Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stay English as the medium of teaching science and mathematics

Learning science and mathematics is really fun

There are many debates and discussion nowadays regarding the issue to continue the teaching of science and mathematics in English as the best medium of language. Although it is believed that certain individual are not really adapted to the English usage for the subjects and it might not be a “HAPPY” for them if education ministry still want to remain the English as a medium of teaching science and mathematics. Personally, I think it might be a good for the government to remain the method as I believe it will bring advantages to Malaysian in the next 10 years. What makes me to speak so? If we compare our country to other successful countries, we still in the bottom list and if we realized, Malaysian especially Malays are not marketable enough due to lack of proficiency in English communication. Being Malaysian does not mean you can not mastering other languages and the importance of English can not be denied here.

Occasionally, I’m really proud with my own dialect (Malay languages) but when it comes to decide which languages to use for teaching of science and mathematics, of course the answer is English. During my time (Malay language used to be the medium of teaching for both subjects), learning science and mathematics is consider easier because both subjects used Malay language as the medium and the terms used are very simple to understand. When it comes to matriculation program which emphasize English as the medium of teaching and communication, I’m really in the trouble. Due to my lack of English skills and slowly adapted to the English usage, I only managed to score less than 3.00. Until now, I’m still facing the same thing but I keep on moving. If I were manage to learn science and mathematics in English from early age, learning both subjects will not be so harder than it used to be.

English language is the global language and learning the language does not mean we are “westernised” and less Malaysian. The sort of thinking should be cut off from our mind. Students nowadays are really intelligent and smart but if they do not know how to speak English in the international stage, sadly to say, you are not GOOD. You might feel it is “unfair” to judge such thing but it is the truth. Do not act so selfish just because Malay is not the medium of languages to use. We should believe from now that the English usage from the early age might bring some advantages to all students. The world is facing the great challenges and if Malaysia can not produce the excellent graduates, who might be the GOOD leader of Malaysia if they do not know how to speak English. Do not judge think in small range and think about the positive feedback that we will gain in the future.

The SMK Methodist boys school clinched gold medals in mathematics, science and computer skills

The global economic crisis has becoming worse and remaining hopes that it will turn the corner soon were dashed with more big firms in crisis, stock markets and currencies in turmoil. Soon, Malaysia will feel the impact of credit crisis and more economic experts should be start thinking the solution. It’s better for Malaysian to think how to survive this world crisis rather than debating about the teaching of English in science and mathematic. I do hope education ministry will remain the use of English in teaching science and mathematic for the sake of younger generation.


Brian Barker said...

I think that the rights of minority languages need protection.

The promulgation of English as the world's “lingua franca” is unethical and linguistically undemocratic. I say this as a native English speaker!

Unethical because communication should be for all and not only for an educational or political elite. That is how English is used internationally at the moment.

Undemocratic because minority languages are under attack worldwide due to the encroachment of majority ethnic languages. Even Mandarin Chinese is attempting to dominate as well. The long-term solution must be found and a non-national language, which places all ethnic languages on an equal footing is long overdue.

An interesting video can be seen at Professor Piron was formerly a translator with the United Nations.

A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at

aMMerZ said...

Good points!! as the native English speaker, you have your own idea why is it classified as unethical or undemocratic. GOOD POINTS!! But Being Malaysian (especially Malay), the tendency to speak in English is LESS because they felt English should be treated as foreign stuffs. That's caused disadvantages to Malaysian. Now the govt see the opportunity to expand the usage of English among Malaysian, why should we quarrel about it? That's sure bring more positive outlooks.

I Believe they can't see it clearly. I admitted, the decision had PROs and CONs, but if exposure to global language in early stage might give POSITIVE rather than NEGATIVE. The issue of Domination of Majority Languages, it's true that all minority languages are under attack. They should think the better ways to look at it. Still the minority languages can be preserve in other ways.
~the domination of Majority languages might caused the "rustiness" of minority languages BUT the solution depends on how the activist look at it"

Rowan said...

Nah they should teach them in English. We need racial integration. Look at today's generation for crying out loud. They are still divided despite the peace & stability our nation has enjoyed. Maintaining status quo will not help to generate good ties between races, let's not bluff ourselves into thinking we're freaking tolerant because we are freaking NOT. Shame on you people who fear the death of the culture: we're in Malaysia now, not China or India. Get a grip

aMMerZ said...

As Wisdom Word says "prevention better than cure" it means if we put it in early stage, people will look forward on it.That's all!! :)