Gender Differences in Learning English as a Second Language among Primary Students in Brunei Darussalam

Malai Zeiti Sheikh Abdul Hamid

Abstract


English is a major medium for learning in the Bruneian school system and is an important feature of Brunei’s bilingual education policy. There is a concern that students in Brunei have low literacy levels and experience language difficulties in the classroom. Bruneian students, who are second language learners of English encounter problems in communicating in the language due to lack of input at home and the school environment. Through qualitative interviews with young children, gender differences were found in language learning as early as the primary schools. Girls were keen to participate in activities which increased their literacy skills than boys.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijele.v8i2.16882

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