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04 Mei, 2011

What a difficult matter to teach English in the Village

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My interest in using storybooks for teaching English began when I was teaching middle-school students in Rajang.  My search for material which could provide a basis for conversation and writing in my classes led me to try some of the many all-English storybooks available.  this  experience has been so successful that it motivated them  to learn English.

The middle-school students had been exposed to a lot of English vocabulary.  Nevertheless, when I presented them with a page of English writing with no or very little new vocabulary,  I was surprised to find that they seemed to have great difficulty with it.  “Teacher, very difficult!” they would say to me.  I concluded that they were lacking in ability to process English.  
Their English training has focused mainly on the level of single words (vocabulary lists) and translation into their native language.  Reading selections in their elementary and middle-school texts are short and usually accompanied by native language support.  Perhaps this is why the students had not moved to the point where, upon encountering words memorized, they were able to instantly connect them to the mental concepts embodied.  Their processing probably was mainly occurring in their native language..

The ability to interconnect various mental constructs without reverting to native-language processing is essential not only to reading comprehension, but to conversation as well.  The project described in this paper with the elementary school children convinced me that early introduction of longer selections could be extremely beneficial in EFL training.  Rather than waiting until the later grades, extensive reading should be introduced as early as possible, in order to take advantage of the facility with which children under the age of 12 acquire language. 

The key to the success of such reading, however, is to keep the number of new words or idiomatic phrases per page down to a maximum of one or two.. This point can’t be over-emphasized.  The whole idea of such reading is to keep the reader engaged in the story.  It requires that the reader be able to get the meaning without stopping often, if at all, to find out the meanings of new words. If new items seriously impede understanding, students get discouraged; and it may turn into another grammar-translation exercise.

27 komentar:

  1. hi seo.. belajar english memang susah,perlu hari2 ulangi. di mana ya blog u yang i komen dulu-tutorial blog..
    please visit my blog and komen, ada kartunis jadi guest post di sana, mungkin u boleh follow blog dia gak. t kasih jiran nusantara

  2. ya, belajar english memang payah. me, can write simple english, but not the serious topic. keep on blogging friend.

  3. For me teaching any subject is not easy, not only because I have never been trained how to teach, but also because I am not a very patient person.

    English is not our mother language so it is obvious that teaching it would be difficult.

    All the best and good luck.

  4. salam friend
    I know difficult matter to teach english in the village, coz read your post.
    thank for sharing.

  5. saya kira gak ada masalah yg sulit, bedanya hanya saja didesa itu katrok mungkin, suwun salam kenal

  6. saya belajar lewat dan bersama translate google aja mas :D ternyata bahasa inggris memang sangat penting terutama dalam mencari recehan dollar.. hehe

  7. ngajar english di kota saja susah apalgi di desa... kendala infrastruktur dan sdm

  8. The key to the success of such reading, however, is to keep the number of new words or idiomatic phrases per page down to a maximum of one or two.. This point can’t be over-emphasized.

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  12. nice..
    sempatkan juga mengunjungi website kami
    sukses selalu!

  13. About English..? much forget it because everiday I speak in Japanesse...
    (Btw bener nggak Pak basa Inggrisnya,..?heheheh/)

  14. Teacher, very difficult to read this
    i have to buy a dictionary
    keep spirit

  15. i like study English, kadang kala sering ngomong sendiri di kamar mandi, abis ga' ada lawan bicara untuk kompor-sation... hee... kunjungan malam.

  16. Semoga saja metode pembelajaran yang diberikan bisa lebih mudah untuk dipahami para murid ya pak.
    Maaf komentnya bahasa Indonesia, coz bahasa Inggris saya masih kacau. He he. .

    Maaf juga ya baru bisa berkunjung kesini.
    Salam.. .

  17. nice strategy mister, thanks :)
    apalagi di kampung, gara gara masalah inilah ane pake nama alkatro mas, lha waktu sekolah cuma ngeliatin buguru bahasa inggrisnya cantik xixixi, mentok di reading :D

  18. Belajar B. Inggris itu emang ngga gampang ya,..
    Buktinya saya sendiri, dari SD sampai sekarang udah selesai sekolah, ngga bisa-bisa...he..he..

  19. Selamat malem Sob... :D

    Apa kabar nie? hhe... Maaf sebelumnya aku baru bisa berkunjung lagi Sob, Soalnya aku lagi di Indonesia bagian timur nie, jadi klo mau Internetan mesti turun gunung dulu, ntar klo udah sampe asal baru aku bisa mampir rutin lagi hhi...


    Hem, bukan cuma mempelajari Bahasa Inggris Sob, belajar bahasa apapun sama susah-nya, dan klo menurutku saat seseorang mau mempelajari bahasa lain ada baiknya dia juga mempelajari kebudayaannya soalnya bahasa dan budaya pasti saling terkait, dan itu mempermudah pembelajaran klo menurutku...

    Aku pamit dlu ya Sob... mau Packing dlu siap2 balik haha...

    Sekalian tak Donasiin nie si GeAa... :D

    Sukses slalu kawan


  20. I agree with your statement that the key to success is to read much. By read a lot, we can learn language as well.

    Good luck for you sir Munir :)

  21. Minat baca yang bahasa indonesia saja sekarang kurang bahkan ditinggalkan sejak maraknya warnet, kebetulan saya menggabungkan perpustakaan dan warnet jadi satu. Mereka yang tadinya suka baca begitu mengenal internet langsung meninggalkan bacaannya, sedangkan yang dari internet tertarik akan bacaan ini yang maniak buku bacaan dan hanya segelintir orang, dan untuk bacaan berbahasa inggris malah tidak tersentuh kalau tidak ada tugas dari sekolah masing-masing. wah nyambung nggak ya komentarnya, selamat berkarya dan semoga sukses buat siswanya yang baru saja menempuh ujian!

  22. Kunjungan sore cari inspirasi pak,..

  23. Hi, I am Katrina via Cooking Varieties @ Woman724

    My eldest was 5yrs old, there were no Kindergartens around so I desperately researched on how to go about teaching him how to read from Home.

    As I had nothing much to do in the plantation I had my sister who is a residing in UK to send me all available materials.

    I managed to teach my son within 30days how to read with ease, using Phonics method.

    Over the years I gave voluntary reading classes and continuously updated my research in this field. I designed a simple program to cater for the local community.

    Started blogging since last Sep. In BM for the benefit of non English Speakers.

    Phonics can be taught to kids as early as 4yrs old. I believe giving them the basics of reading at an early age will greatly help them in English subjects right through their Adult Age.

    All my kids learned their basic reading from home. So when they enter formal education, they will have no problems catching up with the grammars/comprehensions/composition taught in class.

    Just have a peep @ and would appreciate if you can also help contribute your ideas so we can all share for the benefit of our future generations.


  24. more vocab is good for student
    keep teaching


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