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Teachers‚?? Strategies to Improve Students‚?? Self-Confidence in Speaking: A Study at Two Vocational Schools in Central Borneo

Listyani, Listyani -, Kristie, Lavani Satya

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
Publisher : State Institute of Islamic Studies Salatiga

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Speaking become one of the important skills among other skills such as listening, reading and writing. However, some students felt not confident to deliver words or sentences in English. The purpose of this study was to find teachers‚?? strategies to improve students‚?? self confidence in speaking at SMK 1 and SMK 2 in Tamiang Layang. This study used qualitative study with two instruments which are interview and observation. The participants were four teachers from two different schools which are SMK 1 and SMK 2. Based on the finding, there was found four strategies that the four teachers used in speaking class activity. Those strategies are role-play, small group discussion, storytelling, and songs. These strategies were very helpful to encourage students‚?? self confidence in speaking, because each strategy giving a chance for students to pratice speaking. Besides that, the advantages that students got from those, help students increase their vocabulary and pronunciation, build an interaction between passive and active students, and make the class more fun and not boring.Keywords: Speaking, self-confidence, teachers‚?? strategies.¬†

Teaching Speaking for Professional Context Using Prezi in the Relation With Students‚?? Creativity

Lina, Marisa Fran

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
Publisher : State Institute of Islamic Studies Salatiga

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This research aims at finding out whether Prezi is effective to teach speaking and the students having high creativity have better speaking skill than those having low creativity. This research was carried out at IAIN Salatiga in the academic year of 2015/2016. The population was the second semester students of English Education Department. In this research, the researcher used experimental research method. The researcher took one class for experimental class (TBI D). This class was divided into two groups (the students having high and low creativity). The research instruments consist of students‚?? creativity test and a speaking test. The creativity test and speaking test were readable after they were tried out in class TBI D of English Education Department of IAIN Salatiga. The data were the result of speaking test and it was analyzed by multifactor analysis of variance 2 x 2 (ANOVA). The findings of the research show that: (1) Prezi is effective for teaching speaking; (2) The students who have high creativity have better speaking skill than those having low creativity. Based on the research findings, it can be concluded that: Prezi is an effective teaching media to teach speaking and it is suggested to the English Teacher to apply Prezi in teaching speaking. Prezi is suitable for both students who have high and low creativity because it is designed in a variety of formats that helps students to process information and organize their ideas.Key words: Prezi, Teaching Speaking, Creative Students

Using Online Short Stories to Improve the Reading Comprehension Ability

Syafii, Muhammad Lukman

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
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Abstract¬†Reading materials can be obtained from many sources, like storybooks, magazines, and the Internet. Online Short Stories is one of the Internet resources with images and sound and quizzes. This study was aimed at benefiting these readily used materials to improve the eighth graders‚?? reading comprehension of narrative texts. The Online Short Stories are combined with five worksheets that consist of guiding questions on comprehension, namely: Self Monitoring Card, Key Concept, Story Map, Reading Journal, and Reading Log which are used for intensive and extensive reading activity. This study implemented classroom action research design and had taken 34 eighth graders of MTs Al-Islam Joresan Mlarak Ponorogo as the subjects 2017/2018 academic year. Based on the results of the students‚?? tests as well as their on-going assessments, it is found out that the students‚?? reading comprehension was gradually improving. It means that there was a positive effect of using Online Short Stories towards the students‚?? reading ability. The result shows that the combination of materials and worksheets that were implemented in both cooperative and individual learning had facilitated the students in improving their reading comprehension ability, as well as their social skills. Therefore, it is very important to implement this strategy to order to improve the students‚?? reading comprehension.¬†Keywords: Online Short Stories, Improvement, Reading Comprehension Ability

Ideational Intersemiotic Relation in Tempo‚??s Magazine Cover Representing Setya Novanto

Nurjannah, Andriana Vita

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
Publisher : State Institute of Islamic Studies Salatiga

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Magazine cover is an image that accommodates the readers with a critical value information of a news story. The essence of a particular story is able to be represented in a single page of magazine cover. It indeed covers not only the surface or real meanings, but deeper meaning soon to be analysed by the readers. The recent politician case relating Setya Novanto is one of the trending topic in news event as it impacts in the massive reaction from the Indonesian citizens, like making particular memes and even an android game. In this case, the illustrators of one of news magazine, Tempo, have to make a cover representing that event through the visual and verbal composition. Therefore, despite his trial status, this research is aimed at examining the extended meaning depicted from his picture from one national media by identifying visual and verbal elements in the image as the effort to reveal intersemiotic relation between those multimodal modes. This research employed qualitative method, by administering six covers published in 2017 representing Setya Novanto as the news topic. The image and text elements from the cover were identified based on one of metafunctions initially proposed by Halliday (1994), the ideational function. Thus, the intersemiotic analysis were done by relating the visual and verbal meanings (Royce, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2015).Keywords: magazine cover, multimodal, intersemiotic

Digital Native(ness), Mobile Technologies and Language Proficiency in Underdeveloped Countries

Uwizeyimana, Valentin

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
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Various studies have elaborated on the concept of ‚??digital native(ness)‚??, i.e. (an identity of) the generation of students who were born during the digital technology era, i.e. from the 1980s onwards (Prensky 2001). Those studies claim that digital natives have been exposed to modern technologies, and thus are familiar with using them in their everyday activities (Dang 2013; Jacobson & Turner 2010). Those studies do not go beyond the access to and the general use of technologies. They ignore the fact that the ability to use technologies for personal purposes does not represent the ability to use them for educational and other specialized purposes (Stockwell & Hubbard 2013:4). Furthermore, there is a gap in terms of technological devices and geographical locations which were considered by those studies (Burston 2014; Thinyane 2010; Brown & Czerniewicz 2010). In these regards, by using a proficiency test and a survey with 60 digital natives from an underdeveloped country, this study investigated the effect of mobile technologies in language learning (MTLL) on English proficiency. In terms of English proficiency, this study found no significant difference among the participants, although some of them were making use of MTLL whereas others were not. With the fact that MTLL have the potential to improve the language proficiency (Park & Slater 2014; Alotaibi, Alamer & Al-Khalifa 2015; Stockwell & Liu 2015), this article recommends how teachers should provide guidance and assistance to the learners in order to benefit from modern technologies.

Recount Text in SFL Perspective: Pedagogical Implication based on Student‚??s Writing Analysis

Cakrawati, Laxmi Mustika

Register Journal Vol 11, No 2 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
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¬†AbstractRecount can be considered as one of the easiest types of text that can be written by students. This might be the reason why the text is learned in both junior and senior high school level. However, there are still a lot of students who cannot produce the text well. This study was aimed to analyze student‚??s recount text based on three metafunctions in SFL perspective. It is expected that by identifying students‚?? problems, teachers can decide and design appropriate pedagogical plan. The result of the study reveals that the student‚??s major problems in producing recount text are the use of subject and verb tense (interpersonal metafunctions), the generic structure of the text, the use of conjunctions, the grammatical errors, and L1 interference. Therefore, considering the problems found in the student‚??s recount text, POWER strategy is proposed as one of strategies can be applied by teachers in teaching writing, particularly teaching recount text. Keywords: recount text, systemic functional linguistics, metafunction, POWER strategy¬†

The Influence of Students Creativity to Construct Sentences toward Their Speaking Skill

Zuhriyah, Mukminatus, Agustina, Ria Kamilah, Fajarina, Maskhurin

Register Journal Vol 11, No 1 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
Publisher : State Institute of Islamic Studies Salatiga

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One of the obligated English materials studied by all students of Indonesian universities is speaking English because English is one of the international languages used to communicate in the world. Moreover, many work fields offered from abroad to Indonesian scholars obligate them to speak English well. Having capability to speak English well is not an easy task. There are some factors influencing the ability of speaking. One of the factors is creativity. Therefore, this research is concerned on investigating the influence of students‚?? creativity to create sentences toward their speaking skill. This article only discusses one of the three objectives of this quasi experimental research. It is whether or not the students having high creativity have high speaking skill. The data of this research consisted of the scores of creativity test and speaking test. The data of speaking scores were categorized into two, scores of the students having high and low creativity. After those data were normal and homogeneous, then, analyzed using F-test ANOVA. The difference between rows is significant because Fo between rows (1125.64) is higher than Ft (4.11) at the level of significance őĪ= 0.05. The mean score of B1 (78.9) is higher than that of B2 (60.85), it can be said that the speaking skill of students having high creativity is higher than those having low creativity. Thus, it can be concluded that students‚?? creativity influences their speaking skill.Keywords: Influence; Students‚?? Creativity; Speaking Skill

The Effectiveness of Skimming and Scanning Strategies in Improving Comprehension and Reading Speed Rates to Students of English Study Programme

Fauzi, Iwan

Register Journal Vol 11, No 1 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
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This research was aimed to know the effectiveness of skimming and scanning strategies to improve students‚?? reading ability indicated by their competence to comprehend texts and their performance in the speed of reading. Pretest-posttest control group design was used in this research. Third year students of English Study Programme of FKIP of Palangka Raya University were taken to the reasearch subject. There were 54 students taken which were equally in number grouped into an experimental group and a control group. Both groups were considered to be equal in reading performance with regard to the result of pretest carried out before the experiment. Experimental group was the class where the researcher supervised it, and control group was a group where he did not supervise it with the experiments. The result showed that scores of reading tasks given to the experimental group were significantly different with the control group in which t-value was 9.928 with the significance (2-tailed) value was p<0.05. Meanwhile, the speed of reading rates of the experimental group was also significantly different with that of in the control group where t-value was 9.325 with the significance (2-tailed) value was p<0.05. Either comprehension or speed rates performed by experimental group showed more excellent than its counterpart. Based on these findings, skimming and scanning strategies were undeniably effective to improve students‚?? comprehension in reading and efficient to boost their reading speed.Keywords:¬† Reading comprehension; Reading speed; Skimming; Scanning

Veil or Evil? Spotlighting Women Portrayal through Semiotics Analysis

Fata, Ika Apriani

Register Journal Vol 11, No 1 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
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The phenomenon of woman and man portrayal have been merely discussed world wide. Many viewpoints such as: media, politics, health, cultural studies, gender concerned on this topic. However, only a few of them was trying to seek out the language features attributed for women representation. Accordingly, to fill in this gap, this research aims at describing semiotical sign analysis of woman portrayal in media. A number of four corpus of Serambi Indonesia were analyzed based on two signification semiotics interpretations by Barthes (1967). The result eventually revealed that the language features attributed for women in the newspaper are woman as animal, as properties, as trigger of sins, as peaceful guard,  those are considered as terms of denotative signification meaning. Meanwhile, the connotative meaning divided into two understandings; veil and evil, introducing positive and negative representation towards women. Finally it is expected that for further studies involve systemic functional linguistics or corpus linguistics towards other discourses as media to further develop the conclusions drawn from this present study.Keywords:  Woman; Aceh; Semiotics; Portrayal

Utilization of Edmodo as an Online Tool in EFL Writing Class to Increase Students‚?? Writing Ability

Miftah, M. Zaini

Register Journal Vol 11, No 1 (2018): REGISTER JOURNAL
Publisher : State Institute of Islamic Studies Salatiga

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This article reports the results of investigation on the utilization of Edmodo as an online tool in EFL writing class to increase the students‚?? ability in producing an argumentative essay. Classroom Action Research was applied in the study. 15 Indonesian EFL students who enrolled in the course of Argumentative Writing became the participants of the study. Observation, writing task, questionnaire, and field notes were used for the data collection. The data obtained were categorized into qualitative and quantitative data. The collected data were then analyzed for the conclusion drawn. The results show that the utilization of Edmodo in EFL writing class could significantly increase the students‚?? ability in producing an argumentative essay in the Cycle 2. The Appropriate teaching procedures are; prepare the teaching materials, introduce Edmodo, guide students to get ready to use Edmodo, give an opportunity to students to get in the Edmodo group, train students to use Edmodo group, group students in the small group via Edmodo, give students writing tasks through Edmodo, provide a guideline and tell students to follow the guideline to access their small group, ask students to post their first drafts of an argumentative essay on their small groups, ask students to give feedback on their peers‚?? works, ask students to revise their drafts of the argumentative essay based on the their peers‚?? feedback and teacher, and ask students to post their final products of an argumentative essay on their Edmodo account.Keywords: Edmodo; Online tool, EFL writing class, Writing ability, Argumentative essay