Monthly Archives: January 2011


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(Artikel populer; oleh seorang NEB) Kita sering mendengar orang yang bermaksud belajar percakapan Bahasa Inggris berkata: “Pak. Saya mau belajar percakapan Bahasa Inggris. Percakapan langsung aja ya Pak. Grammar-nya tidak perlu.” Apa yang harus kita katakan kepada calon siswa seperti ini? Dari banyak contoh yang terdengar dalam percakapan Bahasa Inggris […]

Bercakap-Cakap Tanpa ‘Grammar’?


(Artikel populer; oleh seorang NEB) Adalah mengherankan melihat bahwa Bahasa Inggris sekarang diperlukan di mana-mana untuk berbagai kebutuhan dalam beragam konteks pula. Padahal Bahasa Inggris di negara kita sekarang pun masih merupakan bahasa asing, bukan dan belum bahasa kedua atau ketiga. Tetapi ternyata kebutuhan akan dirinya jauh melebihi kedudukannya dibandingkan […]

Bahasa Inggris Bukan Lagi ‘Skill’, Melainkan Alat


(A popular article; by one NEB) The teaching of English in Indonesia—especially that in junior and senior high school—has left students unable to use the language to express themselves effectively both in oral and written form. This has been put forward by many parties, one of whom is Alwasilah (2001: […]

Topics, Functions, and Vocabulary Combined: Students’ English Refined



(A popular article; by one NEB) Efferent reading is reading without assigning feelings, emotions, and experience to the text. The sole purpose is to get the information required after the reading. This is pretty much a product-oriented reading, that is, reading with the expectation of gaining a residue of information […]

On Reading Kinds, Reading Stance, and The Likes


(A presentation paper written with our partner, Ida Zuraida originally; left as such; available also at http://repository.widyatama.ac.id/xmlui/handle/123456789/1363?show=full or directly here http://repository.widyatama.ac.id/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/1363/content.pdf?sequence=1) Introduction English is now a global language shared by people all over the world, the existence of which, by definition, can no longer be rendered to any one nation […]

Teaching Our Very Own English: Ideas on Making It Not ...


(A presentation paper originally; by one NEB; left as such) Introduction Teaching students English should result in the students’ being able to use the language to express themselves. Being able here should be taken to mean that not only can the students use the language to communicate with other people […]

Teaching Grammar and Topics Integratedly Revisited: An Alternative for Tomorrow’s ...



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(A popular article; by one NEB) Reading is undoubtedly an activity that will open one’s mind about the outside world. This is true of both adults and children. Adults, especially those studying at college, read mainly because they are assigned to do so, as part of writing a report or […]

Free Voluntary Reading Activities


(A research-based presentation paper originally; by one NEB; left as such) Background In daily life, it is not always the case that parties involved in a conversational  exchange will always cooperate, that is, adhere to what is termed “cooperative principle” (Grice 1975 in Yule 1996). There are apparently various reasons […]

Degrees of Understanding of Verbal Fun Exhibited in Romantic Comedies


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(An article; by one NEB) Watching television is now a routine that has become part of almost every family’s life. Though, based on age and interest, different members of the family have their own favorite program, one thing that is certain is that they spend a number of hours weekly […]

Television Does not Dictate Viewers; It Lets Them Choose