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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

English language assessment findings to be unveiled

LONDON: Preliminary findings from the Cambridge English Language Assessment on the teaching and learning of the subject in Malaysian schools is to be unveiled.

The findings, the first to comprehensively look at the achievements of Malaysian students according to international standards from Year 1 to Form 6, will have an impact on the teaching of the language and its syllabus.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to be briefed on the findings here today.

Deputy director-general of Edu­cation Datuk Dr Amin Senin said once the standard of Malaysian students was known, the Government could set realistic standards for each level.

“At the moment, we don’t know the standard of our students’ achievements in English at every level. We only know during assessment at SPM level.

“With this study, the proficiency of our students’ English will gradually improve because we will now know where our students stand.

“This will allow us to set realistic standards which we can gradually follow. The findings will be very significant as there will definitely be adjustments in our English language syllabus and in our classroom practices and teaching,” he told a briefing for Malaysian journalists covering the working visit of Muhyiddin here.

“The Baseline Project: Measuring the English Language Standard and Establishing an Evidence-based Base­line for Malaysian Schools” stu­dy was carried out from Sep­tember last year and involved over 100 schools.

Commissioned by the Education Ministry, the study was carried out by a team from Cambridge English considered the authoritative body in the teaching of the language.

Besides the level of students’ English, Dr Amin said the study looked into the standards of classroom practices and teaching, examination and assessment, and syllabus.

Once the findings are ready, he said Malaysia could then adopt Cambridge’s Common European Framework Reference and customise it according to the country.

Muhyiddin, who is the Education Minister, will speak on Malaysia’s education vision at The Education World Forum tomorrow.

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