Conversational Styles and Gender: Analyzing Informal Conversation Amongst Students and Lecturers at Universiti Putra Malaysia

By Normaliza Abd Rahim, Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan, Aiman Mustaqim Roslan, Arbaie Sujud and Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Conversational styles provide a more meaningful feedback when the system needs to know not only the topic of the conversation, but also have an idea of the emotional content of the conversation and the conversational style of the interaction. Positive and negative attitudes can be detected based on the word choice of the speaker. This study is to find out how the differences in communication styles often lead to positive impact towards learning. This also includes the consequences of the communication including slower progression in language development. This study investigates whether the gender schemas have strong effects when men are minority at a university. This study consisted of 20 male and female students who were picked at random and a lecturer volunteered from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The students’ conversation with the lecturers were taped and analyzed accordingly. It is found that good conversational styles often lead to positive impact towards learning. 12 students had good conversational styles and therefore lead to faster progression in language development. These students are female. 8 students failed to understand the importance of good conversational styles and therefore had slower progression in language development. The students were not exposed to the positive style of conversation. The students were taught the right way of communicating with the lecturers. This was done by the researcher. It is hoped that the students at UPM able to learn the right way of communicating with the lecturers at UPM.

Keywords: Conversational Styles, Interaction, Language Development

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 579.286KB).

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Tutor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms Siti Nur Aliaa is a tutor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her expertise is on Geomatic Engineering.

Aiman Mustaqim Roslan

Student, School of Sound Engineering, Confetti Technology College, Nottingham, UK

Aiman Mustaqim is an engineering student at Confetti Technology College. He is interested in research and at present he is conducting several research with his team in Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language,Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah is a lecturer in the Malay Language Department, Faculty of Modern languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). She holds a Certificate of Education in Teaching Young Children, Bacelor of Education in Teaching Malay Language, Master Degree in Malay Studies (Semantic and Pragmatic) and her Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Her area of interests are Semantic and Pragmatic, Sosiopragmatic, Semantic Cognitive, Teaching Malay Language, Translation and Qualitatif Research in the Malay Studies . Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language

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