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JIGSAW: Helping Students to Comprehend Linguistics Material in Introduction to Linguistics Class at English Department of STKIP PGRI West Sumatra Perpisa, Lili
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 1 (2015): March 2015
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Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | Full PDF (216.398 KB) | DOI: 10.22202/tus.2015.v1i1.1017

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This study aims to improve students' understanding of linguistics by using a jigsaw strategy. It is constituted as a linguistic study about language in overall. Language is a communication tool for a person which has several systems. Thus, the language itself is important to be learned and understood, especially for the students of the language. Another reason is the existence of several phenomena that researchers have encountered in the classroom in English language courses of STKIP PGRI SUMBAR. The study of language that is learned is English or English linguistic. First, English is a foreign language which is not easy to be learned. The second, the material on this language is a complete knowledge that cannot be separated from one another. Meanwhile, the time provided only 2.5 hours per week. Students are expected to understand the concept of language, how to communicate, sounds, words, meanings and applications. Third problem is learning strategies used by lecturers. Lecturer asks students to learn in groups. Each group will present a different material each week. Then the others respond, causing discussion. This strategy is less effective against the student's understanding. Discussion only occurs for students who had studied. Most of them are just silent. Likewise, group presentations, it will dominate only one or two students. The others are just as followers. So in this study the researcher wants to apply the jigsaw to solve the above problems.Type of research is a Classroom Action Research. It would increase the students' understandings of linguistic of STKIP PGRI SUMBAR. Participants that would be used were the student of English at STKIP PGRI SUMBAR who were taking the course Introduction to Linguistics. The data were collected through observation would also be assisted by collaborator. The instruments to be used are notes, interviews, and tests. The data is analysed by classifying based on the characteristics. Then, the data would be interpreted to see whether the jigsaw can increase students' understanding of linguistics or not.
Speaking Tasks Evaluation in Students’ Book Bahasa Inggris for Senior High School Grade X Semester 1 Putri, Dian Mega
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 2, No 1 (2016): March 2016
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Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk mendeskripsikan bagaimana tugas berbicara dalam buku siswa dalam hal pemilihan dan organisasi tugas dan konten tugas. Sumber data dalam penelitian ini adalah ceklis evaluasi awal (pre-evaluation) tugas berbicara dalam buku siswa untuk kelas X semester 1 dari empat evaluator; 2 orang guru Bahasa Inggris, 1 orang dosen Bahasa Inggris dan peneliti sendiri. Ceklis terdiri atas dua indikator evaluasi tugas berbicara; pemilihan dan organisasi tugas, dan konten tugas. Setelah data dikumpulkan, langkah selanjutnya adalah menganalisa data berdasarkan dua indikator tersebut. Berdasarkan analisa data, terdapat dua temuan. Pertama, tugas berbicara dalam buku siswa dalam hal pemilihan dan organisasi tugas tidak memiliki input teks otentik dan artworks yang mencukupi. Kedua, dalam hal konten tugas, tugas berbicara dalam buku siswa kelas X semester 1 tidak memiliki kegiatan individual, berpasangan dan berkelompok yang mencukupi dan seimbang.
The Distortion of American Dream as Reflected in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie Yulmiati, .
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 1 (2015): March 2015
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The writer concerns to analize the distortion of American dream as reflected in Sister Carrie  that influenced by the social condition of America at the end of nineteenth century. The writer uses historical and sociological approach in analzinng the data. The primary data were taken from the novel itself and the secondary data, historical background and sociological aspects, were taken from other resources. From historical approach, the writer reviews the context of the time dealing with the story in the novel. From sociological approach, the writer studies about  the social condition of America at the end of 19th century that influnced the story in the novel. Sister Carrie is the story of a naive girl who live as the mistress of a man who fell in the social scale as she rose to her success as an actress. From this novel, the writer found that the effect of social changing influnced to American character in getting their dream. This condition were strongly seen in the character of Carrie and Hurswood, as the main characters of this novel. Both of them ignored the Contending of American Dream (equality, commonwealth, community, and generosity). Meanwhile, it was explaied by American Statements as the guidance to get the dream.
Students’ Perceptions toward Their Writing in EFL Setting: A Study at SMA YKBBB Leles Garut Octaviana, Dwi Warry
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 2, No 1 (2016): March 2016
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The study concerned with writing subject. Writing subject, at any level of education, is considered as more complicated than the other language skills- listening, speaking, and reading. Due to this problem, the purposes of the study investigated the students’ perceptions toward their writing ability in classroom setting and determined the students’ difficulties factors in learning writing. The study employed qualitative research design and gathered data by ways of classroom observations and questionnaire. The results of the study were that the respondents had good perceptions. They gave positive and negative statements toward the English writing subject. Their negative perceptions were related to the difficulties of English writing process. Meanwhile, the positive perceptions they were related to the enrichment of the knowledge when they strove to write English. The study also found that most respondents stated that they had difficulties in writing English. These difficulties were mainly caused by their limitation of English grammar and less of English vocabulary. Besides that, the less of practice to write became a prime reason why they got low achievement of English writing.
Language Learning Strategies for Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Ikhsan, M Khairi
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 2 (2015): November 2015
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This paper is aimed at emphasizing the importance of language learning strategies in foreign language learning and teaching. It summarizes the background of language learning strategies, defines the concept of a language learning strategy, and outlines the taxonomy of language learning strategies proposed by several researchers. It also takes into account the teachers role in strategy training and poses questions for further research on language learning strategies.
Students’ Strengths, Weaknesses, and Causes of Weaknesses in the TOEFL–LIKE Structure Subtest: A Study at STKIP PGRI of West Sumatera Asti, Mayu
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 1 (2015): March 2015
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Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengidentifikasi menganalisa kelebihan, kelemahan dan penyebab kelemahan pada setiap variabel yang ada pada test TOEFL, khususnya bahagian tata bahasa. Penelitian ini bertujuan memberi kontribusi baik bagi mahasiswa maupun dosen dalam merancang pengajaran tata bahasa, terutama kelas Advanced Grammar yang mempelajari tes tata bahasa pada TOEFL. Hasil penelitian mengungkapkan bahwa kemampuan terbesar mereka terletak pada variabel agreement (81.73% tingkat kebenaran). Sedangkan kelemahan terbesar yang dihadapi oleh sampel adalah pada variabel auxiliary verb (30.76% tingkat kebenaran). Ditemukan bahwa False concept hypothesized merupakan penyebab utama kelemahan sampel pada kemampuan tes tata bahasa TOEFL. Maksudnya adalah mahasiswa salah dalam memahami konsep bahasa target yang mereka pelajari.
Address Forms in Minangkabau Language at Pariaman Region of West Sumatera in Indonesia Sevrika, Hevriani
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 2, No 1 (2016): March 2016
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This article aims to describe form of using address form based on matrilineal progeny in minangkabauneese in Pariaman region, to describe form based on marriage in Minangkabauneese in Pariaman region, and to describe about the address form is given based on the differences of physically appearance and the orderly position in the family kinship in Pariaman region. This research is qualitative research by using descriptive method. The research data is address form in Minangkabauneese in Pariaman region sub – district Pariaman. The source of this research is verbal source as a primary source uttered by informant as native speaker. The data is collected by using listening method, recording technique and writing technique as continuation technique. The research findings are there are 10 address form for grandparents, 12 address form for parents, 33 address form of brothers or sisters from mother,  21 address form of brothers or sisters from father, and 24 address form of older brothers or sisters in Pariaman region.
Using Brochures in Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Students’ Vocabulary Mastery in English for Hotel .,, Melvina
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 1 (2015): March 2015
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Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | Full PDF (195.818 KB) | DOI: 10.22202/tus.2015.v1i1.1213

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This paper discussed about using brochures in teaching vocabulary to improve students’ vocabulary mastery in English for Hotel. Many problem faced by students in teaching and learning process, especially in mastering vocabulary about hotel. For instance, they still did mistakes not only in identifying the vocabulary about hotel in performing but also in written test. While, in outside when they did casual job in hotel they also faced crucial problems about their performance. They got difficult in label stuff of hotel and sometimes they do mistakes in doing work because they did not know the meaning of vocabularies of hotel. There are two potential causes of the condition; they are students and the lesson material. First from the student’s side, it can be caused of lack of motivation in learning English. They are still not realized that EFH is very important for their major. They will engage with English in their work situation.  The second problem is about material. We still find a number of teachers used General English book in teaching EFH.  Using authentic material in teaching and learning can be used to improve student’s vocabulary mastery in EFH. Brochure is one of authentic material and it also a kind of visual media aids that can help teacher and students in improving students’ vocabulary mastery in English for Hotel.
Using Film to Increase Motivation for Speaking in English Course Classroom Siska, Siska
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 2 (2015): November 2015
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Motivation is very essential aspect that can help the students to speak English as the foreign language. As the practitioner, the researcher becomes  aware about the important of motivation so that she did the research by applying film as teaching media and this research aims  to investigate whether the students’ motivation to speak  could be increased by using this media. The type of the research is action research that was done in one cycle for 10 meetings in English course classroom that had 10 participants of senior high school students. All of the empirical data were collected through observation, field note and interview and then those data were described and interpreted by the researcher to find out the result of the research. Findings show that most of the students accept and agree on learning by using film and their high motivation could be seen from their desire and action in the discussion activity which is related to the film. Here, the students became active to give their opinion and point of view about the film and they could speak more fluently than before. It is hoped that the findings of this research create the new spirit of the teachers who teach formal or non-formal schools to apply or use film as teaching media in English classroom.
An Analysis of English Tests at Pilot International Standard School in 2010/2011 – 2011 /2012 Academic Year Afriyanti, Rika
TELL - US JOURNAL Vol 1, No 1 (2015): March 2015
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This research was based on the phenomenon happened in one of the Pilot International Standard Schools (RSBI) in Padang in which most of the students’ score at grade VIII could not fulfill the minimum standard of achievement (KKM) in English semester test designed by the Central government in 2010/2011 academic year. Therefore, this research was aimed at analyzing whether the test designed by the Central government contributes to the students’ failure or not. However, the researcher did not only analyze the test designed by the Central Government but also analyse the tests designed by the teachers. The researcher did qualitative item analysis which focused on analyzing the format of the test items (stem, options and distractors), content validity and face validity. This research was conducted based on descriptive method and there were two sources of data of this research: the document of English tests and the respondents of interview. The result of this research is the test designed by the Central Government in 2010/2011 academic year is the better one, because almost all the items could fulfill all the criteria in designing multiple-choice test. Meanwhile, the Mid-test designed by the teachers in 2010/2011 academic year indicated as the poor one. There are some criteria that could not be fulfilled by all the tests. They are; the curriculum demand, the relevance between the assessment plan/blue-print with the items, writing the stem and many items are not paraphrased. Therefore, it can be interpreted that the teachers still do not have enough competence in designing the test which based on National standard and the government also, because the researcher still found the test items designed by the central government that could not fulfill the criteria in writing a good multiple-choice test.