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Students’ Perceptions towards The Utilization Of “Whatsapp” for Vocabulary Teaching and Learning

Wijayanti, Anita ( Akademi Bahasa Asing Sinema Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta ) , Gunawan, Yohanes Bambang ( Akademi Bahasa Asing Sinema Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 2 (2018): September
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Society has enjoyed the ease of communication afforded by “Whatsapp”, a popular freeware and cross-platform communication application. “Whatsapp”’s popularity has invited educators to experiment with it in various ways to shore up education. This study was conducted to describe students’ perceptions on the use of “Whatsapp” for teaching and learning vocabulary. A vocabulary virtual class in the form of a “Whatsapp” group where students needed to enroll was created for that purpose. This virtual class exempted the students from physically attending the physical class as it enabled students to remotely attend the class. Teaching and learning methods of vocabulary in the virtual class included using pictures, translation, and sentence construction. At the end of the class, the students were to inform the researchers about their perceptions of the virtual class. This study used a descriptive qualitative method. Data was collected through a paper-based questionnaire, which was distributed to all students in a face-to-face class, a session taking place two days prior to the research. The virtual vocabulary class that the researchers administered overall received positive feedbacks from the learners. However, teaching and learning vocabulary using “Whatsapp” also had its own drawback.

Considering Students’ Reading Interest in Text-Selection to Foster Literacy in the English Classroom

Pustika, Reza ( Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 2 (2018): September
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This work is a review paper. This conceptual writing focuses on how students’ reading interest is essential for reading instruction. This argument is derived from some experts who suggest the teachers carry literacy in the classroom. It means that teachers should take students’ interest into account. There are some benefits of considering students’ interest in reading classrooms. In addition, some factors can influence reading activities in the classroom. One of those is the text. Texts serve as the input for the students in reading activities. However, not all texts are appropriate for the students. Therefore, this conceptual study presents some considerations in choosing the texts and ways to take students’ interest into account in reading activities. The considerations in choosing the text are taken and analyzed from some experts who are concern with this topic. Along the way, teachers can finally consider the students’ reading interest by understanding the ways how to consider the students’ interest in selecting the texts that will be used in the English reading classroom proposed by experts.

Incorporating â??Ahmad Dahlan Valuesâ?? in the Curriculum of Higher Education

Hatmanto, Endro Dwi ( English Education Department of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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In 2012 the Directorate General of Higher Education of Indonesia required all higher education institutions to implement the Curriculum of Higher Education. As a part of higher education institutions, English Education Department of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta has been implementing this curriculum for five years.  Curriculum of Higher Education has shifted the old paradigm of teacher-centered learning to the new pedagogical approach called student-centered learning. The implementation of the Curriculum of Higher Education necessitates all study programs to alter their curriculum oriented to produce competent graduates. English Education Department of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta has also been making attempts to incorporate the Muhammadiyah values proposed by its founder, KH. Ahmad Dahlan. The research is aimed at exploring how the Ahmad Dahlanâ??sâ?? values are implemented in the CHE setting at the EED of UMY. The data were collected by means of interviews with a head of department and two lecturers, teaching observation, and document analysis and focus group discussion with 33 students.  The research found that the principles proposed by Ahmad Dahlan including the curriculum structure, pedagogical techniques, and character education had been successfully incorporated in the implementation of CHE and the Ahmadâ??s Dahlan valuesâ?? correspond to the CHE principles.

The Responses of Non-English Major Students with Visual Learning Style of Writing Towards Oral English Test

Sari, Angela Bayu Pertama ( AMIK Bina Sarana Informatika Purwokerto, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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This research is conducted towards the students of non-English major with visual learning style and writing preference. There are 14 students, which are taken to be the respondents. Questionnaires are the instrument used to gather the data in this research. This research employs descriptive qualitative method in analyzing the data.            The result portrays that 3 major findings: (1) most of the students find it difficult to accomplish the oral English test which is natural and normal due to their preference skill in writing, (2) in spite of the difficulty of the oral English test, the majority of the students consider the test to be challenging, accommodating and satisfying (3) a large number of the students get the benefit from the effectiveness of the feedback that they get in the form of rubrics.

The Effects of Self-Efficacy on Motivation of Reading English Academic Text

Hasyim, Fuad ( Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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The motivation of reading the academic text, especially in the English language, has been a problem for students of higher education. Whereas, reading ability is one of the important factors of studentsâ?? successful learning. This research aims to analyze the role of studentâ??s self-efficacy in the level of motivation to read the textbooks in the English Language. This research applied quantitative approach. The population of this research is the whole students majoring in Management, Faculty of Economics, Universitas Islam Indonesia, that take Basic Academic Reading course in the first semester. The researchâ??s primary data was collected by closed questionnaire, and supported by structured interviews (by 90% response rate). Meanwhile, the sampling technique used is purposive random sampling, and data analysis method used is Pearson Product Momentâ??s correlative coefficient. The result of this research revealed that studentsâ?? Self-Efficacy (SE) has a significant positive influence on their Motivation in Interest Aspect (MI), Motivation in Dedication Aspect (MD), and Motivation in Self-confidence Aspect (MC).

Blended Learning to Improve the Studentsâ?? Vocabulary Mastery for Mechanical Engineering Purposes At STT Adisutjipto Yogyakarta

Pertiwi, Dewanti Ratna ( STT Adisutjipto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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The study was conducted to improve the low vocabulary mastery of technical terms appeared in English for mechanical engineering purposes at STT Adisutjipto. The students are required to master the technical terms of the three offered concentrations; energy conversion, aircraft maintenance, and manufacture. A blended learning was chosen to improve the studentsâ?? vocabulary mastery through an action research study. It was divided into two cycles and the data were collected through the journal log, observation sheet, questionnaire, test, and interview. The result indicated that the students enjoyed and improved their vocabulary mastery. The blended learning was seen effectively improving the vocabulary mastery.

Lesson Study: What Do Pre-Service Teachers Tell?

Soviyah, Soviyah ( Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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Education topics and talks on pre-service teacher training program and Lesson Study have individually been discussed and appeared in many journals among disciplines. However, the empirical studies on the issue about the connection between them and how they can relate and benefit one another are limited and rarely done. This study aims at investigating pre-service English teachersâ?? perspectives towards Lesson Study, particularly in terms of their knowledge, experience, and plan for it. This study involved seventeen pre-service teachers (PST) in a teacher education faculty in Indonesia who participated as the research subject. Empirical data were collected through interview and Focus Group Discussion (FGD). Data analysis used a descriptive qualitative method. Results of the study showed that: (1) In terms of knowledge about Lesson Study, all PSTs have good knowledge about Lesson Study. In addition, they also show positive response towards Lesson Study, (2) In terms of experience with Lesson Study, most of the PSTs have had experiences with Lesson Study activities. The experiences mostly occurred when they were being directly involved in Lesson Study activities as students, (3) In terms of the plan to do Lesson Study, the majority of the PSTs are planning to take and do Lesson Study in the future, especially when they become real teachers at schools. 

Qualifying Teachersâ?? of English for Specific Purposes to Meet the Global Challenges

Widiatmoko, Paulus ( Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia ) , Winardi, Andreas ( Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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As institutions of higher education prepare graduates to strive for the more competitive job market, teachers of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) play a pivotal role to nurture and facilitate studentsâ?? English competence for career advancement. It is commonly hypothesized that ESP teachers require more than that of general English instructors are capable of in language teaching-related pedagogy. However, limited numbers of such studies have been conducted in Indonesia as a potentially developing country in the world. This quantitative study aims to portray ESP teachers perceived qualifications, benefits of the program instruction, and its relevance to meet the challenges of the globalization. Initial findings of this study reveal that almost all of the respondents acknowledged the necessity of ESP teachers to demonstrate capacity in educational principle, language learning theory, Linguistics competence, material and media design, classroom management, intercultural understanding, language assessment, and classroom-based research inquiry. It is perceived that successful ESP teaching is significantly required for graduates to excel the job market, increase professionalism at work, and facilitate the nation competitive edge. Furthermore, ESP programs are considered relevant to meet the present and future challenges of globalization. More elaborative findings will be obtained, specifically addressing difference-variance of perceptions according to respondentsâ?? education background and teaching experience.

Functional English Design for Domestic Migrant Workers

Hermayawati, Hermayawati ( Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 5, No 1 (2018): March
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This paper aimed at: (1) describing the content of Functional English Design (FED) materials and (2) describing the appropriateness of the FEDas the English training materials for the migrant workers candidates (MWC). This study used ADDIE (Analysing, Designing, Developing, Implementing and Evaluating) model involving totally 200 MWC in the 4 PPTKIS (namely authorized private boards in which duties serves the Indonesian workers placement and protection abroad).The data were taken from the documentation, the traineesâ?? English training achievements using the FED and peer-debriefing. The gathered data was analyzed using: Content Analysis and Mean-difference computation of the trainees test results descriptively. This study found: (1) the content of the FEDthat developedâ??Imparting and seeking factual informationâ?ť with â??Minimumâ??adequate language Functionsâ?ť was matched with the trainees needs and (2) the FED was appropriate to use as an alternative English materials since it was designed based on the result of needs analysis beside the test result in significant improvement i.e. the Mean Difference of the oral pre and post-test was 2.25 within the scoring standard scale of 0-10, while the Md of the written pre-post-test was 13.35 within the scoring standard scale of 0-100. Besides, the peers debriefing stated that the FED was recommended for use in the 4 investigated PPTKIS.

A Study of the Mastery of Complex Sentences of Pre-Service English Teachers

Subekti, Adaninggar Septi ( Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia )

Ahmad Dahlan Journal of English Studies Vol 4, No 2 (2017): September
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This study reported a research conducted to find out the mastery of complex sentences of students of Writing 5 of an English Education Program in Indonesia. The participants of the research were 24 pre-service English teachers in a Writing 5 class at an English Education program in Indonesia. It used document analysis as the main method of data collection. The study obtained some important findings. First, complex sentences containing multiple clause structures became the most frequently written of all, and among the four types of complex sentences, ones containing multiple clause structures became the most frequently written of all complex sentences. Secondly, studentsâ?? mastery of complex sentences containing noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses was good. Their mastery of complex sentence containing multiple clause structures, however, was surprisingly very low despite that the students had obtained relatively good results on the three above-mentioned basic types of complex sentence. Keywords: Mastery, complex sentences, noun clauses, adjective clauses, adverb clauses, multiple clause structures