Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(3), pp. 983 - 997
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080333
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I Can't Practice What I Preach – The Case of English Language Teachers


Luqmanul Hakim Bin Zulkornain *, Azman Bin Che Mat , Nuruladilah Binti Mohamed , Nur Syazwani Binti Halim , Nurul Amilin Binti Razawi
Faculty of Language Studies, UiTM Terengganu Branch, Dungun Campus, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

In 2013, Malaysia ranked first in the English Proficiency Index (EPI)[6]. However, a shocking discovery revealed that only 27.8% teachers met the minimum standards of the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) [7],[8]. This was reflected on the students’ performance revealing a distinct failure in English language subjects in every major examination in Malaysia (UPSR= 25%, PMR= 23%, and SPM= 22%). 50% failed English 1119 and the performance of MUET revealed that 52% candidates getting only band 1 and band 2[7]. Language attrition is a phenomenon where one’s proficiency in a language deteriorates due to several factors. One of the most prominent factors is the disuse of the language itself. The phenomenon can be seen as a threat to teachers or instructors of a language as the quality of their instructions can be deemed questionable should they experience the phenomenon. The research aims to investigate factors that hinder teachers’ use of English in their workplace and daily lives. The study employing the qualitative method took place in the municipal of Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia. The decision to conduct the study in the municipal of Machang, Kelantan, was due to the uniqueness of the state itself for its prevalent EV[121],[13],[14]. The principal results revealed that the factors hindering the use of English language among informants were vastly related but not limited to EVT[25]. There were also factors related to policy. The study tapped into a new dimension linking language attrition, language maintenance, teaching and learning, sociolinguistics, and policy, where the results were inter-related to one another.

KEYWORDS
Language Attrition, Proficiency, Language Instruction

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[1] Luqmanul Hakim Bin Zulkornain , Azman Bin Che Mat , Nuruladilah Binti Mohamed , Nur Syazwani Binti Halim , Nurul Amilin Binti Razawi , "I Can't Practice What I Preach – The Case of English Language Teachers," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 983 - 997, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080333.

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Luqmanul Hakim Bin Zulkornain , Azman Bin Che Mat , Nuruladilah Binti Mohamed , Nur Syazwani Binti Halim , Nurul Amilin Binti Razawi (2020). I Can't Practice What I Preach – The Case of English Language Teachers. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(3), 983 - 997. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080333.