Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in adopting Malaysian Sign Language (MySL) as a Third Language among Typical Children and Adolescents


  • Tengku Dr Zetty Maztura Tengku Jamaluddin Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Norshiha Saidin Community Network Centre, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Emma Broome NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre: Hearing Sciences, Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Tengku Intan Baizura Tengku Jamaluddin Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sungai Buloh Campus, Malaysia



inclusive communication, focus group discussion, Malaysian Sign Language, adolescents


Children with early-onset, severe to profound deafness are more vulnerable to mental health problems than their hearing peers. Communication deprivation is a key risk factor in developmental delays. The key element of the Introduction to MySL pro forma is to create awareness and assess the willingness to adopt a new language among hearing individuals prior to embarking on inclusive education. The objectives of this paper are to explore youths and adolescents’ prior experience and attitudes communicating with persons with hearing difficulties (PWHD), MySL lesson expectations, and adolescents' experience of the MySL pro forma and their attitudes towards communicating with PWHD.

Keywords: inclusive communication; Malaysian Sign Language; third language; adolescents

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2022. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians/Africans/Arabians), and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.




How to Cite

Tengku Jamaluddin, T. Z. M., Saidin, N., Broome, E. ., & Tengku Jamaluddin, T. I. B. (2022). Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in adopting Malaysian Sign Language (MySL) as a Third Language among Typical Children and Adolescents . Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 7(19), 27-35.



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