ISSUES IN THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN MALAYSIA

  • Karen Kow Yip Cheng English Language Department, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keywords: children, literature, reading, testing, teaching, textbook, learning, resources, language, meaning

Abstract

The Curriculum Development Centre of Malaysia implemented a Children's Contemporary Literature Programme to promote reading among pupils in year 4, 5 and 6 in schools. This paper explores some issues in the teaching and learning of children's literature in Malaysia. It also looks at the role of the teacher as well as the functions of children's literature. Further the English Language textbook and its role with reference to the teaching and learning of literature is analysed in this paper.

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Published
2008-01-25
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