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۱Oral Presentation Errors of Malaysian Students in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course
اطلاعات انتشار: World Applied Sciences Journal، بيست و يكم،شماره۴، ۲۰۱۳، سال
تعداد صفحات: ۹
This study investigates the errors English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students made in their oral presentations. An understanding of the types of errors made by students in EAP will enable language educators to assist students in improving their oral proficiency. The errors in oral presentations of 32 students were investigated using [1] surface structure taxonomy, which specifies four main ways by which students modify the target forms, namely, misformation, misordering, addition and omission. Findings indicate that misformation accounted for the majority of the total grammatical errors identified followed by omission and addition. In addition, verb form, word form and article were found to be the three most frequent types of errors made by the students.

۲Measuring the Vocabulary Size of Muslim Pre–University Students
اطلاعات انتشار: World Applied Sciences Journal، بيست و يكم،شماره۴، ۲۰۱۳، سال
تعداد صفحات: ۶
The last decade has seen an increased interest in the field of second language vocabulary acquisition (SLVA). The findings in SLVA research point to a need to identify learners’ existing vocabulary size to ensure that they achieved the threshold level of vocabulary. The present study aims to measure the vocabulary size of pre–university students at a public university in Malaysia. The receptive and productive vocabulary size tests were administered to 190 students. The results indicate that these pre–university students have yet to achieve the recommended threshold level of vocabulary that is needed to enable them to successfully acquire vocabulary independently. It was also found that there was a strong relationship (r=0.737) between English language proficiency and vocabulary size, statistically significant at p0.01 level. Students’ performance in receptive and productive vocabulary was also found to be strongly related (r=0.862), statistically significant at p0.01 level. This study provides the empirical evidence of the importance of guiding students to acquire the threshold level of vocabulary, thus facilitating them with the skills to further develop their vocabulary repertoire independently.

۳Stakeholders’ Perceptions of an English for Occupational Purposes Course
اطلاعات انتشار: World Applied Sciences Journal، بيست و يكم،شماره۴، ۲۰۱۳، سال
تعداد صفحات: ۱۵
As the business world is becoming increasingly global and competitive, most business organizations require employees to have good employability skills. In order to ensure employees are equipped with relevant employability skills, the industry turns to higher education for assistance. One initiative of higher education institutions is to offer English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) courses. This study was undertaken to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of English for Occupational Purposes course for students of Economics and Management Science based on internal stakeholders’ perceptions. A multi–method approach was adopted and triangulation of methods comprising survey questionnaires and semi–structured interviews were employed. A total of 177 respondents consisted of undergraduate students, instructors and academic administrators of the EOP course participated in the study. The findings of this study revealed that the students, instructors and academic administrators, in general were satisfied with the EOP course. However, there were shortcomings that need to be addressed, particularly related to methods of teaching and oral and written communication skills related to job application.

۴Islamic Definitions of Selected English Words in an English Dictionary: Students’ Perspectives
اطلاعات انتشار: World Applied Sciences Journal، بيست و يكم،شماره۴، ۲۰۱۳، سال
تعداد صفحات: ۷
Dictionaries are designed to meet the needs of their users. The presence of dictionaries that address the varieties of English reflects the diversity in language use. The purpose of this study is to investigate Muslim students’ perspectives of the definitions of selected words in an English language dictionary. The study employs a qualitative method using document analysis and group discussions. The subjects are 21 Muslim postgraduate students pursuing Master degree in English language studies in an Islamic institution. The findings indicated that the students were aware that certain words have a different meaning in the Islamic context.
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