the four language skills, they also improved in Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing respectively both in F2F and electronic settings. In conclusion, the infusion of electronic media or use of ePBL has tremendous potentials and should be seriously considered and adopted by all institutions of higher learning towards developing mastery of language learning
@InProceedings{MOHDSALLEH2015ELE,
author = {Mohd Salleh, B. and Othman, H. and Abdul Kadir, Z. and Sayadi, Z.A. and Mohamed Idris, M.T. and Anthony, E. and Kamarolzaman, R. and Esa, A. and Selamat, A. and Hamin, F. and Sulaiman, A. and Soosay, A.E.},
title = {ELECTRONIC PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING FOR ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATES},
series = {8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-2657-6},
issn = {2340-1095},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {18-20 November, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {7573-7580}}
TY - CONF
AU - B. Mohd Salleh AU - H. Othman AU - Z. Abdul Kadir AU - Z.A. Sayadi AU - M.T. Mohamed Idris AU - E. Anthony AU - R. Kamarolzaman AU - A. Esa AU - A. Selamat AU - F. Hamin AU - A. Sulaiman AU - A.E. Soosay
TI - ELECTRONIC PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING FOR ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATES
SN - 978-84-608-2657-6/2340-1095
PY - 2015
Y1 - 18-20 November, 2015
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2015 Proceedings
SP - 7573
EP - 7580
ER -
B. Mohd Salleh, H. Othman, Z. Abdul Kadir, Z.A. Sayadi, M.T. Mohamed Idris, E. Anthony, R. Kamarolzaman, A. Esa, A. Selamat, F. Hamin, A. Sulaiman, A.E. Soosay (2015) ELECTRONIC PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING FOR ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATES, ICERI2015 Proceedings, pp. 7573-7580.
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