Teaching English to the Elementary School Students in Kutoarjo District
Keywords:teaching English, Elementary School, vocabulary, motivation, pronunciation
The process of teaching English as a foreign language involves the use of the target language as a means of providing language exposure to the students. The appropriate amount and quality of the use of the target language affect the quality of the instruction. The present paper reports an effort to describe the degree of the use of English by teachers in the teaching process, techniques teachers use, and problems the teachers usually face in their teaching activity. This research belongs to a case study involving four English teachers in Kutoarjo District. Two teachers were selected from advanced schools with complete facilities, while the other two were from rural schools with mediocre facilities. The result shows that the degree of the use of English by teachers varies. T1 uses 25% English in teaching, T2 20%, T3 35%, and T4 40% in instruction. Further, it is also revealed that teachers use various techniques in their teaching process. They also face some problems. For example, T1's students have poor vocabulary mastery, affecting teaching-learning. T2 often finds it challenging to master the classroom atmosphere. Some T2 students have unstable motivation to learn English. The pronunciation of T4 finds students' poor accent becomes a problem.
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