Bridging Higher Education and Industrial Needs Here Comes the Specialist!

Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh (1) , Mohan Rathakrishnan (2) , Rohaya Md Ali (3)
(1) School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences , Malaysia
(2) School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences , Malaysia
(3) School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences , Malaysia

Abstract

In an intercultural setting, it is timely to say that there is a crucial need to bridge the dimensions of professional discourses such as the engineering discourses, the business discourses and the legislative discourses. While various approaches are used to investigate intercultural communication, genre analysts believe that the use of specialist informants is beneficial, to provide important information on the targeted discourse community. This paper reports one such possibility to extract reliable information related to the needs of the written communication. Data was extracted using a set of interview questions manoeuvred based on Munby’s CNP model. The findings highlighted the extent of workplace intercultural communication involving particularly the English language written skill.

Full text article

Generated from XML file

References

Ainol Haryati Ibrahim (1993). A Case Study of the Manufacturing Industry: The Ethnographic Way. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor.

Aimoldina A. (2010). English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Best Practices, E-Teacher, Vol. 1, No. 4, retrieved from: http://umbc.uoregon.edu/eteacher/

Bhatia, V.K. (1993). Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings. London: Longman.

Bhatia, V.K. (1982): An investigation into formal and functional characteristics of qualifications in legislative writing and its application to English for Academic Legal Purposes. Ph.D. thesis (University of Aston in Birmingham, UK).

Bhatia, V.K. (2014). Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings. (Google eBook). Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315844992

Bhatia, V.K. (1994). ESP and the World of Professions: Bridging the Gap or Making Inroads? ESP Malaysia. 2(1): 19-31

Bordens, K. S., & Abbott, B. B. (2008). Study design and methods: A process approach (Seventh Edition). San Francisco: McGraw Hill

Creswell, J. W. (2003). Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Connor, U. (2004). Intercultural rhetoric study: beyond texts. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 3, 291-304. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2004.07.003

de Haan, H. (2014). Internationalization: Interpretations among Dutch Practitioners. Journal of Studies in International Education, Vol. 18(3) 241-260 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315313496571

Dudley-Evans, T., and St. John, M. (1998). Developments in ESP: A multi-Disciplinary approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fong Chan Onn, Datuk Dr. (2004). Keynote Address at the MEF Conference on Enhancing Malaysia's Competitiveness in a Globalized Environment.

Grabe, W. & Kaplan, R. B. (1996). Theory and practice of writing: An applied linguistic Perspective. (Applied Linguistics and Language Study). London: Longman

Hadina Habil (2003). Patterns of Electronic Mail Discourse in Two Malaysian Organizations. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Universiti Putra Malaysia

Hafizoah Kassim and Fatimah Ali (2010). English communicative events and skills needed at the workplace: Feedback from the industry. English for Specific Purposes, 29 (3), pg.168-182 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2009.10.002

Hutchinson, T. & Waters, A. (1987). English for Specific Purposes: A learning-centered approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511733031

Hultsch et al. (2002). Sampling and generalisability in developmental study: Comparison of random and convenience samples of older adults. International Journal of Behavioral Development, Vol.26 (4), 345-359. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01650250143000247

Ibrahim (2012) University degree no guarantee of employment. [online] My sinchew.com.Retreived on 5th April 2013 from http://www.mysinchew.com/node/79072

Johns, A.M. (1993). Directions for English for specific purposes study. ESP Malaysia.1(2): 88 - 101. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0272-2380(81)90007-X

Kerklaan, V., moreira, G. and Boersma, K. (2008), The Role of Language in the Internationalisation of Higher Education: an example from Portugal. European Journal of Education, 43: 241-255. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2008.00349.x DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3435.2008.00349.x

Khairi Izwan Abdullah (2002). English for Specific Purposes. Unpublished Manuscript. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Khairi Izwan Abdullah. (2001). English for Specific Purposes in Malaysia: International Influence, Local Flavour. Journal of Southeast Asia >Education, Vol. 2, No.2, pp.345-361

Leong, Y.K. (2001). An Investigation into the Communicative Needs in Sales in a Malaysian Business Context. In GEMA, Online Journal of Language Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Manvender K. Sarjit. S. (2014). A Corpus-Based Genre Analysis of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Work Procedures in Malaysian Petroleum Industry. Unpublished thesis. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, MALAYSIA.

Manvender K, Sarjit S & Sarimah Shamsudin (2012). Writing the professional discourse: the challenges faced by Malaysian engineers. In ASIAN ESP Journal, Vol. 8 Issue 4.

Manvender, K. (2004). A Training Needs Analysis for Front-Line Customs Officers – A Case Study at Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar, Tg, Kupang. Unpublished Masters Thesis. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Munby, J. (1978). Communicative syllabus design. London: Cambridge University Press.

Robinson, P. (1991). ESP today: A practitioner’s guide. Prentice Hall. UK: Prentice Hall International (UK) Ltd.

Selinker, L. (1979). On the use of informants in discourse analysis and “language for specialized purposes. In International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 17(3), 189-215. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iral.1979.17.1-4.189

Strevens, P. (1988). ‘The learner and the Teacher of ESP’ in D. Chamberlain; R. J. Baumgardner (eds.). An ESP in the Classroom. Practice and Evaluation. ELT Documents: 128. Oxford: Modern English Publications in Association with the British Council.

Tarone, E., S. Dwyer, S. Gillette and V. Icke. (1981). On the use of the passive in two astrophysics journal papers. ESP Journal 1: 123-140. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0272-2380(81)90004-4

Trochim, William M.K., (2006). Study Methods Knowledge Base. Retrieved on 18 January 2013 from Web Center For Social Study Methods, at http://www.socialstudymethods.net/kb/positvsm.php

Zubaidah Awang et al. (2006). Non-Technical Skills for Engineers in the 21st Century: A Basis for Developing A Guideline (A Project Report). Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Authors

Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh
(Primary Contact)
Mohan Rathakrishnan
Rohaya Md Ali
Author Biographies

Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh, School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh, Ph.D (TESL), M.Ed (TESL), B.Edu (Hons.) (TESL), is a Senior Lecturer in School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia. At present, she is holding the post of Postgraduate Course Coordinator. Currently, she is teaching Academic Writing, Research Methodology and Psycholinguistics to postgraduate students. Her areas of research interest include Teaching Englis as a Second Language (TESL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Corpus Linguistics, Genre Analysis, Discourse Analysis, computer-assisted corpus analysis (CACA); a method that she developed during her PhD, critical discourse analysis, conducting language needs analysis in professional organizations, developing and analyzing learner and genre-specific corpora. She is also keen on developing professional and academic corpus for the purpose of research. She is actively motivating teachers and scholars into conducting classroom-based investigations using the CACA method, in order to enhance classroom teaching and learning practices.

Mohan Rathakrishnan, School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mohan Rathakrishnan is a research fellow of Institute of Tun Mahathir's Thought (IPDM) (2018-2022) and Senior Lecturer in Universiti Utara Malaysia. Currently, he is attached to School of Language, Civilization and Philosophy. He is an e-learning and instructional designer in teaching and learning program. He also teaches critical thinking and creative thinking. He has conducted many workshops on Blended Learning, Critical Thinking, General Studies and Web 2.0. He has also written many books on General Studies and e-learning. He supervises and advises students who likes to do research on online learning (social media, open learning or blended learning) based on any suitable subject discipline. Currently, he is supervising a few Ph.D. and Master students on collaborative and online learning in Applied Linguistic and Education.

Rohaya Md Ali, School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences

Dr Rohaya Md Ali is a Senior Lecturer in School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors); Major in Media studies (Publication and Journalism) and minor in Malay Studies from University of Malaya (UM) Kuala Lumpur. Her Master degree is in Malay Literature (Philology) from the University of Malaya (UM) Kuala Lumpur. She obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Literature (Children Literature / Traditional Literature / Adaptation) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. Her research areas cover children's literature, traditional literature, modern literature and digital literature.

Singh, M. K. S., Rathakrishnan, M., & Ali, R. M. (2019). Bridging Higher Education and Industrial Needs Here Comes the Specialist!. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 19(3), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v19i3.792

Article Details

Smart Citations via scite_
Views
  • Abstract 171212
  • PDF 19