This week's question is related to Assignment 2 and I believe that we would benefit from everyone's contribution. The article can be downloaded from the morpheus site.
Now,this is for the benefit of those who have not read the article.
The article is on Malaysian Undergraduate's language proficiency. It discusses the state of English language among university students and how it is affecting their job performance. It should be seen as an insightful article that addresses a number of gaps.I am more interested in a comment passed by one of the respondents in the study which I would like you to discuss.
"...Law, engineering, scinece, or other core subjects are far more important to students than English. They can still pass the course even if they don't know English. The sad thing is that they know English is important but nothing is done."
1. How true are the above comments based on what you have studied so far?
2. Do you think it is possible to do well in a mainstream course at the university without really "knowing" English?
3. Based on the analysis of scientific texts in the class, do you think it is possible for less proficient students to make it through the program and perform in their workplace?
4. "... they know that English is important but nothing is done". Well, what can be done?
Discuss some of the above issues with reference to the context in which the article appears and the readings that you are doing. Also, do ensure that what you say is backed by findings from other readings. Do highlight the sources so that your fellow friends can look at the articles themselves.
Also, try to look at the issue with an open mind rather than defend your past as a teacher or learner. Avoid repeating what you have already said in the previous post. Think beyond learner needs. I want you to focus on syllabus design and employer needs.