Language teaching and learning has undergone great changes over time. Learners nowadays are very functional in their action when learning languages. Learners wish to go to various fields and they want language that suit their fields later. At the same time, this paper wishes to share Malaysian experience to establish strong academic foundation among students in primary, secondary and even tertiary levels of education.
Sociolinguistic experience in Malaysia witnesses tremendous success achievement by the teaching of most subjects in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) at all levels. The students could master the subject matters and even practice later in their respected areas. The variety of language referred as Register. Most subjects taught in schools and colleges and even universities, manage to achieve its target excellently. This is the result of tremendous effort given to build and establish Registers of Arabic too. As a result, students do not have to spend a great deal of time to be later able to be accepted in field involved. Over two decades Bahasa Melayu proved to be able to perform well in its functions locally and internationally. Unfortunately, Arabic has no similar experience as Malay Language does in promoting Register as a tool in teaching and learning language, yet, due to its capability as the language of Quran it manages to accommodate with the language developments. Thus, this paper attempts to reveal its capability in adopting the concept of register as an effective tool in language teaching and learning.
Keywords: Register, Language Teaching and Learning, Bahasa Melayu (Malay language), Arabic Language
Prof. Nuwairi Khaza’ai
Associate Professor, Department of Malay Language, University of Malaya
Dr. Shamsul Jamili Yeob
Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University