The Teaching of English Literature in the Bruneian ESL Secondary Classroom: A Preliminary Investigation

By Grace V. S. Chin, Debbie Ho and Sharifah Nurulhuda Alkaff.

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This paper is a preliminary investigation into the teaching of English literature in the ESL (English as a Second Language) secondary classroom in Brunei Darussalam. Although English literature has been taught in Brunei for more than twenty five years and is one of the subjects offered in the Brunei-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) examination, very little is known about this area in language education, in terms of how it is taught and the attitudes towards it. Based on the distribution of questionnaires and a focus group interview with English literature teachers in the secondary schools, this paper explores (i) the teaching methods used, (ii) the factors which helped influence the changes in teaching methods, and (iii) how teachers perceive students’ attitudes towards English literature as a school subject. It is hoped that this exploratory study will initiate a whole new area of research within language education in Brunei. Furthermore, it could contribute to the pool of research studies on the teaching of English literature in the ESL classroom contexts.

Keywords: Teaching Methods, English Literature, Student Attitudes, ESL Classroom, Brunei Darussalam

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.117-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 879.634KB).

Dr. Grace V. S. Chin

Lecturer, English Literature Programme, University of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Grace V. S. Chin received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Malaya and her Ph.D. degree in English literature from the University of Hong Kong. She currently teaches English literature and language at the University of Brunei Darussalam. As a former journalist in Malaysia, Dr. Chin is interested in exploring the concepts of censorship and freedom and their effects on gendered identities and subjectivities.

Dr. Debbie Ho

Senior Lecturer, University of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Debbie Ho is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam.

Dr. Sharifah Nurulhuda Alkaff

Senior Lecturer, University of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Sharifah Nurulhuda Alkaff is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam.

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