Three ways to encourage youths to go beyond mother-tongue comfort zones

Three Ways to Encourage Youths to Go Beyond Mother-Tongue Comfort Zones

Recently, there have been calls over social media in Malaysia to refrain from speaking in one’s mother tongue in a mixed public or professional setting.

These calls have come at a time when divisive issues continue to plague multiracial Malaysia.

As a lecturer who has been serving in the education sector for the past 10 years, I have noticed this phenomenon isn’t something new; it has always been there, whether in a professional setting or in the classroom.

I have taught students of different ethnic backgrounds and witnessed how there will always be certain groups or individuals who find it a challenge to speak in a common language (other than their first language). It bothers me every time I come across those who are present but who do not understand the language being used and see the look on their faces change from puzzled to annoyed.

Full article on Aliran website.