Towards a new framework of English language learning in Malaysian preschools

  • Rabiah Tul Adawiyah Mohamed Salleh Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Maskanah Mohammad Lotfie Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ainul Azmin Md. Zamin Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bruno Di Biase Bilingualism Research Lab, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Satomi Kawaguchi Bilingualism Research Lab, Western Sydney University, Australia
Keywords: English, Malaysian preschools, developmentally moderated focus-on-form instruction

Abstract

At the preschool level in Malaysia, all preschools, including those from public and private sectors are required to follow the guidelines stated in the National Preschool Standard-based Curriculum (NPSC) issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2017. However, the NPSC is very general and schools are not provided with any further guidance on the program, which leads to some preschools, mainly private ones, to supplement their curriculum by subscribing to various private education franchisors available on the market. There seems to be a need to propose improvements to current curriculum practices. It is proposed that this is best done by investigating the theoretical foundations of language learning. In particular, this paper discusses Pienemann’s Processability Theory (1998, 2005) and elaborates on the Developmentally Moderated Focus-on-Form instruction (DMFonF) (Di Biase, 2002,2008). It proposes the development of a new model of English language learning based on the latter leading towards a new framework aiming to assist teachers, linguists and syllabus-designers to create a developmentally moderated English curriculum.

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Published
2020-12-11
How to Cite
Mohamed Salleh, R. T. A., Mohammad Lotfie, M., Md. Zamin, A. A., Di Biase, B., & Kawaguchi, S. (2020). Towards a new framework of English language learning in Malaysian preschools. Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal, 9(2), 144-154. Retrieved from https://ejournal.upsi.edu.my/index.php/SAECJ/article/view/3972