Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences <p>Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences (JQSS)&nbsp;is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Asian Scholar Network (ASN) four times a year (February, May, August &amp; November). The main aim of this scholarly journal is to develop&nbsp;qualitative interpretation and analysis of&nbsp;phenomena insocial sciences which&nbsp;include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;anthropology,&nbsp;archaeology, education, communication studies, economics, history, human geography, jurisprudence, linguistics, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology.&nbsp;The journal offers both theoretical and analytical research, and publishes manuscripts based on research methods such as interviewing, participant observation, ethnography, historical analysis, content analysis and others which do not rely primarily on numerical data. Manuscripts can be written in English, Malay or Arabic.&nbsp;</p> Asian Scholar Network en-US Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences 2637-0808 COUNSELORS EXPERIENCES IN HANDLING THE COUNSELING SESSION ON THE GAY AND LESBIAN CLIENTS: FACTORS CAUSING THE OCCURENCE OF GAY AND LESBIAN BEHAVIOR <p>Gay and lesbian phenomenon has become talk of the town in Malaysia nowadays. It is considered as a controversial issue as it has started to expand since ancient times. There are various notions and perceptions of society towards gay and lesbian culture. Therefore, the primary objective of this study is to identify the driving factors of the clients’ involvement in gay and lesbian world based on counselors’ experiences in handling their counseling sessions. The study has used qualitative study design involving semi structured in-depth interviews on counselors’ experiences while handling the gay and lesbian cases. Purposive&nbsp;sampling is employed in interviewing the counselors who have been identified by the researcher to have information in counseling session management with regard to the causing factors of the client’s involvement in gay and lesbian activities. Data were analyzed by studying the transcription of interview recording and identifying the themes that emerged based on the objectives of the study with the help of the N'vivo 11 program. Based on the analyzed data, there are four themes that emerged from the interview results; (i) family factor, (ii) education and (iii) sexual abuse and (iv) environment. The results demonstrate that counselors should possess knowledge and information regarding the clients so that they can help and assist these individuals in obtaining better lives. These gay and lesbian individuals should be provided with moral and spiritual support since some of them are the victims of circumstances. Therefore, the implication of the study is so that it can enhance a counselor’s knowledge if he or she wants to provide better counseling services to their clients (the gay and lesbian individuals). Apart from that, the findings are accentuated to be able to assist educators in counseling field so that the trained counselors will be more competent in dealing with gay and lesbian issue.</p> Siti Hajar Jamal Mohd Faradi Mohamed Ghazali Nasrudin Subhi Salleh Amat ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 1 11 VOCABULARY LEARNING STRATEGIES AMONG ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS <p>Vocabulary is vital in improving students’ language skills which are reading, writing, speaking and listening. English competency level is governed by the breadth and depth of students’ vocabulary knowledge. Possessing a large stock of vocabulary especially academic and technical vocabulary is very essential for developing the language proficiency and equipping learners to survive in the academic world. However, learning vocabulary requires effective and strategic vocabulary learning strategies (VLS). This study reviewed literature on the VLS used among students in tertiary institutions. Students’ success rate in learning vocabulary is correlated to correct application of vocabulary learning strategies that are beneficial in assisting the students’ progress in their learning.</p> Kamariah Yunus Muhamad Syahir Saifudin ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 12 19 CONTENT ANALYSIS OF FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE USED IN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT SLOGANS <p>This study aims to identify and analyse the figurative language that are used in newspaper advertisement slogans in The Star. Apart from that, this study also aims to identifythe types of industries that uses newspaper as their medium of advertising. A content analysis was used as a research method for this study. This study employs McQuarrie and Mick’s (1996) and Perrine’s (1992) theory of figurative language. The finding of this study reveals that metaphor and rhyme are the most used figurative language in newspaper advertisement slogans. The finding also shows that the industry that uses newspaper advertisement the most is healthcare and education.</p> Rachel Lee See Yan Nor Jijidiana Azmi Saiful Mohd Shuib ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 20 28 INFERTILITY LIFE EXPERIENCE AMONG JORDANIAN WOMEN <p>Infertility among women has been widely studied by both natural and social scientists. However, the challenge persists to burden a large number of women across the globe. Whereas some scholars feel that psychotherapy can be a long-lasting solution, the exact impact of infertility is not well established, particularly among the Jordanian women. Therefore, this study was designed to explore the lived experience of Jordanian women diagnosed with infertility to model up the psychotherapeutic programs to care for the identified challenges. To do so, this research adopted a qualitative phenomenological design that involved 17 participants which were selected using nonprobability and snowball sampling approaches. The resultant qualitative data were analyzed using Colaizzi's methods of analysis and interpretation. Five major themes were identified from the collected data, and these formed the framework for interpretation and discussion. Themes include social isolation, marital instability, grief and depressive symptom, uncertainty about the future as well as faith in God and religion as coping strategies. Exposing such challenges might help to guide the intervention schemes programmed by the various counselors and psychotherapists on how to cope with the burden of infertility.</p> Roqia Maabreh ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 29 38 REVIEWING MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITY ENGLISH TEST (MUET) REPORT WRITING <p>This paper explores a potential methodology to discover the discourse construction of Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Paper 4- Writing: Question 1- Report Writing (P4-Q1), one of the important components that make up the significant test. First, it reviews the details of this task as assigned by the MOE followed by the critical role that the test plays at various levels of educational institutions nationwide, justifying on the unequal allocation of emphasis and guidelines that govern the task which is translated through the test candidates’ achievements. Next, it reviews the evidence of how move analysis is likely impactful to shed<br>light for a reliable solution to this issue by accounting on the practicality of reviewing a widely used model in the field, the BCU Approach. In this way, an established framework can possibly be constructed. Finally, it calls for a future research to further exercise this framework through the analysis of reputable corpus where the highly potential of texts samples are contained.</p> Noormaizatul Akmar Muhamad Nasir Radzuwan Ab Rashid Norma Yaakub Mahani Mohamad ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 39 45 MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ VIEWS ON ENGLISH PUBLIC SPEAKING AT UNIVERSITY <p>Speaking English language in front of the public is sometimes a daunting task to many people, including students of universities. Those who are capable of delivering a sound presentation in English language will definitely have some advantages for future employment and professions. This research addresses issues related to English public speaking at the university by setting three objectives. Firstly, it seeks undergraduate students’ opinions of their English&nbsp;public speaking performance. Secondly, to get insights on the students’ preferred instructors in teaching English public speaking and thirdly to get their opinions on preferred techniques or methods in teaching English public speaking. This research employed qualitative approach by conducting interviews to 25 students from 9 faculties at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. The findings revealed that majority of the students opined that their performance in English public speaking was rather poor and moderate. Only a small section of students thought that their performance was fairly good. Some contributing factors to the&nbsp;poor&nbsp; performance of their English public speaking were due to lack of confidence, lack of English grammar and vocabularies. It was also revealed that the students preferred having instructors who were friendly, and had a high sense of humor. In relation to teaching methods or techniques, the research revealed that the students preferred to have practices in a nonthreatening environment with some meaningful activities such as video shows, drama, sketch or English games that could stimulate a conducive and fun learning environment.</p> Ahmad Taufik Hidayah bin Abdullah Mohd Nazri bin Latiff Azmi ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 1 1 46 53