Physical Education Students’ Perceptions of Experiences about L2 Learning

By Parilah M. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Rozaina Abd Latif, Suzana Bongsu, Patricia Li Kuen Yoong, Pei Lin Chua and Azyyati Zakaria.

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This quantitative study addressed the perceptions about L2 or English language learning held by the Physical Education (PE) students at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It further examined the learners’ views as related to language learning attitudes and language academic perceptions. This study compared the responses elicited from UKM and UPM students, as well as from the male and female subjects. A questionnaire designed by Sparks, Ganschow, and Javorsky (1993) known as Foreign Language Attitude and Perceptions Survey (FLAPS) was adapted and utilized to gather the data from students taking the English language courses at both universities. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and t-test. The findings revealed variations in response with respect to learners’ perceptions about L2 learning. There were significant differences between UPM and UKM students, also between male and female subjects with respect to majority of the items related to language learning attitudes and academic perceptions. The paper also discussed practical implications of the results.

Keywords: L2 Learning, Language Learning Attitudes, Language Academic Perceptions, Physical Education

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 600.249KB).

Dr. Parilah M. Shah

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Parilah M. Shah is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research interests are second language acquisition, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP), reading in English as a second language (ESL), and bilingual-bicultural education. She has presented several papers at both the national and international levels and has several publications in areas related to second language acquisition and learning.

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Director, Sports Academy, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed as the director of the university’s Sports Academy. Dr. Aminuddin Yusof received his tertiary education in the United States; his B.A. from Wilmington College, his M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Aminuddin has been actively involved in research and professional services in the areas of Sports Management, Sports Industry and Sports Tourism. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has made invited and keynote presentations at various professional meetings such as the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sports Science and Fitness (PPJSKM) and International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ICHPER) conferences. He is actively involved in professional activities with Persatuan Pendidikan Jasmani, Sains Sukan, Kesihatan dan Kecergasan Malaysia (PPJSKM) as Journal Editor (2003-2004), Program Chair of Research Bureau (2002-2003) and Program Chair for Academic and Professional Education Bureau (1999-2001). His professional services include, but are not limited to, as a program evaluator for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), a member for National Committee on Sports Science Guidelines, and as External Examiner, Sports Science Graduate & Undergraduate Programs for several Malaysian universities.

Rozaina Abd Latif

M.Ed. Student, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Rozaina Abd Latif has been teaching English for 13 years. Her last post was as a lecturer in the General Studies Department at the Merlimau Polytechnic in Malacca, Malaysia. She is at present pursuing her Master’s Degree in TESL. Her interests include second language development, discourse analysis and teacher development.

Suzana Bongsu

M.Ed. Student, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Suzinah @ Dg. Suzana Bongsu graduated from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in October 2000 with a Bachelor Degree in Human Sciences specialising in Psychology. She has taught for six years at Bandaraya Secondary School in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Currently, she is on study leave and pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching of English as a second language (TESL) under a two-year sponsorship from the Malaysian Education Ministry.

Patricia Li Kuen Yoong

M.Ed. Student, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Patricia Yoong Li Kuen is a teacher attached to a secondary school with 20 years of teaching experience. She is currently pursuing her Masters in TESL at the National University of Malaysia. She also holds a degree in TESL from Putra University of Malaysia. She is interested in conducting research related to language acquisition for second language learners.

Pei Lin Chua

M.Ed. Student, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Pei Lin Chua is currently pursuing her M. Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the National University of Malaysia. She obtained a degree in English Language Studies from this university in 2006. She is interested in conducting research on the use of ICT (Information Communication Technology) among the urban secondary school students in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. She is interested in doing research related to ICT and language education.

Azyyati Zakaria

M.Ed. Student, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Azyyati Zakaria. graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2005 majoring in Human Sciences, specializing in Psychology. She is interested in looking at the (English) language acquisition and language learning among children. Currently, she is pursuing her studies at the Masters level in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia.

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