english learning

(A research-based paper built on a presentation paper originally; left as such) Introduction Learning a foreign language, in this case English, is learning to use it. But in the case of Indonesia where English serves only as a foreign language as above-mentioned, it seems not always possible. To make things […]

Self-Recording as a Means of Promoting Independent Learning in ...

(An article) It is a good thing that there are now English courses available for learners to express themselves using English in. They can speak things, tell stories, describe people and objects, conduct discussions, sing songs, deliver speeches, have debates, etc. But the problem of students’ lacking a chance to […]

Self-Recording Enhances Speaking Skills (2)

(Artikel) Ada banyak pelatihan dan pengajaran Bahasa Inggris formal atau non-formal yang memfokuskan Bahasa Inggris tidak hanya untuk tujuan umum (English for General Purposes) tapi juga Bahasa untuk tujuan khusus (English for Specific Purposes). Namun ada indikasi bahwa pelatihan ini belum berhasil membuat siswa dapat menggunakan Bahasa Inggrisnya dengan berani […]

Bahasa Inggris Bukan Lagi ‘Skill’, Melainkan Alat (2)

(A review of an article below) Li, David C. S. (1999). Incorporating L1 Pragmatic Norms and Cultural Values in L2: Developing English Language Curriculum for EIL in the Asia-Pacific Region. Asian Englishes. Available online at http://www.alc.co.jp/asian-e/li.html The point of departure that David C. S. Li uses to argue the idea […]

Speak Your Very Own English!

(Artikel populer) 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 yang terekspos kepada […]

Bercakap-Cakap Tanpa ‘Grammar’?

(A popular article) 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: 49) who deems […]

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