Saturday, December 13, 2008

A proposal for Malaysian schools: on language of instruction

TO: LINGUISTS, LAWMAKERS, EDUCATIONISTS

I propose we make the following changes to the language of instruction in our public and private schools:

1. To teach Mathematics and Sciences in the standard Native Language of the learners;


2. To teach History, Social Science, Islamic Studies, and Moral Education in English


3. To teach Bahasa Melayu in Bahasa Melayu


4. To teach English in English


5. To offer World Languages as electives; emphasizing Mandarin and Arabic as the next major world languages


6. To provide children on newly arrived immigrants (Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Thais, Indonesians, Nepalese, Burmese, Nigerians, etc. ) with instructions in Second Language acquisition so that they may excel as well in our school system


7. To encourage students to learn Esperanto


8. To learn the language of Critical Theory and Critical Media Studies

9. To be interested in studying "dead languages" such as Old Slavonic, Hebrew, Avestan, Coptic, Old Tibetan,
Latin, Sanskrit, Aramaic, Old Java, Pali, Sumerian/Acadian, Egyptian, etc. so that they may learn about etymology, philology, archaeology, codes and decodes, signs and symbols.

10. To encourage them to create new words or even a new system of language out of the multitude of languages they are learning in school. Instead of working on their own, students at all levels and all ethnicity, and all language background can work together in year-long projects exploring scientific, humanistic, ethical, and linguistic issues through the "many-languages approach."

11. To learn Sign Language.






Video on Sanskrit Language:

3 comments:

THE CONCEPT said...

Dear Doctor,
I agreed with you on the teaching of non technical subject in English. As these non technical subjects involve a lots of reading and essay writing, which is basically what one need to do if he or she wish to master a language. After having a good command of the language,one can read whatever topics or research papers written in that language.
But will a nation be united just because all her people understand and speak one common language and maybe even have one common religious believe?
The Ahmad family
17 sons 10 daughters, all speak the same mother tongue, pray to the same God and probably go to the same kampong school.
Ahmad is a rich man, have a lot of properties but only the children of the third wife will be the beneficiaries.
The sons and daughters are seeing each other in court. Why?
This family can be Mr. Ahmad, Mr. Chong, Mr. Samy or Mr. Malaysia...

Fairness is the keyword.
Thank You

Anonymous said...

3. To teach Bahasa Melayu in Bahasa Melayu

You mean Bahasa Malaysia in Bahasa Melayu?? .. we are so confused even with the Bahasa nowadays...


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Wintermute said...

Splendid post, Dr Azly.

Sanskrit was the language of the White Aryan Invaders who provided so much of what is today mistaken for "Indian Knowledge", not to mention the time - honoured caste system.

If you wish to hear the poetry of that beautiful language in music, then may I suggest that you google 'Anil Srinivasan/Sikkil Gurucharan', two of that genre's finest exponents.

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