This article deals with a study which aims to discover directly the unique elements of the culture of the Institut Teknologi MARA/Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (ITM/MUCIA) students that affect their speech communication. There are multiple influences on student behaviors and no generalizations can he made to fit all students at MUCIA. But, there were some characteristics that were extremely common. A survey of the ITM/MUCIA faculty and staff, from a wide cross-section of Americans and Malaysians, revealed near unanimity on strengths and weaknesses of Malaysian students, reflecting the nature of their earlier learning styles. The substance of classroom speechmaking was greatly affected by a lack of freedom of speech in Malaysia. Malaysian students had great emotional attachment to their pasts, relatives, friends, and leaders. They shared strong involvement in the Islamic faith and a singular view of government.
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