Malaysian Graduates English Adequacy in the Job Sector

  •  Gopala Krishnan Sekharan Nair    
  •  Rozlan Abdul Rahim    
  •  Roszainora Setia    
  •  Norhayati Husin    
  •  Elangkeeran Sabapathy    
  •  Nur Amalia Abd Jalil    
  •  Razifa Mohd Razlan    
  •  Razita Mohamad    
  •  Shahidatul Maslina Mat So’od    
  •  Nurul Izatee Md Yusoff    
  •  Nor Madihah Mohamed    
  •  Norhafiza Abu Seman    


Historically, the use of the English Language in Malaysia, then Malaya, dates back to the Colonial times. This shows there has been a legacy of English usage in the nation. Recently, in view of globalization and increasing competition among nations in the world, there has been a renewed emphasis on the importance of English. This study hopes to provide some feedback from four industries in Kemaman about the adequacy of our new graduates. This study focused on two GLCs and two private sector companies in Kemaman, Terengganu. However, the findings can be applicable to companies throughout the country, be they GLC’s, government or private sector. Although only 115 respondents from the supervisory level upwards have been selected as the sample, these 115 respondents can be representative of the work sector not only in Kemaman, Terengganu but in the entire nation. Based on the findings, the speaking, writing, social skills and overall English proficiency of new graduates were found to be not adequate. Future researchers should focus on the need for a new syllabus design which gives scope for the development of soft skills such as interpersonal skills, speaking skills and socializing skills.

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