Resolving Conflict: Enhancing Engineering Students' English Fluency through Workplace Situation

Hafizoah, Kassim and Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan (2008) Resolving Conflict: Enhancing Engineering Students' English Fluency through Workplace Situation. The International Journal of Learning, 14 (11). pp. 51-60. ISSN 1447-9494. (Published)

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Conversing in a second language particularly in English can be demanding for second language learners; they are often reluctant and embarrassed to communicate due to the fact that they are afraid they will commit grammatical inaccuracy. Concerns over accuracy often hinder students� ability to speak fluently. At Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) nonetheless, engineering students are frequently required to deliver project demonstrations, present research or project findings and interview people from the industry, and they can perform all these tasks very well in their native language, in this case Malay. However, when it comes to completing the tasks in English, students stumble; often projecting lack of confidence, failing to deliver the message across, and thus, disappointing the receiver. The researchers believe that the needs to, at least, improve students� fluency regardless of the accuracy will help the students perform better in communicative events. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to present the researchers� attempt at improving engineering students� fluency in the English language. This has been done by exposing a group of 30 chemical engineering students to one of the most common communicative events at the workplace � conflict. They are provided with a variety of internal and external conflict scenarios and problem solving situations in which they have to resolve. Students are given opportunities to interact, deliver their opinions and resolve the issues in different speaking activities without penalizing them on the accuracy of the language.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language fluency; Engineering students; Workplace situations-conflict
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Hafizoah Kassim
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 08:34
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 04:40
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