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ESL-EFL buddy system in an ESL summer school immersion programme

Md. Yusof, Masdinah Alauyah and Mohd. Omar, Noor Abidah and Abdul Samad, Adlina and Bunari, Ghazali and Kahar, Rohayah and Abdul Raof, Abdul Halim (2015) ESL-EFL buddy system in an ESL summer school immersion programme. In: ISLLLE 2015 (International Symposium on Language,Linguistics, Literature and Education), 25-27 Aug, 2015, Japan.

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Abstract

A summer school immersion program for Japanese EFL learners was conducted, in a Malaysian university setting, with the aim of enhancing the learners’ English language communicative ability. This program incorporated the Buddy System and was also attended by an equal number of Malaysian ESL learners with basic knowledge of the Japanese language. The Japanese learners were given training in oral communication and exposure to the Malaysian culture. In addition, they were also given more communication opportunities as a result of the buddy system. Apart from the formal activities planned, the buddy system had created more opportunities for the Malaysian and Japanese buddies to develop good friendship using English as the medium of communication. There seemed to be a natural progression which extended beyond the formal classroom setting; informal outings to explore local food, culture and places were organized by the buddies, and communicating the experiences gained via Facebook and journal entries. The Japanese students stated that they had become more confident to speak in English especially after spending some time with their buddies outside the classroom. The Malaysian students, likewise, were happy to be given a chance to communicate and learn about the Japanese culture and language. Furthermore, the Japanese organizers have noticed that their students have increased their confidence in communicating in English. More students will be sent to participate in future summer school programs.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:summer school program, buddy system
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:61335
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:31 Mar 2017 14:42
Last Modified:31 Mar 2017 14:42

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