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English for University Sharia Students: Theory and Practices

Badrasawi, Kamal J I and Solihu, Abdulateef and Aman, Azlina (2018) English for University Sharia Students: Theory and Practices. In: International Conference of Language, Culture & Society 2018 (ICLCS2018): Asia and Beyond, 24-25 October 2018, International Institute of Islamic Civilization and Malay World (ISTAC). (Unpublished)

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English is the global language of today. It is expansively used as a means of communication for academic and non-academic purposes. Sharia students, with their broad knowledge of religion, can use the English language for the sake of Islam like in Da’wah, via all available media or face-to-face encounters. They would be able to do so effectively provided they are highly proficient in English. Therefore, a project is being conducted to construct a course framework in English for University Sharia students. This paper is allocated to present the theoretical foundations for these courses based on the Islamic perspective, status of the English language, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) approach. The analytical content analysis was utilized to achieve the study objectives. The analysis showed that Islam urges Muslims to learn foreign languages in addition to the Arabic language for various reasons including Da’wah. There is a need for Sharia graduates who have deep knowledge in religion to elevate their English proficiency to a high level. Thus, designing specific English language courses, which are related to the students’ interests, specialization, and future professions, may facilitate their learning the English Language. It could also be a source of their motivation and encouragement to improve their English proficiency. Further quantitative and qualitative researches are recommended to framework English courses for University Sharia students. This research may contribute to the development of Islamic English curriculum for Muslim students at other education levels.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Additional Information: http://www.iium.edu.my/ICLCSAB2018/
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for Specific Purposes (ESP); Islamic English; University Sharia Students
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr. K J Badrasawi
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 03:52
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 03:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/67335

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