UUM ONLINE: 30 January - In a bid to help improve the level of English proficiency, the School of Languages, Civilization and Philosophy (SLCP) organized a Discourse Session with Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don from the Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya.
The discourse session which focused on the latest issues of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) in teaching, learning and assessment of English Language was held at the Cluster Lecture Hall (DKG) 3/4 this morning.
Prof. Dr. Zuraidah said CEFR had been widely adopted by many countries around the world including Vietnam, China, Singapore and Australia.
According to her, in Malaysia, the use of CEFR was being implemented in the development of the curriculum, testing and teaching materials in the English Language at schools and universities.
"CEFR is a guideline with descriptors for language proficiency level that includes syllabus, curriculum, guidelines, examinations, textbooks and is a tool for designing a transparent programme in language education.
"It helps educators to empower mastery in enhancing and strengthening English tests in accordance with international standards and in one fell swoop providing training to develop programmes and teaching materials as well as high impact learning to students," she said.
However, in implementing the CEFR in English Language Education, there are two critical issues to be faced, namely whether the students are prepared to face the 21st century economic challenges be it for school leavers or university graduates and secondly, how English Language is taught to young people in Malaysia in the current globalized world.
Hence, she said, in implementing CEFR, English Language education needed reform in its quality delivery system namely high calibre teachers, high quality learning materials and high quality learning surroundings.
"The purpose of this change is to produce an internationally accepted English language programme, to provide quality English Language Education to students and to bridge the gap of achievement and to produce or implement plans or direction plans.
"The process of change that is being done now is a thorough assessment of the English Language education system, producing a CEFR roadmap with targets set for 2025 and implementing the direction," he said.
She said with the implementation of CEFR, it will bring about the aspirations of the Malaysian Education Development Plan (PPPM) in producing proficient students in English, thus enabling them to compete internationally.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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