Addressing the Issue of Mixed-Ability Students in CLT Classrooms Using Self-Check Politeness Kit

  • Suryani Awang Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Wan Nuur Fazliza Wan Zakaria Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Siti Shazlin Razak Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Luqman Ibnul Hakim Mohd Saad Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Mohd Zafian Mohd Zawawi Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Abstract

After more than three decades of its adoption in the English language teaching in Malaysia, Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach is yet to prove its effectiveness in this country since the English competency level among Malaysian students is reported to be gradually declining among our students and fresh graduates. One common cited reason is they lack competency in using the English language. Nevertheless, CLT should help to enhance learners’ communicative competence if this teaching approach is ideally conducted in L2 classrooms. This includes learners’ ability to employ politeness strategies in oral interactions. In this regard, past studies have shown that students with different English language competency level tended to employ different politeness strategies, hence resulting in different politeness levels displayed during oral interactions. While some strategies can lead to successful communication, others might appear inappropriate.  Hence, this scenario could be seen as a threat in L2 learning. Despite this however, the teaching of appropriate politeness strategies among students of mixed-ability in CLT classrooms can be a great help.  Here, input on appropriate politeness strategies from more proficient and competent students who are usually more polite is extremely important for less competent classmates to improve their politeness level. This is the concept behind the introduction of Self-Check Politeness Kit (S-CP Kit).

Author Biographies

Suryani Awang, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Suryani Awang is a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA and has been teaching various English courses for about 20 years at the university.  She holds a doctoral degree in English Language Studies from the National University of Malaysia (UKM).  Her publication topics include communicative competence, communication and politeness strategies as well as language and culture. Her current research is on L2 learners’ communication and  soft skills.

Wan Nuur Fazliza Wan Zakaria, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Wan Nuur Fazliza Wan Zakaria has been teaching English Language at the tertiary level for the past 7 years. She holds a Bachelor degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests are language teaching and learning and applied linguistics. She is currently teaching diploma students in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Kelantan.

Siti Shazlin Razak, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Siti Shazlin Razak has been teaching at UiTM Cawangan Kelantan as a language lecturer for almost 4 years. She completed her Master’s Degree at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia majoring in Elnglish Language Studies (ELS). Her research interest revolves around Sociolinguistic and Communication Studies.

Muhammad Luqman Ibnul Hakim Mohd Saad, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Muhammad Luqman Ibnul Hakim Mohd Saad is an Arabic lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Kelantan Branch. He holds a Master's degree  in Modern Language Studies (Arabic) from the University of Malaya. He has been teaching diploma and degree students for more than five (5) years at the UiTM Kelantan Branch.

Mohd Zafian Mohd Zawawi, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Mohd Zafian Mohd Zawawi is a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA Kelantan Branch.  He holds a Master's degree in Information Management and has been teaching various courses related to the field for more than 13 years.  His main interest is in teaching innovation and has won numerous awards at local and international levels.

Published
2018-06-01
How to Cite
AWANG, Suryani et al. Addressing the Issue of Mixed-Ability Students in CLT Classrooms Using Self-Check Politeness Kit. International Journal of Modern Languages And Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 12-23, june 2018. ISSN 2600-7266. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ijmal/article/view/7601>. Date accessed: 07 feb. 2023. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/ijmal.v2i2.7601.