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English for religious purposes: An inquiry-based pedagogy for Muslim ESL learners

Preece, Abdul Shakour Duncan and Juperi, Juhasni Adila (2017) English for religious purposes: An inquiry-based pedagogy for Muslim ESL learners. Al-Shajarah, Special issue. pp. 311-330. ISSN 1394-6870

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Abstract

This study explored ways of integrating Islamic content into ELT materials for the benefit of Muslim learners' language and faith. After analysing the literature, a sample of ELT materials was prepared to be used in conjunction with an inquiry-based pedagogy known as ‘Community of Inquiry’ (CI). This combination was termed ‘English for Religious purposes’ (ERP). ERP was then implemented over a period of five weeks with a group of adult Muslim learners studying ESL at a higher education institution in Kuala Lumpur. Qualitative research methodology was employed to gauge learners’ responses to ERP. The findings indicated that not only did ERP provide holistic practice in all four language skills in a meaningful and realistic way, but it also contributed to learners’ religious understanding and practice of Islam. This was put down to the engaging nature of whole-class inquiry-discourse characterised by CI. Moreover, the questions and issues introduced in the ERP texts stimulated students to express themselves and listen to the opinions of others with engagement. Participants reported benefits such as a desire to don the Muslim headscarf, performance of night prayers and the deepening of their faith. As such, ERP shows promise as a pedagogy for learners’ seeking to improve their English language and teachers wishing to deepen learners' understanding and practice of Islam.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2434/60169
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic, English language teaching, inquiry-based method
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Abdul Shakour Preece
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 13:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/60169

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