American Journal of Education and Learning

Volume 4, Number 2 (2019) pp 263-271 doi 10.20448/804.4.2.263.271 | Research Articles

 

A Preliminary Study on the Curriculum Review of the English Language Courses at Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, UiTM

Ahmad Mazli bin Muhammad 1 ,

Aini Akmar binti Mohd Kasim 1 

Maisarah binti Ahmad Kamil 1 

Marina binti Ismail 1 

Norhayati binti Idris 1 

Nor Azah binti Mohd Rathi 1 

Turisiana binti Ahmad Buhari 1 

Zaemah binti Abdul Kadir 1 


1 Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, UiTM Shah Alam, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Abstract

Curriculum is defined as an articulation of knowledge, skills and attitudes in the context of intentional and organized programmes of study. The content of curriculum may be organised through learning areas and subjects, as well as through activities or tasks. This study focuses on the needs analysis of a curriculum review of English language courses offered by Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, UiTM, with consideration to Education 5.0, Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objectives of the curriculum review and the needs assessment are to validate the curriculum with the contemporary developments in the world. Twenty-four stakeholders from various faculties and industries, as well as representatives of UiTM alumni were invited to a two-day pre-workshop on how the future of language curriculum should be. Their opinions and feedback on the current language skills and courses were recorded and analysed. Thus, common themes were identified. Amongst the suggestions given were to increase opportunities to speak, to build character and image, and to bridge courses based on new media needs. This also includes the need to focus on the ability to discuss and express ideas clearly in group discussions. The implications of this exercise serve as the guideline of a framework for relevant and future language skills and courses, which will fulfil the needs of the 21st century communication skillsets.

Keywords

Curriculum development Needs analysis Language curriculum Tertiary English language.

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