It is a shame for students who have undertaken rigorous English courses to be intimidated by slight activities such as speaking the English language. Although the degree of fluency varies even among the native speakers, the non-native speakers should also at least show that their past efforts in learning the language did not go to waste. Singh, a Professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia, states that “ the international graduate students faced challenges in the instructional settings where English was used as the medium” (12). I find it in order to find Malaysian students struggling to catch up with materials written by the natives.
Having in mind that most of the books they use for learning are authored by reputable scholars, it goes without doubt that must face hurdles incomprehension. Singh further stated that “ it was more difficult for international graduates to make the necessary adjustment to study their master programs in the English language” (19). From the knowledge I have, I think graduate students should be in a position to comprehend all English materials regardless of their complexity. I know students must first undertake English courses and pass tests before they are admitted for the master’ s programs.
One then wonders how the Malaysian students are allowed to undertake Master’ s degree course without sufficient command of the English language. I believe that as much as the students have the will to learn and be at par with the native speakers, they have to be aggressive and be persistent in their academic writing practices. It is also imperative that they seek guidance from their instructors. I believe that lecturers are partly to blame for the poor performance of international students in academic writing.
Singh states that “ the lecturers often fail to recognize the complexity of language issues confronting foreign students” (19). Lecturers usually assume that the graduate students have adequate mastery of various aspects of writing.
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