Language Education for Orang Asli Children in Malaysia

Letchamanan, H. and Abdullah, N.S.M. and Kamal Solhaimi, Fadzil (2021) Language Education for Orang Asli Children in Malaysia. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 29 (3). pp. 443-458. ISSN 01287702, DOI

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Literacy among Orang Asli children is found to be well below the national average. This paper explores the connection between language learning and meaning-making and its relation to the problem of language education among Orang Asli children. In so doing, the paper shows that language learning should be situated within their environment. This paper uses the findings from the observation made in an exploratory case study of Temuan children aged 7-12 in an Orang Asli village in Selangor and their struggles with language. Taking a critical view of the challenges faced by the children, this study surmised that a proper recognition of the Orang Asli community in language education is needed for effective meaning-making to ensure their genuine participation. The insight adds to the discussion within decolonisation of education on the importance of indigenisation of language education for Orang Asli children. © Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environment; Indigenous; Language education; Literacy; Meaning-making
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Departmen of Anthropology & Sociology
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 05:48
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 05:48

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