Journal of English Language Studies
ISSN : 25277022     EISSN : 25415131
Journal of English Language Studies is a registered journal with p-ISSN 2527-7022 and e-ISSN: 2541-5131. This journal is formally published twice annually – every March and September. It covers articles in the fields of English education (EFL/ESL), linguistics, and literature.
Articles 51 Documents
STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION IN LEARNING ENGLISH LANGUAGE (A CASE STUDY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT STUDENTS) Tambunan, Anna Riana Suryanti; Siregar, Tiarnita M. S
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 2 (2016): Available online in September 2016
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The real challenges for teachers and learners lie in finding ways of sustaining the motivation through the long and often arduous process of learning a language. The aim of this study was to describe the students’ instrumental and integrative motivation in English language learning. A case study was used in this study by distributing the motivation questionnaire to the 36 second-year students of English Department at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa university in Serang, Banten. Then, the data from the returned questionnaire were analyzed by describing the types of motivation the students use. Findings from this study indicated that the second year students were instrumentally motivated and their integration was sufficient, too. The instrumental motivation was found to have more impact on students than integrative one. Three interrelated instrumental motivations in studying English were identified: future study, scores and career. In addition the students mentioned that good marks in English were required for their future studies and a good qualification for their careers. In conclusion, motivation has a contribution towards the students’ English language learning. The findings could be useful for researchers and teachers in improving students’ English language learning by conducting effective teaching and learning strategies to develop the students’ motivation. Key words: instrumental motivation; integrative motivation; motivation
DESIGNING PODCAST FOR STUDENTS: A PROTOTYPE FOR TEACHING ENGLISH IN LISTENING CLASS Miranty, Delsa; Rachmawati, Dina
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 2 (2016): Available online in September 2016
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In the context of language education, listening is recognized as the first skill that learnt by the students in the EFL classroom. However, some problems are commonly found in the process of learning to listen the material in form of English. Students are usually less confident and often confuse to start to listen the material in the EFL classroom. To minimize this problem, this study is aimed at discovering alternative tool in learning listening material by using Podcast. Four instruments were chosen to reveal students’ listening skill, they were: direct observation, questionnaire, interview and test. Direct observation was conducted three times, Likert Scale with five options was applied for questionnaires, close interview was conducted at the end of teaching learning process and the tests were conducted to check the students understanding of the materials. Moreover this research used one class in the third semester of English department in Untirta. The result of this research showed two things. First, there was effectiveness of using Podcast in the laboratory, since it has high score, for normalization gain score and the students finally had nice and good communication in the laboratory, the students have many time to download, listen, analysis and discuss the materials from Podcast with their team, out of the laboratory before they came to the laboratory. Second, there were good responses from the students since they got many advantages after using Podcast as the tool in the listening class, by applying podcast in the listening class. It started since the students were allowed to download, listen and give comments in the web blog about materials in critical listening from www.critical listening Podcast 2016.word press. Finally, by using Podcast, the English teacher also help the students to build their interaction skill and students’ self-confidence to improve their critical listening. Keywords: Critical Listening; EFL Classroom; Podcast
ONE WEEK ONE ARTICLE PROGRAM IN READING CLASS (A CASE STUDY AT MATHLAUL ANWAR UNIVERSITY) Rahmatullah, Yudi
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 1 (2016): Available online in March 2016
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The research focused on the implementation of one week one article program in improving students’ reading skill and vocabulary mastery. The research was conducted by using qualitative research. The participant of the research was the first semester students of English Department in Mathla’ul Anwar University. There were 53 students taken as the subject. The collecting data Techniques were observation, interview, and questionnaire. The data were analyzed by reduction, display, and conclusion of the data. The result of the research showed that firstly, the implementation of one week one article program is able to improve students’ reading skill and vocabulary mastery. Secondly, the students actively selected, discussed and presented the article in the implementation of one week one article program. Thirdly, the students used reading techniques in the implementation of one week one article program. The last, the students pronounced English words properly in the implementation of one week one article program. It can be concluded that the implementation of one week one article program is able to improve students’ reading skill and vocabulary mastery; in addition the students actively prepared the article and pronounce the vocabulary correctly.
ERROR ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH WRITTEN ESSAY OF HIGHER EFL LEARNERS: A CASE STUDY Febriyanti, Rina Husnaini; Sundari, Hanna
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 2 (2016): Available online in September 2016
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The aim of the research is to identify grammatical error and to investigate the most and the least of grammatical error occurred on the students’ English written essay. The approach of research is qualitative descriptive with descriptive analysis. The samples were taken from the essays made by 34 students in writing class. The findings resulted in: the most common error occurred was subject-verb agreement error and the score was 28, 25%. The second place of frequent error was on verb tense and form with 24, 66% as the score. The third was on spellings errors and the value is 17, 94%. The fourth was error on using auxiliaries and the score 9, 87%. The fifth was error on word order with the score was 8.07%. The rest error was applying passive voice with the score is 4.93%, articles (3.59%), prepositions (1.79%), and pronoun and run-on sentence with the same scores, 0. 45%. This may indicate that most students still made errors even for the usage of basic grammar rules in their writing. Keywords: developing essay; grammatical error; writing
EDMODO AS A MEDIA TO TEACH VOCABULARY Evenddy, Sutrisno; Hamer, Welliam
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 1 (2016): Available online in March 2016
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This article aims at intoducing how to use Edmodo to teach vocabulary. Vocabulary is a component of English language. When we are speaking and writing, we need to master vocabulary related to certain topic. Therefore vocabulary is important thing in learning language. But, mastering English vocabularies is not easy. Teacher needs a media to make an interesting teaching-learning process. One of the most accepted trends in the field of teaching vocabulary in a foreign language teaching is Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). CALL has several applications that can be used by the teachers in teaching vocabulary. Computer and mobile telephone internet allow immediate connection to a server. In the internet browser the teachers and students can browse Edmodo. One of media is Edmodo. Edmodo is one of social media which can be operated by students, teachers or lecturers, and parents. It is able to be used to post various assignments and students’ learning achievement, actual discussion topics, video, appointments, and to facilitate students’ polls which are related to teaching learning process.
TEENAGE EDUCATION AND CHARACTER BUILDING – A REPORT OF THE APPLICATION OF HYPNOPARENTING METHOD Nurjanah, Nurjanah; Sulhan, Muhammad; Engliana, Engliana
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 2 (2016): Available online in September 2016
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Recently many adolescents have not received adequate character education either in their families or school environments and probably even both; it is to say that the result shows delinquent behaviors occurred among adolescents. In regards to these environments, there are other aspects may influence such behaviors, and to name a few, we have technology in hand. Technology and the Internet give us access to sufficient information – due to its nature is accessible to many - both advantages and disadvantages. These two-sided effects, however, are possible to control and minimize if proposed actions are taken to achieve the maximum benefits for building strong characters in adolescents. This writing reports the predetermined actions that took place in a community group (Rukun Warga or RW) in Cibereum, in the district of Cisarua, Bogor. It focuses on the members of Family Welfare Movement or Pemberdayaan dan Kesejahateraan Keluarga (PKK); the members are mothers with young children and adolescents of the community group. The program used in encouraging and raising awareness of the PKK members was a hypnoparenting method in their parenting style. At the end of the program, the PKK members could apply the skills learned throughout the program into their parenting practices.  Keywords: character building; hypnoparenting; family; young adult education
AUTHENTIC TEXTS FOR CRITICAL READING ACTIVITIES Amalia, Ila
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 1 (2016): Available online in March 2016
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This research takes an action research aimed at promoting critical reading (“thinking” while reading) skills using authentic materials among the students. This research also aims to reveal the students perception on using critical reading skills in reading activities. Nineteen English Education Department students who took Reading IV class, participated in this project. There were three cycles with three different critical reading strategies were applied. Meanwhile, the authentic materials were taken from newspaper and internet articles. The result revealed that the use of critical reading strategies along with the use of authentic materials has improved students’ critical reading skills as seen from the improvement of each cycle - the students critical reading skill was 54% (fair) in the cycle 1 improved to 68% (average) in cycle 2), and 82% (good) in cycle 3..  In addition, based on the critical reading skill criteria, the students’ critical reading skill has improved from 40% (nearly meet) to 80% (exceed). Meanwhile, from the students’ perception questionnaire, it was shown that 63% students agreed the critical reading activity using authentic text could improve critical thinking and 58% students agreed that doing critical reading activity could improve reading comprehension. The result had the implication that the use of authentic texts could improve students’ critical reading skills if it was taught by performing not lecturing them. Selectively choosing various strategies and materials can trigger students’ activeness in responding to a text, that eventually shape their critical reading skills.
KARANG TARUNA COUNSELING PROGRAM TO INCREASE ITS ROLE AND CREATIVITY Dwiastuty, Nina; Miranti, Ira; Marlianingsih, Noni
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 2 (2016): Available online in September 2016
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Youth is a pioneer for the progress of Indonesian because youth is the next generation that should have a broad range of knowledge and skills together with firm principle. Young people have to be built and directed so that his role can be beneficial. Similarly, with the youth in the region of RT. 02 and 03 Cibeureum Village, the majority of the young people are very religious because 85% of youth that is living in this region are mostly pesantren alumni. However, the youth only has the ability and knowledge for themselves and not to society. In this village, young people join the Karang Taruna activity and Ikatan Remaja Masjid (IRMACH), but they are more active in religious activities so that this management organization is a need to be developed and nurtured to make the young people in this region became more active and creative in other aspects. For that reason, we carry out counseling to youth in the RT.02 and 03 so that they can perform the function and role as a part of the society to build community life with creativity. This activity was attended by 25 young people from the two regions RT. 02 and 03 Cibeureum Village, Cisarua District. Keywords: counseling; creativity; young people; roles
COMPARING TRANSLATION PRODUCED BY GOOGLE TRANSLATION TOOL TO TRANSLATION PRODUCED BY TRANSLATOR Purwaningsih, Dyah
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 1 (2016): Available online in March 2016
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Translation, as defined by many scholars, is a message-transferring process from one language or source language (SL) into another language or target language (TL). Thus, it refers to the process that a translator does in conveying the messages which is also called a decision-making process. It means a translator must decide the words s/he is going to use in translation activity, because a word might have more than one equivalents; one word might represent more than one meaning.  To produce an accurate, acceptable, and readable translation, a translator must have one of translation competences called transfer competence. This competence cannot be fulfilled by translation machine like Google translation and any other translation tools because a machine does not have linguistic sense as  translators do. However, along with the development of information technology, people are spoiled with google translator that results in low-quality translation. This paper is aimed at comparing translation produced by Google Translate to translation produced by translator.
APPLYING MATERIALS OF AN EFL WRITING COURSEWARE FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL Prabowo, Jumbuh
Journal of English Language Studies Vol 1, No 1 (2016): Available online in March 2016
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To fulfill the demand of the advance of Information Technology, this present study involved multimedia for writing courseware. This study examined teacher’s and students’ responses to the use of interactive multimedia. The participants of this were one immersion class of 8th grade students and an English teacher of a junior high school in Purwokerto, Central Java. These students were selected purposively. There were two instruments used in this study: questionnaire and observational sheet. It can be concluded that regarding to the teacher’s and students’ responses to the use of interactive multimedia, it is found out that both teacher and the students responded positively. They were interested in the courseware because this multimedia was different from those used in class.