Perceptions and barriers towards English language proficiency among pharmacy undergraduates at Universiti Sains Malaysia

Zeehan Shanaz Ibrahim, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Fahad Saleem, Noman ul Haq, Tahir M Khan, Hisham Aljadhey


Aim: The study aims to evaluate perceptions and barriers towards English language proficiency among pharmacy undergraduates at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Method: This study was designed as a questionnaire based, cross sectional survey. In addition to the demographic information, the association among study variables was observed by using Chi-Square/Fischer Exact test.

Results: Two hundred and thirty two (52.1%) of the students agreed that they can communicate confidently in English. Furthermore, 350 (78.7%) felt that they possessed good English language listening skills. Three hundred and ten (69.7%) respondents claimed no problem in reading but 205 (46.1%) remained neutral towards their capabilities to write in English language. Lack of time was reported by 224 (50.1%) of the respondents as a potential barriers towards attaining English language proficiency.

Conclusion: The present study identified pharmacy students’ perceptions of their capability in English language and identified some areas of concern for improving their English language proficiency. Such areas of concern should be addressed to improve English proficiency level for pharmacy undergraduates. 


Perceptions, Barriers, English Language Proficiency, Pharmacy Undergraduates, Malaysia

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