[Debate] More English Classes for All Schools by 2011

As published in The Star, the Ministry of Education Malaysia stated that all schools will have increased hours of English lessons per week by 2011. This is a measure taken by the ministry after the decision to abolish the implementation of Teaching Mathematics and Science in English programme beginning 2012. The ministry has recently announced changes to be made to the English curriculum or syllabus as well.

So English language teachers, do you think this is a good move? Will there be complaints later on that other subjects are getting lesser attention particularly our national language, Bahasa Malaysia? What should be prioritised then? Share your thoughts and let your voice be heard.

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  1. Nelson says:

    While i agree that “more classes” means “more exposure”, I do feel what should be prioritised the quality of our teaching. You can have all periods in the school but if you just go in there and drill on exercises and ask students to copy essays, it won’t help! It’s a waste of time.

    MOE, for once, should really make sure our English teachers are well-trained. Not just picking anyone going through KPLI and ask them to teach. Chances are they fail to teach!

  2. Farid says:

    Well I totally agree with the Malaysian Govt to increase to hours of teaching English as the govt will abolish the implementation of teaching Maths and Science in English beginning 2012.. It’s not mean that when we increase the hours of teaching English language, we’re going to glorify the language. Malaysians should think from the positive angle. What about the global competitiveness, English is a big requirement for nowadays. Even if students pursue their studies to higher institutions most of they subjects will be taught in English.

    An action should be taken to ensure the national language, Bahasa Malaysia will be the first language in Malaysia.

  3. Maslaili Mahat says:

    As for myself, I would rather say that having MORE at a time is not much of a problem as teaching is what I’m doing for a living and to have passion towards every single thing that we do is a MUST for a job like ours.

    Dear teachers, carrying out extra classes and an increment in the lesson period are very…extremely much similar…why do I say so? Because even without the increment or whatsoever that related to the L2 lesson, we’ll still be spending our leisure time(sigh) for…EXTRA class as to support, enrich and remedy the students according to their level. [any objection?]

    Thus, to have more time to teach during school hour should be considered as a PRIVILEGE for us, the L2 teachers as we can have better quality time with our students and extra classes after school would definitely decrease. … Lihat seterusnya..
    This is also an “opportunity” issued by moe especially for our local students ONLY after numerous observations and negotiations.Perhaps…there’s a need for CHANGE and we are the “trigger” towards that change.

    Therefore, to all Malaysian L2 teachers, bear in mind that we’re the “ambassador” who has been struggling to our very last breath in teaching foreign language to our children (students) and lets juz face the music and dance to its rhythm with OPEN ARMS…. adios!

    All The Best & Good Luck!!

  4. amja says:

    hmm for me.. it such a good move n I 100% agree with what the government trying to do..increasing the period of Bi doesnt mean that we forget about the other subject..n doesnt mean that we glorfy the language..

    thus,having more time will improve student’s english..because in rural area for example, there is no place to practice for those who want to speak in english except school..thus, increasing the total period of learning English in a week will be a chances for those who interested in speaking English..

    go on government!!!

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  6. Jeffery Hiing says:

    As a future English teacher, i personally agree that the number of English class should be increased. I see this plan is a good move since most students really need more class to expose them to the language. I don’t think it will affect our national language – BM because they are expose to it too much since young. They use BM almost everyday. Of course more well-trained teachers are needed in this field to run this move effectively.

  7. MIC says:

    Although most of the people think that the main thing is that English should be taught more in classes per week, have they thought about the students? If they keep on changing the policy, students who are studying Science and Mathematics in English since Primary 1 or Secondary 1 may not adapt to the subjects in Malay. The scientific and mathematical terms are different. Have they ever thought about how the students cope? They are the ones who are studying!

    The point is, Science and Maths are global subjects. To study them in Malay may not help when they proceed to college and university when everything is reverted back to English. They should either teach the students these subjects bilingually or continue to teach in English. They should let the students choose. The students are the ones who are learning them, not the teachers, the parents or the government.

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  10. Josephine A. S. says:

    I’m looking forward to the additional period for English lesson as the syllabus is so wide covering the four language skills as well as the literature component. I’m sure many English teachers are struggling to cover the heavy content which need to be covered within an academic year. Therefore, i hope no one would complain about the move. In fact, that is the best way top improve the standard of English among pupils.

  11. Biga says:

    Everybody study English but someone cant speak good. Why?

  12. AK says:

    We can increase the total number of contact hours per week but we need to also change the teaching style/focus. What is our aim actually? To pass the examination? To be able to communicate? In what context? Business? Local? Different schools may need to focus on different aspects, i.e. level 1,2,3 and so on. More contact hours means the subject and the lesson must be made interesting, which requires the whole process re-engineered.

  13. Our youths can definitely use more English classes.

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  15. kaan@ says:

    As a future English teacher, i personally agree that the number of English class should be increased. I see this plan is a good move since most students really need more class to expose them to the language. I don’t think it will affect our national language – BM because they are expose to it too much since young. They use BM almost everyday. Of course more well-trained teachers are needed in this field to run this move effectively.

  16. Peace says:

    The number English classes is not important. the most important things is students should be able to communicate because acquiring language without real communication is useless. so when students attend extra classes but are only thought about rules of grammar instead of communicating in English,it is a waste of time,isn’t it??

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    I don’t mind you not asking but you could at least cite the source; as would any credible website…
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    • TESLMalaysia Admin says:

      Hi Jarod,

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