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Identifying the Effectiveness of Active Learning Strategies and Benefits in Curriculum and Pedagogy Course for Undergraduate TESL Students  [PDF]
Jamila Shaaruddin, Maslawati Mohamad
Creative Education (CE) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2017.814158
Abstract: The teachers nowadays are trained properly, competently enough, excel academically with high grades but still considered as “incapable” or “unfit” to teach. There are still many problems and weaknesses among young graduates, despite the initiatives taken by the government to address the issue. The adoption and practice of active learning approaches into the component of course design offered in higher institutions is a common practice nowadays and is crucial in addressing these weaknesses among our young graduates. This case study identifies the effectiveness of active learning strategies and benefits in curriculum and pedagogy course which is a central concept of student-centred learning, derived from the constructivist approach. This article aims to ensure?the course efficacy by integrating active learning to support their practice?of active learning brought to learners by micro teaching, peer-reflections/feedbacks and self-reflections. Data were collected from documents in a form of e-reflections in ifolio and telephone interviews via WhatsApp Mobile Phone application. This qualitative study reports in detail the experience of 10 undergraduate students. The findings reveal the effectiveness of the three commonly used strategies associated with active learning strategies in this study. Among the beneficial of imparting active learning strategies are as follows; creates positive learning environment, allows direct interaction between lecturers and students, promotes open minded ideology, learn to respect someone else opinion, enhance communication skill, allows students to personally engaged with the learning activities and encourage participation. The findings and discussion of this study would be able to help the pertinent parties such as policy maker, teachers, facilitators and students with better guidance for utilising and maximizing different other selections of active learning strategies that could benefit teaching and learning process in the higher education scenario.
The Effects of Movies on the Affective Filter and English Acquisition of Low-Achieving English Learners  [PDF]
Pavithran Ravinthra Nath, Maslawati Mohamad, Hamidah Yamat
Creative Education (CE) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2017.88096
This paper reports on the effects of movies on the acquisition of English language among students at a tertiary institution in Malaysia. In this study, “out-of-class” activities are leisure activities that students do outside classroom setting and watching movie is one example. The study aims to examine the effects of movies on the students’ Affective Filter (i.e. motivation, anxiety, and self-confidence). The Affective Filter is a mental block that prevents language learners from being receptive towards comprehensible language input, thereby disrupting their acquisition process. In order for smoother acquisition to occur, the block needs to be lowered and one of the ways in achieving this is through out-of-class activities. The study also aims to examine the influence of movies on the students’ English acquisition process. The participants of this study were low-achieving students. Data were collected through Facebook group discussions, participants’ reflective notes and focus group interviews in this qualitative research. The findings of this study reveal that students’ Affective Filter level is slightly lowered which allowed them to acquire new language skills namely vocabulary and pronunciation knowledge. From the findings, English teachers should consider utilizing movies as a learning tool. Students
The Effects of Creative Drama on the Learning of Job Interviewing Skills for Vocational College Students in Sabah  [PDF]
Juliza Binti Yusof, Maslawati Binti Mohamad
Creative Education (CE) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2018.913149
Abstract: Answering interview questions in English is often perceived as a big challenge by potential employees in Malaysia. The researchers have found creative drama effective to students as it suits students’ multiple intelligences (1.1 & 1.2). By integrating creative drama in the teaching of job interviewing skills, the educators hoped that this intervention could help improve vocational college students’ job interviewing skills. Thus, this study was embarked to investigate the vocational college students’ perception on the effects of creative drama on their learning of job interviewing?skills. The research instruments were focus group interview, field notes and reflective notes. The participants were three student performers and three student audiences?of the creative drama from Refrigerator and Air-Conditioning course. The data were analysed by applying thematic analysis. The main findings are:?participants found that creative drama as one of the most effective activity to learn job interviewing skills. Creative drama enhances the participants’ confidence level and communication skills before attending the real job interview. It is hoped that this study offers insights to educators in integrating creative drama in their English for Workplace Purposes lessons.
The Implementation of Common European Framework of References (CEFR): What Are the Effects Towards LINUS Students’ Achievements?  [PDF]
Wan Illina Wan Ishak, Maslawati Mohamad
Creative Education (CE) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2018.916205
Abstract: Realizing the importance of English language, Malaysian government has implemented?numerousprograms?to boost English language?standard?among younger generations. One of the remedial intervention programs for primary schools is called the Literacy and Numeracy Screening or LINUS. LINUS program refers to a set of screening tests which are conducted every year to identify students’ weaknesses in literacy skills specifically in reading and writing. It was introduced in 2010?which aims at enhancing the rate of English literacy among primary school learners.?Recently, another new curriculum known as Common European Framework of Resources or CEFR has been introduced. CEFRthat?adopted the English way of learning culture seems?to?raise?many issues among?English?language teachers.It is important for educators to carry out a study in order to obtain more information on to what extent these two programs help to improve English language standard among primarystudents. Thus, this study was conducted to identify the?effects?of CEFR towards the achievement of?Year 2?students from 3 LINUS classes in a suburban primary school in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. Data analysis ha
Differential Item Functioning in Online Learning Instrument (EPFun)  [PDF]
Juhaida Abdul Aziz, Maslawati Mohamad, Parilah Mohd Shah, Rosseni Din
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.71018
Abstract: Providing young learners with high-quality digital primary education and literacy skills are necessary for them to excel academically. The development of the online Fun Learning Instrument known as English Primary Fun (EPFun) is based on the Piaget Constructivism Development theory. This theory could be applied to young learners as it includes cognitive, behaviourist and second-language acquisition theory as well. The purpose of this study is to detect Differential Item Functioning (DIF) in performances between genders among Malaysian young learners in rural primary schools. The data were obtained from the randomly selected respondents of 106 male and 144 female young learners from the target group. The EPFun instrument consists of four constructs: a) Usefulness (USFN), b) Ease of Use (EOU), c) Ease of Learning (EOL) and d) Satisfaction (SAT). To analyse the responses to the instruments, 40 items overall were made up using 5 levels of coded smileys from the 4 constructs. The data were analysed using SPSS and Winsteps version 3.68.2, a Rasch-based item analysis programme. The findings indicate there is no significant difference in DIF performance between male and female young learners. This conclusion is derived from the t-test for Equality of Means, which revealed the results of the Sig. (2 tailed) for every construct (USFN; Sig = 0.558; EOU; Sig = 0.638; EOL; Sig = 0.628 and SAT; Sig = 0.500) larger than 0.5. The findings also revealed that there were only 7 items detected as DIF. However, there is no significant DIF based on the size range of the logits scales. Female young learners excel in one construct-Satisfaction (SAT). However, male young leaners are on a par with female young learners with regard to other constructs. Thus, this instrument is free from DIF and could be used as an indicator to gauge young learners’ literacy skills, especially in using hypermedia reading materials in English.
Medical Students’ Challenges and Strategies in Producing Web TV Programs on YouTube  [PDF]
Maslawati Mohamad, Izyan Safwani Ismail, Normilah Wahab, Saripah Mamat
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.74063
Abstract: Cooperative learning occurs when students work together in small groups on an assigned project to achieve learning objectives. A classroom assignment given in an English for Specific Purposes course namely, Workplace Communication III, exposed medical students to this method. This assignment required students to produce a Web TV program and upload it to YouTube. In completing their assignment by employing cooperative learning method, the students applied several processes and faced challenges that eventually helped them to improve their communication skills in the English language. This study aimed to identify the challenges faced and the strategies the students employed to overcome those challenges. Seventeen first year medical undergraduates who enrolled in the Workplace Communication III course were involved in this study. Semi-structured focus group interviews and reflective notes were used to collect the data for this study. The challenges faced by students are time constraint, communication and technical difficulties, and a lack of creativity and confidence. The main strategies applied included brainstorming ideas, independent learning, and practices to overcome these challenges. This study could serve as a guideline for the course designers to improve the current course.
Developing Workplace Awareness through Project Work  [PDF]
Faridah Musa, Maslawati Mohamad, Sithaletchemy Krishnaiyer, Wahiza Wahi
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.74074
Abstract: Studies have been carried out to investigate problems and causes of low employability amongst graduates from both public and private higher learning institutions. Although higher learning institutions have made concerted efforts to address this problem—to improve graduate employability, it remains a matter of serious concern. One of the main reasons for candidates not being employed is lack of communication skills particularly in English. Project work has been recognized as an effective way to develop students’ communication skills, knowledge, experience and soft skills. In order to enable students to be more employable and aware of the requirements of the industry, a workplace related research project was assigned to students who took a course in Workplace Communication II at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), a public university. The aims of the study were to find out if project work developed students’ understanding on workplace environments and what they learnt from it. Respondents in this study wrote their self-reflection by responding to questions in a Google doc survey after completing the project. The class teacher also commented on the progress made by the respondents in her field notes report. The findings show that involvement in project work has created awareness of the needs, requirements and work- place environment of the respondents’ future jobs. They have learned social skills and teamwork, time management, personal development and report writing skills. This project work has given the necessary exposure which made them realize the importance of equipping themselves with the relevant skills and qualities sought after by prospective employers.
Perception on the Usage of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) in English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning among Vocational College Students  [PDF]
Wan Ummu Aiman Wan Azli, Parilah Mohd Shah, Maslawati Mohamad
Creative Education (CE) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2018.91008
Abstract: Mobile phones are viewed as significant aids to English language learning. Numerous studies have been conducted in different contexts on mobile assisted language learning (MALL) that indicate the benefits of mobile devices for English language learning. Nevertheless, few studies on MALL had been conducted on among vocational college students in Malaysia. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the perception on the usage of MALL in English as a Second Language (ESL) among private vocational college students. Data were collected from a survey questionnaire adapted from Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The results show the respondents have positive perception on the usage of MALL. Majority of the respondents showed overall agreement on both constructs perceived usefulness (PU) and perceived ease of use (PEoU) of MALL. They believed the usage of MALL will enhance the teaching and learning process. This evidence of acceptance has implication for educators and curriculum designers to exploit the mobile phone for autonomous and interactive ESL learning beyond the classroom context. It is hoped that MALL will be used as one of the teaching aids that could assist educators to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) more effectively.
The Sounds of Intent Framework for Autism Intervention: A Conceptual Paper  [PDF]
Desiree Kaur, Aliza Alias, Maslawati Mohamad
Creative Education (CE) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2019.108141
Abstract: There has been much research on the benefits of music for children with autism. The domains benefitting most from the use of music are social and communications skills. The Sounds of Intent (SoI) Framework, has been developed by Ockelford and his colleagues to promote musical abilities amongst individuals with complex needs, including autism. Underpinned by the zygonic theory, studies employed SoI also indicate increased levels of engagement among individuals with complex needs, including autism. This paper aims to provide a summary on the development of the SoI framework particularly on autistic children. Additionally, this paper includes a review of other relevant past studies on the benefits of music for children with autism on their social and communication skills. After examining the positive effects of the SoI Framework and other related past studies, the researchers intend to embark ona study using the proactive domain of theSoI framework at an autism centre in Malaysia.?The researchers will employ a case study design to observe levels of musical engagement, gauge the consistency of engagement, observe the levels of prompting provided by teachers and observe challenges faced in implementing the SoI in a Malaysian special needs classroom.?It is hoped that the findings could indicate that SoI would benefit children with autism, their parents and special educators?and add value to existing literature on the SoI framework. Hence, the findings of this study could serve as a springboard for SoI use in Malaysia.
Fieldwork: What Do TESL Trainee Teachers Benefit?  [PDF]
Nurul ‘Ain Othman, Maslawati Mohamad, Harieza Hussin, Nor Azilawati Mat Isa
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.711170
Abstract: How does real classroom experience provide essential experience for TESL trainee teachers? This paper illustrates the experience gained by TESL trainee teachers through classroom observation and in-depth interviews with the observed teachers. This study was conducted to fifteen second- year TESL trainee teachers from the education faculty of University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) who enrolled in the curriculum and pedagogy course. The trainee teachers observed and reflect teachers’ teaching in schools. The findings showed that classroom observation is an important element in teacher training. It improves teacher trainees’ knowledge of the job scope for English teachers at secondary level in Malaysia. Moreover, it could give them some clues and serve as guidelines on how to relate the lessons learned in the university to the real teaching practices. The findings could also help teacher training institutions to provide trainee teachers with pertinent information, knowledge and relevant skills to be effective and dynamic teachers.
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