With the drastic decline in the level of English in the whole of Malaysia, there is an urgent need to increase the level of passes in the subject, otherwise students are unable to proceed onto the next level of tertiary education after completion of the Secondary Form 5 examination. The lack of fluency in English is also affected at tertiary level with employers unable to employ university graduates who are not proficient in the language.
In the acquisition of the English Language, a student has to be proficient in the four skills in which the language is divided into and taught in Malaysian schools: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Reading and Listening are input skills whereas Writing and Speaking are output skills. This language programme aims to encompass the entire spectrum of language skills with the use of 10 workbooks based on one Reader: Sabah – Land Below the Wind.
Reading is important because it is from Reading that a student is able to improve other skills in English Language Proficiency. It improves vocabulary, grammar and helps in writing. As an input skill, it is a less threatening medium of instruction to introduce to students in improving their proficiency in English.
This programme aims to get down to basics, where students in schools are engaged and empowered to improve with minimal supervision from teachers.
An edge students will have with the increase of the proficiency in English is the huge potential for better employment opportunities with higher wages and exposure. New opportunities for self-improvement and personal growth will also become available when they are able to progress to higher levels of education. Ultimately, all these augur well in our drive towards a developed and high income nation.