Level of Attachment of Malaysian TESL Students Towards Their Cultural Identity

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i4.458

Authors

  • MOHAMMAD AL-SAGGAF Management and Science University
  • Fazelinah Fazeli Kader Management and Science University, Malaysia
  • Aleaa Nur Insyirah Alias Management and Science University, Malaysia
  • Nurul Azleena Abdul Raof Management and Science University, Malaysia

Keywords:

Identity, Cultural identity, Malaysia, TESL, Students, language

Abstract

Although it is encouraged for students to explore other cultures and be equipped with world knowledge, the basis of patriotism and love for the country must be embedded to ensure the nation has a sense of pride and belonging. This paper attempts to provide a preliminary investigation for the components of the cultural identity from a Malaysian standpoint, the level of attachment of Malaysian Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students to their cultural identity as well as factors affecting this relationship. Thus, quantitative method was adopted for this study to identify the level of attachment of Malaysian TESL students to their cultural identity. A questionnaire was distributed online to the participants from all three main races in Malaysia with TESL background and the data was analysed using SPSS. The findings of this study have shown that despite the extensive exposure to and involvement with the English language and culture, the level of attachment of Malaysian TESL students towards their cultural identity is high with regards to all three major components: national language, food and cultural spaces.

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Author Biographies

MOHAMMAD AL-SAGGAF, Management and Science University

Mohammad Ali Al-Saggaf, Ph.D is a Senior Lecturer of English and Linguistics at the School of Education and Social Sciences, Management and Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Malaysia. His research interests include Cognitive & Corpus Linguistics, Applied Linguistics (TESL), Language & Interculutral Communication and Translation Studies.

Fazelinah Fazeli Kader, Management and Science University, Malaysia

Fazelinah Fazeli Kader, M.A student of TESL at School of Education and Social Sciences, Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia.  Her research interests include Second Language Learning and Special Education.

Aleaa Nur Insyirah Alias, Management and Science University, Malaysia

Aleaa Nur Insyirah Alias, M.A. student of TESL at School of Education and Social Sciences, Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia.  Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition Studies, Psychology and Pedagogy of Language Learning and Community Literacy.

Nurul Azleena Abdul Raof, Management and Science University, Malaysia

Nurul Azleena Abdul Raof, M.A. student of TESL at School of Education and Social Sciences, Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia.  Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition Studies and Psycholinguistics.

Published

2020-12-26

How to Cite

AL-SAGGAF, M., Kader, F. F. ., Alias, A. N. I. ., & Abdul Raof, N. A. . (2020). Level of Attachment of Malaysian TESL Students Towards Their Cultural Identity. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(4), 63-82. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i4.458