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A preliminary study on localising the CEFR written production descriptor to Malaysian Higher Education context

Abu Sufi, Mohd. Khairul and Idrus, Faizah (2021) A preliminary study on localising the CEFR written production descriptor to Malaysian Higher Education context. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 1-15. E-ISSN 2682-8502

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Abstract

The embrace of CEFR in the Malaysian context was explicated in The Roadmap, a document explaining Malaysia’s latest language in education reform that occurred in 2015. With the adoption of CEFR into Malaysia’s English language education, all matters related to English language teaching and learning need to be aligned to CEFR, including those in tertiary education. This paper attempts to unravel the thoughts and beliefs of academic at Malaysian higher learning institutions on the need to localise CEFR into Malaysian higher education context. This qualitative pilot study was conducted with three participants to assess the suitability of a 22-questions interview questionnaire, and at the same time build a case on CEFR localisation to the Malaysian context. In modelling and framing the study and interview questions, the Language Management Theory was utilised. An interview was conducted and a rigorous coding exercise was done to disclose the beliefs of Malaysian higher education academics in regards to CEFR and the need to localise the framework. For this study, research only concerted around the written production skills. Findings revealed that higher education academics are concerned with CEFR and suggests that proper measures of adaptations should be taken before CEFR can be rolled out in institutions of higher learning for their teaching, learning and assessment purposes.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: CEFR, localisation, Malaysia, higher education, written production
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC8 Forms of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr. Faizah Idrus
Date Deposited: 31 May 2021 10:36
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 10:36
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/90045

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