Developing Language Proficiency For Academic Purposes: A Study Of Sharia Law Students In Malaysia
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research Volume 9, Issue 03, March 2020
4 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020
Date Written: March 2020
Understanding a second language for specific purposes is useful especially in the academic environment. In recent years, the use of Arabic for Specific Purposes (ASP) has increased particularly in Malaysia where Arabic is gaining popularity. ASP has been introduced across various fields of study including Sharia Law. Arabic language proficiency used in teaching and learning Sharia Law is required. This study aims to explore the basic proficiency required for Arabic language as a medium of studying Sharia Law among final year students of Law in Malaysia. A sample of 30 final year students of Law was selected using purposive sampling technique. This sample was chosen based on the students’ ability in academic reading and their interest in enhancing Arabic language proficiency for academic purposes. The study found that Sharia Law students consider Arabic language important in studying Sharia Law. It was also found that the students have low level of Arabic language proficiency prior to their admission into the Sharia Law program. Therefore, there is a need for special Sharia Law curriculum in Arabic. The findings of this study is expected to influence the process of Arabic curriculum development and provision of academic reading materials to further suit the needs of non-native speakers of Arabic among Sharia Law students, particularly in Malaysia.
Keywords: Arabic, basic proficiency, Malaysia, reading material, second language, academic purpose
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