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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
Stream: Language, Linguistics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , , Register as a Tool to Revolutionize Language Teaching and Learning


Prof. Nuwairi Khaza’ai

Associate Professor, Department of Malay Language, University of Malaya
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Associate Professor in the Department of Malay Language in the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Obtaining BA and MA in Malay Studies from the University of Malaya and specialising in Sociolinguistics. Involved in numerous national and international conferences. Interested in various fields of Malay Linguistics and Cultures. Produces more than 40 articles and a few books in the fields of interest.

Dr. Shamsul Jamili Yeob

Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University
Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature. Specialised in SociolinguisticS. Interested in various linguistic branches particularly in Discourse Analysis, Stylistic, Semantic and Philology. Obtained BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the International Islamic University, Malaysia, MA in Linguistic Analysis and Semantic from the Leeds University, UK, and PhD in SociolinguisticS from the International Islamic University. Participating in the International Conference of Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers in Jordan on May 2008. Involving in a project of constructing an Encyclopedia of Malay Names.

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