Register as a Tool to Revolutionize Language Teaching and Learning

By Shamsul Jamili Yeob and Nuwairi Khaza’ai.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Language teaching and learning has undergone great changes over time. Learners are functional in their actions when learning languages. Learners have their aims and goals when learning a language. At the same time, learners want to spend less time to master a language effectively. This paper shares the Malaysian experience in establishing strong academic foundation among students in primary, secondary and even tertiary education. The sociolinguistics experience in Malaysia sees tremendous success in using Malay language as the medium of communication in schools at all level. Mastering the variety of language used in the specific area will be useful for the students in their practice later. The variety of language referred is Register. Over two decades Bahasa Melayu proved to be able to perform well in its functions locally and internationally in various fields at all levels. Unfortunately, Arabic has no similar experience as Malay Language in promoting register as a tool in teaching and learning language, yet, due to its capability as the language of Quran it manages to accommodate with the language developments. Thus, this paper attempts to reveal Malay language capability in adopting the concept of register as an effective tool in teaching language and learning. Research sees the same effect in registers of Arabic too.

Keywords: Register, Language Teaching and Learning, Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language), Arabic Language

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.137-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 684.811KB).

Dr. Shamsul Jamili Yeob

Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature. Specialising in Sociolinguistics. Interested in various linguistic branches particularly in Sociolinguistic, Historical Linguistic, Discourse Analysis, Stylistic, Semantic and Philology. Obtained his Phd in Linguistic/Sociolinguistic from IIUM, Malaysia.

Prof. Nuwairi Khaza’ai

Associate Professor, Department of Bahasa Melayu, University of Malaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Associate Professor in the Department of Malay Language in the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Obtained his BA and MA in Malay Studies from the University of Malaya, specialising in Sociolinguistics. Involved in numerous national and international conferences. Interested in various fields of Malay Linguistics and Cultures. Produced more than 40 articles and a few books in the fields of interest.


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