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Awareness of Islamic English among Muslim students in Malaysia

Adam, Zalika and Parveen Lallmamode , Sheila (2009) Awareness of Islamic English among Muslim students in Malaysia. In: SooLs2009, Language and Culture, Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort, Putrajaya Malaysia.

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Abstract This paper adopts a critical examination of the Americano-Eurocentric perspective of the teaching of the English Language in the Muslim world. With globalization and the spread of English, language textbooks written in L1 countries have been exported in the guise of ‘authentic English’ (Cook, 1999) to many Muslim countries around the world. This study attempts to investigate the awareness of Islamic English among Muslim students studying in Muslim countries. Three main problems that occur when Muslims are encouraged to mimic L1 non-Muslim native speakers, and discourse in the English language, are investigated: (1) distortion in transliteration; (2) distortion in translation; (3) use of islamically inappropriate vocabulary and etiquettes in one’s discourse. Questionnaires were collected from 31 university ESL students in Malaysia. The overall results show that Muslim students are very motivated to acquire English for work and research purposes. However, some students fell into problems related to distortions in translation and transliteration because their knowledge of the Arabic language and the religion of Islam as a consequence, are weak. Muslims linguists are encouraged to develop ELT textbooks and teaching materials, with the help of an Islamic English corpus, for all Muslim students worldwide.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 4257/7368
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) > Quranic Language Division
Depositing User: zalika adam
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 12:15
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2011 21:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/7368

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