Effects Of Communication In English In The Workplace

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QUESTION Many Malaysians have difficulty communicating in English in the workplace, especially when it comes to business-related matters. Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Does this apply to both oral and written communication? What are some possible causes of this situation? Perceptions of Support Staffs on English Usage at the Workplace – support staff at public universities in Malaysia – weakest skill is speaking due to the lack of usage of the speaking skills Introduction – It is doubtless that English is the lingua franca of the world. Historically, due to colonisation by the British, English was introduced as a medium of communication in Malaysia. After the independence of Malaysia, English stayed to be among the main languages taught and practiced in the country. Nevertheless, this has became a major hindrance in terms of employability for our local graduates and value of workers in the workplace. Local English newspaper, The Star (2015) reported 1,000 medical graduates had to give up their dreams of becoming doctors due to poor English command being the key reason. Moreover, in another news article, the executive director of Malaysian Employers Federation, Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, cited lack of English proficiency as the chief cause for the existence of 200,000 unemployed graduates in the country (The Star, 2015). On the other hand, English is also an issue in the workplace. Although being competent in English may allow for greater promotion
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