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Transition from TESL graduate to Malay novelist

Published by Afterschool.my on Jan 21, 2016, 01:19 pm

TESL graduate from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Mohamad Haziq bin Mohd Ridzuan shares his experience from being a TESL graduate to becoming a novelist in the Malay language.

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It has been more than one year since Haziq finished his study in Bachelor of Education (TESL) (HONS) from UiTM Shah Alam. He is currently a novelist, and a full time English teacher at SMK Sungai Ranggam, Perak.

He started writing teenage Malay novels in September 2014, previously writing as a hobby where some of his pieces were published in magazines and newspapers. Until now he has already written 8 novels including OMG! Gila Pink, Kpop Boys Lawan Band Rock, Aku Mahu Jadi The Wannababes and many more. He has two more titles to come out this April.

1. TESL improves writing skills

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Haziq believes that writing is not a talent; it’s a skill. Everybody can write a story, but not everyone has the skill to mould things up and create a meaningful piece. When Haziq was doing his degree in TESL, writing classes have always been his favourite.

Even though he writes mostly in Malay, but he believes that the writing steps are just the same as what he learned from years doing TESL: application of topic sentences, thesis statements and supporting details.

2. TESL as a confidence booster

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As a writer, Haziq has to attend road tours to promote his writings which includes giving speeches and sharing writing tips with his readers.

Haziq claims that he has gained confidence in speaking English during his degree in TESL years as he confessed to not being fluent in English during high school.

He writes Malay novels using styles and pattern more common to English novels, which makes his works stand out from the rest of what's available in the local Malay novel market.

3. Diversifying with TESL

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Writing in Malay is not wasting his talents and TESL experience, said Haziq.

He believes that he is setting an example to his students that by having a degree in TESL doesn’t mean that you are obligated to do something that has relation to English and teaching alone.

"If you can be good in both, why choose only one?” he said.

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