Apa Kata: Pendidikan dalam Bahasa Inggeris = English-medium education

Apakah yang patut kita lakukan berkenaan pendidikan dalam Bahasa Inggeris? = What should we do about English-medium education?

Berikut ialah petikan daripada komen-komen tentang siaran kami pada minggu lepas, berserta dengan pendapat tentang topik ini daripada sumber lain. Here are some comments from readers about our post last week, as well as some thoughts about this topic from elsewhere on the internet.

(Untuk komen penuh, layari post asal dan Facebook note asal. For the full comments, visit the original post and original Facebook note.)

From Beyond Chalk & Talk, in a blog post responding to our Pengenalan post:

… Some people believe that using English as a medium of instruction might widen the socio-economic divide between urban and rural area. Many opinions attribute this view to the fact that more children (and teachers) in the urban area are more prepared to learn (and teach) in English compared to those in the rural area. I’m sorry I don’t have the statistics to back me up for this, but I’ve been in Malaysia’s primary school education scene for close to 15 years now and throughout the years I’m blessed to have known a lot of wonderful teachers who are teaching in rural areas. I’ve seen with my own eyes how these teachers transform their classrooms and schools, and how their efforts impacted the students in amazing, inspiring ways. And having experienced being a rural primary school EL teacher for ten years myself, I think the view about rural children being “less competent” compared to urban children is just a load of bull. Geographical locations and demography don’t determine an individual’s cognitive ability. Abilities don’t widen the gap, opportunities do.

So, what should we do? These are some of my humble suggestions …

Read her full post here.

Daripada Mohd Fadli Salleh, di sebuah Facebook post pada 31 Mei:

Saya khuatir dan bimbang jika English dijadikan medium bahasa untuk mengajar Matematik dan Sains, ianya akan membunuh minat murid perlahan-lahan.

1. Saya sangat bimbang jika suatu hari nanti ianya dilaksanakan di seluruh negara tanpa kajian lengkap yang teliti penuh cermat dari mereka yang benar-benar pakar dan ahli pendidikan. …

Bacalah post beliau sepenuhnya di sini, dan sebuah post lain yang berkaitan di sini.

From Ngee Derk, on our Facebook post:

I think that continuing with Malay-medium education while teaching English as a subject is sufficient — in many SMKs, students have 6 periods of English a week, which is quite a lot!

… I think we should do away with the age-group approach of teaching English, teaching the same thing in Form 1, then 2, then 3, etc. In fact you have the occasional Form 2 student whose English proficiency may be better than half the students in Form 5, and so on. Teachers have the impossible job of trying to teach all these learners in the same group, which ends up wasting all their time when the material, pitched ‘at the middle’, is too hard for the less proficient students to follow and too easy for the proficient students, etc. It’s a terribly inefficient system.

From El Henry Yapolai, on our Facebook post:

English subject is already difficult for our students. What’s more if English is taught in Science and Maths? I’m afraid it will turn out to be another English class during Sci&Maths.

From a Facebook thread in which someone had shared our post:

… we, the Malaysians are too… patriotic with Bahasa Melayu, which is not even bringing us to anywhere. Open your eyes Malaysians, English is the first language needed to be learnt. Forget what’s fair or feasible. Discuss how to make it happen & just make it happen!

From a Facebook thread in which someone had shared our post:

Depends on which subjects and circumstances. There’s value in learning things in different languages as it gives additional depth to the learning process. For example, some elements on the periodic table would not make sense to me in English but it’s fine in Malay. Being able to source for information in different languages also helps. Personally, I think the language used to teach is not that important; what’s truly important thing is to spark a love and interest for learning in the students (because in this case, language would no longer be a barrier to learning).

So, apa kata? Do you agree or disagree with any of the other readers — and why? Kongsi pendapat anda di bawah (nama, e-mel, dan website tidak wajib), and please remember to follow our comments policy. For more comments, layari Facebook page kami.

Look out next week for a new post featuring an interview tentang topik bulan ini. Thank you!

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