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Teachers perception on their readiness in integrating soft skills in the teaching and learning, by Ilangko Subramaniam. Ph.D . 1(School of Languages, Literacies and Translation,Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)

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Abstract : This study investigates the teachers readiness in integrating soft skills in the teaching and learning process in secondary schools. It also identifies the types of the soft skills that are more prevalent for the teaching and learning of the Malay language. The results show that teachers have the knowledge on soft skills and are aware of the pertinent role of the soft skills in the curriculum integration, yet they lack the practice of integrating the soft skills in teaching the language. This study gives an insight into the needs of the teachers to acquire the adequate knowledge and training in integrating the soft skills in language teaching.

Soft Skills Implementation in Basic Vocational Education: Transformation of Malaysian Education System, by Nur Iwani Azmi Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) Batu Pahat, Johor.nuriwaniazmi@gmail.com, and Mohamad Hisyam Mohd. Hashim Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) Batu Pahat, Johor.mhisyam@uthm.edu.my

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Abstract— This concept paper describes the implementation of Basic Vocational Education which is also a stream in the lower secondary system at the Academic Secondary School. The main focus is related to soft skills implementation in Curriculum Structure of Basic Vocational Education which includes three components namely Self-esteem, Vocational Technology and Vocational Skills apart from the Entrepreneurial Skills across the curriculum taught during the three years of study. Implemented curriculum also focused on building self-esteem, development of entrepreneurial competencies and competency development of Vocational Skills at Level 1 and Level 2 in the Malaysian Skills Certificate. In fact, the transformation of Vocational Education in Academic Secondary School was also highlighted by the addition of Vocational Education opportunities are offered starting with the Living Skills Course is taught from Form 1 to Form 3 as pre-technical and vocational education. Then offering Vocational subjects for students from Form 4 to Form 5 as an extension and expansion of Living Skills Course and also provides opportunities for students who are more likely to vocational programs in the form of hand skills. Basic Vocational Education is introduced at the earliest stage which is starting from Form 1 to Form 3 in preventing student dropout rates and also increases student enrollment vocational and skills in the country. This concept paper has proposed the improvements of soft skill adoption in the curriculum implementation in order to improve the effectiveness of the Basic Vocational Education. Finally through the inculcation of soft skills is able to produce students with critical thinking, creative and innovative, skilled and prepared with the noble values which will be a contribution to the success of Malaysian Vision 2020 to increase productivity and advancing the national economy.

For soft skills instruments

For questions to assess the soft skills in the high school students, and also good for tips in improving soft skills:

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For some idea on the assessment of soft skills among the high school students:

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For Social Skills Lesson Plans for Middle School Students:

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For soft skills education:

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Madan Krishna and Hari Bansha comedy drama:

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On Integrated curriculum For various aspects of the integrated curriculum

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Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor: It gives the exercises to promote soft skills:

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Youtube video on need for communication, links covered also by Dept of Labor, USA:

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