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Membangun Profesionalisme Guru Untuk Meningkatkan Kualitas Pendidikan di Sekolah

Jurnal Pencerahan Pendidikan Vol 6, No 2 (2009)
Publisher : Majelis Pendidikan Daerah (MPD) Aceh dan Universitas Syiah Kuala

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Using Think-Pair-Share for writing descriptive texts

Studies in English Language and Education Vol 4, No 1 (2017)
Publisher : Syiah Kuala University

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Using the right technique to teach writing is very important to help students overcome problems in writing. Think Pair Share (TPS) is a cooperative teaching-learning method that it is believed to help students improve their writing ability. Thus, the writers conducted an experimental study to tenth grade students at a senior high school in Banda Aceh to find out whether or not this technique could facilitate and improve the students’ writing of descriptive texts in English. The results showed that the TPS technique successfully improved the ability of students’ in writing, reflected by the post-test scores covering five aspects of writing. The progress before and after the technique was implemented can be seen in these average scores for the five aspects: content increased from 12 to 16, organization from 11 to 15, vocabulary from 9 to13, grammar from 8 to 10, and mechanics from 8 to 11 where the improvement for each aspect was 4, 4, 4, 2 and 3. Despite the results showed that the TPS technique was effective for improving the students’ mastery of organization, vocabulary and content, but less so for improving mechanics and grammar. This is probably because it is generally much easier to make improvements in organization, vocabulary and content but it requires a much longer effort with much more practice to significantly improve mechanics and grammar. Nevertheless, the writers suggest that English teachers and others can use the TPS technique to teach writing, hence some of the problems faced by students in writing can be helped and, more importantly, they can improve their ability to write English.

English teachers’ knowledge for implementing the 2013 Curriculum

English Education Journal Vol 8, No 2 (2017): English Education Journal (EEJ)
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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The implementation of the 2013 Curriculum as a new curriculum plays an important role in the development of curricula in Indonesia. Some changes in the new curriculum require teachers to have  knowledge in spesific areas such as in the standards for content, teaching-learning processes and evaluation.  The purpose of this study was to find out the extent of the teachers’ knowledge on standards for content, standards for processes, and standards for evaluation for the 2013 curriculum. To fulfill the purpose of this study,  a sample of English teachers was taken from three State Islamic Senior High Schools in Banda Aceh. The data collected was analysed by descriptive quantitative research methods; a questionnaire was used to collect the data. The results showed that the teachers level of knowledge for implementing the 2013 Curriculum was low. This can be seen in the three standards viz: teachers’ knowledge of the standards for content, for the 2013 Curriculum was low, only 40 %; that for standards for processes  was also low, 41%, and the teachers’ knowledge about standards for evaluation was the lowest, only 36%. In order to resolve these problems, some recommendations have been made for improvement of the teacher’s knowledge of how to implement the new, 2013 Curriculum.

Students’ Perceptions toward Teacher’s Teaching Strategies, Personal Competence, and School Facilities

English Education Journal Vol 10, No 1 (2019): Vol. 10 No. 1 January 2019
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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This study was aimed to find out alumni’s perceptions toward English teachers’ teaching strategies and personal competences. In addition, this research investigated how students perceived availabilty of their school facility. The study was conducted online by sending the link of questionnaire to alumni who graduted from three state senior high schools in South Aceh. The study used the quantitative method with the survey design, and the questionnaire was used as the instrument to get the data needed. The population of this survey was all students who graduated from SMAN 1 Labuhanhaji, SMAN 1 Tapak Tuan, and SMAN 1 Trumon and they are now continuing their study at some universities and academies in Aceh and North Sumatera. The samples for this study were fifteen alumni chosen from each of these three state schools. The collected data was analyzed through a quantitative procedure by using a statistical formula to find the percentage of each statement. The results showed that most English teachers were perceived not to thoroughly apply the strategies suggested in English teaching but have a complete set of required personality to be a good teacher. In addition, school facilities were perceived still insufficient.

Perceptions of English Teachers About Lesson Plans For The KTSP and The 2013 Curricula

English Education Journal Vol 8, No 4 (2017): English Education Journal (EEJ)
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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This study was aimed at investigating what the English teachers at SMAN 1 Banda Aceh felt about the KTSP (School-Based Curriculum) and the 2013 Curriculum, to find out the challenges faced by these English teachers at SMAN 1 Banda Aceh in creating lesson plans based on the KTSP and the 2013 Curriculum, and to find out what might help them to deal with these challenges. The participants in this research were two English teachers at SMAN 1 Banda Aceh who have been teaching both the KTSP and the 2013 Curriculum. Based on the interview results, the researchers found that the teachers felt that they were familiar with using English lesson plans for the KTSP but they needed more time and training in order to prepare English lesson plans for the 2013 Curriculum because it was still new to them. The researcher also found that the teachers did not face challenges in creating English lesson plans for the KTSP but they faced challenges in creating English lesson plan for the 2013 Curriculum mainly in terms of developing assessment rubrics and formulating indicators for the 2013 curriculum lesson plans. Furthermore, assistance for teachers to deal with these challenges in creating such English lesson plan could come from (i) consultation with fellow teachers, (ii) attending training and (iii) discussions with fellow English teachers at MGMP (Subject Teachers Meetings). Analysis of their English lesson plans showed that their designs had incomplete rubric assessments and they did not have time limits for their teaching-learning activities.

INVESTIGATING RURAL STUDENTS’ STRATEGIES IN ENGLISH LEARNING

International Journal of Education Vol 11, No 1 (2018): August 2018
Publisher : UPI Press

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Students’ strategies in learning English attract many EFL researchers’ attention. The objective of this study was to find out rural students’ strategies in English learning. The study was conducted in three different senior high schools in Teunom Sub-District of Aceh Jaya regency. The research used a quantitative method by employing survey design. The modified Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) questionnaire developed by Oxford was used as an instrument to obtain required data. The population of this survey was all classes in the three schools. Three classes of each school were randomly chosen from the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Therefore, 136 students of nine classes became the sample of this research. The collected data were analyzed through a quantitative procedure by using a statistical formula to find the percentage of each statement. The results showed that the students employed a variety of strategies in learning English. The most common strategy employed was metacognitive followed by social, affective, memory, cognitive, and compensation.

The Influence of Student Team-achievement Division (STAD) in Developing Students’ Speaking Skill

English Education Journal Vol 10, No 1 (2019): English Education Journal (EEJ)
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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The research was implemented to find out the effectiveness of students team achievement division (STAD) as a part of cooperative learning in teaching speaking to improve the students’ speaking skill and also to know the students’ responses toward the implementation of STAD in teaching speaking at XI IA 2 class of SMAN 1 Lhoong, Aceh Besar. The population of the study was the eleventh graders of SMAN 01 Lhoong, Aceh Besar. The number of the samples was 40 students consisting of 20 students from the class XI IA 2 as the experimental group, and 20 students chosen from the class XI IS 2 as the control group. The data of this research were collected by giving tests; (pretest, posttest), and questionnaire. The data collections were analyzed by using SPSS 17. The percentage formula was used to analyze the students’ perceptions toward the implementation of STAD in the experimental group. The result shows that the mean score of experimental group was 70.95. Meanwhile the control group was 68.70. Moreover, the significant value of both the experimental and control groups in the post-test was 0.04 which is lower than α=0.05. It means that Ha was accepted and H0 was rejected and it can be concluded that the use of STAD in teaching speaking skill enhanced the students’ speaking skill, compared to the teaching speaking in conventional method. Meanwhile, the result of questionnaires shows that STAD could enhance the students’ confidence in learning speaking skill.

Techniques for ESP Students in Teaching English

English Education Journal Vol 9, No 4 (2018): English Education Journal (EEJ)
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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The purposes of this study are to find out the lecturers’ technique in teaching English to Information Technology and Computer, describe the lecturers’ material development, and the way of assessing to Information Technology and Computer students at State Polytechnic of Lhokseumawe. This is a descriptive qualitative study. Two English lecturers at the Information Technology and Computer Department were selected as the participants in this study. Instruments were employed by the researcher to obtain the real data. Observation, interview and documentation were used as the instruments of data collection.The data were analyzed by using descriptive analysis. The results show that varieties of strategies were used by the lecturers in teaching English including communicative language teaching, Contextual Teaching Learning, Problem Based Learning and Learner Centered Approach. The lecturers modified the strategies in the teaching depended on the materials, such as applied the discussion model and used the video as media in teaching. Then, they connected the strategies with students’ experience; prior knowledge as well as the context of Polytechnic students such as the development of computer technology or others technology. The materials were developed by the lecturers to motivate students in learning English by referring to the syllabus and lesson Plan. The materials were developed from books, magazines, newspapers and internet, that involving four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing to suit the students’ need of State Polytechnic of Lhokseumawe. Both written and oral test were used by the lecturers for evaluating the learning achievement as a formal assessment. The continuous assessment type was applied as the lecturers’ way assessment to assess the Information Technology and Computer students. The students were not only given score but also feedback continuously.

THE OBSTACLE IN TEACHING SPEAKING BY USING DEBATE TECHNIQUE

Getsempena English Education Journal Vol 5, No 2 (2018)
Publisher : STKIP Bina Bangsa Getsempena Banda Aceh

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AbstractThe study highlighted the obstacles of teaching Speaking using debate technique at higher education students at Abulyatama University under the course named Critical Speaking. The aim of this study was to identify the obstacles found in teaching speaking by using debate techniques in higher education. the study was designed using the descriptive qualitative method where the data was collected through interviewing the designated lecturer who taught the course and then analyzed through three basic steps, they are data condensation, data display, and data conclusion. The lecturer described her difficulties in teaching speaking using debate technique that related to the limitation of time, participation, critical thinking ability, and the speaking ability. Hence, the lecturer applied some solution to the challenges, such as obligating the case-building process even to the audiences, assigning the students to enhance their knowledge on the current issues and starting the debate by the very basic motion. Keywords: Obstacle, Speaking, Debate Technique

English Teachers and Autonomous Learning

English Education Journal Vol 8, No 4 (2017): English Education Journal (EEJ)
Publisher : University of Syiah Kuala

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This study investigates the understanding and beliefs of Acehnese teachers concerning autonomous learning as mandated in the 2013 curriculum and how their beliefs about the concept of learner autonomy were applied in their teaching practices. The purposes of this research were: 1) to find out what is the understanding of English Foreign Language (EFL) teachers concerning autonomous learning, and 2) to find out howwell the EFL teachers performed at implementing autonomous learning as mandaited in the 2013 curriculum. The data was obtained by studying 4 EFL teachers from two different schools. It was collected in two phases of study, utilising both a quantitative method (a survey) and qualitative methods (interviews and observations). The instruments used for collecting the data were a questionnaire, interviews and field note observation. This study found that the teachers studied generally lacked understanding about learner autonomy and there were some inconsistencies between the  beliefs of the teachers’and their actual teaching practices regarding learner autonomy, as little evidence could be found that many students regarded themselves as autonomous learners in their studies. The findings from this study will hopefully provide teachers and policy-makers with new insights into fostering learner autonomy to improve the educational system in Indonesia especially in Aceh.