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Online learning and teaching: Managing the experience of online teaching of English for specific Purposes (ESP) in providing Rich Experiential Active Learning (REAL) for business students at Universiti Utara Malaysia


Mohamed, Abdul Halim and Dzakiria, Hisham and Kasim, Azilah and Yusoff, Nuraini (2002) Online learning and teaching: Managing the experience of online teaching of English for specific Purposes (ESP) in providing Rich Experiential Active Learning (REAL) for business students at Universiti Utara Malaysia. In: Managing global business in the Internet age. Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 43-54. ISBN 9832479150

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Abstract

The delining standard of English is obvious at tertiary level in most local federally-funded universities in Malaysia.This worsening condition of the target language among varsity students is quite noticeable.This would definitely bring certain impact on companies' attitudes of hiring today's graduates as they are not competent users of the language.As students need opportunities to practise the target language, the internet use in teaching English for Specific Purpose (ESP) should be encouraged among education providers and educators.The network of networks, the internet, is seen as a new learning tool in providing rich experiential active learning and opportunities to practise the target language.This computer-mediated communication (CMC)tool is versatile not only in assisting them to be competent users but also in providing employable skill for more challenging jobs in the new millennium.As resourceful tool, the Internet can be fully "exploited" in producing graduates who are are are knowledgeable and computer-literate.To be good language learners, the use of online teaching of English can boost students' morale and provide opportunities for them to learn the language integratively.This paper is a small-scale research investigating students' use of a free web-based learning in language teaching.This paper looks at how a group of students develop to become competent users of ESP at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).The paper also looks at the perceptions, knowledge and skills of the students involved after getting the exposure of online learning for a semester.The finding indicate that there is a large significant increase of language production, written and spoken language, among students engaging on the use of the language via computers.The study indicated a strong increase between traditional classroom teaching and online teaching.Besides, students' morale and motivation and motivation of learning the language is also discussed as the results of the online learning and teaching of English.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Abdul Halim Mohamed
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 04:35
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2013 04:35
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8551

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