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English language skills and becoming a global entrepreneur: lessons for entrepreneurship education

Sheikh Ahmad, Ismail and Yusof Khan, Zarinah Jan (2023) English language skills and becoming a global entrepreneur: lessons for entrepreneurship education. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 22 (6). pp. 195-211. ISSN 1694-2493 E-ISSN 1694-2116

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This paper discusses the results of a case study that focused on the importance of English language skills in helping students become global entrepreneurs. A critical element that is often missing in courses on Entrepreneurship Education is the inclusion of the language component that helps build oral English proficiency. In the entrepreneurship education courses, the importance of teaching English skills to prepare students to become global entrepreneurs is seldom instilled among students—an especially crucial aspect when teaching students for whom English is a second or foreign language—as it would not only motivate them to use English more, but also help them overcome their challenges in using English. By using an online survey and focus group discussions, this study obtained the views of 177 undergraduate students of an Entrepreneurship Education course conducted by the Faculty of Economics of a Malaysian public university. The attitudes of the students towards using English for entrepreneurship and the challenges they faced in doing so are highlighted, and implications are drawn for teaching English in entrepreneurship courses.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for business communication; English for Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship Education; oral English skills; global entrepreneurship
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)
Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Language & Literacy
Depositing User: Professor Ismail Sheikh Ahmad
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2023 16:50
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:10
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/105354

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