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|This study investigated the English language competencies of students in rural primary schools and the problems they faced in the process of learning Mathematics and Science in English in the classrooms. Students and teachers from eight primary schools in the districts of Batang Padang, Perak Tengah and Hilir Perak in the state of Perak were involved in the study. Instruments included language tests, survey questionnaires and interview checklists. Data analysis results produced several findings. Students generally possessed better skills in listening and reading in English in Mathematics and Science. They were weakest in speaking, followed by their writing skills. However, the biggest problem was their overall mastery of the English language. As a result, there was a tendency for teachers to use both Malay and English languages during classroom instructions. There were also tendencies for students from better home language background and higher socio-economic status to have better English language skills in Mathematics and Science. Lastly, female students tended to be better in speaking and reading in both Mathematics and Science subjects compared to male students. Male students tended to be better in listening and writing compared to the female students. However, analysis indicated no statistically significant difference in the language abilities of students from both gender groups in learning Mathematics and Science in the classroom.|
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