Code switching in oral interactions of low proficiency Malay ESL learners / Sharifah Intan Safina binti Syed Zubir

Sharifah Intan Safina, Syed Zubir (2015) Code switching in oral interactions of low proficiency Malay ESL learners / Sharifah Intan Safina binti Syed Zubir. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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      Abstract

      The use of code switching (CS) in the English for Second Language (ESL) classrooms has caught the attention of many scholars. Learners, especially of low English proficiency (LEP), code switch among themselves and even with the language instructors during formal classroom sessions. Due to this phenomenon, this research focuses on CS in oral interactions of low proficiency Malay ESL learners in the English classes at a local university in Malaysia and it aims to identify the reasons for CS, to describe the types of CS employed, and also to discover the communicative intents behind the use of CS. To achieve these aims, a triangulation of research methods has been adopted. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used to analyse the data which are collected through questionnaires, audio recording and interview. Some of the main findings of this research indicate that most low proficiency Malay students: 1. Code-switch due to low proficiency rather than other factors; 2. Employ intra sentential CS; 3. Uses CS for different types of communicative intents. Besides helping language practitioners in understanding CS among low proficiency students, this research could also assist teachers in the improvements of the approaches in teaching and learning in the ESL classrooms, which in turn, support the learning process for LEP students.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.Ling.) -– Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2015
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Malay ESL learners; Low English proficiency (LEP); Oral interactions; Malaysia
      Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
      P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 26 May 2017 13:44
      Last Modified: 26 May 2017 13:44
      URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/7381

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