Psychological Perspectives Toward Student’s Incompetency in Foreign Language Course

  • Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia
  • Rezki Perdani Sawai Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia
  • Shahirah Sulaiman Centre of Tamhidi, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia
  • Khairul Anuar Rahimi Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia
  • Joki Perdani Sawai Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Malaysia
  • Muhammad Nubli Abdul Wahab Centre for Modern Language and Human Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, 26600 Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia
Keywords: Foreign language, motivation, student’s incompetency

Abstract

Learning a foreign language enables learners to go further after graduation. In today’s world, there is a need for students to be able to communicate in at least one foreign language so that they can function well globally. This study investigates learning the German language among engineering students who are taking a dual degree program in a public university in east coast Malaysia. The objectives of the study were: (a) to determine the students’ attitude in learning German language; (b) gauge their understanding of the course in terms of materials and lessons used in learning the language; and (c) identify their motivation and performances taking German language. Using a descriptive research design, 60 students were involved as respondents in this study. Their responses to the researchers’ questionnaire were gathered in a WhatsApp group called Success German Course (SGC). The results of the study indicated that students demonstrated moderate attitude in learning the course since some of them were eager to learn the language while others were not. Some students reported failing to understand the course in the use of the current materials and lessons. Although they showed positive attitude in learning the course, their performances, nevertheless, were not encouraging because they did not have sufficient time to learn the language. It is concluded that students need to learn study skills to help them to be more competence in foreign language proficiency. The overall findings implied th

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Published
2021-10-10
How to Cite
Abdul Aziz, A. R., Sawai, R. P., Sulaiman, S., Rahimi, K. A., Sawai, J. P. and Abdul Wahab, M. N. (2021) “Psychological Perspectives Toward Student’s Incompetency in Foreign Language Course”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(10), pp. 393 - 403. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/mjssh.v6i10.1124.
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