Teacher’s Belief of the new Standard Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) in Teaching English as (ESL) in Malaysian Schools: A Qualitative approach

INDIRA MALANI MUNUSAMY

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A new curriculum was implemented by our education ministry in 2011 which is the Primary School Curriculum Standard (KSSR) which saw the shift from (KBSR). The new primary school curriculum which is known as the Standard Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) was introduced with fewer subjects but using a more interactive approach. This study will investigate on an exploration of teachers’ belief towards the Primary School Curriculum Standard (KSSR) in selected Malaysian primary schools. The study will comprise a sample of teachers that will be interviewed to investigate the teachers’ belief, as experienced by the teachers. The methodology utilized in this study is qualitative in nature, involving interview sessions. The findings of this study suggest that most of them showed positive attitudes towards the new curriculum change, but they still lack in training thus it effects their teaching in classroom. A majority of them agreed that school principal, administrative staffs, training and guidance on the new standard based curriculum (KSSR) play an important role to support the implementation of this novice approach in primary schools.

Keywords: English as second language (ESL), primary school education, teacher belief, Primary School Curriculum Standard (KSSR), learners.


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