The Bahasa Melayu for International Students (BMfIS) is a program offered by the Center for Modern Language and Human Sciences (CMLHS), UMP. The program exposes the participants to Bahasa Melayu in the teaching and learning setting which supports the use of authentic language. One way to achieve this is through their interaction with the locals. The participants will have the opportunity to learn the values and beliefs of the multi-racial society in Malaysia and their history, literature, art, politics and economics which are essential to the understanding of the community, thus developing interdisciplinary and broader perspectives. Also, the program enriches participants’ experiences of the Malaysian culture and traditions first-hand. Additionally, due to the emphasis in authenticity, the teaching and learning modules for the program are developed by our experienced academic staff.
BMfIS’ purpose is two-fold:
- To develop language competency in the national language, Bahasa Melayu for international students; and
- To explore and introduce international students to the culture and traditions of the Malay community and Malaysian society.
In designing our courses, we benchmark against the following language proficiency guidelines:
1. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES (ACTFL)
- The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are descriptions of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.
- Details can be found at http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/public/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines2012_FINAL.pdf
2. THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR LANGUAGES (CEFR)
- The CEFR was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency.
- Details can be found at http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp
BMfIS welcomes participants from around the globe to participate in the program. This program is managed and facilitated by our experienced trainers, special invited guests and UMP student facilitators.