AMAZING RACE: ENHANCING SOFT SKILLS AND LANGUAGE LEARNING VIA COLLABORATIVE LEARNING AMONG PRE-DIPLOMA STUDENTS AT KEDAH

Razanawati Nordin, Rosliana Roslan, Marzlin Marzuki, Roziya Abu, Azlan Abdul Rahman

Abstract


Universities in Malaysia are aggressively preparing their students to face the
challenges of the Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) which requires them to master the
soft skills and English language. Owing to the pressure and demands of the
workforce, University Technology of MARA has introduced the Week Without
Wall (WWW) as an approach to enrich students learning experience through
an alternative method of teaching and learning delivery. Therefore, the
researchers employ a new and innovative English language teaching and
learning method - The Amazing Race. The objective of this study was the
identification of the skills developed and applied by students during the
outdoor adventure program. There were 25 full-time students enrolled in Pre-
Diploma programme at UiTM Kedah Branch in northern Malaysia, and they
had participated in this innovative teaching and learning opportunity, which
incorporated the necessary language skills and also soft skills outcomes. For the
study, these students aged 18 years, voluntarily completed three open-ended
questions regarding the skills they applied and developed during the event
participation. Qualitative techniques were utilised to analyse the data
inductively and rendered 121 meaning units, grouped into 11 categories.
Students identified more soft skills than language learning skills. Therefore,
tertiary institutions could employ this outdoor innovative teaching and learning
method to develop students’ soft skills and acquire English in the process.


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