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Mei, Tam Lee; Abdullah, Ain Nadzimah; Heng, Chan Swee; Kasim, Zalina Binti Mohd – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2016
It is a norm for people from a multilingual and multicultural country such as Malaysia to speak at least two or more languages. Thus, the Malaysian multilingual situation resulted in speakers having to make decisions about which languages are to be used for different purposes in different domains. In order to explain the phenomenon of language…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Questionnaires
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Heng, Chan Swee; Ziguang, Yan – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
In the 21st century, students are required to master thinking skills in order to deal with many situations that arise in the tertiary environment which later would translate into the workplace. Nowadays, thinking skills play a vital role in tertiary education. To provide an approach for teachers, this paper identifies a 4-step model that can be…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Taxonomy, Models
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Heng, Chan Swee; Kashiha, Hadi; Tan, Helen – English Language Teaching, 2014
Group discussion forms an integral language experience for most language learners, providing them with an opportunity to express themselves in a naturalistic setting. Multi-word expressions are commonly used and one of them is lexical bundles. Lexical bundles are types of extended collocations that occur more commonly than we expect; they are…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Ahmed, Zainab Thamer; Abdullah, Ain Nadzimah; Heng, Chan Swee – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2014
Previous language attitude studies indicated that in many countries all over the world, English language learners perceived native accents, either American or British, more positively than the non-native accents such as the Japanese, Korean, and Austrian accents. However, in Malaysia it is still unclear which accent Malaysian learners of English…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Speech Communication
Azari, Foroogh; Abdullah, Faiz Sathi; Heng, Chan Swee; Hoon, Tan Bee – Online Submission, 2012
This paper reports on a study that aimed to investigate the effects of textual glosses on the lexical development of EFL learners. Given the importance of the English language for tertiary level study, it is necessary for EFL learners to read independently and to acquire the vocabulary they need for disciplinary study. Many studies have reported…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Heng, Chan Swee – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2012
Any attempt to define English language proficiency can never be divorced from the theories that describe the nature of language, language acquisition and human cognition. By virtue of such theories being socially constructed, the descriptions are necessarily value-laden. Thus, a definition of language proficiency can only, at best, be described as…
Descriptors: Definitions, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Postsecondary Education
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Heng, Chan Swee; Tan, Helen – International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 2010
Previous studies (Wu 2007; Hyland 2004; Hyland & Tse 2004; Intaraprawat & Steffensen 1995; Crismore et al. 1993; Vande Kopple 1985) have established the use of Metadiscourse (MD) as an essential element in writing as it allows the writer to create a dialogic space with his readers. In recent years, attempts have been made to analyse MD…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Computer Software, Computational Linguistics