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Language education for Orang Asli children in Malaysia


Letchamanan, Hema and Abdullah, Nur Surayyah Madhubala and Fadzil, Kamal Solhaimi (2021) Language education for Orang Asli children in Malaysia. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 29 (spec.3). pp. 443-458. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


Literacy among Orang Asli children is found to be well below the national average. This paper explores the connection between language learning and meaning-making and its relation to the problem of language education among Orang Asli children. In so doing, the paper shows that language learning should be situated within their environment. This paper uses the findings from the observation made in an exploratory case study of Temuan children aged 7–12 in an Orang Asli village in Selangor and their struggles with language. Taking a critical view of the challenges faced by the children, this study surmised that a proper recognition of the Orang Asli community in language education is needed for effective meaning-making to ensure their genuine participation. The insight adds to the discussion within decolonisation of education on the importance of indigenisation of language education for Orang Asli children.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.29.S3.23
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Environment; Indigenous; Language education; Literacy; Meaning-making
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 27 May 2022 22:53
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 22:53
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/92607
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