Good morning everyone!
This will be the last reflection on my blog. After nearly three months, finally we have finished all the assignments of ELE3103 English for Language Teacher last weeks. The last task was a presentation on How Malaysian Culture Affects English Language In Malaysia.
My group has done about Historical Influences on English Language in Malaysia. For those who do not like politics, maybe this topic sounds boring to them.
However, I would like to advice all my friends who are going to be a teacher some day, please take a look at this issue because as a teacher we should know what happen in our country, particularly in the education system as well as the politics.
Maybe, many people wonder why I said a teacher should know what happen in politics of our country. In Malaysia, politics seems to play a dominant influence in shaping the education policies of the country. Oftentimes, when the Minister of Education changes, we can see there will be many changes in our Education System too. For example, the case of the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI) which has been replaced with MBM MBI is an example of the interference of politics on education.
For political influences on English Language in Malaysia, my group decided to devide the presentation into two main phases; politics before independence (British Colonial), and politics after independence (after 1957 until present). Over all, we come up with five issues that were English as the Language of Communication and British introduced English Medium Schools specifically for politics before independence, while Teaching Of Mathematics and Science In English, English As The Second Language, and English As A Medium Of Instruction For Science And Technology Courses In Public Higher Institution for politics after independence.
To be frank, at first, I feel quite unlucky about the topic that has been assigned to my group. However, after some readings and researches about the topic, I think the topic is quite interesting. I can gain a lot of information about Malaysian current issues especially about education and language education policy.
From our presentation, I can conclude a few things here. First, Language policies in education are shaped and influence by many factors; social forces, political conflicts, changes in government, migration, changes in the structure of local economies, globalization, and elite competition. In my point of view, I think the government needs to put in more efforts and commitment in creating awareness to the Malaysian especially about the importance of mastering English Language. Well, as we all know, English has been used widely and internationally nowadays. For example in the field of communication, almost all reference books are written in English. If we do not master English language, will be left out from getting current information or knowledge about certain areas.
Other than that, more campaigns and activities related to English should be designed in order to instill the interest to learn and use English Language. Besides, the government, particularly the Ministry of Education should first do proper research and survey before implementing any changes in the language-education policy.
In conclusion, this task was able to increase my self-esteem to present in front of the class especially in talking about such a factual thing like politics. Besides, this task also has encouraged me to be an up dated person particularly about our country education system and what happen in our politics. I really hope that all the experience, information as well as knowledge that I obtained along the process to complete this task will be useful in my future as a teacher.