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Should English for Teaching Mathematics and Science (ETeMS) in Malaysia be abolished?


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Mohamad Nor, Faizah and A. Aziz, Marzilah and Jusoff, Kamaruzaman (2011) Should English for Teaching Mathematics and Science (ETeMS) in Malaysia be abolished? World Applied Sciences Journal, 12. pp. 36-40. ISSN 1818-4952; ESSN: 1991-6426

Abstract

ETeMS (or English for Teaching Mathematics and Science) was introduced in Malaysia in 2002 to enhance the English language skills of Malaysian learners. The move has however mooted much debate as non-proficient learners were said to have been affected by this regulation as they are said to have fared badly in Mathematics and Science, since the two subjects were taught in English. Following the controversy over ETeMS, in 2010, the Malaysian government decided to revert to teaching Mathematics and Science in the national language, beginning 2012. This research was thus undertaken to gauge the views of learners on learning these subjects in English. The main objectives of the research are to find out if the learners had improved in English, as a result of this move and whether their performance in Mathematics and Science had improved or deteriorated as a consequence of having to learn the subjects in English. The main research instrument used was questionnaires which were distributed to students of a reputable boarding school in Malaysia. It is hoped that the findings of this study would help justify the decision the policy makers have with regard to ETeMS.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Publisher: IDOSI Publications
Notes: Special issue on Creating a Knowledge Based Society
Keywords: ETeMS; Bahasa Malaysia; Mathematics and science; Language proficiency; Medium of instruction
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 03:48
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 03:48
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/37504
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