The Inclusion of Semantic and Pragmatic Approach in the Teaching and Learning of the Malay Language: Semantic and Pragmatic

By Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah, Normaliza Abd Rahim, Normahdiah S. Said and Norizan Che Su.

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Inclusion of semantic and pragmatic approach in the teaching of language can produce a quicker acquisition. The Malay Language Program at Universiti Putra Malaysia give emphasis on fluency and comprehension. The purpose is to equip students for knowledge seeking, enhanced intellectuality,acquisition of learning skills and dissemination of moral values. To achieve these goals, a strategic approach is required. The subjects taught must contain emphasis on aural skill and grammar. This study focused on the following aspects of language namely grammar competency, understanding contextual clues, sociolinguistic competency and pragmatic (language use in context). It also looked into the Malay cultural values gained in the process of learning Malay language. The subject of this study were visiting Australian students from Deakin University

Keywords: Teaching and Learning, Semantic, Pragmatic, Malay Language

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.477KB).

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Malay Language Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Holds a Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Areas of interest are Pragmatics in Children, Semantic and Translation. Currently supervsing Ph.D students mastering the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Normahdiah S. Said

Lecturer, Department of the Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

PhD in Cognitive Ergonomics of Human Computer Interaction (HCI, Loughborough University, UK. M Ed. in Educational Technology & Media in Education, Uinversity of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. B. Ed. (TESL) Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. Area of speciality: Interactive Multimedia, Cognitive Ergonomics, HCI, Educational Technology, Media in Education, Language Technology, Text Design and Interface Design. Recent research interest: Developing further research on the engagement model; Designing multimedia learning applications for children & teenagers; Designing digital story telling environment.

Norizan Che Su

Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Hold a degree in the Teaching of Thai from University of Ramkhamheang, Thailand. Has recently obtained MA degree in Sociolinguistic. Has produced several texts on Mastering of Thai language. Has presented several papers on issues related to Teaching Thai as a Foreign Language; and translation of Thai classical texts.

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